2018 Toyota Camry
The Best-Selling Re-Makes of 2018
Your One-Stop Research Spot For 2018 Models
by Bill Flitter
Dad, Coffee Lover, Coach, First Car: '79 Camaro
Since hitting dealer lots late this summer, the 2018 Toyota Camry has been giving car enthusiasts and traditional Camry-lovers all sorts of joy.
Not only does the 2018 Toyota Camry come standard with Toyota’s Safety Sense package, in all models, but this class-leader for midsized sedans also got a pretty big tech upgrade and design boost.
Not to mention the variety the Camry comes in. Ten models, including two V-6 options and three hybrids, means there is literally a Camry for everyone.
The Toyota Camry entered the US market in 1983 as a boxy compact car.
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From trim options to color combinations to the lower profile (1.2-inches shorter from roof-to-ground to be exact), the eighth-generation Camry makes every bit of use of the Toyota New Global Architecture, or TNGA for short, which represents a completely new strategy for the way the company designs, engineers and ultimately packages their vehicles.
Controversial Grill, Love It or Hate It?
The two-piece grille has garnered quite a bit of feedback from consumers already, with some reviewers grumbling that Toyota needs to keep it simple, while others appreciate the modern and stylistic design efforts the company is putting into even its mid-market car. (Top of the line for Toyota is its Avalon model, with the Corolla sitting a step below the middle sister, Camry.)
Camry Blazes Its Own Trail
Toyota also played with the curves of the car and added in a slight bump around the wheel well.
Some of the choices for design has people like us wondering if they were thinking about Grandma and Grandpa getting in and out of this thing, or if they are throwing their weight around knowing they are the highest selling sedan maker – with an estimated 10 million plus Camrys sold since debuting in the U.S. in 1983 (according to Toyota) – and ignoring all trends for bigger, more spacious crossover type vehicles.
Better Handling and More Torque
The 2018 Toyota Camry has also been credited with better handling and a torquier engine – there are 25 more horses in the baseline 2.5-liter 4-cylinder “Dynamic Force” engine – but when peddle comes to pushing it is not all that earth-shattering. Toyota also added paddle shifters, which come on the SE, XSE, XSE V6 and SE Hybrid models.
We’ll say it again, sporty, sporty, sporty.
Despite getting torquier, the fuel efficiency in the Camry is improving so much so that it can be compared to some of the original Prius models.
The EPA-estimated miles-per-gallon for the Camry baseline L model is 41 highway/29 city, with a combined MPG estimate of 34.
This year, the Camry got good and got better gas mileage, too!
Technology for Travelers and Techies
Toyota answered the call for technology in its 2018 re-make. It did so without forgetting its primary consumer: the practical commuter.
Not only has the whole dashboard seen big improvements – much like the exterior, the interior is edgier. Now standard in all 2018 Camrys are backup cameras, the Toyota Safety Sense package with lane departure alert and steering assist (among other major features). And a pretty robust sound system, if we do say so ourselves. Now, your favorite tunes will sound even sweeter.
The 2018 Camry also comes equipped with the Toyota Entune™ 3.0 multimedia system. It allows up to five mobile devices to connect to Wi-Fi using 4G LTE.
A major downer for a lot of modern day car consumers: There is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Sorry!
2018 Honda Camry: Model Features and Safety Specs
All 2018 Toyota Camry models come standard with Toyota’s Safety Sense package.The Toyota Safety Sense package includes:
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
- Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
- Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
- Automatic High Beams
The 2018 Toyota Camry comes available in these model options:
- L, LE, XLE, XLE V6, SE, XSE, XSE V6, Hybrid LE, Hybrid SE and Hybrid XLE
- Three new powertrains are available on the 2018 Camry: The new 3.5-liter V6 (which added 33 horses of power) with D-4S fuel injection, an all-new 2.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine, which comes paired to a new 8-speed direct-shift automatic transmission and added an additional 25 horses of power, and a next-generation Toyota Hybrid System (THS II).
Like the 2018 Honda Accord, an important model change in the hybrid is the move of the battery from the trunk to below the backseat. The cabin in all of the Camrys has decreased slightly to give way to some of the enhanced design features. However, the hybrid models are actually gaining some cargo space.
What Toyota is saying about the 2018 Camry:
- “Alluring Exterior: The XSE and SE models push the limits of Camry’s evocative new look with unique catamaran-inspired accents and a black sport mesh grille.”
- “Captivating Cabin with Sporty Styling: The Camry’s available leather-trimmed 8-way power-adjustable driver’s and front passenger seats create an intimate, tactile connection with the road.”
- “Indulge your sporty side with Camry’s breathtaking performance. The light, strong body enhances both handling and ride quality.”
- “Ante Raised: All-New 2018 Toyota Camry Gains Emotionally-Charged Design and Performance Experience.”
Over to You
The 2018 Toyota Camry is worth the test drive.
Our advice – if you haven’t been in one in a while, definitely take the 2018 for a spin. It does not have an all-wheel drive option. The multiple V-6 engines and hybrid options will be enough to pique any serious car buyer’s attention.
The 2018 Toyota Camry kept a lot of the great qualities people have come to love and expect. However it definitely has a few surprises up its sleeves. From the all new interior and exterior to the squattier feel and shift in the center of gravity in the car, all around, it is a Camry unlike you have ever seen. It’s worth checking out if you’re even remotely still considering a sedan.
Have you test driven a 2018 Honda Camry? If so, what’s your experience?