Toyota Camry has always been the mid-size sedan for auto enthusiasts. 2018 Toyota Camry is something new and interesting in automotive world. And without the slightest of doubt, one can say that this year’s offering from Toyota in sedan segment has not disappointed their hardcore fans.
It has in fact kept the reassuring looks and it’s now modified chiseled front is something one can stare at all day, a welcome change from its otherwise blant image of previous generations. It’s exterior, interior, and all features have been fine tuned for perfection. It has options for every range of buyers.
The 8th generation Toyota Camry is offered in 3 different models – L & LE models, HV LE & HV XLE luxury hybrid models, and SE & XSE for its sporty looks.
Camry is probably the most popular family sedan in the US, so it is no wonder that Toyota wanted to offer the redesigned model to its customers. It is the most comprehensive redesign in the last 34 years.
The Japanese automaker goes with skin-stretched over the muscles look for the 2018 Toyota Camry. It’s basically the same shape as the current outgoing model. However, now it has more emphasized creases, giving it a tad more muscular look. The sporty SE model gets a different criss-cross styling, which is way cooler in my opinion, than those of more pedestrian-look models L and LE, which have horizontal striped grilles.
According to the official website, the 2018 Toyota Camry is going to be available in the following body colors: Ruby Flare Pearl, Midnight Black Metallic, Galactic Aqua Mica, Blue Crush Metallic, Blue Streak Metallic, Brownstone, Predawn Gray Mica, Celestial Silver Metallic, Super White, Wind Chill Pearl. The following combinations will also be offered: Blue Streak Metallic/Midnight Black Metallic Roof and Rear Spoiler, Celestial Silver Metallic/Midnight Black Metallic Roof and Rear Spoiler, Wind Chill Pearl/Midnight Black Metallic Roof and Rear Spoiler. Note that colors may vary by model.
Interior design is bit of funky and cool, with the center stacked asymmetrical console with really nice angles to it. It has got a personality, one could say, which is a nice thing. It has not skipped in necessary functionalities, too.
The dashboard of the Toyota Camry 2018 has a really nice look. Easy to operate air-condition controls, nice touch-screen console which provides functionality of smartphone connectivity, navigation controls using Scout GPS Link app, circular pitch black knobs for volume and tuning controls, neat and classy stitching in dash with nice contrast, to name a few.
Trunk is sufficiently large, and back seats are decent too, providing decent legroom, which is not best in class, but does its job quite well.
But talking about futuristic design, one drawback with its center touch-screen console is, it doesn’t support Android Auto or Apple Carplay. Minor flaws aside, the touch of elegance is evident in interior designing of the new Camry. Well done Toyota.
The 2018 Toyota Camry comes with a couple of variants of the brand-new 2.5-liter 16-valve I-4 engine. The base unit produces 203 horsepower and 184 pound feet of torque, while the more powerful variant is producing 206 horses and 186 lb-ft of torque. That is commendable increment from the 178 horsepower from last year’s model. It is a little noisy though, however it’s more like a sweet music for an auto-enthusiast, believe me.
Other engine option include a 3.5-liter 24-valve V-6 unit producing a total of 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed ECT-i automatic transmission with sequential shift mode. There is also an optional electronically controlled CVT.
Hybrid models feature the already-mentioned 2.5-liter I-4 engine option as well, however, with lower specs, producing 176 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque. This one is paired with an electric motor/generator.
The sedan is very quick in general. And more sportier models provide a better throttle response.
Talking about fuel efficiency, it has higher fuel efficiency than last years model, 32 m/g averaging about in city and on highways. But what’s mind blowing is, the base hybrid LE model Camry provides whopping 51 m/g highways. We know the number game isn’t everything, and thankfully all the spec bump in papers can be felt on road.
The new Toyota Camry 2018 comes with the double wishbone suspension in rear, which provides excellent handling, unlike last year’s McPherson suspension. Of course, it provides an all-around better driving experience for the driver.
According to our sources, some models are going to be released during this July, while the rest of them will be hitting retail stores sometime this Fall.
Just like before, customers will be able to choose among different Camry models. There will be a total of seven gasoline variants available and three hybrid variants.
Base prices (Gasoline):
Base prices (Hybrid):
As you can see in the tables below, customers can buy the base L model for the price of $24,380. The most expensive model with a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine the XSE and its price tag is $29,885. Add V6 into the mix and you’ll have to pay $35,835. The most expensive hybrid model is priced at $33,135.
This is probably the most detailed video review of the new Camry SE model by Mike’s Car Info.
Also, if you have additional half an hour of free time to spare, check out this video review of the Camry’s XSE model.