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2019 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Toyota Corolla: What’s the Difference?

  • The Toyota Camry was all-new for 2018.
  • The Camry competes in the mid-size class; the Corolla is considered a compact.
  • Despite competing in different classes, their interior and cargo dimensions are similar.

The 2019 Toyota Camry and the 2019 Toyota Corolla are set to be two of the top-selling vehicles here in the United States for the coming model year. Below, we’ll outline their major differences to help you determine which is the better option for you.

The Camry was fully redesigned for the 2018 model year, receiving an injection of character and style never before present on a Camry. The Corolla has been out for awhile, last having been fully redesigned for the 2014 model year. Needless to say, the Corolla is a bit long in the tooth, and many expect it to be all-new for the 2020 model year. Still, the 2019 model comes standard with Toyota’s range of driver-assistance safety features, making it a great value. Below, we’ll take a deeper dive into the similarities and differences between these two vehicle to help you understand the dynamic between the two.

Buyers should note that a new Corolla Hatchback goes on sale for 2019, but in this comparison, we’ll be focusing on the Corolla sedan.

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Sedan starts at $18,700 and tops out at around $23,400 when fully loaded. The 2019 Toyota Camry starts at $23,845 and reaches close to $38,000 in fully loaded XSE V6 trim.

Exterior

The Corolla wears a conservative exterior design, but a mild refresh for the 2017 model year served to give it a more aggressive look through the addition of redesigned front and rear bumpers, wheels and lights. The Corolla’s front grille consists of a rather wide opening that may be a bit in-your-face for some. Otherwise, tight lines abound, and the Corolla’s overall design is rather attractive. Sporty XSE models add an even more aggressive front fascia along with larger 17-inch wheels.

As mentioned above, the Camry was all-new for 2018. The redesign marked a shift in the Camry’s ethos, turning it from a conservative family hauler into a sporty sedan that now offers drivers a bit of excitement. Lower trim levels incorporate a wide front air dam, not unlike that of the Corolla. The headlights are angular, while a tight beltline crease is applied across the doors. The new Camry’s greenhouse also manages to be attractive while offering good visibility. The Camry’s rear window even incorporates a unique wrap-around design that, while subtle, serves to give the vehicle’s hindquarters a sporty and muscular aesthetic. The Camry’s front fascia becomes even more aggressive when you opt for a sport-themed SE or XSE model, which adds to the equation a variety of scoops and air inlets, along with larger 19-in wheels. XSE models are available with a unique two-tone design with a black roof.

The Camry is longer than the Corolla at 192.1 inches compared to the Corolla’s 183.1. The Camry is also wider, measuring 72.4 inches, while the Corolla measures 69.9.

Interior

The Corolla’s conservative design carries over to the interior. A center infotainment screen, along with a secondary screen mounted in the gauge cluster, is standard. Otherwise, there isn’t much about the Corolla’s interior that would either excite or offend.

The Camry, on the other hand, gained an all-new, driver-oriented interior for 2018 to go along with its newly sporty exterior. The Camry features an asymmetrical center-stack design that is angled slightly toward the driver, but may serve to make those sitting in the passenger seat feel isolated. L models come with wood trim accents, while higher trim levels are available with brushed aluminum. XSE, XLE and Hybrid models come with an electronic parking brake. At the top of the pile, XSE models are available with a bright red interior and paddle shifters.

Mechanicals

The Corolla is available with one engine, a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder making 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque, except for on LE Eco models, which make 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque. A continuously variable transmission comes standard, but SE models are available with a 6-speed manual. With the CVT, the Corolla earns 32 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, while LE Eco models earn 34.

The Camry is available with three different powertrains. Entry-level models come with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder making 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The Camry’s most potent engine is a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 that puts out 301 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, good for a 0-to-60 time of 5.8 seconds. The 4-cylinder Camry earns between 32 and 34 mpg combined, depending on trim level. V6 models earn 26 mpg combined.

A hybrid model is also available. The Camry Hybrid adds Toyota’s hybrid system to the Camry’s 4-cylinder powerplant, making for a peak power output of 208 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. In the LE trim, the Camry Hybrid earns a respectable 52 mpg overall in combined driving, while heavier SE and XLE trims earn 46 mpg combined.

All Camrys come fitted with an 8-speed automatic.

Space

While the Corolla is considered a compact and the Camry a midsize vehicle, their interior dimensions will probably come as a surprise. The Corolla comes with 38.3 inches of headroom and 42.3 inches of legroom in the front seat, while the Camry offers 38.3 inches and 42.1 inches, respectively. In their second rows, the Corolla offers 37.1 inches of headroom and 41.4 inches of legroom to the Camry’s 38.0 inches of headroom and 38.0 inches of legroom. That’s right — the Corolla offers more interior space than the Camry, which seems to have prioritized sportiness over spaciousness with its 2018 redesign.

The Camry does come with slightly more trunk room, offering 14 cu ft. to the Corolla’s 13 cu ft.

Features

The simple Corolla comes with LED headlights, along with optional 17-in wheels and a rear spoiler. Step inside and buyers will find faux leather, heated seats and automatic climate control on certain trim levels.

Camry buyers can opt for LED headlights and taillights as part of the SE, XLE and XSE packages. SE and XSE models also come with 19-in wheels. On the inside, the Camry offers an available top-down, 360-degree camera system, 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi and an app that allows you to easily locate your vehicle in a crowded parking lot. The Camry is also available with a heads-up display that projects relevant information like speed and cruise control status onto the driver’s field of view at the base of the windshield.

Additionally, both the Camry and the Corolla offer standard driver-assistance features that we’ll discuss below.

 

Infotainment

Standard on the Corolla is a basic 6.1-in infotainment screen, while a larger 7.0-in unit comes into the picture on upper trims. A 7.0-in screen is standard on the Camry, while higher trim levels get an 8.0-in unit. The Corolla still lacks Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, while the Camry gains CarPlay along with Amazon Alexa compatibility for 2019. While Android Auto would seem like a logical addition to that group, for whatever reason, it still isn’t offered. Toyota’s standard infotainment system is rather dated and cumbersome.

The Camry also offers an available JBL-branded premium audio system.

Safety

The Camry and the Corolla both earn good marks in crash testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with both models being named Top Safety Picks for 2018.

Driver-assistance safety features are also standard on both models. The Camry and the Corolla come with adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, forward-collision warning, front automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist on all trim levels. The Camry offers a little more, though, with available rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic detection and rear automated emergency braking.

Needless to say, either of these vehicles is extremely safe.

Quality

One of Toyota’s major selling points is its great reliability and high resale value. Both the Camry and the Corolla come with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, which is in line with the rest of the industry.

Conclusions

The differences between the Camry and the Corolla are pretty clear. The Corolla is an economy car that offers basic features like heated seats and a sunroof. To get down to it, the Corolla is due for a redesign, and buyers should probably look elsewhere if their dealer isn’t offering a great deal on a 2019 model. The Camry, on the other hand, offers more in the way of technology like a 360-degree camera, a panoramic sunroof, blind spot detection and Apple CarPlay compatibility, which is new for 2019. Thanks to its 2018 redesign, the Camry now offers more exciting driving dynamics to go with its industry leading safety and reliability. Surprisingly, perhaps, the Camry isn’t all that much bigger than the Corolla, offering only marginally more trunk space and slightly less interior volume. Ultimately, the Corolla is a great value, as it offers standard driver-assistance features and about as much interior space as the Camry. The Camry costs more, but it’s the clear choice for buyers looking for more features, refinement and excitement out of their basic day-to-day transportation.

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