Jenny brings us a review of the Toyota Camry in the bottom spec Ascent Sedan trim. Toyota’s Camry is one of the best-sold sedans in the world. In past years the Camry was manufactured in Australia. But now that the Australian automotive manufacturing industry no longer exists, this new 2018 Camry comes from Japan.

This new Camry has an all-new design that is a little more interesting and striking than previous years. The Camry is still a mid-size sedan, but more than 40 mm longer with a 50 mm longer wheelbase.

2018 Toyota Camry Engine Specification

V6 Engine Specification

Engine Size: 3.5L V6 Petrol
Max. Power: 224kW – 300hp
Max. Torque: 362Nm
Fuel Consumption: 8.6L/100km
Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic Transmission

Hybrid Specification

Engine Size: 2.5L Hybrid
Max. Power: 131kW @ 5700rpm
Max. Torque: 221 @ 3600 RMP
Fuel Consumption: 4.5L/100km

Petrol Specification

Engine Size: 2.5L Petrol
Max. Power: 131kW – 176hp
Max. Torque: 221Nm @4100rpm
Fuel Consumption: 7.8L/100km
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic Transmission banner
Key Features
  • 17″ alloy wheels
  • Bi-LED auto-levelling headlamps, LED tail lamps and Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs)
  • Electric Park Brake
  • Driver’s seat power adjustable lumbar support
  • 4.2″ full colour Multi Information Display (MID)
  • Steering wheel controls for MID, telephone and audio
  • 7″ colour touchscreen display with
  • Bluetooth®3 and Toyota Link5
  •  Audio system with 6 speakers, AUX and USB input for iPod®10/portable audio players2
  • Reversing camera with moving guidelines
  •  7 SRS airbags
  •  Toyota Safety Sense+
    • Pre-Collision Safety system
    • Lane Departure Alert
    • Automatic High Beam
    • Active Cruise Control
  • All-weather floor liners51
  • Cargo tote49
  • Cargo tray
  • Carpet floor mats51
  • Carpet trunk mat
  • Coin holder/ashtray cup
  • Color-keyed rear spoiler
  • Door edge guards
  • Doorsill protectors
  • Emergency kit
  • First aid kit
  • Hideaway cargo net49
  • Illuminated doorsills
  • Lower rocker appliqué
  • Mudguards
  • Paint protection film7
  • Rear bumper appliqué (Clear on LE/XLE;Black on SE/XSE)
  • Universal tablet holder

The Camry we reviewed had a 2.5 litre 4-pot petrol with 131 kW of power and 221 Nm of torque. But there is also a 3.5 V6 paired with an 8-speed automatic with 224 kW as well as a Hybrid option.

In terms of safety the base model Ascent gets 7 airbags, AEB, lane keep assist and lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, reversing camera with moving guidelines, pre-collision safety system, automatic high beam, hill-start assist, vehicle stability control and similar so it scores an easy 5-star ANCAP rating. Higher trim levels also get more safety features such as blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

How will the new Toyota Camry fair against the likes of the Honda Accord, Volkswagen Passat, and Hyundai Sonata?

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