The Toyota Camry will be completely redesigned for the 2018 model year. Along with an updated platform and design, the automaker's bestselling sedan will gain an updated gas engine and hybrid powertrain. Advanced driver assistance technology will come standard.
The new Camry will be built on a modular platform dubbed TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture). Along with helping cut development costs, this has helped Toyota lower the Camry's center of gravity to help create a more planted driving experience. The wheels have also been pushed outward, helping create a stance we typically see on more premium vehicles.
4 familiar trim levels will be available: LE, XLE, SE and XSE. Shoppers looking for the sportiest versions will want to consider the SE and XSE versions, which will get 19-inch black machined-finish wheels, more sculpted rocker panels and more aggressive bumper treatments with front lip spoiler and integrated rear diffuser.
Under the hood, the Camry gets an updated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that Toyota says will burn less fuel and offer more power than the current car. Shoppers looking for more power will appreciate an updated version of the automaker's 3.5-liter V6 that uses direct injection. The car will also gain an 8-speed automatic transmission (versus the current car's 6-speed).
The Camry Hybrid will also benefit from an updated powerplant. It will feature the same updated engine as the gas model paired with an electric motor that the automaker says will earn best-in-class fuel economy. Perhaps the biggest change, however, is the addition of a new Sport Mode that allows the driver to simulate gear shifts akin to a 6-speed transmission.
In terms of safety, all 2018 Camrys will come standard with the automaker's TSS-P system (Toyota Safety Sense) which includes adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert and more. Upper trims will come with blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as well.
Stay tuned for a full review closer to launch.
Pricing & Release Date
The 2018 Toyota Camry is expected to begin production in June 2017. We currently anticipate an on-sale date sometime this September.
Based on our analysis, deals on the current car have been very aggressive due to a slump in demand for midsize cars. Shoppers should expect to be able to get a great deal, whether it's a large cashback incentive or 0% financing.
Official 2018 pricing has not yet been announced. For reference, the 2017 Camry ranges from $23,935 with destination and tops out at $32,235. At this point, we think it's reasonable to expect a modest price increase across the board given the range of updates in store for shoppers.