The eighth-generation Toyota Camry 2.5V raised a lot of eyebrows. It is the most expensive Toyota Camry ever sold in Malaysia priced at RM 196,888 (OTR without insurance).
Under the sharp "keen Look" exterior, lies Toyota's latest TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform that adopts double-wishbone rear suspension, low centre of gravity and dynamic handling characteristic.
Like most new-generation Toyotas, the athleticism of the Toyota Camry is more akin to a BMW rather than a traditional Japanese sedan.
The steering is not just responsive, it's also highly communicative giving you a rewarding cornering experience.
Body control is also superb thanks to the rigid chassis and stellar suspension set-up – still boggles the mind that a Toyota Camry handles this well. Borrowing Toyota's tagline, the Toyota Camry is All About the Drive.
The 2019 Toyota Camry's interior is not bared either, the 9-speaker JBL sound system is pleasant to the ears as the "boss switch" function with collapsible headrest on the passenger side is great for taukes at the back.
Toyota Safe Sense suite of ADAS (Advanced Driving Assistance System) is also present in the Toyota Camry, which bundles autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and lane departure warning.
However, the newly launched Toyota Corolla Altis comes with a more advanced version of Toyota Safety Sense which adds all-speed adaptive cruise control and lane tracing assist.
Perhaps the deal breaker for many on the Toyota Camry would be the older 2AR-FE 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine and 6-speed automatic transmission (184 PS & 235 Nm).
At this price point, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0TSI (190 PS & 320 Nm), Mazda 6 2.5L (192 PS & 258 Nm) and the soon to be launched tenth-generation Honda Accord 1.5L VTEC Turbo (201 PS & 260 Nm) all comes with a newer, more powerful and efficient engine option.