2018 Toyota Camry XSE X6 Drivers’ Notes Quick Spin Review …

Managing Editor Greg Rasa: I spent a week in a opposite XSE V6 than my colleagues, this one in transparent Ruby Flare Pearl, afterwards spent a second week in a china Hybrid XLE. (Both are shown in a gallery above.)

We’ve been revelation we for a while now that a 2018 redesign is not your grandpa’s Camry. The V6 drivetrain is well-spoken and responsive. The interior is stylish. The extraneous is officious attractive from several angles. Just maybe not adult front.

It was engaging to benchmark a well-equipped, $38,230 XLE V6 opposite a likewise versed $37,245 Hybrid XLE. The Hybrid’s sum outlay is 208 horsepower opposite a V6’s 301 hp, with a max of 163 pound-feet of torque opposite a V6’s 267 lb-ft. And a Hybrid gets a CVT instead of a eight-speed. So sure, it’s slower and reduction fervent than a V6. But for a family car, it’s not freezing (0-to-60 in 7.4 seconds vs. a V6’s 5.8), and if we weren’t jumping true into it from a V6, we wouldn’t be too disappointed.

The V6’s tachometer is transposed by a Hybrid’s assign vs. liberate scale and other mileage readouts to assist your spare pushing habits. Both cars have a clear, pointy head-up display, with a Hybrid’s means to communicate some of a energy-management info.

The exteriors have somewhat opposite gills and spoilers. And a grilles are different. Can’t contend we favourite one over a other. Both have ample trunks. (The hybrid battery — in this trim it’s nickel hydride — is underneath a behind seat.) The cars also lift an array of driver-assist features, yet lane-keeping seemed to work improved over a same stretches of highway in a Hybrid tester than in a V6, that infrequently couldn’t detect a core line.

Both have several pushing modes, with a Hybrid adding an EV environment that binds a powertrain in pristine electric next about 17 mph, when a ICE constantly kicks in. However, if we stay out of EV mode, plume a accelerator and expostulate strategically, it’s easy to run electric-only during speeds good past 40 mph.

But pushing character for a week was nowhere tighten to frugal, and a Hybrid returned an indicated mileage of 37.1 mpg, distant reduction than a EPA ratings of 44 city, 47 highway, 46 combined. (The Hybrid in LE trim has a lithium-ion battery and is a mileage champ of a Camry lineup, with EPA ratings of 51 mpg city, 53 highway, 52 combined.) But we censure myself, not a car, and it’s still distant improved than a 20.7 mpg racked adult in a V6. Both models have their strengths, and both are easy to like.


Associate Editor Reese Counts: While we wasn’t utterly as soft with a new Camry as we was with a new Accord, like Greg, we consider it’s so tighten that a disproportion comes down to details. The Accord is distant improved looking both inside and out, yet a Camry is offering in a wider accumulation of colors and trims. The Accord’s turbo-four offers copiousness of off-the-line torque, yet there’s no violence a Camry’s some-more absolute naturally-aspirated V6. It’s one of a best around. Then again, we can get a Accord with a primer transmission.

Inside, both cars feel about a same when it comes to fit and finish. Once again, we cite purify styling in a Accord, yet a Camry’s interior looks good, too (especially in this color). The Camry’s infotainment complement is still subpar, yet it seemed to work excellent joining to Bluetooth. At slightest both systems are behind to regulating buttons.

Again, it’s a rinse when it comes to ride, doing and comfort. They both tackle a dilemma with some-more beauty than expected, yet don’t design German sport-sedan levels of performance. On true roads, both a Camry and Accord relax into nice, gentle and still cruisers. Like Greg said, expostulate both and see that one fits. Too many good options is distant from a bad thing.

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