2018 Toyota Camry Long-Term Road Test - New Updates

2018 Toyota Camry Long-Term Road Test

New Updates


2018 Toyota Camry: Wrap-Up

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Toyota Camry

What We Got

We bought our 2018 Toyota Camry in September of 2017. The Camry has long been one of the top-selling sedans in the country, so when it was redesigned for its eighth generation, we had to have one. At the time, this Camry was also notable for breaking with the tradition of conservative styling and moving in a bolder direction.

We chose the SE trim level since it was the driver's choice, due to its suspension upgrades, and sat nicely in the center of the lineup. We also opted for the Convenience package, which bundles a smart key, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a sunroof, and carpeted floor and trunk mats.

The Audio Plus package was our priciest option at $1,255, which included navigation via smartphone app, wireless smartphone charging, an 8-inch touchscreen, and the Entune 3.0 infotainment system with in-car Wi-Fi. This package also included dual-zone automatic climate control and vents for rear passengers. All in, we paid $26,968 for our Camry, which was roughly $2,700 below MSRP.

This Blue Streak Metallic Camry stayed with us for 28 months, and we added 42,301 miles to the odometer.

What We Learned
Our Camry was rock-solid in terms of engine reliability, as we've seen over the years from Toyota. It was also comfortable and fuel-efficient. Some editors noted that the throttle wasn't as responsive as they would have liked. But it was the vehicle's technology that let us down the most. The Bluetooth streaming audio failed on many occasions regardless of whether an Apple or Android phone was involved. It seemed to be most persistent on Google Pixel phones, where, in some cases, it refused to pair at all.

Read on for all of the details.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for September 2019

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
We took our 2018 Toyota Camry on a road trip to Oregon in September, helping to add more than 3,200 miles to the odometer. Along the way up the Pacific Coast, we made observations about its cargo capacity, automatic high beams, seat comfort and more. We also set a new record for range on a single tank of gas.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for July 2019

by Kurt Niebuhr, Vehicle Test Editor

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
We put more than 2,100 miles on our 2018 Toyota Camry in July, most of them racked up on the open highway. But not all of those miles were easy, with one of our editors venturing into the burning heart of Death Valley (115 degrees, but it was a dry heat). And while there's plenty to dislike about this generation of Camry, some aspects do win universal praise. Well, except for the seats.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for June 2019

by Brent Romans, Senior Editor, Written Content

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2018 Toyota Camry continues to be a steady, if unloved, workhorse of our long-term fleet. I drove it for the entire month of June and logged my thoughts about the car's desirability compared to other midsize sedans. I also wrote up some observations about some new-ish interior rattles and the experience of installing the Camry's spare tire.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for May 2019

by Matt Jones, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
After some serious R&R, our 2018 Toyota Camry stretched its legs to the tune of 2,300 miles since our last update. And not one of those miles is attributable to any rideshare service. The miles are actually courtesy of an Edmunds guest contributor with thoughts about the Camry he was eager to share. So we've decided to switch it up a bit for this month's episode of "Keeping Up With Camry."

Instead of hearing from your tried-and-true vehicle testers, we thought it might be interesting to hear from an Edmunds contributor who doesn't directly work with cars on a regular basis.

Another reason we think this is fun: most of his thoughts compare and contrast the Camry to the Accord, a vehicle he spent a few days with prior to driving the Camry. And let's be honest: Is it possible to even think of one without at least a whiff of a thought of the other? I'm not sure it is.

So if you've been looking for some straight-up Camry-versus-Accord comparisons from a regular guy, you're in luck. If not? Check back next month.

Enough talking, let's jump in. But first, let's talk gas.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for April 2019

by Matt Jones, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2018 Toyota Camry spent most of April languishing in the Edmunds parking structure. Big Blue was driven a whopping 202 miles. Time is almost up with our car, but there's still Camry news to report, news that we would have liked to hear a year ago: The Camry is finally getting Apple CarPlay.

Apple iPhone integration has come slow to the Toyota lineup, and the expanded tech offerings (Amazon Alexa capability has also been added) put the Camry back on pace with most other midsize sedans.

"We are always striving to bring highly desirable services to our vehicles," said Steve Basra, vice president of Connected Technologies for Toyota Motor North America in a news release. "This new program enables CarPlay and Amazon Alexa on some of our most popular vehicles already on the road. It's a great opportunity to surprise and delight our existing customers."

A major gripe I've had with the Camry is the seemingly hate/hate relationship between the standard Entune infotainment system and Android phones. I'm not alone; the Entune 3.0 App Suite Connect currently enjoys a 1.5-star rating on the Google Play app store (down from the 1.9-star rating that Carlos noted in an earlier update).

So while I'm excited that Toyota has made Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa available, I'm confused by the omission of Android Auto, especially considering that Android Auto is available on other products within the Toyota line.

We've gathered some examples of our Camry's Bluetooth behaving badly. All of the complaints are from Android users.

But first, let's talk about fuel economy.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for March 2019

by Matt Jones, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
In March, Team Edmunds traveled about 1,000 miles in our 2018 Toyota Camry, bringing our cumulative total to 22,642. Jonathan Elfalan put on the lion's share of the miles, but Kathleen also got some seat time. They both highlighted some good (seat comfort, cargo room) and bad (hard-to-reach controls, stingy low-end power) characteristics of Toyota's mainstream mainstay.

The numb throttle calibration is just a fact of life with this Camry, "sport model" or not. We've gotten used to it, but that doesn't mean we like it. Fortunately, the Camry redeems itself a bit with its car seat/new-parent friendliness.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for February 2019

by Matt Jones, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2018 Toyota Camry didn't see much action in February, logging less than 500 miles. But even in a shortened month, short of miles, we still found new reasons to appreciate the Camry. Apparently, extra-large rescue dogs appreciate the Camry, too.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for January 2019

by Matt Jones, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
In this month's episode of "What's Crackin' With the Camry?" Calvin compliments the interior, Brent upvotes the ride quality, and Josh laments the Camry's transmission and the hood's ability to harness the power of the sun and bully his retinas.

For those just tuning in, here's what you've missed:

We drove our 2018 Toyota Camry about 1,000 miles in January, bringing our total mileage north of 21,000. We took possession of the Camry in September 2017, and overall Team Edmunds has wavered between lukewarm and warm on the stalwart Toyota.

The Camry does some things really well. It's pretty darn durable, for example. While other less regal machines might start showing signs of "maturity" at 21,000 miles, our Camry remains virtually unchanged.

And some things it still does poorly, such as pairing to Android phones and getting up to speed quietly.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for December 2018

by Matt Jones, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2018 Toyota Camry spent most of December in Fresno, California, under the watchful eye of Senior Editor Brent Romans. Brent added about 800 miles to the Camry to close out 2018, and his efforts helped boost our overall mileage to a few clicks higher than 20,000.

Read on to hear some of our thoughts on the Camry's styling, performance, technology, and all-around impressions as our time with the Toyota midsize sedan starts winding down.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for November 2018

by Matt Jones, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
A long-distance round trip from Long Beach to San Francisco over Thanksgiving helped boost our 2018 Toyota Camry's odometer by about 1,300 miles, enough to push Big Blue slightly past the 19,000-mile mark for our long-term test. The Camry continues to be rock-solid, if you don't count the chronically skittish Bluetooth system, some weird rattles and "mushy" acceleration.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for September 2018

by Matt Jones, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
In September, we nearly doubled the miles added to our 2018 Toyota Camry compared to the month before. We drove 1,240 miles, a good chunk of that covered in a drive to and from Las Vegas, but still fell short of our usual goal of around 1,700 miles a month. That seems to be a theme with our Camry; we've had it one year now and we're 3,000 miles off the mark.

For all its positives, which includes rock-solid reliability (not something we can say about every car in our fleet), the Camry can't seem to overcome a general vote of "meh" from our team. We like it well enough — read on for some interior design and overall praise from our editors — but not quite enough to really pile on the miles.  

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for August 2018

by Matt Jones, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2018 Toyota Camry didn't see much action in August, clocking only 631 miles. These miles came courtesy of local commuting peppered with local driving. The funny thing about living in Los Angeles is that, while 631 miles may not seem like much, chronic traffic makes 631 miles more than enough seat time to opine on the virtues — and failings — of our soon-to-be 1-year-old Camry.

Ron Montoya compares our Camry's powertrain and infotainment to our new long-term Honda Accord's. Carlos Lago and Dan Frio have some thoughts about the audio system, and Dan also talks about the "sportiness " of the SE "sport" trim.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for July 2018

by Carlos Lago, Manager, Feature Content

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
It was a lonely July for our long-term 2018 Toyota Camry. In its 11th month in service, our example of the best-selling sedan in America only covered 715 miles, which is far lower than our average for long-term vehicles.

This shortage is a trend for our Camry. In order to hit our yearly 20,000-mile target, we'll have to log about 4,600 miles next month. Considering that's the drive from Los Angeles to New York and a little more than halfway back, it's probably not going to happen.

The editors who did drive our Camry this month noted a few things about its interior. Dan Frio admired the gusto of the design, while Josh Sadlier found traits to admire about the seat design and position.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for June 2018

by Kurt Niebuhr, Road Test Editor

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
I can't say June was a particularly pleasant month for our 2018 Toyota Camry. Not because it was in an accident or suffered any mechanical failures, but because it endured another month of abuse and vitriol directed at its in-cabin technology and drivability. The former might very well be the culprit behind the Camry's distinct lack of road-trip mileage.

But it wasn't all bad for our blue 'Yota. And while it took a child seat to highlight something positive, at this point I think the Camry will gladly take praise when and where it can get it.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for May 2018

by Jason Kavanagh, Senior Road Test Engineer

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2018 Toyota Camry rolled an additional 1,381 miles onto its odometer in May, helped by a sojourn to Arizona and back to Los Angeles. This was in addition to its usual duties of ferrying editors and their families around the greater metropolitan Los Angeles area.

In fact, this kind of local use has dominated the Camry's time with us. For all its merits, this sedan has eluded frequent use as a road-tripper. Meeting our 20,000-mile bogey for the year will require driving it some 2,400 miles each month from now through September. That level of sustained long drives is not likely to happen.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for April 2018

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
We added 1,159 miles to our 2018 Toyota Camry in April and pushed it beyond the 10,000-mile threshold. That said, we'll have to pick up the pace and take full advantage of the upcoming summer road-trip season if we hope to total 20,000 miles by its year anniversary at the end of September.

By all rights the Camry should have accumulated more miles this month, but out of necessity it spent much of its time in the suburbs running here and there. It never got much of a chance to stretch its legs on any sort of road trip.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for March 2018

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2018 Toyota Camry drove through March anonymously. It came and went without much notice, which, to be honest, is probably what most Camrys do. Thankfully we have nothing much to report. Unless, of course, you have to write an update like I do. That said, we did have a tropical encounter with one of our Camry's cousins and we found a nice little detail about the trunk. Hey, no one said Camrys need to be exciting.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for February 2018

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
We drove our 2018 Toyota Camry just 902 miles in February. Is this new, sportier Camry not resonating with us? Are we not feeling it? Is it the front end? Are the other shiny objects in our garage (Model 3, Colorado ZR2) distracting us?

Maybe some, none, or all of the above. But even after a month of short commuting miles, broken up by a drive to Las Vegas, we're still right on target with our mileage after five months. Granted, we had some big-mile months early on in the test and around the holidays. And with spring around the corner, the Camry is certain to be a popular car for long drives and weekends out of town. Maybe we'll even autocross it. I mean, I won't. But someone will, I'm sure.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for January 2018

by Brent Romans, Senior Editor

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
The new year started off uneventfully for our 2018 Toyota Camry SE. Most of our staff used it for local driving and commuting to the Edmunds offices. I was able to evaluate it over a long-distance drive, though, from Los Angeles to Fresno, about 250 miles away.

We ended up with a mix of logbook comments for the month. Oddly, many of them are slightly negative. Is this latest Camry redesign not holding up to scrutiny?

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for December 2017

by Matt Jones, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
We added around 1,600 miles to our 2018 Toyota Camry in December thanks to two long trips, one to Arizona and another to San Diego. We missed our goal of 1,700 miles for the month, but we're confident we'll be on schedule to hit our 20,000-mile goal by October when our long-term trial concludes.

Why are we so confident? Because people around here really seem to dig the Camry, so it's a safe bet that Blue will get its fair share of miles. As expected, the Camry performed as intended. We experienced no major foul-ups, problems or gremlins as 2017 came to an end. We did notice a few weaknesses in the Camry armor, however.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for November 2017

by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer

2017 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
We continued to pack miles onto our 2018 Toyota Camry in November, but it didn't come close to matching the roughly 3,000 miles we reported in October. Last month, the Camry mostly stuck to commuting and weekend tours of Los Angeles County, and we added just more than 900 miles, well below our 1,700-mile monthly goal.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Monthly Update for October 2017

by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer

2018 Toyota Camry

Where Did We Drive It?
Our new 2018 Toyota Camry has only been in the fleet for a month and a half, but we've wasted no time breezing past the engine break-in period of 621 miles. In fact, we've put nearly 3,000 miles on Blue Lightning since we purchased it in mid-September. In that time, the Camry has seen its share of city commuting, highway driving and instrumented performance testing. A few local trips bookended the month — Josh Sadlier took it to Palm Springs in early October, and I drove to Temecula at the end.

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2018 Toyota Camry: Introduction

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

2018 Toyota Camry

What Did We Buy?
"Didn't we just have a Camry in the fleet?"

This seemed a reasonable question after hearing that we'd added a 2018 Toyota Camry to our long-term stable. It wasn't that long ago that we'd driven a black SE trim for a year, but it turns out it wasn't quite as recent as it seemed. That particular test wrapped up, and the car sold, almost five years ago.

Time flies; you just don't expect it to fly by on the wings of a Camry, a car so ubiquitous on America's roads that it's always just there. It seems all of that capable anonymity has caught up with the country's best-selling car, however. Six years later, the new Camry rolls out with a bold new look, revamped four- and six-cylinder engines under the hood, and a chassis that promises both improved interior room and a more engaged driving feel.

Such comprehensive changes made it hard to ignore the new Camry, so we decided to buy one for our long-term fleet. Now we have a year and 20,000 miles to see if the redesign really does push this family sedan forward in a meaningful way.

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