The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid navigation system is abominable! You must connect your cell phone with a cord to the USB to get the Scout GPS system. The Scout GPS software and maps are OK. Toyota is risking a problem as the cord connecting the cell phone flops onto the floor when unplugged from the phone. The loose cord becomes entangled with the accelerator pedal. You better have unlimited data on your cell phone if you use this system. Why Toyota chose to have a corded interface when the Entune accepts blue tooth is beyond explanation. Buyer Beware.... there are 3 levels of Entune system. The Hybrid owner's manual offers instructions for the Premium system. NOTE: The Premium level is not available on the Hybird Camry. The premium level in GAS Camrys is available... it has a much better navigation. Toyota almost had a perfect car except for this glaring miscalculation when it comes to a GPS system.
This is a great car. But the brochure lies about the Heads Up Display. The description is for the display in the V6 not the hybrid. I've told Toyota about this serveral times but no response from them. The Navigation system is junk compared to Google Maps. The voice control functions are pretty brain dead and the Nav system is slow. But other than those two things it's a good car. I'm just very disappointed that Toyota won't fix the marketing of the HUD and they are sticking with a very old technology for their Nav and voice controls.
Looked into certified used Camrys but those came with all the bells and whistles that we were not interested in. Moonroof? I own a motorcycle and the wife owns a convertible. Sophisticated sound system? My pitch and sound acuteness have been gone many years. If I can play classic rock at full volume then I'm a happy listener. Bottomline the cost for certified used was competitive with a new Camry LE Hybrid. Also, closing the deal for us is, the Camry is all new from the ground up and we felt the accident avoidance features were well worth an investment in the 2018. One of the oddities is Toyota for whatever reason decided to place their latest battery system exclusively in the base LE version. A battery which produces higher a MPG than the SE or the XLE. We have averaged as high as 60 MPG's on the highway but typically average 52-53. As mentioned, something called the Scout Navigation System is available for the LE with a base audio package and via Toyota Entune. I installed the app on my wife's phone and made the hard connection via USB to the Toyota Entune system. As reported elsewhere, why not Bluetooth? Not sure where they're pulling their map info, but it ain't the best. Worse you're agreeing to a whole lot of access and tracking to whomever these good people at Scout are. Best stick to google or rely on a Garmin. It's also true that Toyota isn't real clear on the features available with Entune. There is a Toyota navigation package but you need the pricier audio system. It took some time before even Toyota over the phone could explain to me what entune features were include with our radio package. However, that said, we still love the basic LE.
I'm holding to the thought of Still New & Hopeful because I've not hit the EPA rated MPG yet which according to reviews I should have exceeded. I've had the car 3 weeks now with nearly 950 miles doing a lot of highway but days when it's more city sometimes too. I have come from a Toyota Echo which I've had for 14 years this October! Refused to get away from that car because of it's fairly consistent 40 MPG! When I read that the Camry Hybrid LE was EPA rated at 52 combined I started planning for this car. At this point I'm averaging 45 MPG which beats my Echo, not to mention that everything on this Camry is like twice the size of the Echo with it's standard stick shift. We've had also two of the Toyota Highlander, and more recently the Rav4. All have been great cars from a comfort and low cost to maintain standpoint in respect to their size and type. I'm just wondering why it is taking me this long to achieve the 52 mpg combined rating? And yes I'm 95% of the time in Eco Mode. The car drives incredibly smoothly and I'm enamored with all the safety features which I have exactly all of them! 1st day coming off the highway off ramp the cars were stacked up and the Camry put on the brakes a moment before I did...-impressive! 2nd day going to work, I went to merge into the left lane with no one behind and it rattled the steering wheel and beep beep beeped at me. I didn't realize that it was detecting lane departure without a turn signal so thought perhaps I was falling asleep or not paying attention! Now I use the turn signal even if no one is behind me to let the Camry know it is my intention to leave the lane. Even my passenger noticed the yellow icon in the side mirror letting us know that a car was coming up from behind and entered the blind spot which by the way, is a savior because now I don't have to crank my neck around like in the Exorcist to see if it's clear! The back up camera has the bendy (steering) yellow guide along with the blue solid frame line which took me a couple days to get used to because the Rav4 didn't have the bendy (steering) one. It has also warned me of a potential pedestrian in front or in back of me and again I was impressed. Of course it was just a matter of time before cruise control would get taken over by tech and automatically let up if another car comes within its zone of safety. I knew that it didn't have built-in GPS before I bought it but it doesn't mean that I still don't wish it had it or could display Google Waze & Google Maps on the display via bluetooth from my phone. I like the Toyota Connect feature (optional to subscription to use) as it tells you via your phone the status (windows / doors / moonroof open - closed -locked). You can locate it if stolen. But my favorite feature via the phone app is being able to start the car on a cold morning and warm it up while defrosting the windows. This is a very cool optional feature but I won't be using it in the summer obviously. There is also a Toyota Owners app that can tell you when the Camry needs maintenance and you can schedule it via the app with your dealership. The app also gives you the manuals and warranty info. My Echo had impressive trunk space for a compact car. The 2018 Camry has impressive space as well and it also has 60/40 fold down seats for those really long items from Lowes or Home Depot. I like that you can just walk up to the car's trunk with your groceries and just above the license plate area, give it a touch and the trunk opens. Also the front doors open and lock with just your hand from the outside. No more key scratches around the door handle, yeah! The front seats are comfy. Haven't tried the rear but there is more space than I imagined just looking at it. Ordered it with factory installed door edge guards. These are far far better than the aftermarket kind. Also ordered the all weather floor mat package which includes a trunk tray. They are sized exactly for a custom fit and they look quite nice. I also got a spoiler for the trunk but there seems to be a supply problem? I don't have it yet. Guess the Georgetown KY Toyota plant doesn't make those on-site. Oh speaking of the Kentucky plant which by-the-way is the largest Toyota plant in the world! That is why they say it is a Japanese car made in the USA with very large percentage of it's parts made in the U.S. and also within the plant itself. It is the most American made foreign car in the United States! I have been there to tour the plant twice now in the past 5 years or so. Toyota infused $1.33 Billion dollars for the equipment to make the 2018 Camry at the Kentucky site and also hired an additional 750 employees! They already make the Camry there but the 2018 is a complete redesign. My boss parked her car, a 2016? Camry next to mine and they look nothing and I mean nothing alike. Plus mine looks so much bigger and more "svelte" in it's design. An associate wants his wife an RN to get this as her next car. Give me the MPG & I'll be 100% :-)
Love the car, quality is very good. BUT the Nav system and all apps work off your phone using your data plan. The NAV system will not go into a full screen unless your phone is tethered to the system. Yes, the phone must be plugged into the USB port to view the map on the NAV system. My mistake, I should have noticed it before I bought the car. Probably would have been a deal breaker for me. Hoping Toyota will make modifications to the system if enough people complain.