2018 Toyota Camry – Review and Road Test

2018 Toyota Camry – Review and Road Test


With the 8th-generation Camry, Toyota
has bathed their perpetually strong selling sedan in sassy style. Does that
mean the sensible, sober Camry we know is a thing of the past? Well, no. Think of the new Camry more like you’re responsible cousin that has the
stable job down at the City Planning Office. Except what they’re like on the
weekend when things get craaay. The practical trappings of a Camry are all
here. The seats are contoured for comfort both front and rear, passenger space is
plentiful though more foot space under the front seats would be cool,
critical touch points feel nice, center console storage is generous, there’s a
convenient spot to stow your phone near the standard USB outlet, the volume and
tune knobs are placed conveniently together and within easy reach of the
driver, just don’t mix them up, and all the other controls are simple to use and
clearly labeled. But hey, here comes the weekend! Dig that swoopy dash. Swoopiness aside
this cabin is no more polarizing than the Camrys that preceded it. One area that
might cause by our concern is the infotainment system. I’ll just copy and
paste what I said in another review. “We continue to marvel at the lack
of modern smartphone integration via apple carplay and android auto. While
most car makers offer these technologies Toyota remains a stubborn holdout”. The
Camry does offer Siri eyes free, Google voice control, and a three year
subscription to a Scout navigation app. But those are imperfect stand-ins for
proper smartphone integration. To be clear, the interface is laid out just
fine. It’s totally easy to use. If you don’t care about accessing your phone’s
navigation, entertainment, phone, and texting abilities conveniently through
the vehicle’s touchscreen please ignore everything I just said. Camry trunk space is a reasonable 15.1
cubic feet in all but the L trim, which is one cubic foot smaller for some
reason. For bringing home long items the seats fold but it is not a flat
transition. Of note, Toyota moved the Camry hybrid’s battery from the trunk to
beneath the rear seats, giving the Hybrid the exact same trunk and pass-through as the standard Camry. Where propulsion is concerned the Toyota Camry uses a 3.5
liter v6 on higher trims, unlike most of its competitors whose high power thrills
come from turbocharged four cylinders. At a touch more than 300 horsepower the
Camry v6 is a great way to light the tires when leaving the Cosco parking lot. But most Camrys will come with the standard four-cylinder, which for
domestic duty does the job just fine, offering a good blend of performance and
efficiency. That was less efficient. That efficiency is impressive across the
board. In fact, stick with the base L trim and the EPA estimates better than 40 mpg on the freeway. Of course, the v6 is notably less
efficient but again if you want to make a scene leaving the post office elevated
fuel costs might be worth it. Both the v6 and the four-cylinder come joined to a
very nice 8-speed automatic transmission whose torque converter features a
multi-plate lock-up clutch for more direct throttle response and improved
efficiency. And if you’re the kind of person who needs manual control of that
8-speed automatic you’ve got the shifter down here but on SE trims and higher
there are paddle shifters that I’m guessing you will never use. Shame. Shame! Shame. Yeah, I guess there’s some shame on me now isn’t there? Rounding out the powertrain roster is
the Camry Hybrid whose electric torque enables lively acceleration and superior
fuel economy. Keep in mind if efficiency is your number one goal
the less expensive LE trim with it’s strangely pricier lithium-ion battery
pack is these superior hybrid choice. Like it’s forebears the Toyota Camry
remains a compliant driving sedan but that smooth riding nature is now
complemented by more precise steering and slightly more athletic road manners.
This is not a sports sedan but it is a Camry with a spritz of dynamism. Buy the
base, slightly more than $24,000, Camry L trim and along with that spritz of
dynamism it’ll come with 10 airbags, a backup camera, Bluetooth, two-years
complimentary maintenance, and safety sense P, a suite of active safety aides
that includes dynamic radar cruise control that’ll automatically keep pace
with vehicle ahead lane keeping assist to keep you from inadvertently departing
your lane, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and automatic
high beams. The Camry L is fine but for only $500 more the LE trim adds 60/40
split-folding rear seats with a center armrest, an overhead console with
sunglass storage, and power front seats with driver side lumbar support. Higher
trims and the option sheet round out the Camrys equipment roster with wireless
phone charging, three USB ports, navigation, keyless access with push
button start, a 360 degree camera system, an eight-inch touchscreen replacing the
standard 7-inch unit, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, blind spot
monitoring, a panoramic moonroof, and AC vents for rear-seat passengers, though
they only come on the high-end XLE and XSE trims. Speaking of the sporty XSE,
both it and the SE trim elevate the Camry’s swagger with sport-ily revised
styling along with an optional two-tone roof and four exhaust tips. Before you
scream fake news about those four exhaust tips you should know the XSE
has a three horsepower and two pound foot advantage over the standard camry. Use that power wisely. Spend without limits and you can load up
a camry XSE v6 to the tune of nearly $38,000. The mid-sized sedan field is
saturated with great choices including the similarly priced Honda Accord and
slightly less expensive choices like the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Ford Fusion,
and Nissan Altima among others. Choosing the right car from this field is less
about good versus bad and more about your personal tastes. That said, many
buyers just want a car they won’t regret. Something reliable and uncomplicated
that’s easy to drive and live with that won’t torpedo their personal finances
over the long haul. The Toyota Camry is still that car. Consider it proof that
the responsible choice is a little bit more palatable when you wrap it up in
some emotion. A spirit of dynamism. A scent for a man or a Micah. Pretty self-deprecating Cologne. I dare you to find a more self-deprecating Cologne

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100 Comments

  1. The only Camry that looks good is the 2018 XSE. Nothing else is appealing in my opinion. The aggressive grill and the rear sloping lines just don’t work without the two tone roof and the lower profile wheels the XSE comes with.

  2. couple weeks ago fixed my friend 2012 Camry she hit the front bumper really light but what a surprise two screws one on each side, 4 under holding the water splash shield and like 6 plastic clips hold the grill and bumper top people said that audis or vw are a pain but they are well built on my opinion I like the camry

  3. Was just in the market and wanted a sedan from either Toyota or Honda. I've been drinking the Toyota Kool-Aid for the last 13 years. Toyota blew it with this design. The grill is horrendous. What the F were they thinking. Back to Honda for me. I brought home the Accord Sport 1.5T on Friday. Loooove it.

  4. I agree with Motor Trend.
    "Toyota built a better Camry, but Honda built a better car." (Paraphrased slightly)
    Either way you can't go wrong with either one. For me personally, I'll have the Accord.

  5. Excellent video and review! But Toyota is a fucking cheap stupid car, I’d rather go for ford or any other American brand

  6. I rented one for 2 weeks. Bad drivers side blind spot. Low and tight getting in and out for us bigger folks. Poor throttle response from a stand still with the 4 cylinder. Fuel pedal seems mushy and unresponsive. You must push it a good distance before the motor responds. Driving around town averaging 33mpg and the car is not broken in yet. Fit & finish seems decent. The stereo seems substandard in sound quality. I look forward to comparing the Camry to the Honda Nissan & Kia equivalents.

  7. Drove LE model today and what I noticed it's pretty smooth … they changed the way to set up side mirrors from circle button to switch-stick ( no no on road it's not easy and intuitive), rear window is mush smaller than in my 2017 SE model and because of high headrests on back seats you'll see much less when you look in a middle mirror( 👎)lane assistant works very good and fast( 👌),
    No CD and I don't even talk about CD changer which I had in my 2011 XLE model (👎👎👎), scout gps looks good but I gonna try it tomorrow and gonna add comment about it, side mirrors more Square at ends than 2016-2017 models which I really love(👌👌👌)… that's all which I noticed for few first hours of driving…

  8. Such a excellent car! Average space, Beautiful interior, Fun car. I'm glad he reviewed this 2018 camry! 😁🏎

  9. You really suck man. If you want to say the camry sucks then say it. Otherwise don't say all these stupid little non complimentary words. I test drove a friends and it was not my 2001 Camry.

  10. Those new Accords with direct injection turbo engines will all blow up in 5 years because most people don't even know how to maintain their cars, and no those engines will require more than just a routine oil change when it hits 30k miles. People who say the current Accord is better have NO CLUE about cars.

  11. Toyota has always given more reliable vehicles. Honda Fan boys might want to research "Honda Complaints" vs "Toyota Complaints". You will see Honda has double the complaints while they have 1/10 the number of Toyota's. Bottom line, Toyota is Luxury and Honda is Speed, you choose. PS. Toyota is heavier, better safety and quieter drive.

  12. I was actually considering switching from Accord to Camry. But when i went to test drive a Camry V6 i was told that there was an issue with the fuel lines, so i couldn’t drive one at that time. So for those calling out Accord issues, there’s one you can call your local Toyota dealership about.

  13. Everybody complains about lack of AndroidAuto/CarPlay, but they're unusable for me because I sometimes like to stream audio through my web browser (not allowed through AA) or YouTube or even just a 3rd-party app. Literally every car from one with an old-school radio with an AUX port to the latest system with AA/CP are not appreciably different to me.
    Are there really so few other people who listen to audio stream this way that lack of smartphone integration is even worth mentioning?

  14. 2018 camry sales are up 33% where all the midsize sedans are down 10% for accord, 17% fusion, 20% mazda6 and …………kia optima hyundai sonata ……………are down atleast 30% or more. ford fusion are consistently dropping 10% every year this year was a major drop by 22%. ford decided to discontinue ford fusion and continue in suv's only.

  15. In the long run which car is better between Honda Accord 1.5 or Toyota Camry 4 cylinders? Which one has better resell price?

  16. "Most Camrys will come with the standard 4 cyclinder" Most reviews from the typical youtubers have been either the V6 or the Hybrid. Can't find a high quality review of the new Dynamic Force engine which most buyers will actually buy.

  17. No mention about ride quality, steering feel, driving position, seat quality, interior materials? I was expecting more info.

  18. I in on the wrong page i guess. I drive a 2016 vw jetta SEL premium, with a 1.8 turbo engine, and 6 speed triptronic tranny. Have fun with your honda and toyota.

  19. The Camry exterior styling is very nice, the inside is ok but nothing to knock my socks off. Compared to my 2014 Altima SV is not that much bigger in interior space. Visibility is good; however, the chrome trim around the a/c vents tend to create a visual distortion in the side view mirror. Power is good once you really step on the peddle, nice acceleration for 206 horsepower. I have more leg room in the front of the Altima than I do in the Camry, but more leg room in the rear of the Camry. I'm not a fan of the car driving for me, so the first time the car tried to correct the lane change when i didn't use the turn signal it took me by surprise, same when it slows down because of cars in front of you………….I can do without that.

  20. I'm so happy with my 2018 Camry LE, I bought it just when they were coming to dealers, and what makes me more happy is that the first batch, and my Camry is japan made, it really looks sexy in black, and i love its size, i upgraded from a 2007 corolla so obviously a lot of tech that i was once not used to, so im somewhat ok without the carplay.

  21. Why would I want to text or do anything through the camry touchscreen?? I'm not going to be doing that while driving and if I'm stopped id rather just do it on my phone.

  22. Most expensive Camry you had already in 2017 is cheaper than basic Camry 2 years later in Europe. Yes, we got that same car 2 years later but for much more money…whooohooo noone is gona buy it, you can buy a Bmw 3 series or Merc C class for that much money.

  23. They should review the honda pilot that is in almost every parking or city driving shot. Must be one of the producer's

  24. I love the XSE trim 😍. I think the accord ties with the Camry xle but the XSE trim looks better than the accord. With the two tone roof and red interior

  25. My wife is driving a 2019 Camry SE rental while her 2015 Tacoma is in the body shop from being rear-ended. My wife and I both say it drives like her truck which is not good for a car and it isn't much more advanced than her truck. The new Camry, in our opinion, is a total ripoff. The SE is the.mid-level trim but no dual climate, the front passenger area is cramped, the body roll/lean in turns is ridiculous, the rear camera resolution is poor by modern standards, only the straight back view, no dynamic guide lines, and the infotainment is already outdated. The person that designed the layout should be fired. For the rear camera/monitor, it looks like the exact same setup as my wife's truck. I was considering getting a Camry, but not after driving this thing.

  26. The most best/reliable/dependable/typical cab driver/predictable/responsible/high school/college/soccer mom or dad choice in it's class! Hands down!
    Here's comes the weekend!!! 🤣🙃🤹 So hilarious! I use to have the 1990 Camry and the 2010 both literally gave me the best 300k time of my life on both cars !
    I would get one for my future kids but not for me hahahaha time for a Real mid life crisis sports car lmao 😂

  27. I rented a 2018 Camry for 6 days and, with the exception of good gas mileage, I thought it was awful. I’m 5’11 and 190.
    A few issues I had:

    -Every time I got in I hit my head on the rearview mirror.

    -The contoured seats made it difficult to get in and out.

    -If you need to retrieve an item from the front passenger floor, you’ll need to either get out and walk around to the other side, or get up on your knees on the drivers seat to reach down.

    -The window ledge is too high to comfortably support your elbow and forearm.

    -You feel like you’re sitting in a 50 gallon drum just with more padding.

    -If you’re in an accident they’ll have to use the “jaws of life” to extricate you. Hell, I almost had to call the rescue squad to get me out when I stopped for gas.

    -The doors are eight feet long. You will hit every car you park next to and every gas pump you stop at.

    -Because the doors are eight feet long, you have to close them halfway before you get in, otherwise you won’t be able to reach the door handle.

    -You have to be a yoga master to reach back for the seatbelt since they put it about a foot behind the drivers head. Try touching your left shoulder blade with your right hand while touching your right forearm to your left ear. I did this 8 times a day for 6 days. Now I’m addicted to opioids.

    Look, I’ve rented some crappy cars over the years and I’m not proud of it, but this Camry sucked the joy out of my life for almost a week.
    When the rental agency asked if I wanted their insurance I think they were talking about the mental therapy sessions I’d need when I returned it.
    I should have said yes 😞

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