No matter how you slice it, the Toyota Camry has always been a moderately bland looking sedan. However, it holds the crown as being one of the most reliable family sedans which makes it one of the top 10 best-selling vehicles in the United States.
For the 2018 model year, Toyota made making the Camry more compelling a top priority. While the 2018 Toyota Camry comes in many variants, the top-of-the-line models are the most fun to drive thanks to what’s under the hood. Take any Toyota Camry model and add an ‘X’ in front and you’ll definitely leave the dealership energized and ready to drive. Today, we’re going to take a look at the 2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6, which combines the best of fun driving dynamics and upscale features.
2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6 Exterior
Overall the new 2018 Camry has the most expressive design language we’ve seen to date. No matter which trim-level you pick, the new Camry has an exceptional design theme throughout the lineup.
While the sculpting of the body plays a big part, numbers also help the 2018 Toyota Camry achieve a sporty look. The hood of the new Camry has been lowered by 1.6-inches so it sits neatly above the grille. Also, Toyota’s design team was also able to lower the Camry’s height by an inch to make way for a lower roofline. All these changes not only added striking character lines around the body but also improved aerodynamics for one of America’s most respected sedans.
The 2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6 also gets some standard options that are otherwise optional on other trim levels. Those standard options include LED headlamps with smoke tints, LED taillights with smoke tints, gloss-black grille with a sport mesh insert, dual-exhaust with quad chrome tips, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Size wise, the 2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6 sits on a wheelbase that measures 111.2-inches with an overall length of 193-inches. The width stretches at 72.4-inches while the height stands at 56.9-inches.
Toyota says that its designers concentrated on making the sportier models like the XSE significantly more recognizable as compared to the standard models — and we think they did it.
2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6 Interior
The Toyota Camry has always been appreciated for its quality-built interior, and that doesn’t change with the 2018 model year. Toyota has upped the ante by combining its famous quality built cabins with an attractive and sporty design. Unlike previous generation Toyota Camry models, the 2018 Toyota Camry features an interior that is more focused on the driver than the passengers. Not only is the cabin built around the driver, Toyota gave the center console — otherwise a plain and simplistic layout — a sweeping new character line that sweeps down from the instrument cluster and cuts to create an area that is shifted around the driver.
Let’s discuss some tech. Our 2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6 came loaded with a long list of standard features and other features that are otherwise optional on other Camry trim-levels. Some highlights include a dual-zone climate control system, Entune 3.0 with navigation, a 7-inch touchscreen display, USB ports, Bluetooth music streaming and phone connectivity, a 7-inch TFT driver multi-information display, leather heated front seats, a 10-inch heads-up display, a wireless charging pad for your smartphone, and a range of driver assist technologies that we’ll discuss a bit later.
Cabin space wise, the 2018 Toyota Camry offers 42.1-inches of legroom for front passengers and 38-inches for rear passengers.
All in all, the interior of the 2018 Toyota Camry is leaps and bounds ahead of its ancestors when it comes to quality, tech, and design.
2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6 Performance
Now here is where the 2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6 gets really entertaining. Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces a total of 301 horsepower with a maximum torque of 267 lb-ft. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that allows this family sedan to run from zero to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds, all the way to top speed of 136 mph.
Those that want to explore different driving modes can rotate through the three-mode driver select system and pick either ECO, Normal, or Sport setting. Each mode tailors the Camry to the corresponding setting, allowing you to get the most out of fuel economy or get the most out of the performance the engine has to offer.
Fuel-economy wise, the 2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6 averages an EPA rated 22/32 mpg* (city/highway).
2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6 Safety
The 2018 Toyota Camry comes with a long list of standard and optional safety and driver assist features. Our 2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6 model came standard with a rear view camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, hill start assist, a bird’s eye view camera, lane departure alert with steering assist, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and more.
2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6 Overall
Within the Camry lineup, the XSE V6 is the range-topping trim, slotted above the XLE and Hybrid models. It has the sportiest styling that is backed by solid performance. The Camry XSE V6 is also adequately equipped and comes standard with a multitude of safety and convenience technologies. Prices for the 2018 Toyota Camry start at $23,645** for the base model and $35,100 for the XSE V6. So if you’re in the market for a new mid-size sedan, visit your local AutoNation Toyota dealer and take a spin in the new Camry today.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.