2018 TOYOTA CAMRY XSE V-6
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