A new agent provocateur … the 2018 Camry

Disclaimer: I was invited to the 2018 Camry training in Houston. I was offered a sneak peak and test drive of the new vehicle. I took some cool pic(s), some cool notes, ate dinner and shared some jokes. Please consider this a sponsored post.

Born in Japan.
Made in America.
Perfected in Kentucky.

I’m a Gen X-er. When I think of a Camry, I think of a sensible, family oriented, mildly conservative, “we’ve never skinny dipped a day in our lives” – vehicle. The Camry of my youth, adulthood and parenthood is reliable, safe and well known.

Well, apparently someone handed the Camry design team a Red Bull & Vodka and set them loose to a Drum & Bass soundtrack. This new Camry is definitely an “Agent Provocateur”!

It’s sleek, it’s sporty, it’s aggressive and it still has a quiet hint of family-fun about it – but this new Camry is very different, indeed.

It handles like a dream. I had the opportunity to drive the XLE and the XSE in the test drive. Oh my word, it’s designed with the driver’s maximum comfort in mind. Everything is a finger tip away. The XSE model even has the speedometer reflecting into the front windshield. Intriguing and excitable – best two words to describe the driving experience under the new 2018 Camry. The new models are loaded with some “haute” features such as JBL(s), lane departure monitoring, Entune info-tainment 3.0, led reading lights for the back passenger, smoother shifting, an updated PCS system, lighter & stronger body and style attitude out of this world.

Here’s some other things that are new in this new-new-new… did I say new Camry:

  • The new Camry carries unexpected attitude, as well as three new powertrains including the all-new 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder D-4S gasoline engine and a new 3.5-liter V6 with D-4S Fuel Injection, both of which are paired to a new eight-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission (8AT); and a next-generation Toyota Hybrid System (THS II). Features Toyota Safety Sense-P.
  • First Toyota vehicle to enjoy enhanced connectivity and entertainment through the new Toyota Entune™ 3.0 multimedia system. The 2018 Camry will feature Entune 3.0 on all models, offering an enhanced set of connected vehicle technologies including 3.0 App Suite Connect for everyone. Entune™ 3.0 delivers several new technologies including available Remote Connect, which provides remote start and door unlock capability, vehicle status notifications, a guest driver monitor, and vehicle finder.
  • Camry will be available in five grades: L, LE, XLE, SE and XSE.  The sportier SE and XSE grades wear a noticeably different body style than the entry level L and LE, and premium XLE grades, highlighted by a sculpted rocker panel, new 19-inch black machined-finish alloy wheels (standard on XSE and optional on SE)  a subtle rear spoiler lip, aggressive front bumper, and rear bumper with a lower diffuser. The face is much more distinctive with large side intakes flanking the lower bumper’s unique “Catamaran-inspired” accents, a high and slim upper intake encompassing the central Toyota badge, and a powerfully expressive gloss black mesh grille. A unique rear bumper with distinctive corner lines and smoke-tinted rear combination lamps highlight the changes at the rear.

Four words to describe the 2018 Camry:


Besides the Black Panther Movie debut, now we have one more thing that’s going to make 2018 great!  Definitely stop by your Toyota dealership and check out that new Camry. Maybe Santa can pre-order you one for Christmas!


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