America’s best-selling car in America is all-new for 2018. Yes, the Toyota Camry is getting an overhaul. Just check out the front end. It’s not trying to be a wallflower in any sense of the word.
The new 2018 Camry is the sportiest ever and that’s saying something for a sedan that’s known for being sedate.
This is the eighth-generation of the Camry – the best-selling car in America for the past 15 years – so it’s redesign is a big deal. The car is hugely important to Toyota especially in an era when sedans are loosing luster to crossovers and SUVs.
So here are the big points to know.
Outside, the new Camry is lower, wider and curvier. It’s sleeker and also more aerodynamic. The look-at-me front end takes its cues from the new Lexus grille. It’s also designed with a two-inch longer wheelbase and a lower center of gravity. So Toyota says it will subtly improve driving dynamics.
Toyota says it spruced up the interior to make it more comfy and supportive. Look for higher grade soft-touch materials on the dash, center console and door trim.
Safety wise you can expect the Standard Toyota Safety Sense suite of technologies. Safety tech includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist and auto high beams. Those are standard on every Camry. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert come standard on higher trim levels.
The standard Camry engine is a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. We’ll have to wait for fuel economy numbers though. Along with the gas model Toyota XSE, Camry also rolled out a silver Camry XLE hybrid model at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.
The new Camry goes on sale in late summer.