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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 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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