2018 Toyota Camry Expert Review

4.7 Overall Score
Performance 4.6 Comfort 4.6 Styling 4.4 Value 4.6

Editor's Overview

All-new for 2018, the Toyota Camry midsize sedan is reborn with vivacious styling and an athletic nature that makes it more fun to drive. The Camry offers three revamped powertrains, impressive standard safety features and laudable fuel efficiency. About the only thing it lacks vs. rivals like the Honda Accord is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

You'll Like The 2018 Toyota Camry If...

If you want a midsize sedan with a sterling reputation for reliability, satisfaction and ease of use, the Camry continues to fit the bill. The latest version of this Toyota sedan further benefits from an impressive roster of standard safety features and driving aids, plus enhanced power and efficiency.

You May Not Like The 2018 Toyota Camry If...

If your next new car must have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone integration, look elsewhere. While every other major automaker has gotten on board with Apple and Google's systems, Toyota is going its own route with its Entune infotainment setup.

What's New

The Toyota Camry sedan is all-new for 2018. Now in its eighth generation and 35th model year, the latest Camry emphasizes style and better driving dynamics. A variety of trims and three powertrains are available: the standard 4-cylinder, a powerful V6, and a hybrid that earns over 50 mpg.

Interior Features

The 2018 Camry's 5-passenger interior didn't get quite the extreme makeover as its exterior, and that's perfectly fine. The cabin carries over its best traits: roominess, comfort and easy-to-use controls. Regarding controls, small touches like placing the tune/scroll audio knob directly below the volume knob make a big difference. Likewise, the steering-wheel-mounted controls are easy to see and use. Most models have only one USB port, while higher trims are better-stocked with three. Even the standard 7-inch touch screen looks good. In lieu of navigation via CarPlay or Android Auto, Toyota offers its Scout GPS Link App.

Exterior Features

Toyota continues to up its game with the Camry's exterior style, and this newest model is its most daring yet. From front to back, the new Camry aims to show off its newfound athleticism and attitude. Its large front grille is hard to miss, and the Camry's new, 1.6-inch-lower aluminum hood shows off interesting creases. One of the most surprising features is found on the sporty XSE models, which boast four -- count 'em four! -- chrome exhaust tips. One of the most distinguishing style elements is the 2-tone Midnight Black Metallic roof, also only available on XSE models.

Driving Impressions

For as long as we can remember, the Toyota Camry has been comfortable and compliant, but not exactly invigorating to drive. It was essentially the vanilla ice cream of family sedans. That changes with the new Camry. A double-wishbone rear suspension, lower center of gravity and stiffer body structure with a 30-percent increase in torsional rigidity translate to a more dynamic and ultimately fun-to-drive experience. The 2018 Camry feels tauter than the outgoing model, and the steering is more precise. The new 8-speed automatic transmission is a solid partner and in some models can even be shifted via paddles. The standard 4-cylinder engine that powers the majority of Camrys will suffice for most buyers and has a satisfying blend of performance and efficiency. The optional V6, now making over 300 horsepower, can easily chirp the front tires. Our surprise favorite is the Camry Hybrid (see Favorite Features).

Pricing Notes

The 2018 Toyota Camry has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $24,380, including destination charge. For just $505 more, we recommend the better-equipped LE model. The sportier Camry SE bows at just over $26,000, while the very well-equipped XLE and XSE trims start just under $30,000. The V6 Camry, only available in XLE and XSE trim, begins over $35,000, and the new Hybrid is $28,685. At these prices, the Camry is in line with a comparably equipped Honda Accord. The Camry's starting price is slightly higher than those of the Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Mazda6, Kia Optima and all-wheel-drive Subaru Legacy. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their Toyota Camry. The Camry's resale value is another bright spot, as Toyota's midsize sedan has historically held its value at or near the top of its class.

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Notable Equipment

The 2018 Camry’s lineup consists of L, LE, SE, XSE and XLE, with SE and XSE the sportier pair. The least expensive 2018 Toyota Camry L is a solid buy that includes automatic transmission, 6-way-manually adjustable front seats, the TSS-P suite of safety and driving aids, and an infotainment system that bundles a rearview camera and 6-speaker AM/FM audio system with Bluetooth and USB/auxiliary inputs. For $500 more, we recommend the LE as it includes a power driver's seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, alarm system and 17-inch alloy wheels. Toyota Care (two years/25,000 miles of complimentary maintenance and 24/7 roadside assistance) is standard.

Notable Options

SE models have sportier exterior aesthetics, 18-inch wheels, paddle shifters, sport front seats and sport-tuned suspension. XSE and XLE models have dual-zone climate control, 7-inch configurable instrument display and 8-inch central touch screen, leather seats, selectable drive modes (Eco, Normal, Sport), blind-spot monitoring, panoramic glass roof with moonroof, and electric parking brake. Among the various options are JBL premium audio system with navigation, bird's-eye camera, Qi-compatible wireless phone-charging cradle and head-up display. The standard Entune 3.0 infotainment system has built-in Wi-Fi, and while it lacks CarPlay or Android Auto integration, it does offer Siri Eyes Free and Google voice control.

Favorite Features

CAMRY HYBRID
Given Toyota's massive success with the Prius hybrid, it's no surprise the latest gasoline-electric Camry Hybrid is better than ever. The new version has a fuel-economy rating of up to 53 mpg, packs more power than the standard 4-cylinder model and is satisfying to drive. It's the best of all worlds.

TOYOTA SAFETY SENSE P (TSS-P)
The 2018 Camry has an impressive suite of safety and driving aids. More impressive is that it's standard. Even the lowest-priced model has dynamic radar cruise control, the ability to detect pedestrians or objects and apply the brakes, keep the vehicle from drifting in lanes and automatically adjust the high beams.

Under the Hood

Three powertrains remain available, and all have been revamped. Most popular is the standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that now boasts 203 horsepower (206 in XSE models) and earns up to 41 mpg. The most powerful Camry is the V6, now packing 301 horsepower. Both of those engines are mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. The 2018 Camry Hybrid pairs a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and a battery-powered electric motor for enviable fuel economy of up to 53 mpg. Camry Hybrid LE models actually use a pricier lithium-ion pack, while the higher-trim Camry Hybrid SE and XLE variants use a nickel-metal hydride battery. Toyota reps say the rational for this has to do with fuel-efficiency goals and pricing strategy. All Camrys are front-wheel drive.

2.5-liter inline-4
203 horsepower @ 6,600 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy, 29/41 mpg (L), 28/39 mpg (LE, SE, XLE, XSE)

3.5-liter V6
301 horsepower @ 6,600 rpm
267 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy, 22/33 mpg (V6 XLE), 22/32 mpg (V6 XSE)

2.5-liter inline-4 gasoline-electric hybrid
208 horsepower total
Total torque output: NA
EPA city/highway fuel economy, 51/53 mpg (Hybrid LE), 44/47 mpg (Hybrid SE, XLE)

Editors' Notes

The Toyota Camry is all-new for 2018, ushering in its eighth generation and 35th year in existence. For its latest act, Toyota's iconic midsize sedan has reinvented itself with bold new looks and athletic manners. The latter narrows or nullifies the fun-to-drive gap that once existed between the Camry and its Honda Accord archrival, all without sacrificing the Toyota's reputation for comfort, convenience and ease of use. The Camry remains available with 4- or 6-cylinder engines and as a gasoline-electric hybrid, all of which have been revamped for admirable power and efficiency. The Camry's driving manners have never been better, but Toyota's reluctance to integrate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto could be a chink in the Camry's otherwise impenetrable armor.

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Owner Reviews

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Toyota provides dependable vehicles.

Toyota builds dependable cars, and the Toyota Camry is a joy to own because it is dependable. A driver rarely worries that the Toyota will fail to start or break down once on the road. The manufacturers provide roadside assistance as part of the deal, and a driver can contact the organization for assistance when necessary. However, as mentioned before, the car is so dependable this assistance is rarely required. The Toyota brand usually provides a comprehensive warranty that cover service and maintenance for an extended period of time or use. One of the most attractive features of this model is the visibility that is built into the design which makes the car one of the safest on the road. The design provides for exceptional visibility when changing lanes, making turns, and backing up. This model comes equipped with a backup camera which greatly reduces the chances that a driver will hit something or someone when going in reverse. For a medium sized car, the interior is quite spacious for the driver and passengers in both the front and back seat. Passengers should have plenty of legroom in the back seat. Interior design is carefully crafted, so the driver and passengers should enjoy short drives or extended road trips.

- Barbara V

Camry redesign comfortable and convenient with only a few drawbacks.

The front seats in this car are quite comfortable and offer good back support, but this car is very low to the ground and is somewhat difficult for an older adult to get in and out of. Positives include great gas mileage and excellent rear view camera, lane deviation assist, and blind spot monitors. The trunk is very roomy and the rear seat is comfortable for three average-size adults. Bluetooth features are easy to operate from controls on the steering wheel or the dashboard and video display/touch screen is generously-sized and convenient. There is plenty of storage in the console and various storage bins, but the glove box is a bit small, taken up almost fully by owners manual and operating guide. The exterior of the car is really nice-looking overall, but the front bumper cover is quite low and sometimes scrapes the ground or hits concrete stops/blocks at the front of parking spaces. I recently owned a 2016 Camry that did not have this front bumper problem, and this seems to me to be a flaw in the redesign that needs to be corrected.

- Carol G

I really love that the car is really smart with all it is features.

The Camry, is probably one of the best cars I have driven. It is really smooth, and the acceleration is really amazing. The colors inside the car are beautiful, the model and how the car is made is also very beautiful. I really love how on the back of the vehicle it says Camry in big letters! The features on the car are amazing, I have a lot of options, in the settings. I like how it has the lane control thing, where when you are accidentally crossing into another lane the car automatically moves itself back, or when you get too close to a car while going at a fast speed it will tell you to brake, but if you do not break on time it will brake for you. It will tell you when you need to see a car shop and the tire pressure, most of the time it will tell you if something is wrong with your car.

- Selina P