2018 Toyota Camry Review
- Original MSRP$23,645 - $35,100
- Fuel Economy (MPG)29/41 City/Hwy
- Body StylesSedan
By Chris Brewer (Last Updated 6/22/2018)
The all-new 2018 Toyota Camry re-energizes the brand’s best-selling midsize sedan with bold styling and a more dynamic driving experience. Camry long has garnered a reputation of quality, dependability and refinement, but the family sedan’s conservative styling and road manners rarely have made headlines until now. Toyota’s aggressively styled 2018 Camry offers better performance and efficiency, and a longer list of standard safety and technology features than ever before.
The 2018 Toyota Camry is a midsize sedan that seats five. It’s sold in five trims: L, LE, SE, XSE and XLE. The 2018 Camry also is available as a hybrid in LE, SE and XLE trims. All base trims are powered by a four-cylinder engine; XLE and XSE models are available with a V6. The Camry hybrid uses a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. All Camry models are front-wheel drive.
The Camry is all new for 2018. The 2018 Camry marks the popular vehicle’s eighth generation and 35th model year.
The 2018 Toyota Camry takes its best-selling midsize sedan and injects a dose of styling energy. While all models share the basic shape and overall design, Toyota set out to design two different Camrys: a family-friendly sedan represented by the L, LE and XLE trims, and an enthusiast-pleasing sport sedan with the SE and XSE models.
The base Camry features 16-inch steel wheels, a contrast black front grille and color-keyed mirrors and door handles. Auto on/off bi-LED combination headlights, LED daytime running lights and combination taillights, and a single exhaust tip complete the design. LE models get 17-inch alloy wheels, and XLE models are fit with a panoramic moonroof, 18-inch alloy wheels and a bright metallic front grille.
The SE and XSE trims take the Camry’s basic design and add sporty touches. SE models get a unique front grille with a sport mesh insert, 18-inch black alloy wheels, sport side rocker panels, a rear spoiler and a single exhaust with dual chrome tips. The XSE features tinted integrated LED lights, a gloss black front grille, 19-inch black alloy wheels, dual exhaust with quad chrome tips and, if you opt for the V6, a panoramic glass roof with power tilt-and-slide moonroof.
The Camry’s redesign is less obvious once you enter the vehicle. The spacious and well-designed interior that has become a family favorite remains intact, although small changes show the model’s progress. The cloth interior is well-made and long-wearing. Front seats are six-way adjustable, and the tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel makes it easy to find a comfortable driving position. Soft-touch surfaces, wood trim and chrome touches add to the premium feel of the sedan.
The Camry’s rear seats provide plenty of room for three adults. While the trend is toward compact crossovers, the Camry’s rear seats prove that many families are still well-served by a midsize sedan.
Available upgrades include leatherette and leather-trimmed upholstery, eight-way power adjustable front seats, heated front seats, rear adjustable headrests, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and upgraded trim materials.
Toyota Camry buyers can opt for a four-cylinder, V6 or hybrid powerplant. Four-cylinder and V6 models are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid powerplant uses a CVT. All models are front-wheel drive.
All non-hybrid Camry trims use a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The XSE model gets a slight power boost with 205 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. XLE and XSE models can be powered by the available 3.5-liter V6 that generates 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque.
The Camry hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. Combined, total system power is 208 horsepower. Of note, LE models use a more efficient lithium-ion battery and SE/XLE trims use a nickel-metal hydride battery.
The base Camry gets up to an EPA-estimated 29/41 mpg city/highway, while the V6 earns up to 22/33 mpg. Thanks in part to the lithium-ion battery, the LE hybrid achieves an impressive 51/53 city/highway. SE/XLE models are EPA rated at 44/47 city/highway.
While the Camry has been a long time favorite of ours, we rarely have praised the driving dynamics apart from predictability and comfort. Driving the all-new 2018 model proves that the sporty exterior was more than a design challenge. The economic four-cylinder not only achieves incredible fuel economy, but the power should be more than enough for most owners. The eight-speed automatic transmission is smooth and offers excellent performance. The optional V6 allows Camry’s new platform, which features a lower center of gravity, a double-wishbone rear suspension and a stiffer body structure, to shine.
The 2018 Camry offers more precise steering than the outgoing model, and the stiffer chassis translates into a more engaging ride with a better connection between the car and driver.
Camry’s standard audio includes a 7-inch touch screen, six speakers and USB and Bluetooth connectivity. Toyota’s proprietary Entune 3.0 software includes connected navigation and an app suite. Toyota’s smartphone integration is significant and easy to use but does not include Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
XSE and XLE models include an 8-inch touch screen, two additional USB ports and a nine-speaker JBL audio system.
The base Camry comes with a standard rearview camera. The Camry also features Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams and dynamic radar cruise control. XSE and XLE models arrive with blind spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert and intelligent clearance sonar with rear cross traffic braking.
The 2018 Toyota Camry received the highest Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a superior rating from IIHS in the area of front crash prevention. Additionally, the 2018 Camry earned a top five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The nicely equipped 2018 Toyota Camry L starts at $23,495. Our best-value nod goes to the LE model, which adds power-adjustable seats, 17-inch alloy wheels and an alarm system for an additional $505. The sporty SE model includes 18-inch black alloys, leatherette seats, a rear spoiler and more for $25,200. Top-trim XSE and XLE models start at $28,450 and $29,000, respectively. Both can include the optional V6 engine for an additional $5,950. All prices do not include an $895 destination charge.
The surprisingly efficient Camry Hybrid LE starts at $27,800, plus destination. The hybrid SE and XLE start at $29,500 and $32,250. The high level of standard equipment and the unmatched fuel efficiency make the base Camry LE a compelling buy. The long-term fuel savings and the elevated level of performance over the base four-cylinder engine make the $3,800 price difference over the base LE seem relatively insignificant.
The 2018 Toyota Camry is priced competitively with its biggest rival, the Honda Accord. However, both Camry and Accord are more expensive than comparative models from other manufacturers including the 2018 Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion. Toyota’s historically excellent resale value and reputation for long-term reliability also should be considered.
The all-new 2018 Toyota Camry offers attractive design, a comfortable interior and above-average driving dynamics. With a sport-tuned suspension, more powerful and fuel efficient gas-powered engines and a hybrid that is capable of up to 53 mpg, the Camry is both fun to drive and economical. Toyota’s reputation for quality, reliability and excellent resale value help make Camry the world’s best-selling midsize sedan.
Specs & Features
- Super White
- Celestial Silver Metallic
- Blue Crush Metallic
- Ruby Flare Pearl
- Predawn Gray Mica
- Midnight Black Metallic
- Galactic Aqua Mica
Wheel and tire type
- Wheel Diameter: 17.0 X 7.5 Inches
- Tire Type: P215/55r17
Available exterior features
- Door Handle Color: Body-color
- Front Bumper Color: Body-color
- Grille Color: Black
- Mirror Color: Body-color
- Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
- Window Trim: Chrome
- Width Without Mirrors: 72.4 Inches
- Ground Clearance: 5.7 Inches
- Width: 72.4 Inches
- Length: 192.1 Inches
- Height: 56.9 Inches
- Wheelbase: 111.2 Inches
- Rear Track Width: 62.8 Inches
- Curb Weight: 3296 Pounds
- Front Track Width: 62.6 Inches
- Armrests: Rear Center With Cupholders/Rear Folding
- Air Filtration
- Power Locks: Auto-locking
- Dash Trim: Simulated Wood
- Front Air Conditioning
- Steering Wheel Trim: Urethane
- Interior Accents: Chrome/Woodgrain
- Front Air Conditioning Zones: Single
- Floor Material: Carpet
- Electronic Messaging Assistance: Voice Operated/With Read Function
- Navigation App: Scout
- Phone: Hands Free
- Real Time Traffic
- Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth
- Radio Data System
- Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/IPod/iPhone/Jack
- Total Speakers: 6
- Antenna Type: Element
- Speed Sensitive Volume Control
- Radio: AM/FM/Touch Screen Display/Voice Operated
- Internet Radio App: Pandora/Slacker/IHeartRadio
- Infotainment: Entune
- 8-Way Power Driver Seat Adjustments
- Bucket Front Seats
- 6-Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustments
- Split-Folding Rear Seat
- 60-40 Split Rear Seat
- Upholstery: Cloth
- Passenger Volume: 100.4 Cubic Feet
- Max Seating: 5
- Front Hip Room: 55.4 Inches
- Front Shoulder Room: 57.7 Inches
- Rear Hip Room: 54.7 Inches
- Rear Legroom: 38 Inches
- Front Legroom: 42.1 Inches
- Front Headroom: 38.3 Inches
- Rear Headroom: 38 Inches
- Standard Seating: 5
- Seating Rows: 2
- Cargo Volume: 15.1 Cubic Feet
- Rear Shoulder Room: 55.7 Inches
- Axle Ratio: 2.80
- Fuel Type: Gasoline
- City (MPG): 28
- Highway (MPG): 39
- Combined (MPG): 32
- Engine Type: 4 Cylinders
- Displacement(liters): 2.5
- Horsepower: 203
- Torque: 184
- Transmission Type: 8-speed Automatic W/sequential Shift Mode
- Type: A
- Gears: 8
- Turning Circle: 37.4
- Rear Suspension Type: Multi-link
- Front Suspension Type: Lower Control Arms
- Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
- Front Stabilizer Bar: Diameter 24 mm
- Front Shock Type: Gas
- Rear Spring Type: Coil
- Rear Stabilizer Bar: Diameter 25 mm
- Front Suspension Classification: Independent
- Rear Shock Type: Gas
- Front Spring Type: Coil
- Front Struts: MacPherson
- Rear Struts: MacPherson
- New Car Basic Warranty: 36 Months/36,000 Miles
- Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 60 Months/60,000 Miles
- Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 60 Months
- Small Overlap Front - Driver SideG
- Small Overlap Front - Passenger SideG
- Moderate Overlap FrontG
- Side ImpactG
- Roof StrengthG
- Head Restraints and SeatsG
- Front Crash PreventionSuperior
- HeadlightsGwith optional equipment
- Child Safety Door Locks
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Electronic Stability Control: Standard
- Energy Absorbing Steering Column
- Rearview Monitor: in Dash
- Side Impact Airbags: Standard
- Lane Deviation Sensors
- Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
- Impact Absorbing Seats: Dual Front
- Crumple Zones: Front/rear
- Camera System: Rearview
- Pre-collision Warning System: Audible Warning/visual Warning
- Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
- Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
- Front Driver Airbags: Standard
- Impact Sensor: Door Unlock
- Daytime Running Lights: Standard
- Autonomous Braking
- Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
- Safety Brake Pedal System
- Emergency Interior Trunk Release
- Brake Assist: Standard
- Side Curtain Airbags: Standard