2018 Toyota Camry Pros and Cons

Jodi Lai
by Jodi Lai

The 2018 Toyota Camry is all new and it’s doing things very differently this time around.

Toyota is trying really hard to ditch its reputation for making boring cars, and the Camry is a huge step in this new direction. Make sure to check out our full review of the new Camry, but here is a quick overview of the pros and cons for this completely overhauled family sedan.

2018 Toyota Camry Pros and Cons

Pros

Drives Great: The all-new architecture that underpins the 2018 Toyota Camry allowed it to have much sportier driving dynamics. By pushing the wheels to closer to the corners, making the center of gravity lower, increasing structural rigidity, and completely overhauling the entire chassis, the new Camry is much more athletic than it used to be.

“Acceleration is more than adequate, with the engine and eight-speed transmission working hand-in-glove. You can really feel that they were developed by a dedicated team that was all on the same page because they perform beautifully,” said Craig Cole, AutoGuide.com‘s Detroit Bureau Editor in his review. “Refreshingly, this car’s steering is sharp, with a welcome crispness on center and an inspiring amount of heft. Never has a Camry felt so good to drive, which is sure to please first-time buyers and probably surprise repeat customers.”

Engine Options: There are three different powertrains on offer for the new Camry. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is the base offering and has 203 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque. For a bit more hustle, the Camry is also still offering a V6 that outputs 301 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. Finally, for more efficient driving, the Camry is also available as a hybrid, which has a CVT. The other Camry models get a smooth eight-speed auto.

Fuel Economy: The Camry LE has a fuel economy rating of 28 mpg city, 39 highway, and 32 combined, which beats a CVT-equipped Honda Accord’s 27/36/30 mpg ratings.

New Styling: “We wanted to make this car sexy,” says Ian Cartabiano, chief designer at Toyota’s in-house Calty Design Research facility. The new look is a huge departure from the old Camry, with a new style that — whether you like it or not — can’t be classified as boring. This new personality also carries over to the interior, which looks and feels much higher-end than its humble name and price would suggest.

It’s Safe: The 2018 Toyota Camry was awarded as an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. All Camry models come standard with Safety Sense P, the Japanese automaker’s suite of safety and driver assistance features. It includes collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control that works in stop-and-go traffic, lane departure alert with steering assist, and automatic high beams. Some models are also available with blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert and a top-down parking camera. The Camry comes standard with a reverse camera.

Built in America: The Camry is built in Georgetown, Kentucky.

ALSO SEE: 2018 Honda Accord Pros and Cons

Cons

No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto: Toyota is one of the only automakers that doesn’t offer this, and it’s made worse by the fact that the system native to the Camry isn’t as user-friendly or well designed as the Accord’s. It helps that the Camry is available with a 4G LTE connection so that it can act as a wi-fi hotspot. Toyota offers its own brand of smartphone connectivity but it doesn’t work very well and for drivers who view Apple CarPlay or Android Auto as a must-have, the fact the Camry doesn’t have it might be a dealbreaker.

ALSO SEE: 2018 Toyota Camry Review

Accord Has a Bigger Trunk: If cargo hauling was a big issue for drivers, the Honda Accord has a bigger trunk (16.7 cubic feet) than the new Camry (15.1 cu-ft).

Accord is Slightly More Affordable: The new Camry starts at $24,390 while the new Accord starts at $23,330, which again, isn’t a big difference, but might be enough to sway extremely budget-conscious buyers.

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Jodi Lai
Jodi Lai

Jodi has been obsessed with cars since she was little and has been an automotive journalist for the past 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and a jury member for the prestigious North American Car/Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY). Besides hosting videos, and writing news, reviews and features, Jodi is the Editor-in-Chief of AutoGuide.com and takes care of the site's day-to-day operations.

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  • Steven Palmer Steven Palmer on Oct 13, 2017

    if it's like my 29014.5 Camry Hybrid XLE, tons of plastic... my 2014.5 handles very much like an economy car... at best. update, little things starting to malfunction, like drivers seat heater stopped working... driver door actuator (door lock broke a few months ago). Now has 50k miles on it. Has new tires too, the first set factory put on sucked, bought a really nice set to replace factory tires that wore out by 50k. Dealer had to reflash the Entune system with update. Everytime I think about it, and parts expense, it's a must have to have a warranty. The car is nice until thing break even when the car is relatively brand new the plastic stuff falls apart.

  • Juan Ramon Juan Ramon on Oct 18, 2017

    No manual, enough said.

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