The Redesigned Toyota Camry


The Toyota Camry offers improved handling and more get-up-and-go than the outgoing old models. Toyota also made a slew of safety features standard in all trim levels and improved the Camry’s infotainment system. This is one of the best family or commuter cars on the market today. The Camry's price is very reasonable, and easy on the wallet at the gas pump, too, in spite of the more powerful engine options. Here are the answers to questions you may have about the redesigned Toyota Camry.

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What did Toyota change on th Camry?

Toyota improved the Camry engine options. They are more powerful, although they aren’t any less fuel efficient than the previous models’ engines. Active-assist safety features come standard in the new 2018 Camry, which is a notable improvement over the 2017 model. The infotainment system has also been improved for 2018. One unfortunate change that the Camry could have done without is a smaller back seat.

2

Are there any new trim levels for the Camry?

There are three new trim levels for the new Camry. All the trim levels in order of base to highest are the L, LE, XLE, XLE V6, SE, XSE, XSE V6, Hybrid LE, Hybrid SE and Hybrid XLE. The L, XLE V6, and XSE V6 are the new trims.

3

Did Toyota put a different engine in the Camry

There are two improved engines available for the 2018 Camry. The standard engine is a 203-horsepower four-cylinder engine which is considerably more powerful than the outgoing four-cylinder engine. The other engine is a 301-hp V6. It’s an available option that adds around $6,000 to the price of the car. Both gas-powered engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Hybrid Camry comes with a 2.5-L four-cylinder Dual Injection/Dual VVT-I power source. It offers four drive modes – ECO, Normal, Sport and EV.

4

Is the Camry as fuel efficient as previous models?

Believe it or not, the 2018 Camry is even more fuel efficient than the 2017 Camry. The 2017 model got 21 to 24 mpg in the city and 30 to 33 mpg on the highway. The new Camry gets 28 to 29 mpg in the city and 39 to 41 mpg on the highway when equipped with the standard engine. The V6 models get 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The hybrid trims get 51 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway.

5

Is the new Camry reasonably priced?

Starting MSRP for the 2018 Camry is actually lower than the 2017 model because there is a new, lower base model. The Camry L starts out at $23,495. The LE, which was the base model last year, has the same $24,000 starting price. The price of the XSE is up by $2,000 for a starting price of $29,000. MSRP for the XSE V6 is $34,950.

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Does the Camry come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay?

Sadly, no. They are still not available in the Camry. The infotainment system has been improved, though, with better smartphone connectivity so you can access Pandora, iHeart Radio, Yelp, and Slacker. There is also a navigation app that connects through your smartphone and Siri Eyes Free with voice controls. Each trim comes with Toyota’s Entune 3.0 Audio with App Suite, a six- or nine-speaker stereo, AM/FM radio, a USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control and a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen. SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Wi-Fi Connect, and more goodies are standard in the higher trims.

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Has the Camry’s safety system been improved?

Yes. Toyota’s Safety Sense P safety system comes standard in all Camry trims. It includes lane departure warning with steering assist, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. A rearview camera is also standard in all trims. This is a big improvement over the old models. More advanced safety features like rear cross traffic braking, blind spot monitoring, and a head-up display are available options.

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Is the Camry comfortable to ride in?

Yes, it is comfortable and fairly roomy for a five-passenger midsize sedan. The seats are a bit firm but still comfortable for most people. They are lower than they were in the older Camry, though, which could prove problematic for some passenger. The back seat is smaller with less legroom, too.

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Is there a midsize sedan that is better than the Camry?

Possibly, depending on which features are more important to you. The Honda Accord isn’t quite as good as the new Camry; however, you can get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the Accord. The Accord also comes with one of two available turbocharged four-cylinder engines. So, if you find those features more appealing, you may prefer the Accord. The 2018 Camry is an overall better car than the Chevrolet Malibu with more safety features and better technology; however, the Malibu has more legroom in the front and back seat and has a bigger trunk. The Malibu is the least expensive of the three. The Camry and Accord are more fuel efficient than the Malibu.

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