The 2018 Toyota Camry remains among the most competitive mid-size sedans, with a sleeker design, higher fuel economy, and carefully calibrated features and options for every buyer.
The 2018 Toyota Camry is a new generation of the mid-size sedan that’s been the best-selling car in the U.S. for the last 15 years.
In an effort to banish the Camry’s bland image, Toyota gave the latest generation a more expressive design, used a more sophisticated suspension to improve driving and handling, and delivered better fuel efficiency than any previous Camry lineup. Five trim levels are offered: a base L, a mid-grade LE, and a better-equipped XLE, plus the sporty SE and upscale XSE. The Camry Hybrid has three versions: LE, SE, and XLE.
Overall, we rated the 2018 Toyota Camry at 7.2 points out of 10, bolstered by a perfect safety score and improved fuel economy. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
With buyers’ interests in sedans sagging in favor of all sizes of crossover SUVs, this latest Camry is critically important to keep Toyota's highest-volume passenger car at the top of a tough market. It faces stiff competition this year from a new version of its longtime rival, the Honda Accord, plus a major revamp of the popular Hyundai Sonata. Other competitors include the older Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, and Nissan Altima.
The new Camry improves on last year’s model in styling, safety, features, and fuel economy, but it’s only average in performance, despite a new chassis. It's powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 that makes 206 horsepower and manages 32 mpg in most trim levels. A traditional V-6 is still available—many rivals have ditched a bigger engine in favor of turbocharged powertrains—and a hybrid powertrain that returns more than 50 mpg combined.
A new 8-speed transmission fitted to the inline-4 and V-6 keeps the Camry creamy on the road. Improved ride quality is apparent, even in base trims, although the cabin in some versions is a little noisier than we like.
Its interior is just as comfortable as previous-generation Camrys and it's newly styled. The center stack features a prominent boomerang styling element that separates driver and passenger in separate spaces. It's a sea-change for the Camry that has languished from inoffensive styling for decades.
All Camrys sold in the U.S. are now built at Toyota's plant in Georgetown, Kentucky.