2018 TOY­OTA CAMRY XSE V-6

Automobile - - All - Stars 2018 -

This year the Toy­ota Camry, long the poster child of No Bor­ing Cars re­jects, came to us with a bit more style, two-tone paint, red leather seats, and noise, vi­bra­tion, and harsh­ness lev­els min­i­mal enough to make the Lexus ES seem su­per­flu­ous.

Although most of its com­pe­ti­tion has shifted to four-cylin­der-only pow­er­trains, this 2018 Toy­ota Camry had the op­tional 301-horse­power V-6 cou­pled to an eight-speed au­to­matic. It’s supremely smooth, of­fer­ing up a full-throt­tle whirr that only sub­tly in­ter­rupts the qui­etest cabin in the seg­ment. This is the sort of sedan you want for cross-coun­try trips, as long as you drive only on in­ter­states.

“Very smooth,” No­orde­loos said. “A big step up from Camry mod­els of the past. Solid, with de­cent steer­ing ex­cept when un­der power. The steer­ing is slightly cor­rupted by the strong V-6.”

Pil­grim agreed: “Ex­cel­lent al­laround car. Looks stand out a lit­tle more than be­fore. They’ll sell a mil­lion, and I can see why.”

In fact, if the Toy­ota Camry can main­tain cur­rent sales lev­els amid the on­slaught of trucks and SUVs, it should sell about 1.75 mil­lion over its five-year prod­uct cy­cle.

Ta­haney fig­ured Toy­ota’s lat­est for­mula was good enough to make our All-Stars list. “I think the late, great Prince said it best, but the all-new Toy­ota Camry is one sexy ex­ple­tive. It has my vote.”

Alas, Ed’s vote didn’t have much sup­port.

“At the end of the day, its util­i­tar­ian rai­son d’être and maybe more than its share of in­her­ited stigma kept it from achiev­ing ul­ti­mate great­ness within this stel­lar crowd of cars,” Wasef coun­tered.

The stel­lar crowd in­cludes a new Honda Ac­cord that main­tains its long-stand­ing ad­van­tage of su­pe­rior dy­nam­ics over the Camry. And although the Ac­cord cer­tainly doesn’t have the Lexus-like NVH of the

Camry, this Toy­ota’s abil­ity to iso­late its oc­cu­pants from the out­side world comes with an eye-pop­ping price just shy of $40,000. — Todd Lassa

If We Were About No Loud Cars, the New Camry Would be a Win­ner

PRICE:$35,845/$39,322(base/as tested)EN­GINE:3.5L DOHC 24-valve V-6/301 hp @ 6,600 rpm, 267 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm TRANS­MIS­SION:8-speed au­to­matic LAY­OUT:4-door, 5-pas­sen­ger, fron­tengine, FWD sedanEPA MILEAGE:22/32 mpg (city/hwy)L x W x H:192.7 x 72.4 x 56.9 in WHEEL­BASE:111.2 inWEIGHT:3,571 lb0-60 MPH:5.8 secTOP SPEED:N/A

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