Used 2018 Toyota Camry XSE Sedan Review

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Toyota Camry XSE Sedan.

Most helpful consumer reviews

I WISH I COULD JUST TAKE IT BACK
SAD CAMRY DAD,12/08/2017
XSE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
I purchased this really sporty looking XSE three weeks ago and love everything about it from the outside, but that quickly changes once I get in it , I absolutely HATE the navigation and apps programs that requires me to plug my phone into the car to use its horrible Scout navigation system. I did test drive it, but it took me several days to get around to programming the horrible so called infotainment system. so for now I have a small Garmin Nuvi stuck to the windshield of my brand new car with a useless seven inch display that I cant use for anything but the radio. As a comparison one of my other vehicles is a five year old Ford FX4 crew cab pickup that has a ford factory navigation system that blows this Toyota afterthought away.
Great except for the navigation
D Karin,11/23/2017
XSE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
I purchased a 2028 Camry XSE with all options. Everything is very good except for the Scout navigation. Nothing is built into the car. To use it you must have the Scout app on your smartphone and the phone linked to your car. Once you get into the car you need to plug the phone into a USB port, and then start the app on Entune. If you go out of network, functionality goes away until back in network. When you leave the car, you need to remember to unplug and take your phone with you. If you get a heads up display, you will only see navigation on a V6 with integrated navigation. The app itself leaves much to be desired. In three years you will need to pay a subscription fee to use it.
Entune Seriously Sucks
Dissappointed Camry Owner,03/31/2018
XSE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
Do your homework! I trusted Toyota (and Consumer Reports for that matter) but I am sorely disappointed. I am surprised stupid Entune 3.0 hasen't caused people to crash. I have an Android (S8) and have to shut down my phone at least once a week for Entune to work. I often get the message that Scout (the TERRIBLE tethered nav system - I repeat TETHERED nav system) cannot communicate with Entune, Entune apps are not functioning, etc. I would change the head unit in a hot second if I could but the way the dash is designed, there isn't a way to swap it out. My husband already got so frustrated with his 2018 RAV4's Entune system that we have spent an additional $1300 replacing the unit. (Yes, we did buy two Toyotas at the same time and yes, we are regretting doing so.) If it wasn't for the fact that I like the folks at the dealership I would consider staging a protest out front. It's not their fault that Toyota is not upgrading to a 21st century system BUT I'm starting to feel that there is a lack of "Truth in Advertising" when it comes to this system. If you rely on tech, go buy an Accord. Way less frustrating.
NAVer again!
DCinNC,12/18/2017
XSE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
I was taken in by the car's look, enjoyed the test drive and believed I paid a fair price. I never dreamed a company of Toyota's caliber would fall down flat on the technology side. The Entune 3.0 system was a major disappointment. (I should have required a phone to be setup on the system before purchasing it) I have only had the car a week and regret the purchase. This of course is an opinion; I would however suggest if the technology inside the car is important to you, have a phone paired to the car and see for yourself before you sign on the dotted line. Update: I’m hearing Toyota will transition to car play instead of beating the dead horse called “entune” in their 2019 models. Unfortunately there is no upgrade for the 2018. *** Update June 2019 Hearing that Toyota is offering an upgrade to Apple CarPlay for the 2018 models. The advertisement seemed to indicate there might be a charge from the Dealer. I called to get more information but no one seemed to know anything about it. I do not know if there will be a cost so changing my rating stands until then.

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2018 Toyota Camry XSE Sedan

What’s new

  • 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

Pros & Cons

  • 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


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.

Full Edmunds Review: 2018 Toyota Camry Sedan

Overall rating

7.6 / 10

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.

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.

Camry L


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.

Camry LE


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.

Camry SE


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.

Trim tested

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).

Driving

7.5
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.

Acceleration

7.0
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.

Braking

7.5
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

7.5
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.

Handling

7.5
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.

Drivability

8.5
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.

Comfort

7.5
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.

Seat comfort

7.5
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.

Ride comfort

7.5
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 & vibration

6.0
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.

Climate control

7.5
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.

Interior

8.0
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 use

8.0
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 out

8.0
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.

Driving position

8.0
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.

Roominess

8.5
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.

Visibility

8.5
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.

Quality

8.0
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.

Utility

8.5
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.

Small-item storage

7.0
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.

Cargo space

9.0
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.

Technology

6.5
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 & navigation

5.0
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 integration

6.0
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.

Driver aids

7.0
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 control

7.5
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.

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2018 Toyota Camry in Virginia is:

$65.58 per month*
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