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2018 Toyota Camry Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.3

After its 2018 redesign, the interior of the Toyota Camry feels classier. Much of the improved ambiance stems from the use of better materials and less hard plastics. Technology also gets an overhaul, resulting in a better infotainment system and lots of advanced safety features.

  • "The quality of materials is way up, with … a more appealing, driver-focused design with softer, more nicely textured surfaces everywhere. The stitched stuff on the dash is now a more convincing simulated leather, the cloth and SofTex vinyl upholstery has a greatly improved look and feel, and the gloss black trim around the also-improved switchgear looks suitably lux. And perhaps the best part is that the visual and quality differences between the LE and supposedly ritzier XLE are pretty much restricted to extra equipment and seat upholstery. You're not missing that much." -- Autoblog
  • "The interior is funkier, too, binning the previous slablike dash for a more three-dimensional design bisected by a wavelike trim piece. The triangular center stack angles toward the driver, while on the passenger's side the dash curves away to create a greater sense of spaciousness. The gloss-black region into which the central touchscreen is integrated provides today's requisite smartphone-mimicking appearance, but it retains enough knobs and physical buttons to make for easy operation. Top-spec models enjoy padded surfaces, soft-touch plastics, and attractive graining, some of which is preserved for mid-level trims, although these get hard-plastic door panels and a cheaper-feeling steering wheel." -- Car and Driver
  • "Inside, the 2018 Camry displays a greater sense of style, which is important given that this is where the car's owner spends all of his or her time. Through the use of colors, patterns, and accents, it is clear that Toyota spent significant time refining the new Camry's cabin. The materials feel durable, too, like they will stand the test of time." -- New York Daily News

Seating

The Camry seats five people, with standard cloth upholstery and six-way adjustable front seats. In all but the base model, the rear seats fold with a 60/40 split. Seating options include synthetic leather and genuine leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. For child safety seats, there are three tether anchors and two sets of lower anchors in the back seat.

The seats are fairly comfortable and roomy, though they feel a bit on the firm side. Tall travelers may also have to duck a little, in part because of the Camry's lower stance. Visibility is good all-around.

  • "As before, Camry is very roomy inside, though lanky drivers might wish for more headroom. Visibility is very good to the front corners, good to the sides and back corners." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The redesigned interior has higher-quality pieces all around and very comfortable redesigned seats." -- Cars.com
  • While the seats felt a little stiff for our tastes up front, they were attractive and relatively supportive – and the rears fold down in a 60/40 split." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

The base infotainment system includes Toyota's Entune interface, a 7-inch touch screen, six speakers, Siri Eyes Free, Google voice controls, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Smartphone integration lets you link to apps like iHeart Radio, Pandora, Stitcher, Facebook, and Yelp. You also get turn-by-turn navigation using Toyota's Scout GPS Link app paired with your smartphone. Overall, this new system works well, with a nice selection of buttons around the screen if you prefer physical controls over touch-screen menus.

Standard safety equipment in the new Camry includes a rearview camera, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. Available safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear cross traffic braking, a head-up display, and adaptive cruise control. Toyota also offers single- and dual-zone climate control, an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker JBL sound system, HD Radio, satellite radio, integrated navigation, a proximity key, push-button start, three USB ports, wireless smartphone charging, and a panoramic moonroof in the 2018 Camry. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't available, however.

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  • "From a user's perspective, Entune 3.0 is faster to respond than before, making the system far more pleasurable to use. For all versions, Toyota continues to employ separate climate controls beneath the display screen, and has replaced gray buttons with classy looking chrome tabs that give the dashboard an air of sophistication." -- New York Daily News
  • Also new is Toyota's latest touchscreen interface dubbed Entune 3. Available in standard 7-in and optional 8-in sizes, it responds better to inputs and features better graphics with more easily pressed icons. A decent Scout GPS navigation app that streams from your smartphone comes standard along with additional apps, but Toyota won't be offering Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. That's a shame because the new Camry is otherwise well-suited for smartphones thanks to its available three USB ports and wireless Qi charging pad built sleekly into the bin lid forward of the shifter." -- Autotrader
  • "The base audio system uses a 7-inch touchscreen surrounded with volume and tuning knobs along with eight buttons, and there are 36 virtual station-preset buttons that can be scrolled through on the touchscreen. The standard Scout navigation system uses your connected cell phone, and thus requires a cell-phone signal to function. Standard on V6s and optional on all other models but the L is an upgraded infotainment system that includes a CD player and GPS-linked navigation. Both were found to be fairly easy to operate, which can't be said for all such systems. Climate controls were also easy to use." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

All Camry models except the base have a 15.1-cubic-foot trunk and rear seats that fold with a 60/40 split. The trunk in the base L model measures 14.1 cubic feet. Even for the uplevel models, this is a smaller cargo area than most midsize sedans have. Adding to its inconvenience are trunk lid hinges that dip into the opening and rear seats that don't lay completely flat with the trunk floor.

  • The trunk is wide at the rear and quite roomy, and though the trunklid opens wide to create a large opening, its sickle-shaped hinges dip into the load space a bit. Also, the folded rear seat backs rest about seven inches above the level of the trunk floor, making it tougher to slide long items forward." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Trunk space is less generous, too, dropping from 15.4 cubic-feet to 15.1 cu.-ft. This puts the Camry firmly toward the bottom end of the midsize car segment, and the company still doesn't supply a shelf or grab handle inside of the trunk so that owners can slam it shut without placing their fingers on the outside of the lid." -- New York Daily News

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