Despite having relatively bland vehicles, this has not stopped the momentum of Toyota. But it has prevented many car enthusiasts to be disappointed in what is offered by Toyota. This is something that bothers Toyota’s current CEO, Akio Toyoda. Given that he is a die-hard car enthusiast himself, he was not particularly fond of Toyota’s longstanding brand image. This is why he came out and said that Toyota will not be building any more boring cars.
The Toyota Camry was one of the first to see a major 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 quintessential vehicles. It couldn’t always be said, but the V6 Toyota Camry is quite a sleeper, and we love it.
Here’s the key reasons why the 2018 Toyota Camry V6 has turned from a vanilla sedan to the performance royalty of the midsize sedan segment.
The 2018 Toyota Camry V6: Class Leading Power
As many of the midsize family sedans have gotten redesigned in the past few years, they have been purged of their big and powerful V6 engines. To take their place are smaller displacement and turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The 2018 Camry is the only midsize family sedan that has maintained a V6 engine, other than the slower-selling VW Passat and Subaru Legacy. The Camry has the best-in-class horsepower at a rating of 301. When Toyota was redesigning the Camry for 2018, it would have been easy and justifiable to get rid of their V6 option given that was the trend in the segment, and it only makes up a small fraction of 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 that there are still customers out there that wanted a Camry with big V6 power.
Toyota engineers did what they could to squeeze out even more power from the 3.5 liter V6. In the Camry’s previous generation, this V6 made a commendable 268 horsepower, which was very much on par with the competition. But somehow Toyota was able to manage another 33 horsepower out of the V6 for 2018 which boosted the Camry to the top of its class. The 2018 V6 Camry was also able to scoot from 0-60 in only 5.8 seconds.
The 2018 Toyota Camry V6: Sporty, But Not Over The Top
Despite the V6 Camry’s real performance chops, nobody will mistake it for a muscle car, and Toyota knows that. The Camry is positioned to be a livable and practical daily vehicle while still delivering a great deal of performance. Reasons like this is what makes the V6 Camry a great sleeper. Toyota has styled the Camry to give it some apparent sportiness to it, but not so much that it looks outlandish. You see this particularly with the XSE trim, which is the sportier trim offered on the 2018 Camry. There is also the equally sporty looking SE, but that trim is only offered with the four-cylinder engine. The XSE Camry gives you some aggressive styling cues like quad-tip exhausts in the back and an optional red leather interior.
Camry’s like this have done a lot to differentiate themselves from more basic Camry’s in the lineup. The front forgoes the large spindle grille that is found on the less sporty LE and XLE models, is replaced with a more aggressive black honeycomb grille and a pronounced rear splitter. It appears that Akio Toyoda’s staunch views on the subject of producing more exciting vehicles have fared well, given that many consumers go for the sportier trims over the regular Camry.
The 2018 Camry is a real comeback kid. It has previously been passed over for more exciting options, but those days are no longer. This car is for those who want a seamless mix of practicality with engaging driving dynamics. You still won’t mistake a Camry for a Dodge Charger Hellcat or a BMW M5, but that’s the best part. Camry’s have never been ostentatious, even with being much more appealing today. It is understated in the best way. But that doesn’t mean it can’t beat some German luxury sedans at a red light drag race.
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