You may think you know the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE — but think again. For 2018, Toyota has redesigned the perennially best-selling sedan, and updates include the infotainment system, as well as the new platform that also supports many of the automaker’s most popular models. This is the same car that has satisfied the needs of millions of drivers for decades, but Toyota is smart enough to know that it has to keep up with the times. Balanced between modern demands and timeless practicality, the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE remains the epitome of the reliable, family-friendly sedan.
Toyota attempts to counteract the Camry’s staid reputation with a redesign for the 2018 model. In place of the boxy profile of yore, you’ll find a sleek, low form, with a prominent front grille and, on the SE, a small spoiler in back. Beyond the façade, passengers will enjoy plenty of headroom and legroom in the front and the back, and the seats themselves are rounded and comfortable. The driver can even access six-way power adjustments. In terms of size, the Camry is bigger than the Prius, but smaller than the Avalon.
The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE’s long list of standard features includes LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, Toyota’s proprietary Entune infotainment system, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, a rearview camera, leatherette upholstery, fabric-trimmed seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, keyless entry/start, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a 4.2-inch multi-information display, a rear spoiler, and a Sport mode for the drive mode selector.
Toyota’s new platform offers an important bonus for drivers: The battery pack for the Camry Hybrid is now positioned under the rear seat instead of the trunk, so the hybrid model now has the same amount of trunk space as the standard model. You sacrifice no cargo room with the hybrid.
The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE also delivers the fuel economy you expect, coming in at 44 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, and 46 mpg combined. After all, that’s why you want a hybrid in the first place, right?
The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE excels in safety measures, posting stellar results in federal NHTSA and independent IIHS crash tests. The Camry is outfitted with 10 airbags, and it comes with advanced safety features as standard. Toyota’s Safety Sense-P package bundles forward-collision warnings (including pedestrian detection), adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warnings with active lane control, and automatic high beams on every Camry. The IIHS also deems the Camry’s front-crash prevention system as “Superior” for helping to prevent low-speed collisions and easing high-speed accidents.
The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE continues the tradition of well-regarded family sedans, now with a couple of twists. The new, sportier styling will turn heads that once yawned at the Camry profile, and the hybrid option sweetens the deal for the cost-conscious and eco-minded driver. Rest assured: The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE lives up to its name, and then some. You won’t regret your decision.
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