STATUS: New for 2018 — As the shift to tall wagons (crossovers) shows no signs of abating, Toyota seems more determined than ever to infuse plenty of styling, comfort, fuel efficiency and performance into its star player. The eighth-generation Camry has undergone what could be considered Toyota’s version of radical surgery. Nearly all the car’s bits and pieces are produced from fresh molds and stampings, yet it still manages to remain, well, Camry-like. Toyota’s designers extended the length and width only slightly, but they increased the distance between the front and rear wheels by a generous three inches for greater interior leg and knee room. In addition, the roofline is slightly lower, as are the seating positions, resulting, says Toyota, in a lower center of gravity. However it’s the Camry’s altered sheetmetal that will likely garner the most interest. The body is attached to a stiffer platform that’s 30 percent less prone to twisting. The powertrain lineup that begins with a 206-horsepower four-cylinder, while a 301-horsepower V-6 is optional. For both, an eight-speed automatic transmission transmits torque to the front wheels. The Camry Hybrid combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with a 118-horsepower electric motor for a combined 208 horsepower.
Base price (incl. destination): $24,900
Type: Mid-size sedan
Engines: (h.p.): 2.5-liter I-4 (206); 3.5-liter V-6 (301); 2.4-liter I-4 with 105-kilowatt electric motor (208, combined, Hybrid)
Transmissions: Eight-speed automatic (opt.); continuously variable (hybrid)
Base MPG (city/highway/combined): 29/41/34 (2.5, MT); 51/53/52 (Hybrid)
Base weight (lb.): 3,240