Week 7 and 8: We say goodbye to our long-term 2018 Toyota Camry, and here’s our final verdict.
Having spent over two months with Toyota’s family champ, it is plain to see that the 2018 iteration is decidedly the best of the breed yet. While our long-termer is the V6 Sports version, which has plenty of kit crammed in, it is still a little lacking when it comes to technology compared to its main foe, the 2018 Honda Accord.
That said, it is a rather economical car and the ride is serene without compromising on dynamics and handling. The steering has a reasonable heft to it, which is nice. The 3.5-lire naturally aspirated V6 is up to the job of hauling the car around at fairly brisk pace.
It’s spacious too, even with a six-footer in the front seat there is comfortably enough room for another normal sized human being to sit in the back without moaning and groaning. Boot space too stands at 480 litres, which you will find, is more than Hyundai Elantra’s 420 litres and on a par with premium vehicles such as the Audi A4. So, it’s good news all around then… Afraid not.
The sat-nav is a bit loopy and is depressingly difficult to operate. It’s not cheap either at AED 122,500, and there are several more powerful and modern saloons you can get for that for of dough. Then, if you’re interested in cars, there is the big one.
You see, the 2018 Camry does feel a little forgettable despite the much-improved looks, performance and indeed the interior. Most of my passengers expressed incredulity at the fact that it didn’t feel like a Camry at all, purely because it doesn’t drive or look like any of its predecessors. In a good way. However, within minutes they forgot all about it as the ‘Camry-ness’ of the Camry came to the forefront. In essence, while the 2018 Toyota Camry is the best rendition of the nameplate yet, it still retains hints of beigeness. That’s not a put down, but merely a character trait of the car. If you’re one of the Camry faithful, head to the dealership now. You will not be sorry.
2018 Toyota Camry — Long-term review
Average fuel economy: 8.2 litres/100km
Lows: Loony sat-nav, relatively pricey in V6 guise
Highs: Still a solid choice in the segment, and will likely continue to be so
Costs this week: Fuel