2020 Camry New Car Test Drive
The sleek 2020 Toyota Camry has many personalities, from journeyman mid-size sedan, to high-mileage hybrid, to track-tuned sporty car. It only comes as front-wheel drive, and uses three engines: a 2.5-liter inline-4 making 203 horsepower; a hybrid with about the same power that brings 50 mpg; and a 301-hp V-6.The handling ranges from gentle, to not-quite thrilling, to entertaining.
The instrument panel is driver-oriented, and has a high-tech feel despite the standard touchscreen. For 2020, Android Auto compatibility is added. The interior space is good, while the safety scores are straight aces.
The base Camry L is EPA-rated at 29 mpg city, 41 highway, 35 combined. The LE and SE get 28/39/32 mpg, lower mostly because of different equipment and wheels, while the XLE and XSE get 27/38/31 mpg.
The V-6 XLE is rated at 22/33/26 mpg (22/32/26 mpg for the XSE). The TRD's aero kit doesn't help fuel economy; it falls to 22/31/25 mpg.
The Camry Hybrid LE delivers an inspired 51/53/52 mpg. The lower-tech battery in Hybrid XSE and XLE models drops the ratings to 44/47/46 mpg.
The NHTSA gave last year's Camry five stars for safety in every crash test, while the IIHS gave it top 'Good'? scores in every test. Most Camrys have headlights deemed 'Acceptable,'? while the optional adaptive headlights on the Hybrid XLE are considered 'Good.'?
Every.'? Camry comes standard with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and active lane control. Blind-spot monitors, a surround-view camera system, and rear cross-traffic alerts are available on higher-trim models..
The Camry comes as L, LE, XLE, SE, XSE, and TRD models.
The Camry L runs about $25,250, and includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, active safety tech, LED headlights, and power features.
The Camry LE adds a power driver's seat and alloy wheels for $550 more.
The XSE and XLE have power-adjustable front seats wrapped in leather, JBL audio, keyless ignition, and more.
The TRD offers sharper handling but less features than the XLE and XSE.
We like the Hybrid LE for about $29,200.
For $37,200, the XLE V-6 aspires to Lexus luxury, with a surround-view camera system, and optional cooled front seats..