2018 Toyota Camry Review | Asian Car Guide
January 20, 2021

2018 Toyota Camry Review

2017 Toyota Camry Ascent

Toyota manufactured the Camry in Australia for 34 years, selling over a million in that time. Now that all local production has ended there will only be fully imported cars available from Toyota, with no local manufacture loyalty factor involved in purchases.

Buyers will look at all comers with open eyes.

In Toyota’s case it helps to have been among worlds’ best sellers for some time, with the Camry and Corolla sedan companions featuring strongly, alongside the Hilux, but now we will find out if preferences change much.

Toyota is off to a great start with the eighth generation Camry, introduced  in January 2017 and launched in Australia on 21 November 2017, the more evolved, sharper design embodying Toyota’s new global architecture framework, with bigger, lower, more aggressive exterior look, lighter ultra-high tensile sheet steel and more stronger, safer, more rigidly strengthened body (from the better materials, innovative welding and annular (circular) strength sections), and revamped interior, including an irregularly shaped upward inverse divider from floor to top of dash, electronic aids and features.

There is choice of three engines with the different variants of the new front wheel drive Camry,

– A naturally aspirated 2.5 litre with six speed auto.

– A hybrid which has a kW 2.5 litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine that combines efficiently with the electric motor integrated into the cut transmission, supporting each other or operating alone, depending on the situation. The battery recharges from braking using the electric motor in reverse as a generator, or during normal driving. The electric motor mainly starts the car off, silently, and assists with later acceleration. The under rear seat battery gives more room than before.

– The standout 3.5 Litre petrol V6 with new state of art eight speed auto transmission.

2017 Toyota Camry Ascent interiorSafety includes seven airbags, one for driver’s knee, Auto emergency Braking, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist, with electric park brake. Steering is speed sensitive, loaded heavier at higher speeds for stability.

There are four increasing specification level variants,

…..with the base-line Ascent including

–   2.5L Hybrid or 4-cylinder Petrol Engine, 17″ Alloys, 60/40 split fold rear seats extending boot storage space, Manual AirCon, 4.2″ colour Info Display, six speaker audio, 7″ colour touch screen,  LED Headlamps, Electric Park Brake, 7 SRS Airbags, Toyota Safety Sense+ (which includes Pre-Collision Safety System, Active Cruise Control, Auto High Beam, Lane Departure Alert), Reverse Cam with moving guidelines3, and for hybrid only, dual zone Auto Climate and Smart Entry/Start,

–  Ascent Sport adds to the above…..Sports Body Kit, Premium steering wheel & gear shifter, Dual zone climate, 7″ colour Info Display, 8″ colour touch screen, with Satellite Navigation, Smart Entry/Start:

  • SX adds to the above…..V6 or 4-cylinder Petrol Engine, Paddle Shifters, 19″ Alloys, Sports suspension and Paddle shift, Sports leather accented seats, 2 rear USB chargers, Wireless phone charger, Panoramic Full Glass Roof (option pack)
  • SL adds to the above….. choice of 2.5L Hybrid, V6 or 4-cylinder Petrol Engine, 18″ Alloys, Leather Accented Seats, Front seat ventilation, 10″ colour Head Up Display(customisable from steering wheel, including speed, music, directions, important warnings), Rain sensing wipers, Blind spot monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Panoramic Full Glass Roof (Petrol only), Electric Tilt and Slide Moonroof (Hybrid SL only)

The exterior look has been sharpened up to look more aggressive, with more creases and convolutions, a lower bonnet that gives better visibility from inside, and redesigned front and rear, with larger and more imposing front grill and side air ducts.

It all looks very impressive for this new edition of the Toyota Camry, so expect to see a lot of them on the road.


  • Engines: 2.5L, 4 cyl, 133kW at 600 rpm, 231 Nm at 4100 rpm, with 6 speed ECT auto, 3.5L, 6 cyl, 224kW at 6600rpm, 362Nm at 4700 rpm, with 8 speed ECT auto, Hybrid – 2.5L, 4cyl Atkinson cycle with electric motor integrated into CVT transmission, 160kW, 221 Nm combined output, Nickel Metal Hydride battery
  • Suspension: redesigned Macpherson Strut front, new double wishbone Multilink rear setup
  • Dimensions mm: L 4,900 W 1,840 H 1,445 WB 2,825
  • Kerb Weight: approx. 1,500 -1,600 kg
  • Fuel: 2.5L – 91 RON, 3.5L – 95 RON, tank 60L, hybrid 50L
  • Economy, claimed: 2.5L about 7.8L/100Km, 3.5L about 8.8L/100Km, Hybrid about 4.4L/100Km


  • Drive away pricing from: Ascent $31,713,   Ascent Sport $34,114, SX $37,548, SL $44,534,
  • Three year/100,000km warranty, 5 year set price 12 monthly servicing,
  • 8-year/160,000km warranty for hybrid batteries.