If you’ve been waiting for the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry, you don’t have to wait much longer.
The redesigned model, which we checked out at its big reveal in Detroit, goes on sale July. It will hit the road with a slight price increase, along with a big bump in fuel economy and horsepower.
The lineup ranges from the base L “value” version for around $24,000 all the way to the top-of-the-line XSE V6 for nearly $36,000. The 2018 Camry Hybrid models range from roughly $29,000 to $33,000.
The eighth-gen model is built on Toyota’s New Global Architecture platform, which the automaker says keeps the safety and reliability the sedan is known for while also adding a dash of fun both visually and behind the wheel.
The standard engine is a 2.5-liter with about 206-horsepower and 29-city, 41-highway, and 34 combined mpg.
The new 3.5-liter V6 option scores 301-horsepower and still manages to tip above 30 on its highway rating. It does 22-city, 33-highway, and 26-combined mpg.
The base LE hybrid sips 51-city, 53-highway, and 52-combined which is 30 percent better than the current year. But the two fancier hybrid trims only rate 44-city, 47-highway, and 46-combined for only a 21 percent improvement.
Toyota Safety Sense-P comes standard across the board. That means standard pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, and auto high beams.
Optional safety features Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross Traffic Braking.
The model is a top seller for Toyota behind only the RAV4 in the U.S market. It’s also held the top sedan slot for the past 15 years, but that hasn’t been enough to keep the model from suffering in today’s SUV dominated market. Camry sales are down 12 percent the first five months of 2017 according to Bloomberg. The promise of the all-new model can’t be helping with that either.
Honda is hot on Toyota’s heels. It will reveal the new all-new 10th generation Honda Accord on July 14.
So the sedan market might not be hot, but automakers aren’t letting it run cold either.