The Difference Between The 2017 and 2018 Toyota Camry

February 22nd, 2018 by

When you shop for a new car, you’ll need to make one more decision on top of the multitude of other decisions in the process — which model year should you choose? Do you go with last year’s model in hope of getting a great deal, or should you opt for the latest one off the assembly line? With a Toyota Camry you’ll win either way, but here are a few minor differences to factor into your decision‐making process.

Exterior Appearance
Toyota has made some adjustments to the 2018 body style of the Camry. The look is bolder and sportier, with angular headlights versus the rounder ones in the 2017. The taillights have changed as well, having been moved to the rear fender. These are balanced by a differently shaped bumper. The 2018 body style is lower, wider, and a bit longer. Like the 2017 model, the 2018 is available in four trim levels: the LE, XLE, SE, and XSE, each of which offer a different collection of exterior design features.

Interior Design
Drivers will notice an even bigger difference between the two model years in the car’s interior. This is particularly apparent with regard to comfort with upgraded upholstery choices, including a more realistic‐looking faux leather. The 2018 model’s steering wheel can telescope farther, which makes it more comfortable for tall people to drive. The new model’s dashboard has an artistic asymmetrical design. A 7‐inch display has been installed for infotainment and navigation, with a more intuitive interface and better menus. If connectivity is important to you, know that the 2018 Camry includes on‐board WiFi.

Test drivers report that the 2018 Camry has tighter steering, improving its handling and feeling of control. The four‐cylinder engine has been improved and offers 203 horsepower with 186 pound‐feet of torque as compared to 2017’s 178 hp and 170 pound‐feet of torque. A V‐6 engine is available as well, and it has also been improved. The 2018 V‐6 produces 301 hp and 267 pound‐feet of torque, while the 2017 V‐6 stats were 268 hp and 248 pound‐feet. The most dramatic difference is that they’ve swapped 2017’s six‐speed transmission for an eight‐speed version.

The 2017 Toyota Camry is already an extremely safe vehicle ‐ no surprises there. It has a total of 10 airbags to protect all drivers and passengers in the event of a crash. The seats are also designed to reduce whiplash, and it was given a five‐star safety rating and Top Safety Pick designation. In the 2018 model, many features that were optional on the 2017 model have been made standard. These include the Toyota Safety Sense suite with forward collision warning and auto brake. Lane departure warning, steering assist, and adaptive cruise control are standard as well. A new feature in 2018 is the 10‐inch color head‐up system, which projects information on the windshield in front of the driver, eliminating their need to glance down at screens and gauges.

You’ll probably notice the biggest difference in the 2018 body style, but there are several other tweaks as well. You’ll need to consider what’s most important to you as you shop. The staff at Hubert Vester Toyota can explain all of these changes in detail and help you get the perfect car for your needs and preferences.

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