2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Written by Anqoinette Crosby
2018 Camry Overview
So, there we were on a beautiful lazy summer afternoon, lounging in front of a lake in suburban Washington DC. My girlfriend and I had a delicious assortment of take out food, cold drinks and even music as we enjoyed our impromptu picnic.
Then, just as the forecast had predicted, raindrops began to fall. No worries. I closed the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE’s panoramic sunroof and we continued to chat away, completely content inside our Camry cafe.
Fully redesigned for the 2018 model year, Camry has some dramatic improvements in the looks department. Dare I call it sexy? Well that’s the new direction Toyota is going. In fact, the company’s CEO recently proclaimed, “no more boring cars”.
An edict the automaker’s chief designer, Ian Cartabiano took to heart. With its abundance of attractive curves and creases clothed in the attention-grabbing, “Ruby Flare Pearl,” paint, Toyota has indeed scored a touchdown.
In particular, I like how the model’s exterior now has equal doses of function and flair, both of which contribute to its flash. Helping to enhance the SE’s striking exterior are 18-inch alloy wheels, a menacing mesh grille, a rear spoiler and sporty style accents.
Meanwhile, between bites of chow mein, I asked my 6’1 friend if she had enough leg and headroom in the front passenger seat. Using her six-way adjustable lever to get her comfort level just right (the driver’s side has a powered eight-way with lumbar support), she assured me the Camry was in no way cramping her style—or anything else for that matter. This is not always the case when she’s riding in other mid-size sedans.
While we’re on the subject of space, the 2018 Camry Hybrid has 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space. This was accomplished by relocating the battery pack, which means more room for our tennis rackets and gym bags. There’s also a handy pass-through in the rear seat back for longer items.
Along with its styling enhancements, the new Camry enjoys a number of tech improvements. These include an updated seven-inch touchscreen with Toyota’s Entune interface. But it’s a bummer you still can’t get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. On the other hand, some remarkably advanced safety features are standard for the 2018 Camry Hybrid. These include lane departure alert with steering assist, a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection and radar cruise control.
Power comes from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor to deliver 208 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard. And here, I’ll admit to saving the best for last.
EPA fuel economy estimates exceed 50 mpg in the city, and I got 46 mpg combined. Those impressive numbers make the Camry great for the planet and outstanding for your pocketbook as well.
It’s a win-win.
Pricing for the 2018 Camry Hybrid starts at $27,950.