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2018 Toyota Camry XLE V6 Review – The Default Choice for a Reason

2018 Toyota Camry XLE front quarter

It happened again. A neighbor, a infrequent familiarity during best, messaged me on Facebook, seeking for a used automobile recommendation. As usual, we think they were perplexing to get me to literally indicate them to a specific automobile for sale, yet I’ve been roped into adequate third-party late-night Craigslist-and-Cars.com binges to punch this time.

“Just buy a best Camry we can afford,� was my reply. I’ve given a same recommendation before to copiousness of other non-enthusiasts, those for whom a automobile is merely an appliance. While we can simply clap dozens of interesting choices to someone scrupulously invested in pushing enjoyment, I’d rather equivocate a repercussions of recommending a 10-year-old M3 to a suburban mom who wants zero some-more than a hassle-free commute.

Toyota pulled a cover off of a newest Camry in Detroit final year, and a fashionable new styling has been flooding a streets ever since. Tim tested a four-cylinder indication a few weeks back, yet he wished for a bit some-more power. Fortunately, a gods of horsepower and banishment smiled on me, and delivered on my expostulate this 2018 Toyota Camry XLE with a large V6.

Does a redesign parasite a default box for enthusiasts, too?

2018 Toyota Camry XLE front

No matter how grounded to a belligerent it cunning be, a new Camry is not a sports sedan. I’m sorry, Toyota. Nobody’s cross-shopping an M3 with a Camry. But that’s okay. What a V6-powered Camry is is a surprisingly fast family sedan that will not retaliate we on a commute. And if that invert is between cities, like those days we spent on a highway as a roving salesman, we will conclude a approach this harmless cruiser sneakily reaches triple number speeds yet arousing a internal constabulary.

Not that I’d know anything about that.

2018 Toyota Camry XLE rear

In a Brownstone finish and XLE trim of my exam subject, this automobile is fundamentally invisible. Again, a default choice. The far-reaching reduce grille-by-Gillette — seriously, it’s roughly a breadth of a car! — thankfully is finished in matte black, again not sketch attention. we don’t adore a cacophony of ridges and slashes that conclude a hood, yet in darker colors a outcome is muted.

2018 Toyota Camry XLE profile

Another fact that worried me ever given initial saying a automobile in a strength is a musty shallow on a C-pillar that extends a top aspect of a trunk, giving a faux-hatchback look. The Camry hasn’t been accessible as a Liftback given 1986. Toyota, you aren’t rowdiness anyone. On a sportier XSE trim, that double is where a two-tone black roof meets a body-color pillar, creation a coming of a induce even some-more pronounced.

Overall, though, a new Camry is unfailing — no matter a tone — to mix into traffic.

2018 Toyota Camry XLE back seat

The interior in my exam automobile was rather dour, with a sea of black usually spasmodic punctuated with matte china trim, a hold of wood(ish) above a glove box, and splendid rings around a gauges. The body-color accent stitching on a diamond-quilted seats isn’t adequate to lighten a gloomy mood inside.

2018 Toyota Camry XLE interior

Those dull-looking seats were heaven-sent after a integrate of days spent with a in-laws, that necessitated two-plus hours in a saddle any way. The long, understanding reduce chair bolsters, in particular, were generally acquire when sitting in an astonishing trade jam. we emerged from a Camry refreshed, that generally never happens on that drive.

2018 Toyota Camry XLE gauges

The kids likewise had no complaints about their back chair accommodations. The flourishing tweens never put an erring knee into my kidney, and had copiousness of room to widen out and remove themselves in their several electronic devices. They dozed off silently before a batteries died.

2018 Toyota Camry XLE front seat

I’ll register one distrurbance — maybe it rises to a turn of a complaint, yet I’m not certain — yet this new Camry shares an hapless trait with other Toyotas I’ve driven recently: a rather tinny sound when a doorway is slammed. Whether it’s a legitimate peculiarity concern, we don’t know, yet it does lend an atmosphere of ostentation that isn’t reflected in a rest of a car.

2018 Toyota Camry XLE dashboard

After venturing off a widespread and onto a favorite two-lane, a large Camry’s restraint impressed. While we wasn’t hustling like we cunning with something some-more matched to peak hunting, a kind sedan with a large engine exhibited small physique hurl when cornering with gusto.

Indeed, a 2018 Toyota Camry is a surprisingly good driver. It’s big, roomy, powerful, and does all utterly well. There’s a reason over 350,000 of these hurl off salon floors year after year — quiet, elementary cunning goes a prolonged approach to building a winner.

 

[Images: © 2018 Chris Tonn/TTAC]

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