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3 out of 5 stars

Good Car With Terrible Infotainment

Scott, 10/06/2017
XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
122 of 131 people found this review helpful

I like the handling and performance of the car. The car is roomy for a mid-size and quite comfortable. The safety features are also very good. Unfortunately, the infotainment system is awful. Toyota has decided to develop its own system called Entune 3.0 rather than offering Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Obviously, Toyota is not a technology company. If I had it to do over again, I would not purchase a new Toyota until Android Auto and Apple Carplay are supported. I also have a 2017 VW with Android Auto and the difference is like night and day. Entune appears to be several years behind. Android Auto is MUCH easier to use and wil support many more apps. Problems so far with Entune 3.0: 1) Entune 3.0 doesn't seem to auto-start. I have to manually start Entune on my phone before it will connect to the car. This has to be done every time I get in the car and quickly becomes very frustrating. Android Auto will start automatically either by recognizing when the phone connects to the car's bluetooth or when the phone is plugged in to the car's USB port. 2) Entune doesn't support nearly as many apps as Android Auto. Specifically, it doesn't support the following apps, all fully supported by Android Auto: Google Maps, Waze, Google Play Music, Amazon Music, Audible, Tunein Radio, as well as several messaging, audio book, and podcast apps. 3) Entune comes bundled with Scout for GPS navigation. Scout is not nearly as capable as either Google Maps or Waze. Initial routes take a long time then rerouting because of traffic or a missed turn frequenly fails. Also, the U.S. version of Scout doesn't support Canadian maps. I live in upstate NY and drive to Canada quite frequently. Both Waze and Google Maps seamlessly support driving in Canada. Toyota really needs to get its act together because Entune is just unacceptable. Maybe a good temporary solution would be to enable running Android Auto and Apple Carplay under Entune 3.0 until an update can be offered to current and future Toyota owners that supports Android Auto and Apple Carplay natively.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

TNGA Platform is wonderful

Jason H, 09/12/2017
XSE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
86 of 92 people found this review helpful

Purchased a XSE V6 (after considering Lexus ES, Audi S and BWM 4). The pictures do the car no justice-this is a beautiful looking vehicle in person. As such, I've gotten quite a few stares and inquiries as people try to figure out what kind of car it is, and there is a healthy dose of incredulity when I tell them its a Camry. And that's just the exterior. I have the Cockpit Red interior and it really sets the car off-it's WELL DONE. And it fits me well at 6'/280#, I'm as comfortable in this as I was in my 2008 Toyota Avalon XLS. I agree with the editorial review about the technology layout and functionality, and concur that the interior storage space is on the anemic side. The engine has just enough power to motivate you wherever you need to go when you need to get there without being petro-hungry. The 8-speed transmission will take some getting use to, and the handling and ride quality are great, what you would expect with 19" wheels with VR-rated rubber. The engine and exterior noise complaints aren't really an issue when the JBL Premium audio is on, so unless you are driving in silence, you won't notice it. Overall, I give the 2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6 a solid 4-star rating.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Best in Class Mid-Size Sedan.

Miracle Max, 09/23/2017
LE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
28 of 29 people found this review helpful

You can not put a price tag on your life. The Camry 2018 is the only sedan in its class that comes STANDARD with a Pre-Collision warning system and drivers safety aids. The ride is Extremely Smooth, the interior and exterior styling are mind-blowing. Camry went from being Boring and Bland to Jaw Dropping sexy. As for MPG and performance, I thought the needle was stuck on F for the first 3 days that I owned it or 125 Miles. The MPG you get get with the performance is bar-None. The 8-Speed transmission helps keep your RPMs very Low while cruising and when you need to accelerate it exploits all 203 Horsepower in the motor! Its not Fast compared to a V6 but for a 4 Cylinder it is extremely impressive. Everything works perfectly. Could not ask for a better Sedan.

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4 out of 5 stars

Get One While You Can! Amazing Car for the price!

Jeff, 04/21/2018
SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
16 of 16 people found this review helpful

I have bought TWO 2018 Camry SE's. I had one for six months and then bought another one. Both of them have the convenience package that I would not do without. Without this package you have to start the car with a key the old fashion way and you don't get predictive lines on your back up camera. The package also includes a Homelink, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and blind spot monitoring side mirrors. Yes the Scout GPS is horrible beyond words. I tried it for one day and then uninstalled it from my phone. It is shocking that Toyota let such garbage get past their quality control. Of course Android Auto and Apple carplay both use Google Maps for GPS and it is by far the best and most up to date GPS in the world. It just works and Toyota is stupid for not getting it in their vehicles. ALSO, There is a SOLUTION for those who can't live without Android auto or Apple Carplay. For between $250 and $1250 you can get an aftermarket entertainment console to replace the stock one. Even the cheap ones have Android Auto and Apple Carplay and the more expensive ones can run both of them wireless. Some of them will also will play DVD's or Bluerays and most have better electronics that will immediately improve the stock sound system. These new systems can be installed to work with your steering wheel controls just like the stock system does. You can also have your system modified to mirror your phone screen for a few hundred dollars. Some may say, "Why not just buy a different car that has a good system already?" I would say because you will spend thousands more to get anything close to Toyota quality and in other cases get an inferior automobile. I consider Toyota to have few equals but in my opinion Honda is one of them. I was going to get a Honda Accord EX instead of another Camry SE, just so I could have Android Auto, but Toyota gave me over $7500 off the sticker of the Camry and it took a miracle and searching many Honda dealerships to get someone to discount one over $3000. After doing the math on both out the door prices I saved over $4500 by going with the Camry. You could take $1500 of that and go to your best local stereo installer and get a system that blows away all stock car systems. It seems Toyota knows something is up and they are giving huge incentives and enabling dealers to deeply discount these amazing cars because of the screwed up Entune system. Now is a fantastic time to go and get a 28 thousand dollar car for around 22000. You could probably get an LX for well under 20k. Besides the fail of the Entune system in different areas the car is fantastic and a modern marvel of technology. We have never driven anything that is more fun to drive. It has a sports car feel and sound. It's lane assistance, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian warnings, etc are all really cool and work great. Of course we have not a single mechanical issue which is what we expect from Toyota. The SE's SofTex seats are really nice and look and smell like leather but they are more stain resistant and much easier to clean than real leather. We love the Ash interior on the SE's that contrast light grey and black and just looks outstanding. The black interior just kind of blends everything together and hides the modern curves but is still way above average. We love these 2018 Camry's and do not regret our decision to by either one of them at all and we are a very Android / Apple loving family and we always use the GPS on our phones. We may go for an aftermarket solution soon but for now we just love driving these amazing cars.

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5 out of 5 stars

Nice car but

Gary, 05/05/2018
LE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
44 of 47 people found this review helpful

Getting ready to replace my leased 2016 Camry SE Special Edition with 4cyl auto. I drove the Camry LE 4cyl with 8 speed auto. While the ride is comfortable and quiet, the shifting and drive ability of the 8 speed transmission is not to my liking. The acceleration is fine, but cruising on the highway seems dead with throttle response slow unless you mash it to the floor. I reset the MPG display to zero and the car did obtain 31mpg. However, on the same highway, at the same speed, my 2016 gets 42mpg. Also the throttle response is far superior on my 2016. Further, the Entune radio system is terrible. On my 2016, the Scout GPS could not be made to work and it is still the same on the 2018 I tested. My 2016 Camry is the very best car that I've ever had in over 50 years of driving. However, although the 2018 is a nice car overall, I won't be getting one. I like it, but I don't love it. UPDATE 5/18/18 I test drove an LE 4cyl and reviewed it here. I was somewhat critical of the 8 speed transmission and gas mileage. I was replacing my 2016 Camry SE and in the review said that I liked the 2016 better. However, after driving/pricing much of the competition, I just couldn't pull the trigger on any of them. So, I decided to take another look at the 2018 Camry. This time I drove the SE version with 4 cyl. I took it for a very long test drive on the interstate as well as in the town where I live. After that drive, I concluded that I was too hasty in my evaluation/review and that my objections about the transmission being sluggish, was more of my getting used to the 8 speed over my old 6 speed. In this test drive, I found that driving the 8 speed wasn't as objectionable as I previously thought. Yes, on the highway it did downshift frequently when going up an incline, but that's what transmissions are supposed to do to keep up the car's speed. I also found that in town it shifted out of 1 fairly quickly. To me, after driving for an extended time, it wasn't bothersome at all. I was also critical of the gas mileage in my original review and said that although it did meet the EPA estimates, my 2016 obtained higher mpg. Well, I was wrong and must have not cleared out the old mpg information as I thought I did. This time, I found that the car averaged as high as 49 mpg on LEVEL interstate @ 70mph. Of course that dropped when I started to encounter hilly sections of highway. So far, the indicator shows an average of 32.2 mpg overall with my city driving included. So, yes I decided to get the 2018 SE and so far have not been disappointed. I've noticed complaints about noisy engines, uncomfortable seats, poor interior materials, etc. In my case, I have not experienced those issues. So, what is my recommendation? Take a longer test drive under the conditions you normally experience.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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