This isn’t your father’s Camry. Welcome to the boldest, sexiest, and most daring edition of the Toyota Camry ever released. Though typically known for its clockwork-like consistency, as well as incremental year-to-year improvements rather than daring leaps forward, the 2018 Toyota Camry is a re-invigorated and re-imagined model that is igniting excitement across the automotive landscape.
Some past detractors of the ever-consistent Camry have derided its milquetoast design as being overly conservative. That changes with the 2018 model. In fact, the most immediately noticeable feature of the 2018 Camry is its sporty, aggressive, and head-turning new layer of skin. Finally – we have a Camry with curb appeal! But underneath the skin there are exciting changes afoot as well. Let’s take a look at the two areas that have really caught our attention:
The 2018 Camry adds 25 horses to its engine power while simultaneously boosting its fuel economy by several miles per gallon compared to the 2017 model. That, friends, is considered a great feat in the world of performance improvements. Improving power generally does not equate to improving fuel economy, but the magicians at Toyota have somehow pulled that rabbit from their hat. We are all applauding.
Furthermore, the 2018 Camry handles with more grip and more tenacity than any previous Camry ever released, although it doesn’t require smoke and mirrors to see why. The center of gravity has been lowered, the wheelbase has been stretched, and the rear-track is broader. The result is a pluckier drive with sharper turning and brisker acceleration. We like this. We like this a lot.
Perhaps, with the benefit of hindsight, we will fondly remember all previous Camry models as existing during the “awkward adolescent” stage of the Camry’s lifespan. Though it was never an ugly duckling, the Camry was rarely a car that turned the heads of its peers. Until now. The 2018 Camry has matured into its looks and delivers a masculine, sporty, striking design. The sedan that once had no prom date suddenly has countless invitations.
What changed? Well, everything. Toyota completely redesigned the exterior of the 2018 model with lower hip points, a new shoulder line, a sporty hood design, a mesh grille, and slim upper intakes among countless other details. Sleek lines and daring angles define the 2018 Camry and consequently the entire vehicle looks more assertive as a result. The impact of the redesign is reverberating across Toyota-land and loyal drivers of previous Camry models find their mouths agape when first observing it. We never dated you for your looks, Camry, but now that you have them, we’re not complaining.
Oh, you thought the praise was finished? It’s not. That’s because the 2018 Camry also delivers the full slate of modern tech and safety features that modern drivers expect from a 2018 model – things like pedestrian detection, hill-start assistance, pre-collision braking, lane departure assistance, automatic high-beams, dynamic cruise control, and many other nifty tech features. These features contribute to the overall safety, and rightfully the 2018 Camry is fully expected to reach the highest possible score on every safety test.
You’re probably thinking the 2018 Camry price must be outrageous, right? Quite the contrary. The base model starts right around ~$25,000. Considering the seemingly countless advancements that is actually a compelling bargain.
In an industry filled with hyperbole it is refreshing to finally bestow our hyperbole upon a deserving recipient. In comparison to other affordable sedans on the market, the 2018 Toyota Camry is a peacock among chickens – and it’s eager to strut. It offers more power, better handling, higher fuel efficiency, and a dash of sex-appeal compared to previous Camry models. Altogether, we’re pretty darn sure all of you in Portland, Vancouver, and Longview/Kelso will like it, but we encourage you to call Dick Hannah Toyota today to find out for yourself.
*Mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
1MSRP based on base model trim excluding tax, license, registration.
2 For well-qualified lessees.
3 Towing capability varies by trim level and configuration. See Owner’s Manual for proper use.