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TNGA Platform is wonderful

Jason H, 09/12/2017
XSE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
81 of 86 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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Good Car With Terrible Infotainment

Scott, 10/06/2017
XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
112 of 121 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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Nice car but

Gary, 05/05/2018
LE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
37 of 39 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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TOYOTA Recall entune 3.0 and Scout GPS

bob, 12/04/2017
XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
26 of 27 people found this review helpful

TOYOTA Recall entune 3.0 and Scout GPS

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Great Car witha few overlooked items!

Brandon, 09/27/2017
SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
69 of 75 people found this review helpful

9000 miles now and just over a year of ownership. Entune and scout gpshas gotten much better and is usable now. Still not good but it's fine for occasional use. The car hasn't missed a beat. I have had zero problems with the car. First off I am not brand specific. I have owned 1 Mercury, 1 Honda, 1 Hyundai, 1 Chevy, 1 Kia, 2 Nissans, and 3 Mazda's. This is my first Toyota. The car has great safety features that come standard including: Automatic braking with forward collision warning, radar cruise control, and lane keep assist. But something's seem to have been forgotten probably to save money because these features come standard. Such as no push button start, poor interior dome lighting, and poor interior storage. The front map lights do not come on with the doors open. And no there is no setting that can be turned on. Just the very dim rear dome light is all you have inside at night when entering. The dome light is a regular incandescent bulb where as every other light is a LED. It looks out of place. Some models do have these things but my SE model does not. Also I am slightly disappointed that the car only has one 12v power outlet and one usb connector. Should have more for a family sedan. The connected Navigation thru Scout GPS is okay at best. Android auto would have been better. The shifting is very smooth but clearly geared toward economy. It tries to shift very early keeping rpms too low for the four cylinder engine. You have to give the throttle pedal a good push too keep the rpms up while accelerating. I would have liked to see the transmission programmed for more sport in the SE and XSE models. Really my gripes are very minor and I love the car. Now for the stuff I like. Exterior looks are personal but I love it. I never considered a Camry before this model. This looks dare I say sporty. It also driver very good. Handling and road holding are very good. Mine has the 2.5 four cylinder and acceleration as more than adequate. On our recent trip to Panama city which is 850 miles round trip the car averaged 42 mpg for the trip. Very impressive. Seats are fantastic and the car rides very well. The LED headlight are amazing. By far the best headlights I have ever had. My cars color is Galactic Aqua which is very dark metallic blue. I have received several compliments already on the color. I wont get into every aspect but overall this a very good car. I feel a few tweaks to some of the interior and this would be a great car. I am loving driving it and overall I love it.

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