In today’s world of SUV and pickup popularity, the Toyota Camry is one sedan that continues to dominate. You may notice a few on the dealership lot when you drive by, and telling the 2019s apart from the 2020 models might be hard at first.
But, there are substantial updates for the Camry this year, including standard equipment that is newly included. We thought we’d dive in and carve out what the latest the Camry has to offer and shed some light on what’s standard versus optional equipment.
What’s new for the 2020 Toyota Camry?
The most significant option for the Camry this year is the newly available all-wheel drive. The new TRD model is turning heads this year too. Critics are pleased to see, too, that Toyota has included Android Auto connectivity to popular sedan for 2020. All of these upgrades are great, but are any of them standard?
No shortage of engine configurations and powertrains
The standard-issue 2.5L inline four-cylinder engine offers plenty of get-up with 203 horsepower. For those looking for different responses when stepping on the gas, the Toyota Camry offers a sportier version of the same engine offering 206 horses.
You can bump up to a 3.5L V6 or sample the hybrid that pairs the 2.5L inline-four with a lithium-ion battery. Fuel efficiency will, of course, vary based on the engine you select. However, the estimated 29 mpg city and 41 mpg highway for the base model, is certainly agreeable.
What comes standard at your fingertips and hands-free?
Of course, if you want the best in tech, navigation, and extras, you’ll want to level up to higher trims. The entry-level L versions of the Camry do have a good base from which to start. All Toyota Camry models for 2020 come with a seven-inch touchscreen. All sedans come with Apple CarPlay, and new this year, Android Auto connectivity platforms as well.
The digital gauge cluster presented neatly to the driver, offers all the vital vehicle information on a 4.2-inch screen. You’ll also enjoy Siri Eyes Free, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and have a USB port and Wi-Fi hot spot.
Safe, secure, and driver-assistance basics
The Camry is a top safety pick for the IIHS and earns high ratings in crash tests and safety evaluations. Aside from the family of airbags, the entry-level Camry also comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver aids and active safety features.
You’ll enjoy an adaptive cruise, auto emergency braking with pedestrian alert, and auto high beams. It also comes with lane tracking, and lane-keeping assist aids.
Suitable for the little ones, too
For those families with children and car seats to manage, the Camry is a great sedan option. There are two full sets of LATCH capable connectors in the rear outboard seats, and the middle seat offers an upper tether in every Camry.
Toyota reviews suggest these connectors are easy to find and use, but you may want to test them out with your car seats for personal ease of use opinions.
You’ll have your pick of trims to help add in the extras you need most. But should you choose the base model Camry, you can expect cloth upholstery. For the LE, SE, XLE, and XSE trims, you will have a 60/40 split-folding back seat, with options for leather, power-adjustable front seats, and heat for those chilly days.
It’s hard to imagine having the option for all-wheel drive and not opting to add it in, but the base model Toyota Camry has plenty to offer in front-wheel drive too. It’s one of the most popular sedans around, and the 2020 version is looking to keep up the tradition.