2019 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Mercedes A-Class

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Mercedes A-Class doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Camry has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The A-Class doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Camry XLE/XSE has a standard Rear Cross Traffic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The A-Class doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the Camry (except L)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The A-Class doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Camry and the A-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, available blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 36 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A-Class has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Camry 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the A-Class. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A-Class ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years or 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the A-Class.

There are over 3 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Mercedes is ranked 17th.

Engine

The Camry’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 15 more horsepower (203 vs. 188) than the A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Camry XSE’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (206 vs. 188) than the A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Camry XSE/XLE’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 113 more horsepower (301 vs. 188) and 46 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 221) than the A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Camry, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A-Class.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camry SE/XLE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the A-Class (235/45R18 vs. 205/55R17).

The Camry XSE’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A-Class’ 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camry’s wheelbase is 3.8 inches longer than on the A-Class (111.2 inches vs. 107.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camry is .9 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A-Class.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Camry a Mid-size car, while the A-Class is rated a Compact.

The Camry has standard seating for 5 passengers; the A-Class can only carry 2.

The Camry has 7.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A-Class (100.4 vs. 93).

The Camry has .3 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 4.1 inches more rear legroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the A-Class.

Cargo Capacity

The Camry has a much larger trunk than the A-Class (15.1 vs. 8.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Camry offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A-Class doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Camry’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The A-Class’

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Camry detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The A-Class doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Recommendations

The Toyota Camry has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

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