Fans of the Toyota Camry can ready themselves for a dramatic new look for the mega-selling mainstream sedan. The eighth-generation 2018 Camry gets an all-new platform rather than a rebodied redesign.
According to Toyota, the redesigned Camry features a lower center of gravity aimed at making it more aerodynamic and fuel efficient. The new car also has a two-inch longer wheelbase. And the hood, cowl, and dashboard height have all been lowered for better outward visibility.
Mechanically, the 2018 Camry offers the same familiar powertrains: a 3.5-liter V6, and 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Both will be paired to a new eight-speed automatic transmission, as experienced recently in our Highlander and Sienna test vehicles.
A four-cylinder hybrid will also be available, mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and featuring Toyota’s latest fuel-saving technology. Horsepower and fuel economy estimates were not disclosed.
The Camry will be offered in four well-known trimlines—LE, XLE, SE, and XSE. The sportier models feature a few unique body modifications and distinctive 19-inch wheels, differentiating them from the entry-level LE and upscale XLE trims.
The interior gets soft-touch materials and other premium-looking upgrades compared to the last model. The company also says the front seats have been “completely reengineered” to be easier to access and more comfortable. The rear seat is also said to be roomier. Other interior highlights include an available 10-inch color head-up display, a seven-inch screen within the instrument cluster, and another eight-inch screen showing audio, navigation, and climate control displays in the center console.
The 2018 Camry is also the first model to showcase Toyota’s next-generation Entune infotainment system. Entune 3.0 gets several new features, including available remote start and door unlock capability, vehicle status notifications, a guest driver monitor, and vehicle finder. You can also get alerts concerning the vehicle’s fuel level and other maintenance updates. The new Entune system is also available with WiFi Connect, allowing up to five mobile devices to connect using 4G LTE.
Standard safety equipment includes Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), which includes forward-collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. You can also get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert on certain models. All Camrys come with a standard backup camera.
Does Toyota have a lot riding on this car? You bet. The Camry is sold in more than 100 countries, and, according to Toyota, it is the most popular midsize sedan in the world.
While the Camry has rarely if ever set a car lover’s heart on fire, it has consistently delivered high levels of competency, including a roomy interior, quiet cabin, slick powertrains, a comfortable ride, and sound handling. The popular model’s reputation is further bolstered by solid reliability and owner satisfaction scores in our surveys. It appears that Toyota wisely didn’t stray too far from its successful formula, although time and testing will tell.