It’s surprisingly good!

Initially launched as a four-door version of the Celica in 1979, the Camry became a stand-alone nameplate in 1982. Since then, it has evolved into one of the most reliable and popular sedans on the market, especially in the U.S., where Toyota has delivered more than 200,000 units a year since 1988 and in excess of 350,000 examples since 1996. Currently the best-selling passenger car in North America, the Camry drove into a new generation for the 2018 model year.

While almost all new-generation vehicles get redesigns both inside and out, the new Camry is a massive departure from its predecessor. Not only given a new look, it’s also sleeker, sportier, and more stylish than its predecessor. It looks as if the new Camry was created to bridge the gap between the dull Toyota cars and the premium Lexus offerings. And that’s not a bad idea. As usual, the redesigned exterior is jointed by a revamped interior with new styling and updated technology. Toyota also took care of the drivetrain department by introducing three new engines, including a hybrid. So how good is the new Camry? Let’s find out the answer to this big question in the review below.

Update 6/21/2017: Toyota has announced pricing for the 2018 Toyota Camry, and the entry-level price increased by just $425. Check out the prices section below to learn all about it.

Exterior

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When I first saw spy shots of the camouflaged Camry prototype, I was certain that the eighth-generation sedan will get an evolutionary design based on the outgoing car and combined with styling cues seen on the smaller Corolla. I can’t say I was wrong about the "evolutionary" part, but aside from some similarities with the previous model, the new Camry has plenty of new design features to brag about. What’s more, it benefits from a slightly different approach that combines a sportier stance with upmarket styling.

In short, Toyota managed to free the Camry from its dull overall design.

The first thing that catches the eye when looking at the new sedan is the firm wide stance that results from the low center of gravity. To achieve the latter, Toyota made the Camry wider, while lowering the engine hood by 1.6 inches and the roof by one inch. By contrast, the wheelbase is two inches longer.

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Toyota managed to free the Camry from its dull overall design.

Moving over to what makes the new four-door more emotional and gives it a sporty and upscale image, Toyota used its Lexus brand as inspiration for the Camry. Up front, we can see more aggressive headlamps that are quite similar to those seen on the new Lexus LX, minus the lower LED strip that gives the latter a Z-shaped layout. The grille is wider and larger, and even though it’s nowhere near as menacing as Lexus’ "Spindle" element, the lower section is sportier than ever before.

The upper grille section and emblem are now framed in a body-colored element, while the side vents are significantly larger. The muscular lines of the new engine hood rounds up a front fascia that’s finally appealing to younger drivers, me included.

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The two-tone rims and the black window trim gives it a decidedly sporty look you wouldn’t expect from a Camry.

Moving onto the sides, Toyota ditched the simple beltline that ran undisturbed from the front fenders to the rear for a more exciting character line that highlights the beefier wheel arches. The two-tone rims and the black window trim seen one the red presentation model gives it a decidedly sporty look you wouldn’t expect from a Camry. Of course, these features only come standard on the more expensive trims and the lower versions will get more chrome, but I don’t see how a bit of bling would ruin the excellent proportions of the sedan.

Around back we can see more features we don’t usually find on a Camry. There’s the protruding spoiler atop the nicely sculpted trunk lid, the new taillights with vent extensions toward the apron, and the revised bumper with quad exhaust pipes and diffuser-like elements. Also, a closer look at the C-pillar reveals a multitude of surfaces that reflect light from all angles. This is more proof that Toyota spent a lot of time designing the new Camry!

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COMPETING DESIGNS

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The Honda Accord is the Camry’s main competitor and essentially the only midsize that threatens Toyota’s supermacy in this segment. Much like the Camry, the Accord (left) got a massive makeover in its latest generation. Introduced in 2015, the current Accord is sportier, more elegant, but also a bit larger for a more upscale look and roomier interior. Honda also opted for a swoopy beltline instead of the plain and simple character line of the previous model, but the fenders aren’t as muscular as the Camry. Despite this, the Accord is a very appealing proposition thanks to its aggressive front design and stylish, coupe-like rear section. Although it’s around two years older, the Accord doesn’t feel dated compared to the Camry and will probably stand the test of time with help from a mid-cycle refresh.

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The Ford Fusion is yet another popular midsize, although sales are significantly behind the Camry and Accord. The Fusion (right) is also older than the two, having been launched for the 2013 model year. A facelift introduced for the 2017 model year injected new life in the sedan’s exterior design. Although not as sporty as its Japanese rivals, the Fusion is arguably the most elegant Ford on the market and the sweptback headlamps, big hexagonal grille and large taillights with the chrome strip between them give it a somewhat stately look typical to larger sedans. Being the older car, the Fusion will get an overhaul at some point, but don’t expect it to happen sooner than 2019.

Exterior Dimensions

Honda Accord Ford Fusion Toyota Camry
Wheelbase (Inches) 109.3 112.2 109.3
Length (Inches) 192.5 191.8 190.9
Height (Inches) 57.7 58.2 57.9
Width (Inches) 72.8 72.9 71.7
Track (front/rear) (Inches) 62.8/63.0 62.7/62.4 62.4/62.0

Note: 2017 Toyota Camry specifications listed here.

Interior

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While the new exterior is sportier, fancier, yet evolutionary, the cabin is a massive departure from the previous design. While the outgoing Camry’s interior is a collection of horizontal lines disturbed only by the center stack, the new sedan is a more organic proposition on the inside.

The new dashboard, which feels modern and more upscale than before, was designed with two main things in mind. First, it’s supposed to give the driver the feeling that he’s actually sitting in a sports car. This is achieved through a cockpit-type compartment with the gauges and the center stack angled toward the driver. This is further aided by the unique character line that flows down from the instrument cluster and bisects the center console, thus isolating the gear shifter from the passenger side. Meanwhile, the passenger gets a different atmosphere, highlighted by a sense of openness and the soft-touch surfaces and the veneer in the dashboard.

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The cabin is a massive departure from the previous design.

On top of this bipolar front compartment design, which I must say it’s pretty interesting in a Camry, Toyota promises that nearly all surfaces are made from the "highest grade of soft-touch and premium materials." Granted, the Japanese brand probably isn’t talking about the kind of materials you can in an expensive Mercedes-Benz, but it is trying to make a point that quality has gone up.

As far as comfort goes, the front seats have been completely re-engineered with improved ergonomics for maximum comfort and better lateral support to match the new Camry’s sportier dynamics. The rear seats also provide enhanced roominess and ergonomics. Speaking of which, passenger will have a lowered seating position in the new Camry, mainly due to the fact that Toyota didn’t want to sacrifice head and shoulder room by lowering the roof. The hood, cowl, and dashboard height have all been lowered to provide the driver with enhanced outward visibility.

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On the tech side, the new Camry comes with Toyota's latest Human Machine Interface (HMI).

On the tech side, the new Camry comes with Toyota’s latest Human Machine Interface (HMI). The system offers access to vital information through three interlinked displays, including a 10-inch heads-up display, a seven-inch screen in the instrument cluster, and an eight-inch infotainment display with navigation and air conditioning. The latter is integrated in the funky center stack.

Toyota also offers new Entune 3.0 multimedia system on all models. Features include App Suite connect, Connected Navigation Scout GPS Link with Moving Maps on four-cylinder and hybrid models, while the V-6 also gets the new Dynamic Navigation system with improved map accuracy and wireless map updates. Other features include Remote Connect, which provides remote start and door unlock capability, vehicle status notifications, a guest driver monitor, and vehicle finder. Available Service Connect will provide up-to-date vehicle information on fuel level, maintenance alerts, and more. Entune 3.0 can also be optioned up with WiFi Connect, allowing up to five mobile devices to connect using 4G LTE.

Finally, the 2018 Camry can be had with a JBL premium audio system with Sound Staging, which positions speakers directly in front of the listener to help emulate a live concert venue, Low Frequency Sounds via an added 10.1-inch subwoofer, and Clari-Fi, a technology that “un-compresses” music to help restore an audio track’s dynamic range.

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THE COMPETITION

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The Accord’s interior might not be as sporty as the Camry’s, but it has a straightforward, simple design that’s pleasing to the eye. The center stack is particularly interesting thanks to its multi-tier design. The main touchscreen flanked by A/C vents has been updated to a seven-inch unit, but it’s backed by the 7.7-inch display above. The A/C controls are placed below, along with a thin display. The upper screen provides access to audio settings, turn-by-turn directions, incoming calls, and parking sensors alerts. The lower display has GPS information and allows multiple gestures like swipes, pinches, and taps. All models come with the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and Expanded View Driver’s Mirror, while the Touring trim gets auto high-beam headlamps, a first for the Accord. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were also introduced on the latest model, but these feature come standard on EX and above trims. Better materials, more soft-touch surfaces, and new upholstery options round off the interior.

The facelift didn’t change much in the Fusion, but the Ford has everything it needs to give the Camry a run for its money. The reconfingurable digital instrument cluster is a cool feature to have, while the thick-rimmed steering wheel adds a touch of sportiness to the front section. The center stack display might not be as advanced as Toyota’s new screen, but the SYNC3 system includes nearly all of the cars features, which results in a cleaner center console. The new rotary shift dial eliminates the shift lever and further reduces visual clutter. If you’re looking for a more premium interior, the Platinum trim adds antiqued leather on the dash and door panels and Venetian leather on the steering wheel. Driver aids include available pedestrian detection, hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking, Blind Spot Information with cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go.

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As far as dimensions go, a proper comparison is out of the question with no official specs from Toyota yet, but the table below shows that the Camry was behind its competitors in just about any department. It did provide a bit more rear headroom and rear legroom, but it was no match for the Accord and Fusion in terms of front passenger and driver room and cargo volume. This should change with the new-generation sedan.

Honda Accord Ford Fusion Toyota Camry
Headroom (front/rear) (Inches) 39.1/37.5 39.2/37.8 38.8/38.1
Legroom (front/rear) (Inches) 42.5/38.5 44.3/38.3 41.6/38.9
Shoulder Room (front/rear) (Inches) 58.6/56.5 57.8/56.9 58.0/56.6
Hiproom (front/rear) (Inches) 55.6/54.7 55/54.4 54.5/54.5
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.) 15.8 16.0 15.4
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 103.2 102.8 102.7

Note: 2017 Toyota Camry specifications listed here.

Drivetrain

Although it was originally believed that Toyota will phase out the venerable 3.5-liter V-6 and opt for a turbocharged four-cylinder instead, the midsize sedan continues to use a naturally aspirated six-cylinder. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder was also kept, as was the hybrid drivetrain based on the same four-pot unit.

However, all three drivetrains have been redesigned with a big focus on improving fuel economy.

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All three drivetrains have been redesigned with a big focus on improving fuel economy.

Although specific figures aren’t yet available, Toyota says that the new 2.5-liter engine delivers more power and torque compared to its predecessor, all while returning lower fuel consumption. The latter is possible by achieving rapid combustion due to higher tumble air flow. Also, because of its long-stroke and high compression ratio, multi-hole direct fuel injectors, variable cooling system, and the latest version of Toyota’s Variable Valve-Timing-intelligent Electric (VVT-iE), the four-pot has a "world-leading thermal efficiency" of 40 percent. As far as fuel efficiency goes, Toyota anticipates that it will achieve best-in-class figures.

The 2.5-liter mates to the newly developed Direct Shift eight-speed automatic transmission that provides direct-lock up from gears two through eight to eliminate power loss from the torque converter.

The hybrid version is anticipated to achieve best-in-class fuel economy ratings.

As far as output goes, expect the redesigned unit to generate significantly more than the 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet coming from the outgoing engine.

Moving over to the hybrid model, this system has also been engineered for more oomph, better fuel economy, and a more engaging driving experience. The latter isn’t just PR talk, as the hybrid’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) features a new Sport Mode setting that allows the driver to execute smooth yet quick shifts on the simulated six-speed sequential shift transmission. The Sport Mode setting also improves acceleration and feel thanks to an electric power boost, while the battery pack has moved from the trunk to beneath the rear seat for a more balanced feel and precise steering. The hybrid can even be had with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel if you opt for the SE trim. In addition to all of the above, the hybrid version of the new Camry is anticipated to achieve best-in-class fuel economy ratings, with Prius-like efficiency, which should be around 54 in the city and 50 mpg on the highway.

Finally, there’s very little information about the 3.5-liter V-6, with Toyota only saying that it’s new and uses D-4S fuel injection. My best guess is that this unit shares most internals with the V-6 in the Highlander and Sienna models and will deliver at least 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Fuel efficiency should also be superior to the outgoing model, so expect the new Camry V-6 to return more than 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

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Engine 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder 3.5-liter, 6-cylinder Toyota Hybrid System (THS II)
Horsepower 203 HP 301 HP 208 Total HP
Torque 184 LB-FT 267 LB-FT 312 LB-FT Total
Transmission Direct Shift eight-speed automatic Direct Shift eight-speed automatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
Fuel economy city/highway TBA 21/31 (est.) 54/50 (est.)

COMPETING PERFORMANCE

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Despite the new exterior and cabin, the Accord didn’t get any drivetrain updates with its most recent refresh. The gasoline lineup includes two engines. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder cranks out 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque and comes standard in all but the range-topping EX-L V-6 trim. In the Sport model, the same unit generates 189 horses and 182 pound-feet. Moving over to the 3.5-liter V-6, it’s rated at 278 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of twist. Transmissions include a six-speed manual and a CVT for the four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic with Sport mode for the V-6. As for fuel economy, the four-pot returns up to 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway with the manual gearbox and up to 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway with the CVT. The V-6 and six-speed automatic combo is good for 21 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The hybrid model combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 143 horsepower and 129 pound-feet with an electric motor that generates 181 horse and 232 pound-feet. Total system output is rated at 212 horsepower, while fuel economy is estimated at 49 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway. The mileage is definitely solid, but the Camry is expected to deliver better numbers.

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Unlike its competitors, the Ford Fusion has many more drivetrain options, as the lineup includes four gasoline units and two hybrids. The base model is as old-school as they get, still using the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter Duratec four-pot. This unit cranks out 175 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The remaining options are all turbocharged. First on the list is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost good for 181 horses and 185 pound-feet, but you can also opt for the larger 2.0-liter EcoBoost with 245 horses and 275 pound-feet. Finally, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 pumps no fewer than 325 ponies and 380 pound-feet of twist in the Sport model. All these engines are paired to a six-speed manual and all but the base unit gets paddle shifters. The Fusion can also be had as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid, both using a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine and an electric motor that generate 141 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is comparable to the Accord. The base engine delivers 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, while the 1.5-liter comes in at 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The larger 2.0-liter returns 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, while the performance EcoBoost V-6 is the least efficient at 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Finally, the hybrids return 43 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway, which is below both the Camry and Accord.

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Engine 2.4-liter In-Line 4-Cylinder 3.5-liter V-6 2.5L Duratec 16V I4 Engine 1.5L Ti-VCT GTDI I-4 EcoBoost® with Auto Start-Stop 2.0L Ti-VCT GTDI I-4 EcoBoost® 2.7L EcoBoost® V6
Horsepower 185 HP @ 6,400 RPM 278 HP @ 6,200 RPM 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM 181 HP @ 6,000 RPM 245 HP @ 5,500 RPM 325 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 181 LB-FT @ 3900 RPM 252 LB-FT @ 4900 RPM 175 LB-FT @ 4,500 RPM 185 LB-FT @ 4,320 RPM 275 LB-FT @ 3,000 RPM 380 LB-FT @ 3,500 RPM
Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed SelectShift® Automatic 6-Speed SelectShift® Automatic with Paddle Shifters 6-speed SelectShift® Automatic with Paddle Shifters 6-speed SelectShift® Automatic with Paddle Shifters
Curb Weight 3,170 Lbs 3,543 Lbs 3,472 Lbs 3,472 Lbs 3,472 Lbs 3,472 Lbs
Fuel economy City/Highway/Combined 23/32/26 21/33/25 21/32/25 23/34/27 21/31/25 17/26/20

Hybrid Cars

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Engine 2.0-liter In-Line 4-Cylinder 2.0L Atkinson-Cycle I-4 Hybrid Engine 2.0L Atkinson-Cycle I-4 Energi Plug-In Hybrid Engine
Horsepower 143 HP @ 6,200 RPM 141 HP @ 6,000 RPM 141 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 129 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM 129 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM 129 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM
Electric Motor AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous Motor
Horsepower 181 HP @ 5,000-6,000 RPM 88 kW
Torque (SAE net) 232 LB-FT @ 0-2,000 RPM
Total System Horsepower 212 HP @ 6,200 RPM 188 HP 188 HP
Transmission Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT) Electronic Continuously Variable (eCVT) Electronic Continuously Variable (eCVT)
Fuel economy City/Highway/Combined 49/47/48 43/41/42 43/41/42
Curb Weight 3,483 Lbs 3,668 Lbs 3,986 Lbs

Suspension

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There’s big news in the suspension department too, where the new TNGA architecture enabled Toyota to use a sportier setup. Specifically, the Camry rides on a new double wishbone rear suspension system that gives the chassis more responsive handling and precise steering, while also delivering a comfortable ride around the city. But the suspension setup is the only thing responsible for the sporty handling and enhanced ride quality. Toyota used significantly more ultra-high-tensile steel in this new chassis, thus increasing the Camry’s overall rigidity. Toyota is so confident about the Camry’s new sporty ride that went as far as to say that drivers "will notice the dramatic improvements within the first few seconds of driving."

Safety

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The new Camry is pretty solid in terms of safety, sporting 10 standard airbags and the company’s Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology. The Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) system also comes standard, adding a suite of active safety technologies. The bundle includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), and Automatic High Beams (AHB). The more expensive trims feature standard Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

THE COMPETITION

The Accord also comes with many standard safety features, starting with dual-stage front airbags, SmartVent front side airbags, and side curtain airbags with rollover sensor. The standard package also includes three-point seat belts with automatic tensioning system up front , seat-belt reminder, and child-proof rear door locks. Active safety system features include Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, and tire pressure monitoring. The Collision Mitigation Braking System and the Road Departure Mitigation System are optional.

If you opt for the Fusion, you get standard dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, front-seat side airbags, first- and second-row side curtain airbags, knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, and seat-belt pretensioners. There’s also individual tire pressure monitoring, AdvanceTrac with ESC, child safety locks for the rear doors, and SOS Post-Crash Alert. Optionally, Ford offers inflatable rear safety belts, a unique feature in this segment.

Prices

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As expected, pricing increased with the redesign, but the premium is only symbolic. Specifically, the new Camry retails from $23,495, which adds only $425 to the previous sticker. For this amount, you get the base L model, but an extra $505 will get you the LE trim at $24,000. Next up is the SE, priced from $25,000, while the XLE and XSE cost $28,450 and $29,000 before options, respectively.

The XLE and XSE are highlighted by a sculpted rocker panel, new 19-inch black machined-finish alloy wheels (XSE only) a subtle rear spoiler lip, aggressive front bumper, and rear bumper with an integrated lower diffuser. The front fascia sports larger side intakes flanking the lower bumper, a high and slim upper intake around the central Toyota badge, and a different mesh grille. A revised rear bumper and smoke-tinted taillights round off the changes at the rear.

Opting for the XLE with the V-6 engine increases the sticker to $34,400, while the XSE with the same engine starts from $34,950.

Moving over to hybrid models, there’s three trim levels to choose from. The HV LE is the most affordable at $27,800, while the HV SE comes in at $29,500. Finally, there’s the HV XLE at $32,250 before options.

CAMRY GAS

Model Grade MSRP 18MY
2514 L $23,495
2532 LE $24,000
2546 SE $25,200
2540 XLE $28,450
2548 XSE $29,000
2554 XLE V6 $34,400
2550 XSE V6 $34,950

CAMRY HYBRID

Model Grade MSRP 18MY
2559 HV LE $27,800
2561 HV SE $29,500
2560 HV XLE $32,250

COMPETING PRICES

Pricing for the Honda Accord starts from $22,455 for the base LX model. Go with the Sport and the sticker jumps to $24,515, while the Sport Special Edition fetches $25,515 before options. The EX retails from $25,830, while EX-L goes from $28,920. Upgrade to the EX-L with the V-6 engine and you go into $30k territory with a sticker set at $30,955. The range-topping Touring model comes in at $34,930. The base Accord Hybrid retails from $29,605, but pricing increases to $32,905 for the EX-L and $35,955 for the Touring version.

Moving over to the Fusion, it has a similar base price at $22,120. The SE costs $23,250 before options, but move up and you have to pay more than $30,000. Specifically, the Titanium is next at $30,250, while the Sport model costs a whopping $33,605. The Platinum trim is the most expensive with a sticker set at $36,750. The Fusion Hybrid ranges between $25,295 for the base model and $37,130 for the Platinum version.

Honda Accord LX 6MT $22,455
Honda Accord LX CVT $23,255
Honda Accord Sport 6MT $24,515
Honda Accord Sport CVT $25,315
Honda Accord Sport CVT w/ Honda Sensing $26,315
Honda Accord Sport SE 6MT $25,515
Honda Accord Sport SE CVT $26,315
Honda Accord EX 6MT $25,830
Honda Accord EX CVT $26,630
Honda Accord EX CVT w/ Honda Sensing $27,630
Honda Accord EX-L CVT $28,920
Honda Accord EX-L CVT w/ Navi & Honda Sensing $30,920
Honda Accord Hybrid $29,605
Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L $32,905
Honda Accord Hybrid Touring $35,955
Ford Fusion S $22,120
Ford Fusion SE $23,250
Ford Fusion Hybrid S $25,295
Ford Fusion Hybrid SE $26,100
Ford Fusion Titanium $30,250
Ford Fusion Hybrid Titanium $30,630
Ford Fusion Energi SE $31,120
Ford Fusion Energi Titanium $32,120
Ford Fusion Sport $33,605
Ford Fusion Platinum $36,750
Ford Fusion Hybrid Platinum $37,130
Ford Fusion Energi Platinum $39,120

What Else Can You Buy?

Hyundai Sonata

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If none of the options above seem appealing, perhaps the Hyundai Sonata is the midsize sedan you should get. Redesigned for the 2015 model year, the Sonata isn’t as sporty as the Camry and Accord, but its design is fresh and in line with the company’s current styling language. Several engine options are available, starting with the naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder good for 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. More oomph comes from the smaller but turbocharged 1.6-liter four-pot, which cranks out 178 horses and 195 pound-feet. If more oomph is what you need, then you can go with the 2.0-liter turbo-four and its 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of twist. Transmission choices include a six-speed automatic and a seven-speed dual-clutch for the Eco model. Pricing starts from $21,950 for the base SE model and goes up to $34,350 for the Limited 2.0T version.

Learn more about the Hyundai Sonata here.

Nissan Altima

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The Altima is yet another option that comes from Japan and runs for a similar sticker. The oldest model in this comparison, the fifth-generation Altima was introduced in 2012 and gained a significant facelift in 2015. It now has a sportier design that includes almost all of Nissan’s trademark cues, a well-appointed interior, and a selection of two engines. The base unit is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, while the optional 3.5-liter V-6 cranks out 270 horses and 251 pound-feet of twist. While its design might not be ground-breaking, the Altima comes with an important advantage in the fuel economy department. Specifically, the 2.5-liter four-pot returns up to 27 mpg city and 39 mpg highway, while the 3.5-liter V-6 is rated at 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. Pricing starts from 22,500 for the base Altima 2.5 trim, while the range-topping 3.5 SL retails from $32,690 before options.

Find out more about the Nissan Altima here.

Conclusion

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The midsize sedan segment is one of the toughest here in the U.S. As seen above, there are four solid competitors to consider, but you can also add the Chevrolet Malibu and Kia Optima to the list, with more vehicles to consider if you dig deeper. The fact that the Camry has been the best-selling nameplate in this crowded market is amazing. At the same time, it’s makes redesigning the Camry that much more difficult as customers (and the media too) are expecting a lot more from Toyota compared to other competitors. Being in the spotlight isn’t all fun and games. However, I think that Toyota did a tremendous job with the new Camry. The eighth-generation sedan surpasses the expectations in just about any department and if the new engines are as powerful they need to be and return significantly better fuel economy, Toyota will have another winner on its hands. Combine all this with the rock-solid reliability the Camry is already famous for and this nameplate will continue to lead the market for years to come!

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Press Release

It almost isn’t fair. Toyota Camry, the best-selling car in America for the past 15 years, is about to ruffle some feathers. The eighth-generation sedan has gone through a total evolution, from a proven, dependable and safe car to one that also possesses a more exciting and emotional character, thanks to its newfound sporty performance and style.

The new Camry utilizes TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) which represents a completely new strategy to the way the company designs, engineers, and packages its vehicles. TNGA retains all of Toyota’s traditional values of superlative build quality and safety while injecting a fun driving experience that plays on all the senses. The physical manifestation is the usage of a new engine, transmission and GA-K platform.

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“The all-new 2018 Camry is, without a doubt, the most captivating mid-size sedan we’ve ever produced,” said Bob Carter, Toyota senior vice president of automotive operations. “It delivers on everything Camry owners have come to expect from America’s best-selling car, and adds to it, jaw-dropping design, more advanced technology, cutting-edge safety systems, and stirring performance that raises it to an unparalleled level of excitement.”

“In order to create something that stirs people’s soul, we’ve laid out the concept of a new sedan that provides fun and excitement behind the wheel,” said Masato Katsumata, the Chief Engineer of the new Camry. “In developing the next-generation Toyota Camry, we were able to start with a clean slate, which allowed us to create a true driver’s car.”

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Design Backstory
The Camry development team aimed for a styling design concept that achieves strong harmony between refinement and a sensual athletic image, creating a new approach to the market. The result is a new signature design language that takes the car into a beautiful and futuristic new direction.

There were three primary design goals when penning the all-new Camry: a distinctive, low center of gravity that results in a firm wide stance; a practical-yet-emotionally styled cabin profile, and a sporty and upscale image both inside and out. These design goals have resulted in a new type of sedan that’s both exciting to look at and, more importantly drive, reestablishing itself as the new standard in the midsize-sedan category.

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An Exterior with Unexpected Attitude
The new Camry’s face is accentuated by a two-piece grille comprised of flowing thin and thick treatments – key elements of the Camry’s “Keen Look” design philosophy. The curvaceous 1.6-inch-lower hood sits neatly above the grille’s uppermost section which accommodates a commanding Toyota emblem. For the hybrid model, the emblem is tinged a distinct blue hue. This fashionable trifecta of grille, hood, and emblem blends flawlessly into the A-pillar, and produces a stance that is undoubtedly more aggressive than that of any predecessor.

The 2018 Camry has a sleeker profile than the current model. By lowering the hip points of the occupants (nearly 1.0-inch in the front and 1.2-inches at the rear), and therefore their seating positions, the design team was able to reduce the car’s overall vehicle height by approximately one inch from the current model and incorporate a lower roofline, without sacrificing interior space. This invited the designers to pursue a wind-cutting shape and improve aerodynamics. Striking character lines around and along the body augment the aggressive front and rear fenders, giving the reimagined Camry a sportiness that’s never before been perceived on this model.

The lower hip point, shoulder line, roof line and hood height gives the new Camry the appearance that it has a low center of gravity, which it does. The design team knew the TNGA platform provided them with a great opportunity to pen a very expressive sedan, and they took advantage of this by getting the lines close to the ground and forming an energetic silhouette. They incorporated a strong stance that can be seen as you walk around the car.

Like the front of the vehicle, the rear features an athletic motif that melds flowing lines and complex shapes to form a sculpted landscape. Looking closely at the C-pillar’s detail reveals a multitude of surfaces that reflect light from all angles. A distinct crease extends from the slim multicolor taillights down to the bumper, effectively “pushing” the wheels outward in appearance to create a wide posture akin to that of a premium sports sedan. The exclamation point here is provided by a newly designed Camry logo that gives the car an upscale identity.

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Camry will again be available in four grades: LE, XLE, SE and XSE. The new Camry’s “Sport” SE and XSE grades wear a noticeably different body style than the entry level LE and premium XLE grades, highlighted by a sculpted rocker panel, new 19-inch black machined-finish alloy wheels (XSE only) a subtle rear spoiler lip, aggressive front bumper, and rear bumper with an integrated lower diffuser. The face is much more distinctive with large side intakes flanking the lower bumper’s unique “Catamaran” accents, a high and slim upper intake encompassing the

central Toyota badge, and a powerfully expressive mesh grille. A revised rear bumper with distinctive corner lines and smoke-tinted rear combination lamps highlight the changes at the rear.

The Camry design team sought to make the new Camry sport models instantly recognizable and appear different from the other models from as far as 200 yards away.

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Striking and Comfortable Cabin
The completely redesigned interior is a fusion of functionality, futuristic styling, and a high degree of personal space and craftsmanship. While the driver is situated in a sporty cockpit-type environment having gauges angled toward his or her direction, the front passenger is treated to a sense of openness and freedom that results from the innovative dashboard design. A key visual element of this driver-focused design concept is a sweeping yet elegant new character line that flows down from the instrument cluster and bisects the center console waterfall. The design of the entire front console strikes a smooth connection between the ease of use of all controls/systems and a handsome and modern sculptural look that is pleasing to the eye. All surfaces throughout the cabin—dashboard, instrument panel, center console, door trim, etc.—employ the highest grade of soft touch and premium materials. Using an approach typically used in home furnishings, the design utilizes a mix of tones and hues throughout a space rather than a strict color profile. The result is a cabin space having diverse colors and materials, and that enhances passenger comfort and visual satisfaction.

The front seats have been completely reengineered with improved ergonomics, providing maximum comfort with a newfound level of ease and engagement to match the new Camry’s elevated performance and athleticism. Rear-seat accommodations are more refined than ever with improved roominess and ergonomics. Exquisite stitching on the front- and rear-seat surfaces is but one example of the high level of craftsmanship found throughout the vehicle.

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High Interaction, Minimal Distraction
The new Camry features Toyota’s latest Human Machine Interface (HMI) whose next-generation display technology offers a unique level of integrated information with minimal distraction. It relays information through three interlinked displays: available interlinked displays: a 10-inch color Head-Up Display (HUD); a seven-inch multi-information display within the instrument cluster, and an eight-inch audio/navigation display and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) control panel that’s seamlessly integrated into the center console in a modern, flush-surface design. Convenient and highly intuitive operation is assured through customizable features and smart phone-like touch screen icons that create a seamless connection and user workflow between the HMI system and other digital media.

Full Utilization of Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA)
The 2018 Toyota Camry fully incorporates the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). At its foundation, TNGA is a structural reform movement for the entire company that will result in cars that are more dynamic, athletic, and fun to drive.

By extending the wheelbase by two inches, as well as bringing down the roof and hood height (by approximately 1.0 and 1.6-inches, respectively), the development team lowered the center of gravity and created a wider and more composed vehicle. The new platform also allows for an ideal seating position for the driver, now lower and near the center of the car for enhanced feedback, along with adjusting the overall seating position for all the vehicle’s occupants. A lower heel point provides more foot room and ease of movement. The range of steering column adjustment has been increased from the current vehicle, while the hood, cowl, and dashboard height have all been lowered for enhanced outward visibility.

The driver and front passenger will experience an unprecedented sense of outward visibility, thanks to a more compact design for the instrument panel and a lowered beltline. The reimagined position of the A-pillar and side mirror sections results in enhanced lateral visibility and creates a noticeable sense of openness when the driver sits behind the wheel.

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All Gain With No MPG Pain
Three new powertrains will be available on the new 2018 Camry: They include a new 3.5-liter V6 with D-4S Fuel Injection and an all-new 2.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine, which comes paired to a new 8-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission (8AT), and a next-generation Toyota Hybrid System (THS II).

To match the chassis’ increased handling and performance capability, Toyota engineers have developed the TNGA-inspired all-new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine to make the most of the platform’s enhanced designs, packaging and rigidity. This new generation engine focuses on higher torque, higher power and lower fuel consumption in total use range. This is accomplished by achieving rapid combustion due to higher tumble air flow. With its long-stroke and high compression ratio, multi-hole direct fuel injectors, variable cooling system and the latest version of Toyota’s Variable Valve-Timing-intelligent Electric (VVT-iE), this high-output powerplant takes the gasoline-powered internal combustion engine to a new level with world-leading thermal efficiency of 40 percent. Along with enhanced performance characteristics, the new engine is also expected to be extremely fuel efficient, and is anticipated to achieve best-in-class fuel economy. It comes mated to the newly developed Direct Shift-8AT transmission that provides direct-lock up from gears two through eight to eliminate power loss from the torque converter, executing shifts like a high-performance automated manual gearbox.

The new hybrid system has also been engineered to provide the ideal balance of energy efficiency with superior power output to maximize driving performance and enjoyment. The next-generation Toyota Hybrid System has been engineered to work in concert with the new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine setup offering significantly more driving excitement than before. The hybrid’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) features a new Sport Mode setting that allows the driver to execute smooth yet quick “gear” shifts of the simulated 6-speed sequential shift transmission. The SE grade adds paddle shifters for increased fun and a more sporting driving experience. The Sport Mode setting also improves acceleration and feel thanks to an electric power boost from the hybrid system. Furthermore, to help enhance the vehicle’s handling capability, the hybrid system’s battery pack has moved from the trunk to beneath the rear seat for a noticeably enriched handling feel, thanks to the vehicle’s much improved lower center of gravity—yet another benefit of the TNGA platform.

In addition to its enhanced handling and driving performance, the hybrid version of the new Camry is anticipated to achieve best-in-class fuel economy ratings, with Prius-like city/highway driving efficiency.

A New Experience Focused on Vastly Superior Driving Dynamics
At the foundation of the Camry’s sporty handling and enhanced ride quality is its high-strength body/platform structure. Through the increased use of ultra-high-tensile steel and the application of a new molding technology it delivers enhanced structural rigidity.

Further aiding performance is an innovative new double wishbone rear suspension system that imbues the chassis with responsive handling and precise steering control while simultaneously delivering ride quality on par with premium luxury vehicles. A new four-point engine mounting system adds to the vehicle’s civil road manners as it greatly reduces unwanted noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) from permeating into the passenger compartment.

The biggest challenge for the Camry engineering team was to figure out how to convey the driving dynamics of a soul-stirring sedan. Driving dynamics were always at the forefront of the engineering philosophy for the new Camry. They wanted a new Camry in which the driver will be highly impressed with the handling capability and composure of the new design. So much so, that drivers will notice the dramatic improvements within the first few seconds of driving.

Toyota Safety That Makes Sense
Among the many safety features on the 2018 Camry is standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P). This multi-feature advanced active safety suite bundles cutting edge active safety technologies including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA); and Automatic High Beams (AHB). Select models will also come with standard Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

All 2018 Camry’s have 10 standard airbags and Toyota’s Star Safety System™, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology®. All Camry’s also come equipped with a standard backup camera.

Ever Better Entune™ 3.0 Multimedia For Everyone
Camry drivers will be the first to enjoy enhanced connectivity and entertainment through the new Toyota Entune™ 3.0 multimedia system. The new 2018 Camry will feature Entune 3.0 on all models, offering an enhanced set of connected vehicle technologies.

The Entune 3.0 system will feature navigation and App Suite Connect for everyone. All Camry four-cylinder and hybrid models will come standard with the Connected Navigation Scout GPS Link with Moving Maps. Camry V6 models will offer the new Dynamic Navigation system, providing improved map accuracy. The wireless map updates provide over-the-air map downloads of recently added roads and point-of-interest not contained in the existing head unit map.

Entune 3.0 delivers several new technologies including available Remote Connect, which provides remote start and door unlock capability, vehicle status notifications, a guest driver monitor, and vehicle finder. Keeping up with your vehicle’s health status has never been easier. Available Service Connect will provide up-to-date vehicle information on fuel level, maintenance alerts, and more. Entune 3.0 will also offer available WiFi Connect, allowing up to five mobile devices to connect using 4G LTE.

The new 2018 Camry will also offer a JBL premium audio system that features new advancements in sound quality. Sound enhancements include Sound Staging, which positions speakers directly in front of the listener to help emulate a live concert venue; Low Frequency Sounds, made possible by an added 10.1-inch subwoofer; Clari-Fi, a technology that “un-compresses” music to help restore an audio track’s dynamic range; and nine speakers that are specifically tuned to the Camry’s cabin dimensions and materials.

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Camry - Everybody’s All-American
For nearly three decades, Camry’s American manufacturing home has been Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown, Ky. Most Camrys sold in America are assembled in Georgetown by more than 7,700 proud American team members. This pride has been reflected by the fact Camry is the best-selling car in America and has held this sales crown for 15 consecutive years! Overall Camry sales in the U.S. since it first launched back in 1983 have surpassed 10 million units, and counting.

With Camry as a cornerstone of its US operations, Toyota has been part of the cultural fabric of America for nearly 60 years. With over $22 billion in direct U.S. investment, including 10

manufacturing facilities, 1,500 dealerships and 136,000 dedicated employees, Toyota has produced 25 million vehicles in the U.S. over the last 30 years.

History of Camry
Sold in more than 100 countries, the Toyota Camry is the most popular mid-size sedan in the world and is the segment leader in many global markets where it is available. Introduced in Japan in 1982, the Camry was Toyota’s first mass-produced vehicle with a transverse engine layout. Its welcomed combination of affordability with superior packaging, quality and engineering was a revolutionary concept, allowing the Camry to distinguish itself from other, notably larger American sedans that were popular at the time. One could say it was a pioneer in establishing the
Midsize-sedan segment. In the following years, the Camry became a sales success everywhere it was sold. Today, Camry remains a key model in the Toyota lineup and is manufactured in 10 different plants around the globe, with total sales surpassing 18 million units.

The all-new 2018 Toyota Camry will begin rolling into Toyota dealers in late summer 2017.

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