Base Toyota Camry LE screams value

Toyota Camry
A rental car provides a great opportunity to see a base model.
Toyota Camry
The 2019 Toyota Camry has a huge trunk, big back seat and lots of standard equipment at less than $28,000

I am provided a constant supply of press vehicles for appraisal. All but a very few are extremely well equipped. It is easy to forget what a plain, ordinary everyday vehicle is like.

Rental cars offer opportunity to sample the real world.

The Camry had California plates, and we were in Texas. The odometer showed 30,000 miles! Yet, t was a current model year, and only a few months old. Obviously it had not been sitting still very often!

Despite the high mileage for such a new vehicle there was little sign of wear

It didn’t take more than a few minutes or miles for the realization to hit. At $27,690, the eighth generation Toyota Camry LE screams value! Lots of room for five, and a big trunk. On the road it is composed, nearly silent, and the ride smooth and pleasant. The miles all but disappeared as we drove to our destination. It gave me time to think that at this price, I had everything I could possibly need. It had full LED headlights, air conditioning, adaptive cruise control, tilt & telescope steering wheel, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, automated emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams and lane-keep assist.

As a bonus, the big car got excellent fuel mileage. Admittedly, the roads were flat, but Texas has the highest speed limits in America (up to 137 km/hr), so averaging 8.8 litres per 100/km was a pleasant surprise. Cheap gas (40-50 cents/litre) was a bonus!  No wonder Americans prefer big cars and trucks!

The Toyota Camry has a proven record of quality and reliability. This bare bones, no options version, provided a glance into how much car you get for a very reasonable price.


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At the age of five I was already obsessed with all things automotive being able to identify the make and model of car by just the sound of its engine going down the street in front of our house in the small town on the south shore of Nova Scotia. Although I have been covering and writing about the automotive scene for more than 40 years and the light still grows brightly.