2017 NAIAS: 2018 Toyota Camry image

America’s most popular and best-selling sedan has received a completely new generation with a more aggressive design and new powertrain options.

The introduction of the Camry was one of the most hotly anticipated moments at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit – even though sedans aren’t just as hot as before because of crossover love. The eighth-generation tries to retain the title of America’s top selling sedan with the introduction of the model to the Toyota New Global Architecture (or TNGA), making it more “athletic, and fun to drive”, according to the company. The length grew by two inches (50.8 millimeters), for a total of 191.3 inches (4,859.02 millimeters), while the roofline has dropped about 1.0 inch (25.4 millimeters). The height sits now at 56.7 inches (1,440.18 millimeters), with the cabin also more involved with the driver.


The flagship powertrain choice is a 3.5-liter V6 with D-4S Fuel Injection but there’s also the option of a 2.5-liter engine hooked to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and the hybrid version mates the 2.5-liter engine to the company’s next generation Toyota Hybrid System (THS II) – and a CVT. Also new are standard safety features such as pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, and lane departure alert with steering assist.


Optionals include a blind spot minor with rear cross traffic alert, intelligent clearance sonar, and even a bird’s-eye view camera. The Camry will be offered as LE, XLE, SE, and SXE, with the optional “Sport” package added only to the SE and XSE versions. The latter comes with an even more aggressive exterior and 19-inch black alloy wheels, a rear spoiler lip, different bumpers, as well as an integrated lower diffuser on the front fascia.