- Apr 12, 2018
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What you should know about 2018 Toyota Camry
One of Toyota's most sought after car is out with an outstanding Hi-tech Model which users can hardly resist. The Toyota Camry 2018 is out in the market with different unique features such as comfortable interiors, safety integrated technologies, fuel economy, turbo chargers, computerized back view, air-conditioning system, exclusive aerodynamics, wonderful balance, navigation and media control facilities and more.
Camry and Car Seats
You can seat five people inside a Camry, with cushions that are comfortable but a touch on the firm side. In the front, the cockpit feels roomy, and visibility is excellent out all sides. The seats are lower than in the last generation, and while most test drivers like the new seating position, it can take extra work for some to get inside. The rear seat is also a bit smaller now. If tall back-seat passengers are a regular occurrence, you may want to consider a competitor with more legroom, such as the Volkswagen Passat or Mazda6.
In the back seat of the Camry, there are three tether anchors and two sets of lower anchors.
Camry Interior Quality
Inside, the Camry feels much nicer than before, thanks to more soft-touch materials and a stylish design. The build quality feels solid, and buttons and knobs are conveniently placed. On uplevel models, Toyota offers upgraded finishes (including tiger eye wood and textured metal) and bolder color combinations (like red leather).
Camry Cargo Space
The Camry has less trunk space than before, and its 15.1 cubic feet (in all but the base model) is one of the smallest among nonhybrid midsize sedans. You also have to watch out for low-dipping hinges when loading items. If this is too small for you, take a look in the back of a Chevrolet Malibu or Hyundai Sonata, both of which have larger trunks.
Camry Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
The Camry's new infotainment system is better than before. You still can't get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, but Toyota has done a good job of linking the car to your smartphone, so you can access apps like iHeart Radio, Pandora, Slacker, and Yelp. This integration is included in every model, along with a navigation app that connects to your smartphone and then displays turn-by-turn directions on the touch screen.
Other standard features include Siri Eyes Free and voice controls. You can upgrade the 7-inch screen to an 8-inch screen, and wireless smartphone charging and a nine-speaker JBL sound system are among the available options.
Camry Engine: Peppy Performance
Under the hood of most 2018 Camrys is a 203-horsepower four-cylinder engine that is one of the more powerful non-turbocharged engines in this segment. Step on the gas, and the four-cylinder rewards you with an energetic burst of speed. It's still no sports car, but with this new engine the Camry no longer feels like a sleepy four-door. If you want more oomph, Toyota also offers a 301-horsepower V6, which you can add to the up level trims for about $6,000.
Camry Gas Mileage: Outstanding Fuel Economy
The Camry's new four-cylinder engine is not only enthusiastic but also efficient. In fact, with its rating of 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, this is one of the most fuel-efficient midsize cars. Fuel economy takes a hit with the V6 engine, dropping to 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway.
Camry Ride and Handling: More Dynamic, Still Comfortable
To date, Camry’s have not been synonymous with agility or liveliness. That changes with the 2018 model year, which has more precise steering, strong brakes, and better composure through the corners. It makes these gains without losing its comfortable ride quality, especially in the Camry LE. The Camry SE edition comes with a few performance upgrades and feels a bit more athletic than its brethren.
Is the Toyota Camry Reliable?
The 2018 Camry does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power and Associates.
Toyota covers the Camry with a three-year/36,000-mile comprehensive warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile power train warranty.
Crash Test Results
The 2018 Camry earns the highest rating of Good in five crash tests and a Top Safety Pick + designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives it five out of five stars in frontal, rollover, and side crash tests for a five-star overall rating.
You get more advanced driver assistance features in the base Camry than you do in most competing midsize sedans. It comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P, a bundle composed of a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. The redesigned Camry also comes standard with a rearview camera. Available safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear cross traffic braking, a head-up display, and a full-speed adaptive cruise control system.
Choosing the right Toyota Camry Model for you
The 2018 Camry comes in five different trims: L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE. Most come with a four-cylinder engine, though the two highest trims are available with a V6 engine. All models are front-wheel drive and have an eight-speed automatic transmission. Toyota also makes a Camry Hybrid, which we review separately.
The base model comes with many standard features, including a well-equipped infotainment system and a full suite of advanced safety technologies. This lengthy list of inclusions helps counterbalance the Camry's higher starting price.
If you want to build a sedan that's a bit swankier and provides good value, start with the Camry LE and opt for one of the available packages. The Audio package, for example, gives you niceties like dual-zone climate control, wireless smartphone charging, an 8-inch touch screen, an upgraded infotainment interface, a moonroof, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. You'll pay around $27,600 for an LE with this package, which is less than the cost of the XLE trim.
Toyota Camry L
The base Camry L ($23,495) comes standard with cloth upholstery, a 7-inch touch screen, and six speakers. The infotainment system features the Entune interface, Siri Eyes Free, Google voice controls, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Its smartphone integration provides navigation through the Scout GPS Link app and connects you to apps like Facebook, Yelp, Pandora, and iHeart Radio. Standard safety equipment includes a rearview camera, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.
Toyota Camry LE
The Camry LE ($24,000) gets only a few upgrades over the base model. Its main advantages include a more comfortable eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and the availability of numerous upgrades (none of which are offered with the base trim).
Toyota Camry SE
The rear spoiler and synthetic leather seats help liven up the Camry SE ($25,200), which also comes with single-zone automatic climate control and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with paddle shifters.
Toyota Camry XLE
More safety features are added to create the Camry XLE ($28,450), including LED headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear cross traffic braking. This is one of two trim levels that can be upgraded to a V6 engine, which adds $5,950 to the price. The XLE V6 also comes with an enhanced infotainment system that includes an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker JBL sound system, HD Radio, and satellite radio, as well as leather upholstery and heated front seats.
Toyota Camry XSE
The Camry XSE ($29,000) is the top-of-the-line edition, and it boasts the extra features to prove it. Dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless smartphone charging, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a proximity key, push-button start, three USB ports, dual exhaust, three driving modes (Eco, Normal, Sport), a head-up display, and enhanced adaptive cruise control come standard in this model. The XSE V6 ($34,950) gets a panoramic moonroof and the same upgraded infotainment system that comes in the XLE V6.
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The Toyota Camry is still the practical option in the midsize car class – for proof, just look at its extraordinary set of standard safety features. The 2018 redesign changes the game for this sedan, though. Now, it is also a fun option. Drivers enjoy a much more animated experience behind the wheel, thanks to the peppy new four-cylinder engine and much improved driving dynamics.