Test Drive: 2018 Toyota Camry LE – Stephenville Empire

Entry Price: $23,495
Price as Tested: $26,889

This week, we’re pushing a eighth-generation Toyota Camry, still America’s best offered midsize sedan. This 2018 Camry is indeed all-new with a wider, reduce and longer position accessible in 5 gasoline models and 3 hybrids.

Unlike a nearby $40,000 Camry XLE Hybrid we tested during a commencement of a year, this time we’re pushing a some-more affordable Camry, delivered in LE trim with a four-cylinder engine underneath a hood.

Camry gas powered models start with a entrance L during only $23,495, followed by a tester’s LE that starts during only $24,150. The cost afterwards moves adult to a SE during $25,350; XLE during $28,600, sporty XSE during $29,150, and a ultimate gas powered XLE V6 during $34,450. The Camry accumulation start with a LE during $27,950, afterwards a SE during $29,650 and a tip category XLE Hybrid, that we tested in Mar that starts during $32,400.

With year-end leftover specials now in play during your area Toyota dealers, and a fact that a 2019 Camry is matching to a 2018, now is a good time to obstacle a good inducement understanding on a many renouned automobile Toyota has ever built.

Manufactured in Georgetown, Kentucky, Camry is fabricated on a new height that formula in a some-more aerodynamic exterior, softened cessation and ultra-quiet, beautiful cabin. The new Camry is one in. longer while a wheelbase is dual inches longer, creation for improved rear-seat legroom and an even some-more gentle ride.

Although prior Camry generational upgrades were amiable during best, this eighth-generation section breaks that mold and is really appealing to a eye. The new pattern starts with a incomparable low gray grille trustworthy to a well-spoken hood arrangement heading to a some-more noisy windshield slope. The roof flows easily to a new back rug featuring LED tail lamps. Taken as a whole and be it hybrid or gas, this new epoch Camry is a best looking ever produced. Moreover, even a reduce cost LE models arrive with a inexhaustible apportionment of Camry amenities, some-more than this clerk approaching in a reduce labelled model.

Power comes from a 2.5-liter 4 that develops 203-horses and 184 lb. ft. of torque. Coupled to a new pattern 8-speed involuntary transmission, a fuel mileage is really good during 28 city and 39 highway a EPA estimates. Both are considerable for a non-hybrid midsize category and few competitors furnish highway ratings nearby 40 MPG. Notable is entrance indication Camry L’s EPA numbers of 29 city and 41 highway, achieved interjection to a lighter quell weight.

Camry LE’s cabin is considerable as customary facilities galore acquire motorist and passengers. Included are gentle cloth seating, Toyota subscription giveaway Entune 3.0 infotainment complement with navigation, Bluetooth, SiriusXM with 6 speakers, 7-inch touchscreen with palm balance radio knobs, meridian control atmosphere conditioning, lean and telescopic steering and integrated rearview backup camera with projection path. There’s most some-more that your Toyota play is watchful to explain when we visit.

On a highway, Toyota Camry is a pleasure to drive. We gave a Camry a good run of nearby 180 miles during a week prolonged test, and were tender with a doing characteristics and still interior. We averaged 32.2 MPG for a whole trip, positively estimable of note. Tires are of a Toyo Proxes all-season accumulation mounted on 17-inch spoke amalgamate wheels.

Options embody a $625 preference package that adds Smart Key pull symbol start, automobile low back mirror, and Homelink transceiver. Additionally, a $665 back cranky trade and blind mark reserve underline (recommended), $224 runner and case mats, and $395 paint insurance film pushed a final total to $26,889 with $895 smoothness included.

The discretionary blind mark package mentioned above combines easily with a customary Toyota Safety Sense-P package that is customary on all Camry models. Included are high tech reserve facilities like brazen pre-collision warning with walking detection, lane-departure warning with steering assist, extended car stability, involuntary high beams, and adaptive Smart radar journey control.

Staying on safety, all Camrys arrive with Toyota’s Star Safety System that compliments a Safety Sense-P equipment. This customary underline includes 10 atmosphere bags, all a complicated traction controls, mountain start assist, 4 round ABS front brakes, Smart Stop technology, fortitude control and more.

Important numbers embody a wheelbase of 111.2 inches, 3,296 lb. quell weight, 15.1 cu. ft. of load room, 38 ft. spin circle, 5.7 in. belligerent clearway and a 16-gallon fuel tank.

Rated as one of a best midsize sedans by Consumer Reports, a 2018 Toyota Camry is all-new and watchful for a exam drive. It’s a smashing car that delivers all required in this competitive, perfectionist epoch of complicated day transportation.

Likes: Standard reserve galore, all-new pattern inside and out.
Dislikes: Navigation complement training curve, not most else.
— Greg Zyla writes weekly for More Content Now and GateHouse Media. Contact him during greg@gregzyla.com or during 303 Roosevelt St., Sayre, PA 18840.

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