2019 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Volkswagen Arteon

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 Volkswagen Arteon doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the Camry and the Arteon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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 44 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Arteon has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Camry comes with free roadside assistance for 2 years 25000 miles. Toyota will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Arteon.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Volkswagen doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Arteon.

There are over 89 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 24th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Volkswagen is ranked 16th.

Engine

The Camry XSE/XLE’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 33 more horsepower (301 vs. 268) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Camry gets better fuel mileage than the Arteon:

 

 

 

MPG

Camry

 

FWD

L 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/41 hwy

 

 

LE/SE/XLE/XSE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/39 hwy

 

 

XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/33 hwy

 

 

XSE 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/32 hwy

Arteon

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

Suspension and Handling

The Camry has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Camry flat and controlled during cornering. The Arteon’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better maneuverability, the Camry L/LE’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Arteon’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet). The Camry SE/XLE/XSE’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Arteon’s (38 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Toyota Camry may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 400 pounds less than the Volkswagen Arteon.

Passenger Space

The Camry has 4.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Arteon (100.4 vs. 96.2).

The Camry has .6 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Arteon.

Ergonomics

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Arteon doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Recommendations

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

 

Camry

Arteon

Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick

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Car Book “Best Bet”

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