2018 Toyota Camry Review
The Camry has been regarded as a very sensible family sedan for decades. The front-wheel-drive vehicle debuted back in 1983, and it seems the 2018 Toyota Camry is continuing the legacy. However, while the line has been one of the best-selling, it is also considered to be one of the most boring. New features were seen in the 2015 and the 2018 model boasts some features too to do away with the previous ‘boring’ aspect. Let’s take a look.
You will notice that the 2018 Toyota Camry is longer, lower and a bit wider than the previous models. These changes end up giving the vehicle a comparatively lower profile. The front features an upper grille (pinched) along with a gaping lower maw. The front does play a role in giving this vehicle an angrier look. The fascia’s bottom edge tends to flare outward. The rocker panels are the same way. You will also notice a crease slashing across the C-pillar. The said crease continues to the decklid spoilers. The overall look does feel a bit ambitious for a family car but it does offer an exciting appeal.
The interior of the 2018 Toyota Camry has been changed too. It can be described as a bit ‘funkier’ than the previous models. The previous dashboard has been changed. This means that instead of the slab-like design you now get a design that’s three-dimensional. A wavelike trim piece bisects the dash, offering a unique look. The dashboard also curves away from the passenger allowing for a more spacious feel. Furthermore, the central touchscreen is easy to use. It also comes with a few knobs and buttons for easier access. You will also enjoy padded surfaces, appealing graining, soft-touch plastics, and a comfortable steering wheel. There’s a lot of rear-seat legroom, offering more passenger comfort. The hood has also been lowered along with the beltline for a better sitting experience. Most of the interior makes use of gray and tan hues.
The 2018 Toyota Camry offers the SE and XSE versions. Both come with more pronounced front and rear styling. The XSE features a black roof and a red-and-black interior scheme. This vehicle also debuts the Entune 3.0 infotainment system. It is compatible with an Apple or an Android phone through the Scout app. It shows you turn-by-turn directions and moving maps. But it isn’t supportive of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
Coming to safety, the vehicle offers a forward-collision warning and pedestrian detection. There is also automated braking, lane-departure warning, cruise control, steering assist, and automatic high-beams. The backup camera is standard. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are optional.
Specifics / Performance
|BASE PRICE||$23,955 MSRP|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan|
|ENGINE||DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-capable 2.5-liter inline-4|
|TOP SPEED||130 mph|
|TRANSMISSION||8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode|
|CURB WEIGHT||3600 lb|
|0-60 MPH||7.8 sec|
|ON SALE IN U.S.||Q2 2018 (est)|