2018 Toyota Camry Review
2018 Toyota Camry Review
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Jason joined Edmunds' testing team in 2006 as a vehicle testing engineer. Jason believes true appreciation of modern cars stems from owning really, really bad old ones.
- Strong fuel economy from four-cylinder engine
- Plenty of cabin and cargo space
- Impressively easy car to drive
- Subpar infotainment and smartphone integration
- Engine noise is prominent during acceleration
- Advanced driver aids can be overly sensitive
- 2018 Toyota Camry has been fully redesigned
- Longer wheelbase compared to the outgoing model
- Sleeker styling updates the exterior look
- Revised rear suspension geometry
- Two distinct styling themes depending on trim level
The Camry is the archetypal midsize family sedan. Though it has grown larger over many generations, the latest, redesigned 2018 model checks in at roughly the same exterior dimensions as its predecessor. That's fine — it's plenty big enough already, thanks. The 2018 Camry's styling is a big departure from the norm, however.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2018 Toyota Camry L 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.56 per gallon for regular unleaded in Virginia.
Monthly estimates based on costs in Virginia
$129/mo for Camry L
Avg. Midsize Car
You can sense the difference from 10 paces away. The uninspiring styling we've come to expect on the Toyota Camry has been replaced with a lower and sleeker look. But sleeker doesn't mean reduced headroom and reduced visibility because the seats, hood and side glass have dropped a similar amount. In fact, we figure that interior space has been enhanced.
Much of the credit goes to the stiffer platform and its double-wishbone rear suspension, the key element that makes this Camry different from any produced in the last 30-plus years. Past Camrys relied on a rear strut suspension because of its low cost. But rear struts are bulky and compete for space with the back seat and trunk. The more sophisticated rear suspension was recently used on the Toyota Prius, and the positive effects on that car's ride comfort, road noise, handling and even steering feel were substantial.
As before, there will be three powertrain choices, all of which are either new or significantly revised. The all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine makes 203 horsepower, while the optional 3.5-liter V6 now cranks out a stout 301 hp. Both come paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission that further helps improve fuel economy. The fuel-sipping Camry Hybrid (reviewed separately) is new as well.
On the safety front, you'll find a common array of features including 10 standard airbags and a rearview camera. But the most impressive safety feature on this new Camry has to be the standard inclusion of the Toyota Safety Sense-P, which means that even the cheapest 2018 Camry will have traffic-adapting cruise control, automatic emergency braking in case of an imminent forward collision, lane departure warning and mitigation, and auto-dimming LED headlights.
While we appreciate the Camry's newfound attention to style, safety and handling precision, Toyota's Entune infotainment and smartphone integration won't please many people. It just isn't as easy to use as rival systems. It's the most glaring shortcoming of this otherwise well-rounded family sedan. If you're in the market, the Camry is going to be one of your best choices for 2018.
Notably, we picked the 2018 Toyota Camry as one of Edmunds' Best Midsize Sedans for 2018.
What's it like to live with?
Because of its thoroughly overhauled cabin and redesigned exterior, the 2018 Toyota Camry was a great addition to our long-term vehicle testing program. We bought a Camry in the sporty SE trim and tested it for more than a year. To learn what it was like to live with, read our long-term test, where we covered everything from seat comfort to fuel economy.
Edmunds' Expert Rating7.6 / 10
Toyota has completely overhauled its best-selling Camry sedan for 2018. Though the new Camry is roughly the same length as before, it has more cabin space and sharper steering and handling, particularly in SE guise. Still, the Camry's main appeal is its everyday functionality.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2018 Toyota Camry XLE (2.5L inline-4 | 8-speed automatic | FWD).
|Overall||7.6 / 10|
The 2018 Camry has more spirit than its predecessor, which is most apparent in its more substantial steering and handling abilities. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder gives adequate shove in most conditions, and its new eight-speed automatic transmission is well-mannered.
The four-cylinder engine's strong power in the upper rev range gives it satisfactory oomph when you need to accelerate up to highway speeds. But it's less impressive around town when the revs are low. In our tests, the Camry needed 7.9 seconds to reach 60 mph, which is an average time.
It's easy to modulate these brakes, and the pedal effort is nicely judged, neither firm nor mushy. Even panic stops are easy to manage. In our testing, the Camry stopped from 60 mph in 122 feet, which is a bit longer than expected for a midsize sedan.
Steering is suitably direct and well-weighted, with good on-center feel. It's not exactly sporty in terms of feeling the grip at the front tires, but certainly keener than previous Camrys. Sport mode makes the steering unnecessarily heavy.
Well-mannered within its modest limits. Feels tidy for a car of its size in this class. Body roll isn't excessive, though it bobs vertically on bumpy, twisting roads more than we'd like. The SE or XSE should be more controlled. Tire grip is modest.
The eight-speed automatic transmission kicks down willingly most of the time and doesn't hunt among gears. It picks up cleanly from a standstill with no lurchiness or pregnant pauses. A pleasant, innocuous driving experience.
The big and comfortable seats, well-executed ride and powerful climate control mean the Camry will suit drivers of most sizes well even on long trips. With that said, it's on the noisy side, with a prominent engine buzz when accelerating and noticeable wind and road noise at freeway speeds.
At first sit, the front seats feel overstuffed, flat and wide. But this impression dissolves quickly because long-trip comfort proves excellent. The seats combine modest bolsters and medium-firm padding with stiff leather. The back seat is upright, with a flat bottom and modestly contoured seatback.
Compared to previous Camrys, this car feels more buttoned-down. Not a hint of harshness, though. Typical pavement bumps, whether large or small, are damped well overall. The ride is never wallowy or floaty, but it does exhibit some excessive vertical ride motions on bumpy roads.
Noise & vibration6.0
This isn't a serenely quiet car. The engine is buzzy during acceleration but fades into the background when cruising. There's noticeable wind and road noise, too. This might be the trade-off for the new Camry's somewhat sharper dynamics.
Two knobs for temperature and buttons for other controls make for a clean, simple and effective layout. The digital display doesn't wash out. It cools powerfully even in triple-digit heat and operates very quietly, making it even better. The back seat gets two vents as part of an option package.
The Camry's cabin won't wow you with its opulence, but it nails the fundamentals across the board. It will satisfy a truly broad range of sizes and shapes. It's appropriately spacious, easy to decipher its various knobs and buttons, and is a cinch to live with on a daily basis.
Ease of use8.0
The Camry presents itself well, with no mysteries. Clear, large gauges and simple, well-labeled buttons make it intuitive for anyone to operate. Radio volume and tuning knobs are easy for the driver to reach but are a stretch for the passenger.
Getting in/getting out8.0
Typical of Toyotas, the Camry is easy to get into and out of. It has very light doors, a narrow sill and a sizable opening. It's lower than the outgoing car, so there's a smidge more of a drop into the seat.
Taller drivers will be pleased with the additional reach of the telescoping wheel, though more would be preferred. A generously sized driver footwell and good relationship of the steering wheel to the pedals and seat make it a very natural drive.
Ample head- and legroom for 6-plus-footers. The cabin feels airy. The back seat has ample legroom for 6-footers, though their heads brush the headliner of our panoramic sunroof-equipped test car.
A lowish beltline and slim pillars aid the view forward and out the front side windows. Average visibility over your shoulder and out the back window. Optional bird's-eye view camera on our test car provides a clear and comprehensive depiction of the surroundings.
A step up from the old Camry in design and materials. Soft-touch surfaces abound, and they look and feel good. Its design and variety of textures won't be mistaken for those of a luxury car, but they're attractive without sacrificing functionality. Our preproduction test car had a couple of creaks.
As midsize sedans go, the Camry's stuff-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide, plus the back seat is easy to fold down to fit longer items. There are enough cabin storage options to make most people happy. Loading a car seat is straightforward, too.
Good but not stellar cabin storage. The forward center console bin is great for concealing items but has a hard, slippery floor so items slide around noisily. The console bin at your elbow is a decent size. The modest door pockets in the front and rear are good for small water bottles only.
The large trunk and the 60/40-split folding back seat with trunk-mounted release handles make it easy to expand the space. The trunk is dimensionally similar to the outgoing Camry's trunk, but it seems easier to live with, perhaps due to its wide opening and nicely low liftover height.
While all Camrys have a suite of driver assistance features as standard, many are too sensitive and/or cannot be turned off completely. Its smartphone integration is subpar, built-in navigation is not available, and it stymies attempts to use phone apps as a workaround.
Audio & navigation5.0
The audio system layout is simple and effective, with chunky, well-labeled buttons and a clear display even in direct sun. However, built-in navigation is unavailable and it mutes your phone when plugged in, making it impossible to follow a navigation app's audio alerts. Slow to start up.
Smartphone users will be disappointed. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available. Phone pairing via Bluetooth is straightforward but failed on the first attempt. The user must pair Bluetooth and connect a cord running Entune 3.0 to get access to most features.
Its many standard driver aids are a nice touch. However, the lane departure warnings are overly sensitive and cannot be turned off, which some drivers will find infuriating. The pre-collision system is too sensitive during routine parking maneuvers and certain acceleration instances.
Voice commands are on the clunky side, but at least Siri Eyes Free and Google Voice are available by pressing and holding the voice button. This is a pretty good alternative, and you don't have to run the Entune app to make it work.
Which Camry does Edmunds recommend?
Go for the SE trim for its more satisfying driving dynamics and more buttoned-down demeanor. Its ride quality is still quite agreeable, too. As for options, it's largely about your budget, but we recommend springing for the Audio package and the Convenience package. The former has a larger touchscreen, connectivity enhancements, dual-zone climate control and rear vents, while the latter's keyless ignition and auto-dimming rearview mirror live up to the package's billing. We also suggest sticking with the four-cylinder engine since it's fuel-efficient and respectably powerful.
2018 Toyota Camry models
The 2018 Camry is available in five distinct trim levels: L, LE, SE, XSE and XLE. The differences among them chiefly boil down to features, with the exception of the SE and the XSE that also include a sportier suspension calibration. All trims are available with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 203 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque (add 3 hp and 2 lb-ft for XSE models), and a 3.5-liter V6 (301 hp, 267 lb-ft) is optional on XLE and XSE models.
All Camrys are equipped with Toyota Safety Sense, which is a suite of driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, a frontal pre-collision system, lane departure alert with steering assistance, and automatic high beams.
The base L sets the floor for the base price but won't be commonplace due to its relative paucity of equipment. This Camry comes with 16-inch steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, one USB port, Bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system.
LE models add a few key items that most drivers will want: an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (with two-way power lumbar adjustment), 17-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding back seat and a car alarm.
SE variants mark a personality shift toward keener driving dynamics courtesy of a sport-tuned suspension and a revised steering calibration. They also receive 18-inch wheels and simulated leather upholstery (SofTex) seats and paddle shifters.
Camry XLE and XSE
You can think of the XLE and XSE trim levels as versions of the LE and SE, respectively, with a variety of additional comfort and convenience items. Highlights include larger wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, extra USB ports, a bigger 8-inch touchscreen, a premium JBL sound system and Qi wireless smartphone charging.
Many of the features found on the upper trim levels can be added to the lower trim levels as options. Other notable options include a sunroof and a top-down parking camera system.
3.6 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
3 out of 5 stars
Good Car With Terrible Infotainment
2018 Toyota Camry XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
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.
4 out of 5 stars
TNGA Platform is wonderful
Jason H, 09/12/2017
2018 Toyota Camry XSE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
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.
5 out of 5 stars
Best in Class Mid-Size Sedan.
Miracle Max, 09/23/2017
2018 Toyota Camry LE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
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.
5 out of 5 stars
Nice car but
2018 Toyota Camry LE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
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.
2018 Toyota Camry videos
SPEAKER 1: Mid-size family sedans have been losing ground to small SUVs. So what better time for two of the most significant sedans to go through major redesigns. Here we have the recently overhauled Toyota Camry. SPEAKER 2: And behind me is the 2018 Honda Accord, now in its 10th generation and it's all new from the ground up. I'm really curious to see how it stacks up to the new Camry. This is a CVT. With a 1.5 you get a CVT only. There's an optional six speed manual gearbox. But when it comes to the automatic, it's just a CVT. SPEAKER 1: Nobody's going to be buying this in a manual, except for maybe the automotive journalists pretty much. SPEAKER 2: But I'm glad that they offer a manual gear box. SPEAKER 1: OK. Well, the CVT tends to suck some of the life out of some engines. But just leaving that stop back there I didn't get a lot of delay. I felt a good response. SPEAKER 2: I think the CVT's have come a long way. And particularly, this CVT that Honda offers in the Accord and in the Civic is a really good example of how to do it right. SPEAKER 1: Yeah. And visibility's actually really good. This A pillar is probably one of the thinner ones I've seen in a while. I like the shape of the seats. I'm getting a little bit of intrusion in my shoulder blades. But, you know, it's barely even worth mentioning. SPEAKER 2: And the seats are pretty plush too. I feel like they have a good amount of give. SPEAKER 1: I do have the ventilated seats on their maximum right now. Kind of doing the job that I think other cars do on medium. SPEAKER 2: It's a little feeble then? SPEAKER 1: It's a little weak. This feels buttoned down. And even on some of the rougher stuff that we're on on the other boulevard, it was smoothing it over to a, I think, a more than acceptable degree. SPEAKER 2: I agree. I think this is a good example of Honda the way the Hondas used to be, where they had a lightness to them but they also would pick up their feet and feel supple, but still had a connection to the driver. It still feels like it's responsive, not in an overtly sporty way, but just in a way that tells you that the car is with you without ever beating you up about it. SPEAKER 1: Yeah. The pedal's a little soft but appropriate for this kind of car. I would personally prefer just a little more effort in the pedal. But nit-picks, when I'm nit picking a car it means I actually like it. SPEAKER 2: Feels a little bit firmer on the ride but it's not an objectionable ride by any means. SPEAKER 1: Yeah. It's compliant enough. But it still feels like it could be buttoned down a little more compared to the Accord. SPEAKER 2: I mean, the routine driving of this car it's nice. I mean, just pick which one you prefer between the Accord and this Camry SE there's nothing at all wrong with the way this goes down the road. The steering is pretty responsive. It's all just different flavors of preference I think. SPEAKER 1: I also think they're so close in many ways that the way they drive might not even be a factor for a lot of people. SPEAKER 2: Definitely not. Yeah. Dipping into the gas right there it feels like-- SPEAKER 1: Yeah. I felt a little bit of a hesitation. SPEAKER 2: But it did downshift. I'll give it that. It did kick down pretty responsibly. Visibility is pretty good. It looks like they've done a good job of keeping the belt-line here low, so the window edge on the bottom kind of dips down. If you were to look at the current in profile you'd see this sort of scalloped bottom edge of the greenhouse, which helps you see out over the side of the car. The [INAUDIBLE] I think is probably a little bit higher. This top of the dashboard maybe it's a touch higher than the Accord. But it's certainly not so high that it's going to cause people any sort of consternation. SPEAKER 1: Right. SPEAKER 2: This also has a hard key based periphery to its touchscreen. These are better labeled, I think, than in the Accord. SPEAKER 1: One thing though, the screen is a few inches lower than the Accord's. Because they have the vents up top. Even though initially when they started putting those tablet looking screens on the top of the dash, aesthetically I wasn't all that happy with it. But very quickly I realized that visually and having it in your sight-lines is worth that kind of aesthetic sacrifice. SPEAKER 2: Yeah. They look tacked on. But I think functionally they work better than one that's lower and more buried into the dash. Another thing that I think the Accord has going for it is that the Toyota you can't get Apple Car Play or Android Auto compatibility. SPEAKER 1: I know. SPEAKER 2: I mean, that's sort of an across the board Toyota thing. SPEAKER 1: And I'm at the point now where I'm reliant on Apple Car Play. And if a car doesn't have it now I'm almost getting to that deal breaker territory, where if it doesn't have it I don't want it. SPEAKER 2: It pulls hard above 5,000. But below that it's not quite as urgent. SPEAKER 1: Yeah. You have to wait for it to boil. SPEAKER 2: Yeah. But once it gets up there it moves out nicely. But I think the low end torque of the turbo engine in the Accord delivers a little bit more of that initial thrust better than this car does. The previous Camry felt a little bit more plasticy than this. They certainly paid more attention to materials in this new Camry compared to the old. But the Accord's in another class above. SPEAKER 1: Yeah. There's something about the Camry that I do like. There's a certain honesty about it. It feels good. It meets expectations, certainly. The Accord, I think, exceeds expectations. SPEAKER 2: Yeah. Functionally, there's nothing wrong with the Camry's cabin. I mean, it's-- everything is placed where you want it. There's a big volume knob that's on the correct side of the screen for the driver. The buttons are well labeled. There's big fonts everywhere. Everything falls to hand the way you expect. But that sense of occasion that the Accord has just puts it over the top for me. Infotainment-wise it's a no brainer. And the Accord has it all over this one. SPEAKER 1: Yeah. Absolutely. SPEAKER 2: And this is a comfortable cabin too. The seats are comfortable. The touch points are soft. The leather feels good, whether it's on the shift selector or on the steering wheel. There's nothing wrong at all with this cabin. Here we are in the back seat of the Camry. SPEAKER 1: And, you know, it's got enough space for me. SPEAKER 2: I'm in the same boat. I can fit my toes underneath the front seat. And I've got a few inches to the seat back in front of me. And what I should point out also is the driver's seat is all the way down. It's as low as it can go and there's still room to put your toes underneath. Some cars when the seat goes all the way down all the toe-room in the backseat goes away. But that's not the case in the Camry. So that's a good detail. They didn't miss that. SPEAKER 1: All right. Well, it's well-padded. I mean, that's really cushiony. That's nice. SPEAKER 2: There's no storage on the back of the console. We do have vents back here, which is nice. We can't really control them other than they're on they're off. SPEAKER 1: Right. SPEAKER 2: But that's not that unusual. SPEAKER 1: Map pockets behind the front seats. But yeah the lack of a USB port or even a 12 volt plug is, I think, maybe a misstep. Especially since if this is a family sedan and all the kids have their faces plastered into a screen nowadays-- well actually maybe it's not a bad thing if they don't have power. And they run out on a road trip. Maybe you actually have to talk to them. SPEAKER 2: Imagine that. I don't feel cramped back here. But if this was a light interior I think it would feel that much breezier. So that's just one thing to keep in mind, I think, as we're comparing these two cars. SPEAKER 1: Totally agree. Let's just start in the middle here. The infotainment screen placed high up on the dash on this little tablet looking thing, these knobs like you pointed out before, they're really, really nice. SPEAKER 2: Yeah. It shows an attention to detail that goes beyond just the basics of what you'd expect in a midsize sedan. SPEAKER 1: We made a lot of noise about the lack of a volume knob and that ridiculous volume control on the steering wheel. SPEAKER 2: I mean, I know I did. SPEAKER 1: They have actual volume buttons here now and the scrolling wheel for the multifunction display. It's all falling to hand really nicely. SPEAKER 2: And the screen flow too, both on the center screen and in the instrument cluster, it's really intuitive. And it happens quickly. It responds very quickly. SPEAKER 1: Yeah. SPEAKER 2: I think it's a really nice execution of that sort of thing. SPEAKER 1: They made the improvements. They got rid of the things we hated. And they kept the things we liked. SPEAKER 2: It feels good in here. I like how they've echoed the design theme here. If you look at the front of the car and the back of the car and then this dashboard, you'll notice that there is this emphasis of width. And by that I mean, look at how these vents on the side are protruding into the doors. The headlights do the same sort of thing. SPEAKER 1: They wrap around. SPEAKER 2: The headlights protrude and wrap around into the fenders. And the tail lights are doing a similar sort of thing. So again, they're kind of going beyond just the basics of what you can expect in a mid-sized sedan. And adding a bit more attention to detail and style. SPEAKER 1: So under here we have a wireless charging pad. The Camry also has that. A USB port there. Another one under here I believe. SPEAKER 2: Yes. There's a PowerPoint and a USB. SPEAKER 1: Nice sliding tray here that I believe is also-- and rubberized so phone won't slide around. I've got some good bins here. Actually, the pockets in the doors I think are better in here than in the Camry. The Camry you can get one water bottle in and it has to be at this angle to put it in. This you have a pocket and a water bottle holder so. SPEAKER 2: Yeah. Seems to be a little bit more small item storage here in the Accord than the Camry. SPEAKER 1: But I just feel like I have more space in here. SPEAKER 2: Yeah. And this dash is a lot slimmer. If you look at the height of this dash compared to that of the Camry, which is much more monolithic. SPEAKER 1: Yeah. And it kind of tapers down nicely as well. But the materials they're using this-- I don't even care if it's real wood. It looks great. SPEAKER 2: And this brushed aluminum again, it just has this class. SPEAKER 1: Yeah. It's premium without the price. And all these buttons on the steering wheel they're easy to use. You know, there's no stretch or anything. You don't even have to look down on it. But yeah, they really did a great job with this. I feel like I can see better out the front. I mean, I'm getting such an expansive view of the dash as well, that I wasn't getting in the Camry. Now these obviously aren't deal breakers one way or the other. But what might be is the amount of room I have back here. SPEAKER 2: It's big back here. Between the Camry and the Accord headroom-wise yeah, they're comparable. My head's brushing the headliner in this one as well. But I think leg and knee room it's all Accord. SPEAKER 1: Yeah. And like the Camry, we have harder plastics back here. SPEAKER 2: Different surfaces front and rear. SPEAKER 1: Now, like the Camry this doesn't just kind of stop or have a detent or something. It just kind of flops onto the seat. And it's a little bit of an angle. It's not a big deal to me. SPEAKER 2: It's comfortable I think. It's the right height. SPEAKER 1: We're missing something. SPEAKER 2: We're missing the USB ports and PowerPoints, just like in the Camry. So there's no advantage to smartphone charging or anything in the Accord compared to the Camry. This also, same deal, it has vents that you can control on off but that's it. Storage-wise a similar situation. You've got this cup holder. You've got the door pocket. That's kind of it. Although, you do have the map pocket in the back of the door. So in terms of rear seat storage I think it's a wash. SPEAKER 1: Absolutely. I thought it was going to be a closer fight. But the Accord is the clear winner in my book. SPEAKER 2: I agree. The Accord is the clear winner. And for me it comes down to primarily the cabin, the design, the sense of space in there. It's just a nicer place to be inside the cabin. SPEAKER 1: I agree as well. I give a clear-- a definite advantage to the infotainment system in the Honda. SPEAKER 2: There's a winner here. And we're in agreement that it's the Accord. But what do you think? SPEAKER 1: Let us know in the comments below. If you want to see more videos like this, hit subscribe.
2018 Toyota Camry vs. 2018 Honda Accord Comparison
Midsize family sedans have been steadily losing ground to crossover SUVs for the last couple of years. That trend may slow with the latest redesigns of the most popular sedans: the 2018 Honda Accord and the 2018 Toyota Camry. There's a lot to like about both of these cars, but which… one will emerge as the best-in-class?
2018 Camry Highlights
|Combined MPG||34 MPG|
|Cost to Drive||$129/month|
|Cargo Capacity |
All Seats In Place
|Drivetrain||front wheel drive|
|Warranty||3 years / 36,000 miles|
Our experts like the Camry models:
- Pre-Collision System
- Mitigates or helps avoid a potential crash via audio and visual alerts and brake assistance.
- Lane Departure Alert
- Sounds an audio alert when it thinks the car is going to drift out of its lane.
- Automatic High Beams
- Switches on and off the headlights' high beams when the system deems appropriate.
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover5 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover9.9%
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
- Small Overlap Front Driver-Side TestGood
- Small Overlap Front Passenger-Side TestGood
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – OriginalGood
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – UpdatedNot Tested
- Side Impact Test – OriginalGood
- Side Impact Test – UpdatedPoor
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood