2018 Toyota Camry Review
2018 Toyota Camry Review
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Senior Vehicle Test EngineerJason 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.
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.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
3 out of 5 stars
Good Car With Terrible Infotainment
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
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.
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.
4 out of 5 stars
Get One While You Can! Amazing Car for the price!
SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
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.
Features & Specs
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.
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
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Used 2018 Toyota Camry Overview
The Used 2018 Toyota Camry is offered in the following submodels: Camry Sedan. Available styles include SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A), LE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A), XSE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A), XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A), XSE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A), L 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A), and XLE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A). Pre-owned Toyota Camry models are available with a 2.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 206 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2018 Toyota Camry comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2018 Toyota Camry comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 2 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2018 Toyota Camry?
Price comparisons for Used 2018 Toyota Camry trim styles:
- The Used 2018 Toyota Camry SE is priced between $15,422 and$28,998 with odometer readings between 10966 and193795 miles.
- The Used 2018 Toyota Camry LE is priced between $18,995 and$29,998 with odometer readings between 10251 and122483 miles.
- The Used 2018 Toyota Camry XSE is priced between $24,998 and$34,988 with odometer readings between 10533 and94799 miles.
- The Used 2018 Toyota Camry XLE is priced between $23,998 and$35,995 with odometer readings between 13257 and83189 miles.
- The Used 2018 Toyota Camry L is priced between $20,000 and$23,499 with odometer readings between 50376 and87472 miles.
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