The 2018 Toyota Camry has been quite popular recently. Toyota completely redesigned the 2018 Toyota Camry, and it looks to revamp what you think of the popular commuter mobile. The Camry has been one of the best selling cars ever, especially in the United States. That means taking on a full redesign is a daunting task for the design team.
Even so, it looks like customers are eating up the fresh take on this ever-popular sedan.
The Camry has been the go-to choice for the common office worker only concerned about getting to and from work, with the occasional fishing trip with co-workers. While the Camry is pretty much bullet proof, it lent itself to people who didn’t really care about what they drove.
Obviously this persona was a good thing, because like I said, the Camry is one of the best selling cars ever.
The Exterior-2018 Toyota Camry:
When I heard that the 2018 Toyota Camry was completely redesigned, you can imagine that I was a bit skeptical. The Camry never really excited me, and I heard this one was meant serious business.
Upon entering the 2017 NAIAS, I went to the Toyota stand, and was pleasantly surprised. The 2018 Toyota Camry went on an insane diet, and got a nice facelift.
The front end is sporty and dynamic. From even just the front view, you can tell that Toyota is taking a lot of tips from their Lexus designers. Lexus makes striking cars now more than ever, and seems like Toyota is following suit.
The new roofline can be specced to feature a black offset and it makes the body and roofline look much more fluid and sculpted. While not completely coupe-like, the roof silhouette is slimmed down and flows into the trunk nicely.
The top of the 2018 Toyota Camry range is the XSE V6. This trim adds quad exhaust tips that do seem a bit out of place on a Camry, don’t they? They’re not overbearingly huge, so it does make me question their purpose, besides to look cool. The quad exhaust tips may be something that slowly need to grow on me as well as the Camry itself.
The Interior-2018 Toyota Camry:
The complete redesign rings true on the inside of the 2018 Toyota Camry as well. While it is completely new, the inside of the Camry reminds me a bit of the Avalon. It’s always good to see some identity or familiarity in redesigned cars.
The screen and infotainment as a whole are cleanly inserted into the new ambitious design of the center of the dashboard. There is a shaping, dominant line that starts at the right of the gauge cluster and ends to the right side of the cup holders. The wood inlay flows from that dominate line and into the passenger side. The way I described it sounds rough, but Toyota did a good job with making it all work well.
The interior will age well, I believe. There are new elements inside that work well with the car as a whole and are no longer plain as the Camry used to be.
The Performance and Tech:
The whole redesign of the 2018 Toyota Camry continues into the guts and skeleton of the car. The new chassis is lower and wider to follow in the pursuit of a sportier Camry both inside and out. On top of that, you can still get a V6 equipped Camry, which is surprising given all the attention to downsizing engines we’ve seen recently.
The revised V6 will produce upwards of 295 horsepower and 263 pound feet of torque. Which doesn’t seem very impressive from a 3.5 liter V6. Even so, it should be adequate to deliver some decent performance.
On lower trim levels, Toyota offers a revised 2.5 liter four cylinder engine which is expected output around 178 horsepower and 170 pound feet of torque.
For transmission options, every trim level comes standard with an 8-speed transmission.
A new hybrid option will come in as well, offering the same 2.5 liter four cylinder with an added motor to get more horsepower and similar fuel economy to the Prius. Another thing to note for technology is the heads up display that the Camry will feature. The 2018 Toyota Camry will be one of the first midsize sedans to offer the new technology.
Something to think about:
Toyota’s new cars are designed to look fast. This is true for their luxury division, Lexus as well. Just look at the RC, it looks like it’ll fry any German competitor with ease. But the reality is, they can’t.
The Camry’s new styling and quad exhaust (on some trim levels) almost paints a false picture for the car. It produces a max of 300 HP, which is something we see close to out of four cylinders from other manufactures. Toyota’s 178 HP from the four banger is just left for dead by other brands.
In shorter wording, Toyota’s form needs to fit its function.
|Vehicle Type:||Midsize Sedan|
|Power Plant:||2.5 L 4 cyl, 3.5 L V6 (Est)|
|Gearbox:||8-speed automatic (est.)|
|Power:||180 – 295 HP (est.)|
|MPG:||Up to 35 Highway, 26 City (est.)|
|Torque:||170 – 280 Lb-Ft. (est.)|
|Length:||191 Inches (4.85 Meters) (est.)|
|Width:||72 Inches (1.82 Meters) (est.)|
|Height:||58 Inches (1.47 Meters) (est.)|
|Top Speed:||129 MPH (207.6 KPH) (est.)|
|Wheelbase:||109.3 Inches (2.77 Meters) (est.)|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||8 – 6.5 Seconds (est.)|
|Base Price:||$24,000 (est.)|
Sum It Up:
The 2018 Toyota Camry is a very sharp car. While there are some things I’d like to change, I can’t deny that the Camry will sell well. The release date for the 2018 Toyota Camry should be known later on in Fall 2017.