2018 Toyota Camry, America’s Most Popular Sedan
The Toyota Camry has long been America’s best selling sedan and for 2018 Toyota released a full redesign from chassis up to keep their bread and butter four door at the top of the sales charts. There is no single reason for the Camry success. It is not the sportiest, nor the most technically advanced, or the most luxurious vehicle in its class, but it is a great combination of all these things offered at a very competitive price point and carrying a well earned reputation.
Toyota moved the Camry to the Toyota New Global Technology chassis platform shared by the C-HR and Avalon. This allowed a slightly longer, wider and lower stature that improves handling, ride comfort and entry. The inch lower roof height is offset with lower belt line improving visibility all around the car. Interior room is a bit less than previous years, but still at the top of its class and four adult passengers will find it very roomy.
The 2018 Camry sharpened the body lines adding aerodynamic flow and eye appeal. Even small changes such as the hard body line in the sail panel add up to an impression of motion and sportiness not found in the previous models. The front grill, as with all Toyota and Lexus models, makes a bold statement of aggressiveness and combined with the narrow wrap around LED headlamps and facia lighting bring Camry into line with current popular styling preferences.
Toyota also updated all the engines offered for the Camry this year. There are 3 options; an inline 4 cylinder producing 203 horsepower, a 3.5 liter V6 making 301 horses and the Hybrid combination of the Atkins Cycle 4 cylinder and electric motor producing 208 horsepower of gas sipping performance. Through the combination of new technologies for varying valve timing and dual fuel injection systems the engines are all Ultra Low, or Super Ultra Low emission rated.
Drive handling is greatly improved over earlier versions of the Camry in all models. The new chassis offers much better torsional control
and is fitted with rear independent suspension planting the Camry firmly on the ground while cornering and smoothing out the ride under all circumstances. Electronic power steering offers progressive assist while returning good road feel. Under and over steer are non-existent even under full throttle turns. The XLE model we drove was exceptionally quiet for a sedan in the price range.
The most notable feature of the new Camry is the focus on safety and driver ease. Every new Camry from the base L up comes with Toyota Safety Sense with Pedestrian Detection.
TSS-P includes a radar dynamic cruise control that really will let you negotiate rush hour traffic almost pedal free. As long as there is some forward motion the car will resume the preset distance as traffic moves ahead. Also included are the pre-collision system with pedestrian alert, lane departure alert with lane keep assist and automatic high beam headlamps. In addition each Camry includes Hill Start Assist, Traction Control, 4 wheel anti-lock brakes and Electronic Brake Force Distribution. All combine to make the Camry one of the easiest and safest cars on the American highway.
There are 3 categories each with 2 or 3 trim levels for the new Camry. The base level L comes fairly well equipped but may lack a few features most driver would like to have. Such things as Navigation and blind spot monitors are not offered on the L. The LE will be the most sought after choice as it comes with more of the high demand goodies and with optional packages can add those we may want. The XLE offers it all. If you are looking for a sportier ride the SE or XSE offer a more sport tuned suspension, eye catching graphics and sport styled interior. For those wanting to stretch the gallon as far as it will go the Hybrid comes in both the LE and XLE models and can get an amazing 53 mpg.
Toyota keeps the price within reach of most car buyers with the L starting at $23,495 and the LE at $24,000. The Hybrid LE begins at $27,800. The Camry will remain one of America’s most popular selling cars as it continues to do all we expect well, at a fair price and with an earned reputation for dependability.
For more information on the all new 2018 Camry go to here
Listen to the on air review of this car. Aired March 19, 2018