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2018 Toyota Camry Review

The 2018 Toyota Camry ranks among the best midsize sedans thanks to an abundance of standard features, pleasant driving dynamics, and a powerful yet fuel-efficient base engine.

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive list of standard safety features
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Peppy, fuel-efficient base engine
  • Enjoyable driving dynamics
  • Below-average trunk space
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto

Rankings & Awards

The 2018 Toyota Camry's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Midsize Cars category. It was the winner of our 2018 Best Midsize Car for the Money award and the winner of our 2018 Best Midsize Car for Families award and the winner of our 2018 Best New Cars for Teens award. Currently the Toyota Camry has a score of 9.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

9.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2018 Toyota Camry Overview

Is the 2018 Toyota Camry a Good Used Car?

The 2018 Toyota Camry is an exemplary used midsize sedan. In fact, it won three of our 2018 Best Car awards: Best Midsize Car for the Money, Best Midsize Car for Families, and Best New Cars for Teens. It delivers excellent performance, from its powerful engines to its composed handling. Add in a long list of standard features and great gas mileage, and the Camry is one of the best values in the class.

The Camry has many strengths:

  • Outstanding predicted reliability rating
  • Perfect safety score
  • More standard safety features than most rivals
  • Straightforward cabin technology
  • Composed handling
  • Comfortable ride
  • Zippy, fuel-efficient base engine
  • Muscular available V6 engine

There are a few drawbacks:

  • Subpar trunk space for the class
  • Smaller rear seats than some rivals
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone integration
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Toyota Camry review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 24 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Toyota Camry?

There are about 2,400 listings for the 2018 Toyota Camry on our site, with an average list price of $20,300. Prices range from $16,400 to $28,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Toyota Camry Cost to Own?

The 2018 Camry’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be almost $23,670, or about $4,730 per year. That’s about average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Camry?

Toyota fully redesigned the Camry for 2018. The 2019 base model starts at $23,945 and adds only Apple CarPlay smartphone integration to the Camry's standard features list. If you’re wedded to your Apple device, then the 2019 Camry is worth a look. Otherwise, you’ll get as good a car for less by opting for the 2018 model.

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Older Camry models simply can’t compete with the 2018 Camry. In addition to retuned steering and suspension that significantly improve the driving experience, the 2018 Camry comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P bundle. This driver assistance package includes a handful of high-tech safety features that were only available as options in previous models.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Toyota Camry?

The 2018 Camry has an excellent predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Toyota Camry Recalls

At the time of this writing, three recalls have been issued for the 2018 Toyota Camry:

  • Brake assist vacuum pump may fail
  • Engine may stall due to incorrectly sized pistons
  • Incorrectly connected fuel lines may leak

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Toyota Camry Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Toyota Camry comes in five trims: L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE. The base Camry L trim comes with more standard features than you’ll find in most rivals. This trim’s powerful four-cylinder engine and numerous standard safety and technology features will more than please most shoppers.

If you want to add a touch of luxury to the cabin, choose the XLE trim, which adds genuine leather upholstery, a premium stereo, heated front seats, and a larger touch-screen infotainment system. It also comes with a few more active safety features. This is the lowest trim with the available V6 engine.

  • Toyota Camry L: The base trim comes with Toyota's Entune interface, a 7-inch touch screen, six speakers, Siri Eyes Free, Google voice controls, a USB port, Bluetooth, Toyota’s Scout GPS app, and smartphone integration with iHeart Radio, Pandora, Stitcher, Facebook, and Yelp. Standard safety equipment includes a rearview camera, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.
  • Toyota Camry LE: The LE trim adds an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and the availability of numerous upgrades (none of which are offered with the base trim).
  • Toyota Camry SE: The Camry SE comes with synthetic leather upholstery, single-zone automatic climate control, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with paddle shifters.
  • Toyota Camry XLE: The XLE trim features LED headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear cross traffic braking. This trim also adds numerous comfort, tech, and performance features, including dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless smartphone charging, genuine leather upholstery, heated front seats, a proximity key, push-button start, three USB ports, dual exhaust, three driving modes (Eco, Normal, and Sport), a head-up display, and enhanced adaptive cruise control. This is one of two trim levels available with the V6 engine. XLE models with the V6 also come with an enhanced infotainment system that includes an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker JBL sound system, HD Radio, and satellite radio.
  • Toyota Camry XSE: The Camry XSE features trim-specific exterior styling and high-end cabin accents.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Camry?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 Toyota Camry a Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s highest award. It received the highest rating of Good in all seven IIHS tests, and its front crash prevention was rated as Superior. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Camry a perfect five-star overall safety rating, as well as five stars in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover evaluations.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • pre-collision system with pedestrian detection
  • lane departure warning with steering assist
  • automatic high beams
  • adaptive cruise control

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • rear cross traffic braking
  • head-up display
  • full-speed adaptive cruise control

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2018 Toyota Camry Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Camry or 2018 Honda Accord?

The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry were both redesigned for 2018, and both sedans rank highly in the class. They offer excellent safety ratings, composed handling, upscale interiors, two powerful engine options, and lots of standard safety and technology features. The Accord is available with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, neither of which are available in the 2018 Camry. Ultimately, the Camry’s higher predicted reliability rating earns it our recommendation.

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Camry or 2018 Hyundai Sonata?

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata is a good midsize car that offers comfortable seats, intuitive features, good fuel economy, and a larger trunk than the Camry. That said, the Camry takes the cake with its superior handling, strong engines, and better predicted reliability rating.

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2018 Camry Performance

How Does the 2018 Toyota Camry Drive?

The Camry has a punchy four-cylinder engine that delivers enthusiastic acceleration on the freeway and when pulling away from a stop. The available V6 engine – one of the strongest engine options in the class – delivers even more vigor. This Toyota provides a comfortable ride and offers more accurate steering and better agility than in the Camry's previous generation.

  • Base engine: 203-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engine: 301-horsepower 3.5-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic (paddle shifters available)
Does the 2018 Toyota Camry Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 Camry with the base engine returns some of the best fuel economy estimates among nonhybrid models in the class. Fuel economy takes a hit with V6-powered models.

  • Four-cylinder: 29/41 mpg city/highway
  • V6: 22/33 mpg city/highway

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2018 Camry Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Camry Seat?

The 2018 Camry seats five people in two rows. The seats are generally comfortable, but some may find them too firm. The cabin feels spacious and airy up front, with good visibility in all directions. For 2018, Toyota lowered the Camry’s seats, so climbing inside the cabin can be awkward for some. The back seats are slightly smaller for 2018, so long-limbed passengers may feel a little cramped. The cabin features a handsome design, soft-touch materials, and good build quality throughout.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth seats
  • six-way manually adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • synthetic leather upholstery
  • genuine leather upholstery
  • eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • heated front seats
  • leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats (standard in all but the base model)
How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Toyota Camry?

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child safety seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the highest rating of Good+ for its ease of use.

2018 Toyota Camry Features

For 2018, the Toyota Camry’s infotainment system is better than ever. It’s easy to connect your smartphone to apps like iHeart Radio, Pandora, Slacker, and Yelp. Additionally, you can link your smartphone to the standard navigation app to display turn-by-turn directions on the touch screen. Unlike most competitors, however, the 2018 Camry isn't available with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone integration.

  • Standard infotainment features: Toyota's Entune interface, a 7-inch touch screen, six speakers, Siri Eyes Free, Google voice controls, a USB port, Bluetooth, and smartphone integration with navigation via the Scout GPS Link app
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker JBL sound system, HD Radio, satellite radio, integrated navigation, three USB ports, and wireless smartphone charging
  • Other available features: proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a panoramic moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control

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2018 Toyota Camry Dimensions

Toyota Camry Cargo Space

The base Camry has a 14.1-cubic-foot trunk. All other trims have 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space. Both numbers are subpar for the class.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Toyota Camry Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet
  • Curb weight: 3,241 to 3,572 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Toyota Camry Built?

Toyota built the Camry in Kentucky.

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