Road Test: 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Road Test: 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Story by Jordan Allan, photos courtesy of Toyota Canada


Price: $35,832

Engine: 2.5L DOHC 16-valve Atkinson Capable inline-4 + permanent-magnet synchronous AC Motor

Trans: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

Power: 203 hp@ 6,600 rpm (Combined)

Torque: 184 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,549 lbs./1,610 kg

Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) 5.3/5.0


New for 2018: The Toyota Camry is all-new for 2018 and is entering its eighth generation. Having been the best-selling car in its segment here in Canada for the past two years, the Camry looks to build on its success now featuring a bold new design, now-standard safety features and impressive technology. Also added is a next-generation hybrid system (THS II) that has been engineered for the 2018 Camry Hybrid to maximize power output without sacrificing efficiency.

Segment Competitors: Honda Accord, Mazda 6, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Buick Lacrosse, Kia Optima, Volkswagen Passat, Subaru Legacy

The Skinny: As previously mentioned, the Camry has been the best-selling midsize sedan in Canada over the last couple of years and although change can often be good, it was clearly important the Camry kept many of the aspects that made it successful. Most everything seems to be refined or upgraded for 2018 with a better exterior look, added safety and technology features, and a chassis and suspension upgrade which work together to provide an overall smoother ride.

Pros: The Camry features a very comfortable interior and it seemed that during my week testing that the fuel gauge barely moved.

Cons: If you’re a taller person, you may find visibility from the front to be a bit of a challenge.

The Verdict: The Toyota Camry has always been one of the best-selling vehicles in North America and after spending a week with its latest offering, it’s easy to be reminded why. The sharp looking sedan provides ample room for passengers and cargo, a smooth ride, and impressive fuel economy numbers. We see no reason that it will lose its place at the top of its class.

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