The 2018 Toyota Camry offers outstanding style and technology both inside and out. See interior & exterior photos. 2018 Camry New features complemented by a lower starting price and streamlined packages. The mid-size 2018 Camry offers a complete lineup with a wide variety of finishes and features, two conventional engines.
Still, even Anheuser-Busch offers a tangier Bud Light Lime for those wanting to spice up their workaday suds. In the same vein, Toyota gives its customers the opportunity to ditch the 2018 Toyota Camry ho-hum 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine for a little additional flavor courtesy of a potent 3.5-liter V-6, which powered our 2017 Toyota Camry XSE test car.
Along with the luxury-oriented Camry XLE, the XSE is just one of two 2018 Toyota Camry models available with Toyota’s bent-six. Starting at $32,235, the V-6 version is a $5060 upgrade over the 2.5-liter XSE model and also gets LED headlights, a proximity key with push-button start, a power sunroof, power and heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system. The as-tested figure of $34,195 attached to our test car also included the $750 Advanced Technology package (automated emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlights, lane-departure alert, and adaptive cruise control), which also requires a premium JBL audio system with navigation ($710) and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert ($500).
Armed with 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque, the 2018 Toyota Camry V-6 is stout, yet it makes less power and torque than six-cylinder competitors from Ford, Honda, and Volkswagen. We’ve recorded a 5.8-second zero-to-60-mph time for a similar 2015 Camry XSE V-6, which puts it in league with the Honda Accord V-6 (5.8 seconds) and the Volkswagen Passat V-6 (5.7 seconds). All three cars are naturally aspirated and front-wheel drive, but our 2017 version needed 6.1 seconds to do the deed. That’s still quick, but it’s a full second behind the 325-hp, twin-turbo all-wheel-drive Ford Fusion Sport we recently tested.
While the Camry V-6 may not be the quickest family sedan available, it’s plenty brisk for real-world driving. Thanks to a relatively svelte curb weight (our 3478-pound test example weighed 650 pounds less than the Fusion Sport) and a six-speed automatic transmission that’s fairly eager to kick down, the 2018 Toyota Camry executed our 50-to-70-mph passing test in 3.9 seconds, 0.3 second quicker than the Accord and 0.1 second quicker than the Passat.