2018 Toyota Camry XSE: One Hot Family Sedan

Published: Friday, September 7, 2018 | 6:49 PM

2018toyotacamryxse475Like your favorite shirt or those comfy old jeans, the Toyota Camry has been a staple in the midsize family sedan market. Comfortable but not necessarily exciting, reliable but not very fashionable it has been the go-to car for people who needed a family car but not an SUV or Crossover. For 2018 the Camry throws all that out the window. Meet the sleeker, sexier Camry. It’s still as comfortable as those old jeans but its a heck of a lot more stylish and when paired with the V6 engine it’s plenty zippy.

Available in five different trim levels: L, LE, SE, XSE, and XLE, the 2018 Camry has a package to suit personal tastes. This review will focus on the XSE V6 trim level.

2018toyotacamryxseintThe XSE comes loaded with 19 inch black alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, extra USB ports, a bigger 8-inch touchscreen, a premium JBL sound system and Qi wireless smartphone charging. As will all trim levels it also comes equipped with Toyota Safety Sense, which is a suite of driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, a frontal pre-collision system, lane departure alert with steering assistance, and automatic high beams.

My XSE model was powered by a 3.5-liter V6 the produced 301 horses and 267 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission puts the XSE through its paces with no jerks or pauses. Expect to get 22/city, 32/highway and 26/combined mpg.

The newly designed interior is good looking with plenty of soft surfaces. Both front and rear seat passengers will be comfortable with plenty of leg and headroom. Knobs and gadgets are easy to access and intuitive.

The V6 engine in my test model was powerful and quick. Acceleration was good with no pauses from a standstill. Steering through curves is tight and the ride is pretty smooth.

The new Camry is a remarkably attractive car. If you are in the market for a family sedan with some pizzazz give the 2018 Camry XSE a test drive.