Toyota has finally released further details on the all-new 2018 Camry, which are highlighted by higher figures on everything from price to MPG. Though, no worries, the price hikes are fairly modest given the substantial changes found on the new midsize sedan.
Toyota says the 2018 LE model will start at $24,885, including destination charges. By comparison, the 2017 Camry LE model starts at $23,905. For 2018 Toyota will also offer a new L model with smaller wheels and less features for an entry price of $24,380.
Both L and LE are powered by a new four-cylinder engine that has a power increase from 178 horsepower to 206 horsepower. That power now flows through an eight-speed automatic, up two cogs from today’s Camry. The new engine and transmission have generated large fuel economy gains for the Camry, with EPA ratings of 29 mpg city and 41 mpg highway.
Stepping up to the SE from the LE will yield buyers a price tag of $26,085, an increase of $1,410 over the 2017 Camry SE model.
The 2018 versus 2017 price hike gets a little higher with the XLE trim. The 2018 Camry XLE starts at $29,335, which constitutes an increase of just over $2,000 thanks to the addition of more features on the 2018 model. Adding a V-6 engine to the XLE pushes the price tag up to $35,285 and the delta over the 2017 model to just over $3,000.
Buyers wanting the top-tier Camry XSE will have to fork over $35,836 with the V-6 engine.
Much like the four-cylinder, the new V-6 also generates additional power with 301 horsepower, up from today’s 280 horsepower. Despite the higher power, the V-6 model wears higher fuel economy ratings of 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, largely thanks to an eight-speed automatic.
The trend of more continues with the 2018 Camry Hybrid. For 2018 the hybrid LE starts at $28,685, a modest increase of around $1,000 over the 2017 model. What hybrid buyers will appreciate far more than the price increase is the fuel economy ratings, which come in at 51 mpg city and 53 mpg highway, a 30 percent increase over the 2017 model.
Oddly, the Camry Hybrid LE is the only hybrid model to feature a lithium ion battery pack. The hybrid SE and XLE models feature older nickel hydrate batteries. The difference in tech yields EPA ratings of 44 mpg city and 47 mpg highway for the higher trim levels, still a high increase over the 2017 models.
Both SE and XLE hybrid models have seen price increases of $2,000 to $3,000 over the outgoing model.
The 2018 hybrid model features a 176 horsepower four-cylinder engine that’s paired to an electric motor and battery pack for a total power output of 208 horsepower.