When Toyota set out to redesign the Camry, the company knew it had to get it right. For years the Camry has been a stalwart when it comes to solid reliable transportation, but Toyota wanted to make the model more than just a useful appliance. Toyota wanted to make the car memorable and more important than ever.
One look at the new Camry and it's clear the company succeeded. The vehicle is attractive, sporty and still practical. Reliability is yet to be determined, but due to Toyota’s reputation, we figure it will be excellent as well. We could spend countless paragraphs going over the new Camry’s spec sheet, but we decided it’d be better to just focus on five of the best things about the car.
1. Improved Stance
Toyota took the time to make the Camry lower, longer and wider thanks to the Toyota New Global Architecture. This TNGA platform improves the overall stance of the car, which in turn should make it more enjoyable to drive. While we haven’t had the pleasure of getting behind the wheel of the 2018 Camry, it seems from the first drive articles from other publications that the new platform performs favorably. The new platform is lighter weight and stiffer meaning the car will respond better to inputs from the driver.
2. Better Suspension
The suspension on the car has also been revised. The car now has a MacPherson strut front end and a double-wishbone rear suspension. That means all four wheels are independent and should have even less issue soaking up bumps and gaps in the road than the previous Camry. Handling in a car with this setup is also better. Pairing the new TNGA platform with the new suspension means the 2018 Camry is an athletic sedan as well as a practical one.
3. V6 Power
While other recently revised competitors, like the new Honda Accord, are kicking the V6 engine to the curb, Toyota’s sticking with it. The XSE trim level still has the six-hole engine under its hood but this time it’s more powerful. The 3.5-liter V6 engine makes 301 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. All that power shoots to the front wheels to propel the Camry quickly down the road. If you want a fun and practical version of this car, the XSE is it.
4. Functional Quad Exhaust
This is the first time the Toyota Camry has had a quad exhaust. While you might think it’s just for show, the fact of the matter is that it’s actually functional. The Fast Lane Car notes that the V6 is supposed to breathe better with the four exhaust tips. Also, you can get the quad exhaust with the four-cylinder engine. While that might seem kind of silly, if you choose to do it you’ll actually see a small boost in performance as the upgraded exhaust bumps the power up by 3 hp. You likely won’t notice it in day-to-day driving, but still, it’s nice to know.
5. New Entune 3.0 Infotainment
The 2018 Camry also comes with a new interior complete with the next-generation Entune 3.0 infotainment system. Standard is a 7-inch touchscreen, app suite, Siri Eyes Free, and three years of no-charge GPS. Upgrade to the next step up and you get an 8-inch screen with HD Radio, wireless charging, and Verizon 4G LTE Wi-Fi. The top of the line system uses the same screen and offers embedded navigation and JBL premium sound system with Clari-Fi. Also, overall, the system looks newer and brings the Camry’s infotainment situation into the modern age, forgoing the dated previous system.