2018 TOYOTA CAMRY SE SEDAN 4D

Price: $24,500

Year 2018

Make TOYOTA

Model CAMRY

Trim SE SEDAN 4D

Drivetrain FWD

Transmission AUTOMATIC

Engine 4-CYL, 2.5 LITER

Mileage 70,221

Doors 4

Exterior Color BLACK

Interior Color BLACK

VIN 4T1B11HKXJU665169

Stock No. 5064

Vehicle Equipment

Vehicle Description

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The 2018 Toyota Camry is one of the most popular cars on the planet, and a bestselling sedan in the U.S. for decades.

In an effort to banish the Camry’s bland image, Toyota gave the latest generation a more expressive design, used a more sophisticated suspension to improve driving and handling, and delivered better fuel efficiency than any previous Camry lineup. Five trim levels are offered: a base L, a mid-grade LE, and a better-equipped XLE, plus the sporty SE and upscale XSE. The Camry Hybrid has three versions: LE, SE, and XLE.

The new Camry improves on last year’s model in styling, safety, features, and fuel economy, but it’s only average in performance, despite a new chassis. It's powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 that makes 206 horsepower and manages 32 mpg in most trim levels. A traditional V-6 is still available—many rivals have ditched a bigger engine in favor of turbocharged powertrains—and a hybrid powertrain that returns more than 50 mpg combined. A new 8-speed transmission fitted to the inline-4 and V-6 keeps the Camry creamy on the road. Improved ride quality is apparent, even in base trims, although the cabin in some versions is a little noisier than we like. 

The 2018 Toyota Camry has sportier and arguably more upscale looks. Front and rear occupants sit an inch or more lower, and the Camry is an inch lower and slightly longer and wider too. The goal is to make one of Toyota's most mainstream vehicles more expressive, and to our eyes, it succeeds quite nicely. Many of the exterior design elements were first seen in a 2014 restyling of the last Camry, but here they’re on a longer, lower, wider car. The result is crisp, racy, and stacks up well against the handsomest of the mid-size sedan class, the Ford Fusion—which can look just a little pudgy in comparison. Yet, Toyota has resisted the temptation to overdo it, as seen on the Mirai sedan and Prius hatchback, both vehicles whose lines can  be reasonably viewed as bizarre. 

The newest Camry clearly improves on the previous generation in those qualities, but it’s not particularly groundbreaking in any performance area save fuel economy. We found the base version not particularly powerful, and the specialty Hybrid and V-6 versions at either end of the performance range proved more enjoyable than the volume models.

The base engine continues to be a 2.5-liter inline-4, now rated at 206 horsepower and mated to an 8-speed automatic. The 301-hp 3.5-liter V-6 is also paired with the new 8-speed automatic.

The Camry Hybrid models use the latest generation of the Toyota two-motor hybrid system, first launched in the 2016 Prius. The Camry Hybrid uses a 176-hp 2.5-liter engine tuned to run most efficiently in combination with electric motors to power the car under light demand. A new Sport Mode in the Camry Hybrid lets drivers move through six simulated "gears" in the electronically continuous variable transmission if they choose; we found it largely superfluous. 

The conventional 2.5-liter 4-cylinder models, which will be the bulk of Camry sales, comes in at an EPA-estimated rating of 32 mpg (except for the lightest Camry L, rated at 34 mpg). Finally, the thirsty V-6 gets a 26-mpg combined rating.

On the road, the base 2.5-liter engine and 8-speed automatic didn’t feel all that fast. A demand for greater acceleration produced a pause followed by two and sometimes three downshifts before the car surged ahead. This is regrettably common now in new cars whose transmissions have more than six gears, and the Camry is far from the worst culprit, but neither did the 4-cylinder prove all that responsive. The V-6, on the other hand, delivered smooth, fast power in virtually any situation, and seemed to require fewer downshifts. It’s the engine to have if you want power, though it’ll cost you in fuel economy. 

*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program. 

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