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
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.
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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.
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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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