Toyota has a lot in store for them. In recent years, they have become the world’s largest automaker and sell some of the most popular vehicles out there. Not to mention that most Toyotas are impeccably reliable. Many Toyota owners don’t even look at it when their car has more than 200,000 kilometers on the clock. But making vehicles that appeal to the masses worldwide means compromises still have to be made. This means that Toyota’s cars had to be relatively generic movers with little to no excitement about them.
Despite the fact that we have relatively dull vehicles, this has not stopped Toyota’s momentum. But it has prevented many car enthusiasts from being disappointed in Toyota’s offer. This is something that is bothering current Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda. Being a seasoned car enthusiast himself, he wasn’t exactly fond of Toyota’s long-standing brand image. This is why he came out and said that Toyota will no longer build boring cars.
The Toyota Camry was one of the first to see a big change for the better. Redesigned for the 2018 model year, it brought more style and more power. It only makes sense that Toyota would start with one of its most typical vehicles. It couldn’t always be said, but the V6 Toyota Camry is quite a sleeper, and we love it.
These are the main reasons why the 2018 Toyota Camry V6 has changed from a vanilla sedan to the performance royalty of the midsize sedan segment.
The 2018 Toyota Camry V6: Class-leading power
Since many of the mid-sized sedans have been redesigned in recent years, they have been stripped of their large and powerful V6 engines. This will be replaced by four-cylinder engines with a smaller displacement and turbocharger. The 2018 Camry is the only mid-sized family sedan to retain a V6 engine, save for the slower-selling VW Passat and Subaru Legacy. The Camry has the best power in its class with a rating of 301. When Toyota was redesigning the Camry for 2018, it would have been easy and justified to get rid of their V6 option as that was the trend in the segment, and it is only a small part of the Camrys actually sold. But this would go against Akio Toyoda’s ethos of moving away from boring vehicles. Toyota decided to stick with the V6 because they knew there were still customers who wanted a Camry with big V6 power.
The Toyota engineers did what they could to squeeze even more power out of the 3.5 liter V6. In the previous generation of the Camry, this V6 delivered a commendable power of 268 hp, which was very much on par with the competition. But somehow Toyota was able to squeeze another 33 horsepower out of the V6 for 2018, taking the Camry to the top of its class. The 2018 V6 Camry was also available from 0-60 in just 5.8 seconds†
The 2018 Toyota Camry V6: sporty, but not overdone
Despite the V6 Camry’s true performance chops, no one will mistake it for a muscle car, and Toyota knows it. The Camry is positioned to be a livable and practical everyday vehicle, while still delivering plenty of performance. Reasons like this make the V6 Camry a great sleeper. Toyota has styled the Camry to give it some apparent sportiness, but not so much that it looks odd. You see this especially in the XSE trim, the sportier version offered on the 2018 Camry. There is also the equally sporty-looking SE, but that equipment is only offered with the four-cylinder engine. The XSE Camry gives you some aggressive styling cues, such as quad-tip exhausts in the rear and an optional red leather interior.
These types of Camries have done a lot to differentiate themselves from the more basic Camries in the lineup. The front forgoes the large spindle grille found on the less sporty LE and XLE models, replaced by a more aggressive black honeycomb grille and a pronounced rear splitter. It seems Akio Toyoda’s steadfast views on producing more exciting vehicles have paid off as many consumers go for the sportier finish than the regular Camry.
The 2018 Camry is making a real comeback. It was previously passed over for more exciting options, but those days are no more. This car is for those who want a seamless blend of functionality and engaging driving dynamics. You still won’t confuse a Camry with a Dodge Charger Hellcat or a BMW M5, but that’s the best part. Camries have never been flashy even though they are much more attractive these days. It’s understated in the best way. But that doesn’t mean it can’t beat some German luxury sedans in a red light drag race.
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