2018 Toyota Camry XSE X6 Drivers’ Notes Fast Spin Evaluate

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For years, the Toyota Camry was a nice however reasonably milquetoast car that shared many frequent traits with a kitchen equipment. It was competent and dependable, however it was by no means as pleasing to drive as fashions just like the Honda Accord or Mazda 6. It was merely a method of transportation, however that was sufficient to make it the best-selling automotive within the US yr after yr. Issues appeared to have modified with the 2018 mannequin.

Our check automotive is the top-tier XSE trim, the sporty sister mannequin to the Camry XLE we drove final yr. The XSE trades some luxurious options for a little bit of taste, giving the Camry much more life than it is had in years. The sharp entrance fascia, the two-tone paint and brilliant pink inside all give this automotive a bit of additional jazz. Add within the 301 horsepower three.5-liter V6 and also you get a surprisingly fast and pleasing five-seat household hauler.

Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore: The 2018 Toyota Camry and the 2018 Honda Accord are neck-and-neck for finest in phase. Each are glorious. I loved my night time within the Camry for a number of causes, however the energy, design and inside caught my consideration essentially the most. It is a formidable automotive that excels in all areas.

Toyota is aggressively taking dangers with the Camry’s styling. It is clearly a sedan that is meant to face out. I just like the seems to be of the Accord a bit extra — it is subtler whereas the Camry comes out a bit extra extreme — however they’re sharp in their very own methods. This Camry is finished up with 19-inch black wheels and smoked LED lights, which add to the perspective.

I just like the pink and black inside within the Camry XSE we examined. It is laid out well, the infotainment is stable and the view is surprisingly good for an enormous automotive. I felt assured dashing out and in of lanes throughout busy morning visitors. Talking of that, the V6 is great. With 301 horsepower you have obtained all the things it is advisable to take off from lights briskly. The eight-speed computerized transmission is clean. I even began tapping by downshifts with the paddles for enjoyable. It is a well-calibrated powertrain.

The fundamentals measure up nicely, too. The trunk is huge. The seats are comfy. It is enjoyable to punch by the driving modes. You will discover the Sport setting. Eco does really feel slower (and extra environment friendly). Regular feels fairly regular.

I would suggest the Camry. Benchmark it towards an Accord and see which one you want essentially the most and you will not be improper. Mazda, Chevy and Ford all have robust entries on this phase, however I would decide the Honda or the Toyota forward of them.

Senior Editor, Inexperienced, John Beltz Snyder: The Toyota Camry is not the sexiest or most fun automotive, however that is probably not what this phase is about. Nonetheless, I discovered this mannequin to be fairly fetching, particularly in white with black accents. The within of the automotive can also be modern and enticing. Our tester had a pink inside, which actually makes the leather-based stand out and draw your consideration away from the black plastic on high of the sprint.

It is also comfy to drive. It is quiet, and its suspension soaks up bumps within the street. It additionally has a good quantity of scoot. Once I took it out of Eco mode and put it into Sport, I discovered the Camry desperate to chase visitors down the freeway. I made good use of adaptive cruise management in my morning commute, although.

The tech here’s a combined bag. I really like having a pleasant, clear head-up show with numerous helpful data on it. I had hassle connecting to the infotainment system by way of Bluetooth, however as soon as I did get it arrange, it did the issues I wanted — stream podcasts and take cellphone calls — simply nice. I had a bit little bit of hassle fumbling by the menus, however I may in all probability get used to it given extra time behind the wheel. No less than I did not encounter a few of the glitches we seen the final time we had a Camry within the workplace.

Managing Editor Greg Rasa: I spent per week in a unique XSE V6 than my colleagues, this one in vivid Ruby Flare Pearl, then spent a second week in a silver Hybrid XLE. (Each are proven within the gallery above.)

We have been telling you for some time now that the 2018 redesign isn’t your grandpa’s Camry. The V6 drivetrain is clean and responsive. The inside is fashionable. The outside is downright handsome from a number of angles. Simply perhaps not up entrance.

It was attention-grabbing to benchmark the well-equipped, $38,230 XLE V6 towards the equally outfitted $37,245 Hybrid XLE. The Hybrid’s whole output is 208 horsepower towards the V6’s 301 hp, with a max of 163 pound-feet of torque towards the V6’s 267 lb-ft. And the Hybrid will get a CVT as an alternative of the eight-speed. So positive, it is slower and fewer keen than the V6. However for a household automotive, it is not glacial (Zero-to-60 in 7.four seconds vs. the V6’s 5.eight), and should you weren’t leaping straight into it from the V6, you would not be too upset.

The V6’s tachometer is changed by the Hybrid’s cost vs. discharge meter and different mileage readouts to help your frugal driving habits. Each vehicles have a transparent, sharp head-up show, with the Hybrid’s in a position to convey a few of the energy-management information.

The exteriors have barely completely different gills and spoilers. And the grilles are completely different. Cannot say I preferred one over the opposite. Each have roomy trunks. (The hybrid battery — on this trim it is nickel hydride — is below the rear seat.) The vehicles additionally carry an array of driver-assist options, although lane-keeping appeared to work higher over the identical stretches of freeway within the Hybrid tester than within the V6, which typically could not detect the middle line.

Each have a number of driving modes, with the Hybrid including an EV setting that holds the powertrain in pure electrical beneath about 17 mph, when the ICE invariably kicks in. Nonetheless, should you keep out of EV mode, feather the accelerator and drive strategically, it is simple to run electric-only at speeds nicely previous 40 mph.

However driving model for the week was nowhere near frugal, and the Hybrid returned an indicated mileage of 37.1 mpg, far lower than its EPA rankings of 44 metropolis, 47 freeway, 46 mixed. (The Hybrid in LE trim has a lithium-ion battery and is the mileage champ of the Camry lineup, with EPA rankings of 51 mpg metropolis, 53 freeway, 52 mixed.) However I blame myself, not the automotive, and it is nonetheless much better than the 20.7 mpg racked up within the V6. Each fashions have their strengths, and each are straightforward to love.

Affiliate Editor Reese Counts: Whereas I wasn’t fairly as smitten with the brand new Camry as I used to be with the brand new Accord, like Greg, I feel it is so shut that the distinction comes right down to particulars. The Accord is much better trying each inside and outside, however the Camry is obtainable in a greater variety of colours and trims. The Accord’s turbo-four affords loads of off-the-line torque, however there is no beating the Camry’s extra highly effective naturally-aspirated V6. It is the most effective round. Then once more, you will get the Accord with a handbook transmission.

Inside, each vehicles really feel about the identical with regards to match and end. As soon as once more, I want clear styling within the Accord, however the Camry’s inside seems to be good, too (particularly on this coloration). The Camry’s infotainment system continues to be subpar, however it appeared to work nice connecting to Bluetooth. No less than each methods are again to utilizing buttons.

Once more, it is a wash with regards to experience, dealing with and luxury. They each deal with a nook with extra grace than anticipated, although do not count on German sport-sedan ranges of efficiency. On straight roads, each the Camry and Accord calm down into good, comfy and quiet cruisers. Like Greg mentioned, drive each and see which one suits. Too many good choices is much from a nasty factor.

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