Not many people will say that the Camry is their favorite car, but given the millions of Camrys that have been sold for 35 years, it often becomes their car. When a car becomes an eternal best-seller, you know its automaker is doing something right. And there’s no better way to see how precise Toyota formula is than to check out the all-new 2018 Camry.
Entering its eighth generation, the 2018 Toyota Camry is offered in two different engines.
All trims are available with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque (add 3 hp and 2 lb-ft for XSE models). EPA estimated fuel economy stands at 34 mpg combined (29 city/41 highway) for L models and 32 mpg combined (28 city/39 highway) on the rest.
Optional on the XLE and XSE models is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that pumps out 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. It returns an EPA estimated 26 mpg combined (22 city/33 highway) on the XLE and (26/22/32) on the XSE. Every 2018 Toyota Camry come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.
In performance testing, the 2018 Toyota Camry XLE with four-cylinder engine accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds, which is an average time for this class.
Apart from the engine, the 2018 Toyota Camry can have two different looks and styling inside and out. The easiest way to distinguish them is from the front, where standard and luxury-oriented models use large grille openings under the nose. The more sporty SE and XSE trims have multi-section hourglass grille and small cheek vents bordered by angular body color elements. This style is brought to the interior as well, with different upholstery and trim options.
The 2018 Toyota Camry sold in six trim levels:
The base L trim starts at $24,380 (including $885 destination charge) and includes 16-inch steel wheels, an integrated backup camera, a 4.2-inch touchscreen with Toyota’s Entune infotainment, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, Google voice controls, auxiliary audio jacks and USB port. Also standard is a Toyota Safety Sense, an active safety package that combines automatic high beams, pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and lane departure alert with steering assist.
The four-cylinder LX sees a $200 and gets you 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, an anti-theft alarm system, an 8-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, front seatback pockets, a 60/40 split folding rear seat with center armrest and cup holders, and two rapid-charge USB ports. It’s also the first trim level to give you access to optional packages.
The Convenience Package ($1,225) adds blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, and push-button start. The Audio Package ($3,580) adds the aforementioned plus a power tilt/slide moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging.
The $29,335 XLE includes the LE and Convenience Package equipment along with 18-inches wheels, metallic front grille, LED headlight and taillight, automatic HVAC system, leather upholstery, 8-way power-adjustable front seats.
Tech upgrades include three driving modes: Eco, Sport, and Normal, and 7-inch touchscreen display. Available options include a Driver Assist Package ($1,675) includes a surround-view camera and a 10-inch color head-up display, a panoramic sunroof ($1,045), an Audio Package similar with JBL-branded speakers ($4,520) and includes both the Driver Assist Package and extra-large sunroof.
In addition to the engine and dual exhausts, the $35,285 you pay for the 2018 Toyota Camry XLE V6 makes the panoramic roof and audio package standard. The Driver Assist Package price drops $1,050 because it does not include the surround-view camera. A version of this package is also available with navigation for an extra $940.
If you like the sporty style, the 2018 Toyota Camry SE is the most affordable model to fulfill that need. For $26,085 you’ll get black 18-inch alloy wheels, more aggressive angular front and rear fascias, a rear wing, body-color side sills, a leather-wrapped telescopic sport steering wheel with paddle shifters and sporty cloth-trimmed front seats.
The moonroof can be had for $900, while the Convenience Package and blind-spot monitoring cost $1,225. The Audio Package is also available and can be bundled with either for $2,480 (Convenience Package and blind-spot monitoring only) or $3,380 for the Audio Package with a panoramic sunroof and the safety features.
The $29,885 XSE is identically-equipped to the XLE, but it also gets the SE-style sporty trims inside and out. These models also share some options packages including the $1,045 Panoramic glass roof and the $1,675 Driver Assist Package. You can also add the Audio Package, but it will cost $1,800. You can package this packages, with the first two for $2,720 and all three for $4,520.
Apart from the more aggressive style, the $35,835 XSE V6 has almost identical with the XLE V6. The Navigation Package adds the same $940 and The Driver Assist Package is still $1,050. The only difference is a rear spoiler and the extra-cost two-tone Midnight Black Metallic roof.