Toyota has retooled the eighth-generation Camry -- America's best-selling car for 15 straight years -- with a far bolder design, improved handling, upscale interior materials and sporty driving dynamics. The goal is to reinvent the venerable midsize sedan against the shift to crossovers. Here’s what analysts and journalists are saying about the 2018 Toyota Camry.
“While the Camry has rarely if ever set a car lover’s heart on fire, it has consistently delivered high levels of competency, including a roomy interior, quiet cabin, slick powertrains, a comfortable ride, and sound handling. The popular model’s reputation is further bolstered by solid reliability and owner satisfaction scores in our surveys. It appears that Toyota wisely didn’t stray too far from its successful formula, although time and testing will tell.”
-- Mike Quincy, Consumer Reports
“And so arrives this Camry gone wild, with an only somewhat more toned-down version of the seemingly sci-fi-inspired look that makes the styling of the current Prius so polarizing, and some of the sculpting that invites a double-take of the upcoming C-HR crossover. The 2018 Camry is within an inch of the 2017 model in length and width, but Toyota hasn’t yielded to the crossover crowd by making the new Camry taller or more upright. It has actually gone the other way; the hood is 1.6 inches lower, and the roofline is lower by 1.2 inches. That let the automaker drop the hip point for occupants an inch in front and 1.2 inches in back. The front seats have been resculpted, while the cowl, beltline, and dash have been lowered, adding to a more open feel inside the cabin.”
-- Bengt Halvorson, Car and Driver
“Though sedan sales have lost ground to crossovers in recent years, any manufacturer would be thrilled to offer a vehicle in its lineup that could emulate the Camry's perennially robust sales performance. So, yes, the debut of new Camry is a big deal.
“With that said, the Camry has a reputation of being plain vanilla (we'll only point out that vanilla is far and away the most popular flavor of ice cream). The 2018 model apparently aims to reverse that perception. Take the styling, for instance, for which two distinct themes have been established based on trim level. The XE and XSE trim levels represent what is easily the boldest Camry yet, with a hint of rear fender bulge, well-considered proportions and a confident face. Entry-level LE and XLE models are more subdued, save for an imposing grille. Sure, the new Camry's various creases on the hood and the flanks are a bit fussy, but the new car's attitude is undeniable.”
-- Jason Kavanagh, Edmunds
“Toyota clearly realized that 1) fewer and fewer people are buying sedans 2) other mainstream sedans were catching up to it in terms of quality and performance and 3) a good reputation can only take a vehicle so far. So, in light of all that, Toyota has released a new, stylish Camry with a clear focus on performance.
“From a more powerful engine lineup to an aggressive body to ultra-comfortable seats, Toyota has given buyers every reason to keep paying attention to the best-selling passenger car nameplate in the U.S.”
-- Kyle Campbell, New York Daily News