The 2018 Toyota Camry is fully redesigned. The overall design is familiar and builds on the Camry's virtues of everyday functionality. Toyota has improved the Camry's driving experience by a degree or two, too, and the styling is sleeker than before. The key differences from the outgoing Camry include a longer wheelbase and a revised rear suspension, along with two distinct styling themes depending on trim level. As a spacious midsize sedan with strong fuel economy and a reputation for reliability, it's no surprise the Camry continues to be a perennial best seller. Pricing for the 2018 Toyota Camry starts with an MSRP of $23,495 (not including destination).
Overall, the Camry is one of your best choices for a midsize sedan. The Camry's base four-cylinder engine isn't the smoothest-sounding engine, but it returns a laudable 34 mpg in combined city/highway driving while providing a nice amount of punch at the top end when you need it for merging maneuvers. The Camry also boasts a surprising amount of passenger and cargo space, many standard safety features and top safety scores. On the downside, Toyota's infotainment system isn't the easiest to use, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration aren't offered.
The 2018 Toyota Camry is a solid all-around pick. But depending on your preferences, there could be a competitor that better suits you. Take the next popular seller, the redesigned 2018 Honda Accord. It offers two excellent turbocharged engine options and even edges out the Camry in interior space. Those who value a more engaging driving experience should check out the updated 2018 Mazda 6. It also offers an excellent turbocharged engine and a premium interior design. Of the three, the Camry still holds the fuel economy advantage, so it depends on what you value most.Compare similar vehicles
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The 2018 Toyota Camry comes in five different trims, beginning with the L ($23,495), branching out to the more moderately equipped LE ($24,000) and the sportier SE ($25,200), and finally reaching the top-of-the-line XLE ($28,450) and XSE ($29,000) trims. There are also versions of the XLE and XSE that are more expensive but come with a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine. The base L sets the floor for the base price but won't be commonplace due to its relative paucity of equipment. We expect most buyers will start at the LE and SE models that come with larger 17-inch wheels, a power-adjustable driver seat and 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks. Top Camry trim levels add more luxury items such as dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, keyless ignition, extra USB ports, a bigger 8-inch touchscreen and a premium sound system.Compare Camry versions
Although the 2018 Toyota Camry doesn't have the lowest cost of entry for the class, it's still priced competitively across trim levels. Competitors such as the 2018 Hyundai Sonata and 2018 Nissan Altima offer more features for the price, but as long as you aren't opting for the pricey V6 upgrade, the Camry is still a relatively good value. Note that incentives and specials vary by brand and can play a significant role in what you'll end up paying for a new car.
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If you're in the market for an easy-to-drive midsize sedan with a reputation for reliability, the Toyota Camry is a safe bet. It may not be on the leading edge of tech features, but it also doesn't overcomplicate its interior controls, which makes it approachable to all. We give credit to Toyota for adopting a more aggressive design and putting real effort into making the Camry more fun and engaging to drive. We give the 2018 Camry an overall rating of 3.5 stars, which is midpack for the midsize sedan class.
The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have always been close rivals. While the 2018 Camry has improved in almost every area, the new Honda Accord has made even bigger leaps. It offers two powerful turbocharged engines options, three available transmissions, more interior and cargo space, and better smartphone integration over the Camry. We have yet to rate the new Accord, but previous models have scored at the top of the class with four or 4.5 stars. The Camry has its work cut out for it.Compare Camry and Accord
Another top seller from within the Toyota family is the smaller Toyota Corolla. If you're not sure if you really need a midsize sedan, it makes for a logical comparison. Looking at the spec sheet may prove confusing since the Corolla actually has more rear legroom than the already spacious Camry and just a hair less cargo space. We like the interior better overall in the Camry, however, and the Camry's engines are not only more powerful but more efficient as well. We gave the Corolla an overall rating of three stars, which falls below the Camry.Compare Camry and Corolla
The Nissan Altima is one of the few midsize sedans that hasn't been significantly updated for the new year, and so it is outdated compared to the new Toyota Camry. Both of the Camry's powertrain options are more powerful and efficient than what's offered with a comparable Altima. The Altima, however, does provide similar interior passenger space and more cargo space. Edmunds gave the current-generation Altima 2.5 stars, which is well below the class average.Compare Camry and Altima
The 2018 Toyota Camry seats up to five passengers. The Camry's cabin won't wow you with its opulence but instead nails the fundamentals across the board. It will satisfy a truly broad range of sizes and shapes with its big, comfortable seats and well-executed ride. It's appropriately spacious, and it has easy-to-use controls and a powerful climate control system that makes it great for long trips. It's an easy car to live with on a daily basis. With that said, the Camry can be a little on the noisy side. There's some prominent engine buzz when accelerating hard, and you'll hear some noticeable wind and road noise at freeway speeds.
It's very easy to mount a car seat in the Camry, with obvious and easily accessible lower anchors and tether points. There's also enough space so that the front seat need not be scooted all the way forward to fit a rear-facing safety seat.Camry safety ratings
This interior is a step up from the old Camry in terms of design and materials. Soft-touch surfaces abound, and they look and feel upscale. Its design and variety of textures won't be mistaken for those of a luxury car, but they're attractive without sacrificing functionality. Overall build quality is tight and solid, too. That said, other midsize sedans in the class have stepped up their game in the interior department as well. Certain rival sedans, in their higher trim levels, still outdo the Camry.
As midsize sedans go, the Camry's cargo-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide with a nice low liftover height. The 60/40-split folding rear seatback (with trunk-mounted release handles) make it easy to expand the space to fit longer items. This 2018 Camry's trunk is dimensionally similar to the outgoing model but is a little better designed. In-cabin storage is good but not stellar. The forward center console bin is great for concealing items, but it has a hard, slippery floor so items slide around noisily. The center armrest bin is a decent size. The door pockets in the front and rear are modest and only good for small water bottles.
Toyota equips every Camry model with a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, one USB port, Bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system. Higher trim models such as the XLE and XSE receive extra USB ports, a bigger 8-inch touchscreen, a premium JBL sound system and Qi wireless smartphone charging. There is no stand-alone navigation option for four-cylinder cars. Instead, Toyota's Entune infotainment provides a smartphone interface to run the Scout GPS Link app along with other apps including Pandora, Yelp and other services for fuel prices, traffic, weather, and so on. The audio system layout is simple and effective, with chunky, well-labeled buttons and a clear display even in direct sun. We're disappointed that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available. The user must pair via Bluetooth and then connect a cord running Entune to get access to most features. Entune is slow to connect, too.
All trims from L to the top XSE come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque (add 3 hp and 2 lb-ft for XSE models), while a 3.5-liter V6 (301 hp, 267 lb-ft) is optional on XLE and XSE models. The four-cylinder engine's strong power in the upper-rpm 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. The Camry's V6 offers smooth and strong power.
The four-cylinder Camry's fuel economy matches or beats the best of its class. The EPA estimates it gets 32 mpg in combined driving (28 city/39 highway). We measured 33.7 mpg on our 116-mile standard evaluation loop, which provides a mix of city and highway driving. In similar fashion, the V6 manages to match competitors' upgraded engine efficiency at 26 mpg combined (22 city, 32 highway) yet has a power advantage over many of the turbocharged four-cylinders it competes against.
Compared to previous-generation Camrys, this car feels more buttoned-down and refined. It's well-mannered within its modest limits and feels tidy for a car of its size in this class. Opt for the more sport-tuned SE, and the accuracy of body movements further improves without much concession in ride comfort. The typical pavement bumps, whether large or small, are damped well overall. The ride is never wallowy or floaty. The steering, although relatively low on feedback, is responsive and precise.
The Toyota Camry earned a top five-star rating in government testing for overall crash protection, scoring five stars across the board for front-impact and side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also named the Camry a Top Safety Pick+. In the IIHS tests, the Camry earned a top score of Good in the organization's small- and moderate-overlap front-impact tests. It also received a Good score in the side-impact, roof strength, and head restraints and seats (whiplash protection) tests, as well as a top Superior rating for its collision mitigation technology performance.
The 2018 Toyota Camry comes standard with antilock brakes, tire-pressure monitoring, traction and stability control, a rearview camera and 10 airbags. Also standard is forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control. Top XSE and XLE trims have access to blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and braking, a 360-degree surround-view camera and parking assist. Toyota Safety Connect is a subscription-based service that includes emergency assistance, stolen-vehicle locator, roadside assistance calling, and automatic collision notification. (Three years of service is complimentary on XSE and XLS V6 models.)
The 2018 Toyota Camry comes in five different trims, beginning with the L, moving up to the better-equipped LE and the sport-tuned SE, and topping ou with the XLE and XSE trims. The last two trims are also available with a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine.
The entry-level L sets the floor for the base price but won't be very popular due to its relative paucity of equipment. We expect most buyers will start at the LE and SE models, which come with larger 17-inch wheels, a power-adjustable driver seat and 60/40-split folding rear seatback. Top trim levels add more luxury items such as dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition, extra USB ports, a bigger 8-inch touchscreen, a premium sound system and Qi wireless smartphone charging. It's a big price jump to the V6 engine, and one we probably wouldn't make ourselves.
Instead we think buyers would be well off with the SE trim for its more satisfying handling and 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'd stick with the four-cylinder engine since it's fuel-efficient and respectably powerful.
The base L trim has an attractive entry price, but it is lacking in some basic conveniences. At this level you get 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. Because of Toyota's emphasis on safety, the L also receives Toyota Safety Sense P, which is a suite of active safety items including forward collision warning and mitigation, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control.
The LE models add a few key items that most drivers will want, including 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.
The SE trim content is similar to the LE's but marks a personality shift toward sport. It has a sport-tuned suspension and revised steering calibration. You also receive larger 18-inch wheels, simulated leather upholstery (SofTex) seats and paddle shifters.
You can think of the XLE trim level as an LE with extra features. Highlights include dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, two extra USB ports, a bigger 8-inch touchscreen, a premium JBL sound system and Qi wireless smartphone charging.
The XSE trim is to the SE what the XLE is to the LE trim. The equipment upgrades are essentially the same, but the XSE also receives larger 19-inch wheels along with the sport-tuned features. Both XLE and XSE can be equipped with the more powerful V6 engine, which includes a few other extras as well, including a panoramic sunroof, a complimentary trial subscription to Toyota's Safety Connect suite, and the option of in-car navigation system.
The Camry has a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, and the powertrain is covered for five years/60,000 miles. A complimentary maintenance plan for two years or 25,000 miles provides for all usual factory scheduled service and includes roadside assistance.
If you're ready to buy, you're probably wondering about the Toyota Camry's resale value. How much will a 2018 Toyota Camry be worth in two or five years — or whenever you decide to sell? Check out the Edmunds True Cost to Own (TCO) calculator. It includes projected annual depreciation over the first five years of ownership based on Edmunds' robust market transaction data.
The Toyota Camry is built in Georgetown, Kentucky. According to the government, 75 percent of its parts come from domestic suppliers.
|EPA Est. MPG||32|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Passenger Volume||115.5 cu ft|
|Curb Weight||3340 lbs|