2018 Toyota Camry Concept, Redesign and Review

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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 this year.

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2018 Toyota Camry Redesign and Price

what’s new

The 2018 Toyota Camry has been fully redesigned. Key differences from the outgoing Camry include a longer wheelbase, sleeker styling and a revised rear suspension geometry, along with two distinct styling themes depending on trim level.

we 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.

trim levels & features

The 2018 Camry is available in five distinct trim levels: LLESEXSE 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.

2018 Toyota Camry First Drive

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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

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.

comfort

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.

interior

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.

sources : edmunds

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