Toyota Camry 2018 is a bright invitation to a tour around a decent city, not so bumpy a country ride, or a little weekend tour around oceanfront Malibu beaches. The Toyota Camry 2018 family includes five trims: L, LE, XLE, SE and XSE, all powered by the 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine. For XLE and XSE, there is a 3.5 liter 6-cylinder option.
This new four-wheel product of the renowned car maker whale comes as a family sedan, just like many of its predecessors. However, it has quite a handful of new features. The design has changed radically: the geometry is quite different and the general appearance is definitely sleeker.
Particularly, Toyota Camry 2018 has a more rigid and downed platform. The front and rear are comparatively low set. So is the roof. The sleeker curves and sharp angles in the front inject a slightly sportier and more aggressive flavor in the exterior (especially in the SE and XSE trims). Particularly, the car is longer by 30 mm, lower by 25 mm, and wider by 20 mm.
The slightly lower shape seats the driver and its passengers lower too. Most important, its rounded seats have a little more ‘dished’ shape, which puts the driver and passengers into a somewhat knee-up position. This particularly refers to the rear seat, whose edge is positioned a little closer to the rear door pillar and therefore leaves a slightly narrower gap and therefore a little less legroom. However, the low seating pretty much compensates for the inconvenience. Likewise, with a relatively low-set design, the ‘dished’ seats make all the difference in the world: they provide more headroom and a better rearview for the driver.
All trims boast a comfortable interior design, convenient seating and plenty of cargo and storage room. However, it should be noted that materials and upholstery differ greatly within the Toyota Camry 2018 lineup. For example, the L, LE and SE trims show standard plastic ambience, while XLE and XSE is downright luxurious with seats dressed in quilted leather and almost no hard surfaces on the doors.
Although the trunk is a little less spacious than those of previous models, it still provides quite a bit of cargo space and lives up to the family sedan standard (with rear seats folded). Storage is mostly standard, and there is a spacious bin beneath the armrest, a coin box to the left of the steering wheel, a door pocket in each door, and a glove box.
Toyota Camry 2018 has done a great job improving driver control. The whole 2018 lineup boasts a highly intuitive dashboard with a comfortable knob and button layout and intuitive driver information center. Models come with a 4.2 inch (L, LE, SE) and 7.2 (XSE, XLE) display. Power and volume control knobs are located in the upper left part of the display and are sized differently for better distinction. This arrangement provides for much better concentration and therefore safety. However, it takes a bit of getting used to for a first-time Toyota driver.
All Toyota Camry 2018 trims use Entune 3.0 – an advanced and updated infotainment system, and have USB ports. L, LE and SE trims have only one USB port located on the center stack; XSE and XLE have three USB ports. Incorporated in Toyota’s system is a navigation app, which provides real-time updates and traffic information for users with compatible phones and devices. With the diversity of Internet access options featured in the Entune App Suite, a Camry owner may have no reasons to regret the absence of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Toyota Camry 2018 trumps all cards in terms of safety and reliability, as it has done brilliantly in all crash tests. It boasts a highly advanced Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-P) system with an extensive array of warning and safety tools, including cruise control, active lane control providing decent lane departure warning signals, a front-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic braking, high-beam headlights, etc. The full-speed-range is available in XKE and XSE trims only; in L, LE and SE it is restricted to high speeds. Higher trims also feature a perimeter-scan camera system, which creates a detailed panorama of what is happening around the car.
Boasting a sleeker design than its predecessors, Toyota Camry has a more rigid chassis. Lower-slung than its predecessors, it glides over the road, which gives it an exceptionally smooth feel when riding. The steering is neither sloppy nor too hard: it is just fairly rigid and responsive, particularly when it comes to maneuvering in narrow spaces and parking lots. Some drivers find the brake pedal even a bit too responsive and say that it makes the maneuvering process a little jerky. The eight-speed automatic gearbox just keeps the momentum.