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Test Results and Rankings:
The green cars tested by the ARC are evaluated on the basis of 13 categories: emissions, fuel economy, crashworthiness, braking, acceleration, handling, cargo-carrying capacity, ride quality, interior noise, ease of entry and exit, maneuverability, roominess, and visibility. The scores for the categories are totaled, and the cars are ranked from high to low.
Car Guide Winner: 1st Place Midsize

2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

Vehicle Type: Midsize Hybrid
 overall score
Category Ranking: 1
Vehicle Price
Base Price: $32,725
Price as Tested: $38,215
Fuel Information
Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 13.2
EPA City mpg44
EPA Highway mpg47
EPA Combined mpg46
with specific headlights
Advanced Safety Features
Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
Advanced Headlights [S]
Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
Blind-Spot Warning [O]
Forward-Collision Warning [S]
Lane-Departure Warning [S]
Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [O]
[S] Standard, [O] Optional
NHTSA Rating:
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Overall Observations
The Toyota Camry, redesigned for 2018, replaced its previous bland exterior with bold, aggressive sheet metal. Other upgrades include an improved drivetrain, better fuel economy, and a suspension tuned for sportier handling. The top-trim XLE Hybrid’s interior features high-quality plastics and soft-touch surfaces on the dash. The front bucket seats are firm but comfortable. All controls are well marked and easy to use. The backseat is fine for two people but tight for three. The trunk is large and deep, because the hybrid battery pack is now under the backseat. The Camry’s hybrid powertrain—a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 176 hp, a 118-hp electric motor, and a CVT—is smooth, with great drivability. Total power output is 208 hp. The XLE Hybrid has good acceleration, with responsive and sporty handling, although the steering is imprecise and has an artificial feel. Toyota’s Safety Sense suite of advanced safety features is standard. The Hybrid XLE’s fuel economy is an EPA-rated 46 mpg in combined city/highway driving, excellent for a midsized sedan.
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Strengths and Weaknesses
Strong Points
  • Good value for the money
  • Excellent fuel efficiency
  • Smooth hybrid powertrain
  • Lots of standard advanced safety features
Weak Points
  • Unappealing interior styling
  • Occasionally jerky transition between regular and regenerative braking
Vehicle Specifications
Model year tested: 2019
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3640.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 192.1 / 72.4 / 56.9
Wheelbase (in): 111.2
Number of air bags: 12
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Hankook Kinergy GT
Front and rear tire size: 235/45 R18
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Hybrid drive
Drivetrain type: Front wheel
Engine/motor: 2.5L 4-Cyl. DOHC dual VVT-i
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 176 @ 5700
Electric motor horsepower: 118
Combined system horsepower: 208
Test Data
Test Vehicle Scores
Advanced Safety Features: 10.00
Fuel Efficiency: 7.07
EPA Emissions Score: 7.00
Acceleration: 4.35
Braking: 6.11
Crashworthiness: 4.72
Handling: 7.63
Ride Quality: 7.48
Interior Size: 4.77
Easy of Entry and Exit: 6.67
Visibility: 6.55
Interior Noise: 7.26
Cargo Capacity: 1.21
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