Week 6: It’s been a mixed bag as Camry continues to appeal to the head and not the heart.
With nearly 10,000 kilometres trod under its wheels, our 2018 Toyota Camry long-termer continues to impress. It’s suitably economical, and with its new rear suspension and a heavier steering wheel, decent to drive, especially in this V6 guise. But, a sports saloon it’s not.
However, having recently driven its biggest foe, the 2018 Honda Accord, it’s evident that the latter is decidedly better engineered. The 2018 Camry’s V6 is fairly potent, but it’s no match for the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine of the Accord when it comes to power delivery, smoothness and tractability.
But, I digress.
That said, the ride quality is rather impressive and there’s plenty of rear legroom, as well as a large at 428 litres. In essence, on everyday runs the Camry remains, well, exactly as practical as you would expect a Camry to be.
I have spent nearly two months with the Camry and the Entune 3.0 infotainment system remains as confounding as ever. It’s rather unintuitive. However, the gauges are easy to read and the full-colour head-up display is pretty good.
In the end it is exactly what you would expect a Camry to be and do, only it does it better than any of its predecessors. If you’re looking for a reliable family saloon, you really can’t go wrong with this one. Those who are not smitten by the nameplate should also look elsewhere. Probably towards a dealership with a large ‘H’ badge on it.
2018 Toyota Camry — Long-term review
Average fuel economy: 8.5 litres/100km
Lows: Infotainment system is not the easiest to use
Highs: Solid built quality and hugely practical
Costs this week: Fuel