2018 Toyota Camry Gets Aggressive Overhaul

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Toyota is challenging the perception of what its midsize sedan should be, ditching the Camry’s reputation for reliability in favor of something more riveting.

It starts with the design, with the 2018 Toyota Camry featuring a new look that is out to shed the car’s perception for pragmatism, replacing it with something that errs on the exciting side. Featuring a much sleeker profile than before, the Camry’s hood, shoulder line and roofline were lowered for improved aerodynamics and aesthetics. New accents help round out the revised exterior package, with the two sportier SE and XSE trims getting a host of distinctive details.

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Of course, the Camry’s newfound attitude had to extend beyond its looks. Riding on the same new global architecture that underpins the new Prius hybrid, the Camry is being billed as more than just a pretty face, with a dynamic drive to match. The car’s wheelbase has been extended by two inches (51 mm), helping pull the wheels closer to the corners for what should be better responsiveness. The platform is also more rigid than before, improving all-around agility.

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Also new for 2018 is the trio of powertrain choices offered in the Camry, including new 3.5-liter V6 and 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engines, and a new hybrid system. Power numbers weren’t provided, but Toyota says the 2.5-liter was developed to make the most of the new platform. It will come paired to a newly developed eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The new hybrid powertrain builds off of the same 2.5-liter engine, and uses a continuously-variable transmission that features a Sport mode intended to emulate a six-speed sequential gearbox. Anticipated output for the hybrid, as well as the V6 engine, weren’t provided by Toyota.

Expect more info to hit the pages of AutoGuide.com as the Camry gets closer to launch.

  • riiiiick

    Damn, I like that. Bought a 2015 Camry V6 XSE. Wasn’t overly enthused about the front end when I got it, but the V6 is nice and the ride in it is great. This looks a lot better, curious to see how it stacks up.

  • DeBee Corley

    I’ll just drive my v6 Camry another 20 years. The front is atrocious.

  • John Thomson

    Hey, don’t ever give up the reliability thing, ever. I came from a buy-America family and got a lot of flack when I bought my first Camry, but the family finally came around and learned to buy-reliable.

  • John Thomson

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks so. I’m holding on to my current model for awhile, hoping this new design will pass on.

  • rch8710

    Giving up reliability for something underpinned by the Prius. Seriously?

    Toyota marketing needs some help.

  • OriginsFan

    The last and greatest version of the Toyota Camry was the 1997. That car drove like a dream and had plenty of interior and trunk space. Now it’s no longer a full-sized car, but a mid-sized stripped of it’s luxury and bloated with gadgets run by expensive computer chips. No thank you.

  • OriginsFan

    Hi John, you can tell the naysayers that Camry’s are built in Georgetown, KY.

  • Minhaj Masud

    Have to agree with you, the rear looks great but the front is just ruined. IMO they should have had a similar front end as the current Camry, would fit with the look better.

  • turnipweed

    Looks a lot like a Ford Fusion.

  • smartacus

    aw yeah, 2.5 4-banger and 3.5 V6 are so unexpected.

  • 1factual

    Lets see the corolla XRS come back with the powerful 2.5 litre

  • rch8710

    I still have my 1997. It’s at 230,000 miles with no major failures. What’s so wrong with reliability?

  • rch8710

    Which looks a lot like every other car out there.

  • Steven Palmer

    would love to have the new 2018 suspension… the 2014.5 Camry Hybrid Suspension is only ok.

  • Akeem Scrubb

    sucks that the XRS badge was short-lived

  • Akeem Scrubb

    still rocking my 95 Camry DX. 5-speed, manual everything, 275k miles. Quiet as a mouse and still fun to drive, for it’s HP rating.

  • Tonypepperoni

    I have a 2001 (4). Looks like another decade or two for me as well. Heard a rumor that there’s a secret ugly car contest between all the manufacturers. Not sure how true that is.

  • Ji Dosha

    The Prius was just the first car to use the new modular system to create platforms. TNGA was designed from the beginning to underpin a whole range of cars.

    Has the platform on the Prius been breaking on customers?

  • Joe Kirk

    Unmmmm_no

  • Corey

    2010 Camry Hybrid owner here. 115k miles. Best car I’ve ever owned and that is saying a lot.

  • turnipweed

    True…

  • Ji Dosha

    You are still a buy-American family. Some study showed based on where the parts are made and where cars are assembled, the Camry is the most American car made for the last few years.

  • Shnnmn

    Wrong ! The new Camry is almost 4″ longer,2″ wider and 3″ taller and both are ran by computers.

  • Nick was here

    No, it’s a Corolla. And the 2.5L is not powerful

  • Nick was here

    I’m guessing you haven’t driven a car newer than a 1997 if you think that wallowing turd drove like a dream. That, or you’re using a Golden Age fallacy.

  • 1factual

    The last year for the XRS, 2010, had a pretty impressive power to weight ratio. It was comparable to the quickest cars in its class. The XRS boasted 158 hp @6k rpm with an impressive 162 lb/ft @ 4k rpm. It kept up with the 2010 year Mazda 3, 2.5 litre with 167hp@ 6k rpm and 168 lb/ft @ 4k rpm. The 2010 Civic Si had to scream to reach those number because of its smaller 2.0 litre engine.197hp@7800rpm 139lb/ft@ 6100rpm. Remember this was the same engine placed in the much heavier Camry. We’re not talking corvettes or lamborghinis here.

  • 1factual

    I still run a 1998 V-6 with 180k that does drive like a dream. My 2016 3.5 litre V-6 does have more power and pickup and handles better, but in my opinion the 1998 offers a smoother,softer ride. Both have superior reliability.

  • 1factual

    Not a thing! My 98 is at 180K! Go TOYOTA

  • 1factual

    All about the engineering, not so much the assembly.

  • bothus

    My first and last impression of this car is UGLY. How could the designers come up with a front end that is so UGLY?

  • Noya

    I still use my 184k mile 1998 Lexus ES300 (Camry V6) for commuting, racking up the miles. Engine and trans still feel perfect, smooth and moderately torque’ee. I just replaced the struts (KYB) and a few other suspension pieces to go with the new tires/alignment and it feels great, like it did when I bought it at 40k miles.

    I did get spoiled by the extra sound deadening Lexus uses. It’s so quiet compared to all the new cars I drove in the sub $30k bracket that I bought a newer used Lexus over a new Camry/Accord. The salesman at the Honda dealer even took me for a quick spin in a Fit to show me what LOUD was! I can’t believe some people commute in these economy cars.

  • Hammond Ecks

    By careful study of a Lexus?

  • Hammond Ecks

    Agreed, it looks sorta like Jabba the Hutt wearing a giant bib.

  • Klunk Klunk

    Inspired by Darth Vader’s helmet.

  • Reg

    So is the Toyota Avalon and the Lexus LS. Reliability, about 300,000 will need new struts but other than that only general wear and tear like tires, brakes etc.
    That’s for the older model, as for the newer vehicles, could be longer?? I’ll likely find out in 10 – 15 years should I keep the Avalon that long.