2018 Toyota Camry Opens A New Chapter For The Family Sedan

Sports cars may be what bring customers into showrooms, but that’s not what they leave with. That honor goes to less exciting cars – like the Toyota Camry, which has just gotten a little more exciting.

Revealed at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show is the all-new version of Toyota’s mid-size sedan. The popular (if lackluster) model took a stylistic step forward when the current model launched in 2011, and another stride when the facelift arrived in 2014, but takes a much bigger leap with the introduction of this latest iteration.

Adopting the Japanese automaker’s “Keen Look” design language, the new Camry looks sportier – for a Camry (though it’s still hardly what we’d call a design leader). It sits lower to the ground and with a lower hood to cut a sleeker profile without sacrificing interior space.

The relatively sportier theme continues inside with a more driver-oriented cabin space, and promises a more upscale look and feel with premium, soft-touch materials and more ergonomic seats. It naturally also incorporates new infotainment features, including a 10-inch head-up display, seven-inch instrument display, and eight-inch center touchscreen.

Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, the new Camry uses more high-strength steel and new molding technologies to improve structural rigidity without adding too much weight. That ought to make it both handle better and safer as well, aided by all the active safety features Toyota could throw at it – including standard pre-collision system, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning (and correction), automatic high-beam assist, and ten airbags.

The best-selling car (though not the best-selling vehicle) in America for 15 years running, the Camry enters its eighth generation with three engine options – and bucking the trend, none of them are turbocharged. There’s a 2.5-liter four and a 3.5-liter V6, both mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. And this being a Toyota, of course there’s a hybrid powertrain – based on the 2.5 and paired with a CVT.

Buyers will also be able to choose between four trim levels, dubbed LE, XLE, SE, and XSE, with the latter two adopting a sportier appearance. Whether the more athletic look will be enough to lure new buyers remains to be seen, but one way or another the Camry isn’t likely to be knocked from its perch any time soon.

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  • Dennis Scipio

    The hybrid model’s front face looks bit better than the gas powered one, in my opinion

    • Kaisuke971

      I’m kinda with you but the grille is SO BIG wtf

      • Althea Later

        That’s the trend now. Grilles that are actually larger than the front of the car. Sounds technically impossible… but as you can see, it has been achieved.

      • Belthronding Tinuviel

        grill has a camry i think.

    • fabri99

      It’s like the gas model is grumpy, for Mondays, and the hybrid one has that idiot giant grin for Fridays.

    • baofe

      When you have to choose between two front ends of a car and you still can’t really pick one you like, that’s when you know a design is bad..

  • WG

    Now im even more excited for the next accord. imo the curent gen mazda 6 still looks better than this.

    • 31/12/2999

      Well I’m not looking a beautiful car, I’m looking a good car, with a lot of reliability and quality.

      • WG

        Accord has those categories checked. Otherwise, I would just go for the Mazda 6.

      • baofe

        Yes but Toyota is finally playing catch up with tech and modern engine/transmissions. In that sense, it won’t be as reliable as those companies who adopted these new tech earlier and had time to perfect them.

        • 31/12/2999

          But Toyota always make good cars, they did improve a lot of this tech, and then as always all companies go copy Toyota technologies.

          • baofe

            Nobody copies toyota/lexus tech.. Enform mouse control? Yeah no company is dumb enough to copy that. Toyota isn’t known for their tech. I’ll give you that they are known to make quality and reliable cars. But again, they are changing things up with this new camry, featuring new mechanical tech that other companies incorporated model years before, so this gen camry might not be as reliable as before.

          • TheBelltower

            Like what? Drum brakes? Four speed automatic transmissions? Be serious. It’s this simple bulletproof dinosaur technology that makes these cars reliable. It’s the newer technology that’s proven to be the source of their endless recalls and defects.

  • Kaisuke971

    Please someone tell the Toyota group that their grilles are getting OUT OF HAND. It was kinda funny at first but now it’s completely ridiculous. Look at that hybrid model, it’ll scare the children !

    • Six Thousand Times

      I’ve always had good luck barbecuing on a Toyota grill.

  • IFDU

    Is this on an all new platform? (For the Camry that is)

    • WG

      yes, i think it’s on the new tnga platform.

  • HUBEMX

    Ugly as hell

  • Matthijs

    Looks a bit dated and too Japanese for my taste. Nissan and Mazda know how to make appealing cars..

    • Kaisuke971

      The Renault Talisman we have here oversees also is a pretty good looking family sedan.

    • Able

      Mazda yes, Nissan though? Yuck

    • Mynameis Taylor

      Nissan and Mazda are Japanese with Japanese styling

  • ediotsavant

    Stunning!

  • Kash

    Should’ve shown it in black. probably would’ve gotten more love.

    • fabri99

      Now that you say it, it would look so much better in black.

      • Kash

        I think black, a shade of dark-ish blue, and a gunmetal gray will probably look great on this car, but red is trying a little too hard.

    • Toronado_II

      and what about beige ?

  • SgtBeavis

    Once again we see Toyota trying a bit too hard on styling……

    BUT, This ain’t bad…

    My biggest complaints are those damn fake vents in the rear of the car. At least I think they are fake. I can’t imagine a family sedan needing brake ventilation like that.

    There is a different take on the spindle grill here in that they have added a body colored nose onto it. It really doesn’t work. Frankly I can’t understand why Toyota insists on carrying the spindle over from their Lexus designs. Why screw over the Lexus brand like that. That said, this still would have worked if they hadn’t glued on that nose.

    They hybrid front clip is vastly better but, as others have mentioned, it is just too big. I feel like I should be shaving with it. At least, on the hybrid pictured here, you don’t get those fake rear vents. It is certainly the more handsome vehicle.

    The interior is a good win here. Not over done and not bland. The center stack kinda looks like a tornado. I kinda dig it. Well done on that one Toyota.

    Over all, I feel the Ford Fusion more of a classic design that will age well. Toyota’s styling is more of a fad to me but me but maybe that isn’t a bad thing when their cars have been considered more like appliances over the past few years. They are heading in the right direction but they need to pull it back a little more.

    • 31/12/2999

      Toyota doesn’t make cars with a lot of sportiness and with a lot of design, they make a middle term car that likes everybody, who likes sportiness, and who likes quiet and comfort cars. This is the key of their success. However, Camry is the most selling car in his class, for more than 10 years.

      • SgtBeavis

        Alan, everything you’re saying there is true. I’m only giving my opinion on their styling.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Can you use the spindles on the grill to keep your meat from falling off?

  • Merc1

    Same design theme/school at the new LS. Doesn’t help Lexus, but works for raising the lowly Camry’s position.

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  • KidRed

    Gross. Like a messed up, uglier version of the Honda Accord.

  • roy

    The head lamp looks like that of a 2010 camry… But not in a good way… But when viewed film the rear quarters it looks nice.. The interior tho… Vw euro passat is the best in that case

  • An Existing Person

    The grill on the hybrid model is the first time i’ve seen a grill that actually looks like a grill used to cook.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Wow, I like it!

  • smartalec

    The front looks quite dated, it looks like they have recycled the lights from the 2007 model

  • Mynameis Taylor

    It’s not my taste… but definitely the best looking Camry thus far. Not bad.

  • Rich Money

    world’s stupidest A-pillar.
    world’s dumbest C-pillar.

    Congrats.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    It favors the new Alfa Romeo….. aaand it’s better looking than the New LS ( imo )

    • donald seymour

      Really? You thought no one would read your comment?

  • donald seymour

    There is blood out in the streets.

  • rover10

    Could it not be said that there’s too much Lexus DNA in this vehicle. If that is the case, Lexus could possibly lose out.

    • BlackPegasus

      Yes, the spindle grill is in full effect here.

  • seriously

    I like the risk Toyota is taking here the interior and exterior look far more modern and unique than what else is in the segment especially the interior. The Mazda 6 has a cleaner design but from a detail stand point it certainly sets the styling bar it looks like it could be a class above in the premium segment oddly enough far sportier and more upscale looking at least than the Acura TLX

  • haudit

    Well, it certainly has a lot of styling. Just a shame it doesn’t gel together particularly well.

  • marioGTI

    Ehhh… people are always going to bitch about the Camry look, no matter how it looks. The truth is that this model is the best looking Camry ever. Period!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    This is actually pretty solid. But that’s not saying much, considering how much of a let down this first day of NAIAS has been.

    • Honda NSX-R

      Yeah I just noticed how much of a lackluster show NAIAS has been so far. Nothing as interesting other than the Kia Stinger.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        It’s depressing.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    Did Toyota even try? It’s bad on the outside and bland on the inside.

  • klowik

    The designer is adding more lines an sophistication to the existing Camry mold, somehow it looks sporty, but it just can’t break out the old shape, The interior is quite nice though.

  • “EVERY 65 SECONDS”
    OH NO.

  • BGM

    My favorite thing about this, the reason why I’m finally happy about a Camry, is that they *seem* to have forever turned off the high beam DRLs. Took them only 5 generations to kill something that shouldn’t have existed in the first place.

  • dtd

    We still don’t know the horsepower for the 2.5l I4 engine. For the V6 engine, we know it’s 295hp.

  • Big Black Duck

    The interior is pretty nice…

  • baofe
  • DJ

    love the dropped belt line under the window. an interesting and innovative design without the ungainliness of the Prius

  • BlackPegasus

    How did Toyota manage to execute a better looking interior in the Camry while making its Lexus interiors look like shtt?

  • SteersUright

    I applaud for Toyota/Lexus for daring to be bold. Now, fire all your designers and whichever executives approved this crap. Its refreshingly different in a very boring segment, and hideous all at once. The interior looks gimmicky rather than futuristic and high tech. The exterior looks like its trying its hardest to be a Nissan Maxima, another unattractive car. At least the Nissan has a beautiful interior though. Either way, anything is an improvement over the last Camry. Yes, I’m both saying I’m happy the car is updated, but I don’t think they went about it as best they could. Seems to be much confusion in car design these days.

  • john1168

    Finally they got rid of that black spacer on the C pillar. Overall it looks better but I think the front is too aggressive looking for what’s essentially a family sedan. Crazy center stack on the inside.

  • smartacus

    how did they think of a 2.5 4cylinder and 3.5 V6?
    that is so brilliantly unorthodox!!!

    • john1168

      Looks like they’re trying for something different this time around……. lol

  • Six Thousand Times

    I think you need the black roof to justify that strange line that bisects the C-post.

  • Astonman

    The front end is overwrought. Otherwise a pleasant design. I really love the interior – especially the all red one. The seats are well designed – sporty looking.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    Definitely an improvement but just awful at the same time

  • TheBelltower

    So messy. I mean, what the hell is this?

    • john1168

      LMAO…

  • Bash

    and I thought I would never be interested in a camry..

  • Zandit75

    Is it just my computer, or do the videos have no sound? Toyota couldn’t get licensing from Youtube for music??!!

  • haudit

    Where’s the dollar store LCD clock gone? Is it even a Toyota if it doesn’t have one of those?!

  • Mr E Fella

    ive already had my complaints about this car on another page, but ive just realised something, there is almost nothing new about this car. I have seen almost every element of this car on various hondas/acuras over the last 20 years. is toyota just mimicking chinas copy/paste philosophy now?

  • jarooo4

    The new Camry tries to be poor man Lexus. Just look at the grill and taillights.

  • Nihar
  • Mike Gonzalez

    looks like a cheaper Lexus IS, which is nice
    and definitely way better than Europe’s Avensis

    • 31/12/2999

      I don’t know why you talk like this, THISCAMRY IS ALL NEW IN DESIGN, this interior is the best in class

  • Jo Mama

    Damn that thing is ugly. Chevy Impala’s/Malibu’s have way more style.

  • Doug Noble

    Some elements of this design are great. I like the way the c pillars are carved into the rear window area. I like the side view & rear end a lot but don’t care for the lines coming down from the taillights into the bumper and the front reminds me of a 2010 Camry with a ghastly grille slapped on, no bueno!

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