What Do You Think About Toyota’s New 2018 Camry?

The 2018 Camry is undoubtedly one of the highlights in Detroit and according to Toyota, it promises to be more exciting than ever before.

The latest generation of the hugely popular mid-size sedan has adopted an edgier design to make it look much more premium than the outgoing model. The changes start at the front end with tweaked headlights and most notably, a brand-new grille design that incorporates black mesh and gloss black edges for the sporty models. The new Camry Hybrid by comparison adopts an all-chrome grille.

Stylistic changes continue down the sides of the new Camry and to the rear where large taillights have been fitted alongside a bumper incorporating eye-catching creases and curved edges.

Underpinning the new Camry is the Toyota New Global Architecture and thanks to its extensive use of high-strength steel, it is more rigid than the current model.

In the United States, three different engine options will be offered. These include a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated four and a 3.5-liter V6, both coupled to an eight-speed automatic. The new Camry Hybrid adds an electric motor to the 2.5-liter and mates it to a CVT.

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  • Createmargin

    Difficulty in design, struggling in identity.

    • I’mCallingYouOut

      nailed it.

  • LexusGXman

    Love it, cheap cars are finally becoming nice and man do I love that interior.

    • Six_Tymes

      what interior? i dont see any interior images

  • TheBelltower

    It’s a very disheveled design. Toyota is lost.

  • Matt

    That sunken beltline is very unusual, and while it may give the cabin a more airy feel, it also reminds me of Chrysler’s Cab-Forward design of the 1990’s.

    I think that while we can probably celebrate that the Camry is finally visually stimulating, it’s not because it looks good. In fact from some angles it looks downright terrible.

    • IFDU

      I think the sunken belt line is like that because Toyota said they lowered the roof on this model, so to eliminate a closed-in cabin feeling, they lowered the windows, which in fact like you said, looks unusual in some angles. The Camry was always about the interior room for the most part and that was a major factor among buyers was that the interior was perfect. So Toyota didn’t want to compromise too much with the interior dimensions I’m assuming.

  • MultiKdizzle

    Hard to have strong feelings. I mean, it’s a Camry.

  • donald seymour

    I `like it. It has a lot of sporty faux cues to it, but I like it. And I think the mainstream public will love it.

    • Rolan Volante

      Not a bad design at all. Though, it’s screaming to go electric, the pace Toyota makes electric vehs even Apple will beat it to the market. And we all know Apple is gonna be the last to come aboard the EV bandwagon.

  • sean tooher

    give it a SAAB grille ….

    • Tumbi Mtika

      HOW DARE YOU.

    • Rrradek

      …and it will become a SAAB altogether 😀 exactly my opinion. Either way, I like it.

    • Mr E Fella

      LOL, i didnt see it until just then, theres a lot of 9-3 going on in that side profile.

  • pcurve

    It’s like they were trying to achieve good aerodynamics, functionality, and style at the same time. But in the end, they couldn’t have all 3, so they sacrificed style.

    I also give them credit for lowering belt line and enhancing visibility. It’s difficult to make that design work without also lowering hood height. But that’s not possible with modern pedestrian crash safety regulations.

  • Einstein

    So now people really can’t tell the difference between a Lexus and a Toyota.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I think Toyota did a good job with it. The design is something that isn’t perfect, but the overall effort Toyota put into the Camry shows that they’re actually serious about it, unlike the outgoing generation.

  • IFDU

    It’s hard to take designers, spokesman, etc. seriously when it comes to these types of vehicles because there are not necessarily something to get excited about. BUT I will say watching all the videos of this and people who were promoting/explaining the car all seem to be over exaggerating. This is most likely better than the last Camry no doubt. But the inspiration behind the car and its styling seemed silly (a dancer in motion…really Toyota?) and over use of the ‘Sport’ or ‘Sportiness’ words is getting a bit annoying. In my opinion, Toyota has the brand equity and R&D to have a cohesive design language across the entire lineup, but instead choose to be inconsistent between each model. It should not have taken this long for Toyota to have BETTER interior materials for the Camry considering it sells a lot of these with no problem.
    The Camry should have BEEN had the option of red or different colored leather/cloth.
    The Camry should have BEEN had a new platform.
    The Camry should have BEEN had an optional panoramic roof.
    Just because the Camry sells the most, doesn’t mean Toyota should been behind on these things. This is why other sedans in some months/years have been passing them in sales because everyone (until now) seemed to offer more for less. But I see Toyota has finally realized this, and because they realized this, they will probably sell even more now.
    …Now if only they can have the same attitude with the next Corolla and RAV4 (especially the RAV4 considering it is the ugliest out of the competition).
    P.S. —I’m probably in a very small group that actually likes this design, particularly the original weird/funky interior design.

    • pcurve

      +1 for camry passion lol

    • Mr E Fella

      too many words to bother reading

    • I’mCallingYouOut

      TL/DR

    • antbee

      You gave your own answer to why the Camry never had any of those things you had mentioned. They didn’t need to, because people were already buying them in droves, so Toyota didn’t care, it was making money hand-over-fist. You’re right about the competition catching up and/or surpassing them.
      We’ll see what the end of 2017 has to say.

      Jayk Newton and I’mCallingYouOut, I’m calling you both out, that’s a damn shame.

  • mccarluvr123

    “Introducing the new, ultra smooth, seven-blade Camry Hybrid Grille. Say goodbye to razor burn.”

    Toyota – The best a man can get.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      You’re getting an upvote for this.

      • mccarluvr123

        Hey, thanks man!

  • jaykit

    This looks like a Lexus from IKEA to me.

    • Rrradek

      which is good for me. I like an average guy cars where you dont pay hideous money for a tool that a car is.

    • Mr E Fella

      take off that bulky plastic grill and its 100% lexus spindle underneath, which i always thought was a rubbish look anyway. atleast it hasnt adopted the lexus nike lights

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Yeah, I like it. It’s almost there.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    It reminds me of the Alfa Romeo

    • donald seymour

      Wait What?

      • IFDU

        He/she is implying the rear quarter view and the C-pillar being similar to that of the Guilia Sedan, even more so in the red color/XSE trim. The C-pillar quarter window shape looks like it a lot actually.

  • ErnieB

    Why do I like this more than the Lexus lines? It feels wrong:/

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    You know people that have a growth or tumor on their face? That’s what I think of when I see the new Camry.

  • dumblikeyou2

    I smaller version of the new LS

  • Ary Wisesa

    It’s interesting to see the response towards Camry. Either like it or loathe it, it seems Camry (and other Toyota products for that matters) almost always draws critics to flock around it. The fact that Camry is indeed the biggest player in the US, it’s normal if any path taken by it would draw attention. It’s more or less the same situation here in Indonesia. Toyota Innova is the biggest player in Indonesia market, and one of the most important model in Toyota fleet. Everytime the newest model rolled out, people are drawn to comment on it, either positive or negative (mostly about how it looks). Still, it’s the best selling passenger car in Indonesia . Toyota must know one thing or two of how to make best sellers. 🙂

  • ME

    I think the front fascia is trying to mimic Lexus in a cheap kind of way. I rather have the Lexus IS with AWD.

  • Bash

    a camry that I don’t mind driving..

  • emjayay

    That horizontal crease in the middle of the C pillar is a nod to this year’s floaty roof styling cliche, but without borders and a black painted area. The current very face lifted Camry was an effort to make the original old design move in the direction of this one. So this is one more logical step. The lowered side windows is interesting and against the trend exemplified in its worse form in the Camaro. Good.

    The hip point of these is an inch lower for the front seat and more for the back. This will not go over well with the older people who buy a lot of cars like this but don’t want to go to a non-sedan shaped vehicle. Cars (sedaans/saloons etc.) today are much taller than they were some time ago. The original Focus started it and now if you see a Corolla from 1996 it looks like it is knee height. So this is a step back to the lower approach of regular cars a while back. We’ll see.

    Anyway, overall contemporary, with that awful grille in your choice of two styles. The black mesh grille one must be the hot model. This grille for the sportyish model and bars or something for the regular models is something Toyota does. The current Sienna has four or five different grilles coding for different trim levels and the hot model, whatever they call it now. I don’t know why they bother other than the sport model but they do.

  • kachuks

    It’s a cluster***k. But a cluster***k that works and has worked for some time. And it’s not the only one in Toyota’s lineup.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Have never been a fan of the current Toyota design language, or Lexus for that matter. It’s like a woman who’s never been taught how to present herself, and then throwing all sorts of makeup on in the vain hope that she’ll be at least attractive to someone.

    • Ary Wisesa

      Then just don’t buy Toyota/Lexus. There are millions other cars that might suit you. Toyota/Lexus definitely not made their cars for you. And still, there are millions others who would be very happy to buy them anyway. 🙂

      • Knotmyrealname

        I don’t and I won’t.

        The conversation on here is about people’s opinions on the design; If you read the title, it’s asking “What do you think….. etc”.

        Ergo, I’m giving my opinion.

      • KidRed

        Camry sales were down this year, and flat the last 2 years. Their unattractive design language is starting to catch up to consumers.

        • Ary Wisesa

          Toyota/Lexus will sort out any problem with their sales number. They are no 1 car maker in the world for some reason.

        • Brian Roskelly

          It’s not its design that’s hurting sales. People are switching to RAV4. Crossovers are taking over the automotive scene. Look at the Rogue, it now outsells Altima. There is plenty of evidence of this.

  • john1168

    I’m glad they got rid of that crappy black spacer in the c pillar. The car in general is way overly styled. The front is a freakin’ mess. Like Lexus meets NASCAR. I don’t mind the top half of the front but the bottom half…WTF?!?! Doesn’t matter though. They’ll still sell millions of them and people will still be cheering for them on the ovals.

    • antbee

      If you go back a little, Toyota/Lexus did meet NASCAR… LOL!

  • A step in the right direction.
    It is a very simple and conservative design, and I like it.
    Sure as fuck, that face is still too busy and alien like and rear lights look like they’ve been drawn by and 8-year old, but it is a mass-market car that should appeal to people that couldn’t care less about cars and again it has some fine details that should catch the eye of car lovers and people who appreciate good industrial design.

  • Mr E Fella

    Looks like they stole from the parts bins of Hondas and Acuras of the last decade but more bulbous. Also reminds me of those old 60yo women that dress up like 18yo girls but aint fooling anyone.

    • antbee

      LOL!

  • Wandering_Spirit

    It is not ugly. It just takes cues from many other models (I see BMW on the sides, Lexus in the front and the back. However it’s perhaps one of the best ones in years.

  • ediotsavant

    Beautiful inside and out. Better looking than any of its rivals, if that’s what you want to call them. Kudos for keeping the V6 and the 2.5l four instead of a tiny turbo engine. Toyota claims class leading fuel economy. Very impressive.

  • Six_Tymes

    the silver ones front looks like a giant electric shaver. the other isn’t as bad, it looks ok

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    It looks like a failed Lexus abortion

  • Jhon electron

    The most ugliest thing in the universe

  • Oumar DiAllO

    The A-pillar is so weird and so is the C pillar. It’s so distracting and at the same time unnecessary.

  • haudit

    Interesting individual details, but with poor overall execution. There’s no real cohesion to the design, with the front end in particular failing to mesh successfully with the rest of the car.

  • nastinupe

    Kind of reminds me of an Acura up front, which is not a good thing.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I like that fact that Toyota has taken some risks with this design, however it simply looks like a Frankenstein job!

  • d’Aforde

    Toyota’s grille looks better than Lexus’ grille, especially in the sportier model. The greenhouse makes the car look sportier, too. My only critique: the SE and XSE should have a more powerful engine to differentiate them from the lesser models.

  • Greg

    How can people like thsi design … Toyota dont know how to design an elegant car.. always rough lines and too exentric (japanese) lines ..
    What a lack of taste

  • Skip

    Interior is nice… Not digging the nose tho. Current XSE is the nicest version since they started making them. Rubberband tires with big wheel gap is icky.

  • Enter Ranting

    It’s like the design chief told his team to just keep adding more lines wherever they fit. This is a dull family sedan dressed in race car drag, and they’re not fooling anyone.

  • Althea Later

    Trying hard to be cool. Someone needs to tell them that there’s no law that they have to be using basically the same taillamp design for the last 10 years. It would have looked a little better with something other than Avalon tail-lamps. You went through that much work trying to be creative… why stop there?

    Also, sharp creases and gentle curves usually don’t mix well in the same design. But I give them credit for trying.

  • Craig

    I like the hybrid. But I’m not sure I like the ‘sport’ version very much. But I wonder…. a LOT of Camry buyers are ‘beige people’. Will this new look scare them off?

  • TB

    Ugh…why bother…regardless of the updated looks (Yawn) it will still be way under powered as usual. The Camary is aging about as fine as an Egg Salad Sandwich…that’s not being kept in the fridge.

    • Brian Roskelly

      …..since when was the Camry ‘underpowered’? It’s just a family sedan, and even so its V6’s acceleration is very impressive and much better than the competition’s Turbo 4’s.

      • TB

        It’s always been IMO…especially when compared to their main competitor the Accord. Regardless it’s still blah…but that’s Camry…I will say though…they have a great interior & tons of space.

  • KidRed

    Gross. No thanks. Lexus and Toyota designs get worse each release.

  • Sjaak

    I would send the front to a proper body shop, and clean it up ! Seems that Toyota (Honda too) lost their scouting skills for good Japanese designers. A pity, because they really exist (hired by Bertone, Pininfarina…)

    • antbee

      I agree about there being great Japanese designers. It’s funny, I had just been thinking about the forward-thinking and smart Japanese designs of yesteryear, several comments ago, and then I read yours.

  • alexxx

    very nice….

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    awful. Nothing good about it except the wheels

  • Duke Woolworth

    The less busy hybrid’s more simple and timeless. At first, I thought it was the Avalon with its huge grin.

  • Kagan Oztrak

    That Gray hybrid looks amazing. People saying otherwise are struggling to come to terms that a car from this midsize boring sedan segment can be good looking.

  • antbee

    I like the red one, must be a sport model with the V6, eh? The regular one’s grille looks like a stack of pancakes for a hungry-as-hell lumberjack or Samsquaanch®.

    ®Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys.

    • BlackPegasus

      😆😆