2018 Toyota Camry Review

Compact Dimensions. Full-Size Personality.

At a Glance - Boasting a history that spans over 50 years, Corolla is unrivaled when it comes to defining the compact sedan. In fact, with over 43 million units sold across 11 generations, more Corollas have been sold over the years than any other vehicle – ever. With Corolla’s classic formula of safety, practicality and technology blended together in a fun-to-drive package that’s topped with Toyota’s reputation for quality, durability and reliability, it should come as no surprise that Corolla has found so much success over the years.

New for 2018 - Only one difference separates the new 2018 Corolla from the prior model year: all XLE models now come equipped with a leather-wrapped steering wheel for added comfort and style.

The Bottom Line - Corolla stands out from the crowd not just with its attractive design, but also with its long list of meaningful standard equipment. This is particularly evident in its Toyota Safety Sense™ P suite of advanced safety and driver assistance features, which comes standard on every model – a major advantage in this segment. Add to that its great modern features like LED lighting, Entune™ audio systems and available Smart Key System functionality – not to mention the ToyotaCare No-Cost Maintenance Plan – and it’s clear why Corolla is still the one to beat, 50 years and counting.


Starting MSRP $18,550

Key Features

  • Toyota Safety Sense™ P
  • 6.1-in. touch-screen
  • 8 airbags

As the first model in the lineup, Corolla L’s safety and value is practically unrivaled at its price point, thanks in large part to its standard suite of active safety systems.

Starting MSRP $18,985

Key Features

  • Automatic climate control
  • 16-in. steel wheels
  • 28/36/32 mpg (EPA-estimated city/hwy/comb)

Corolla LE is the bread-and-butter model of the lineup, and builds on Corolla L’s excellent value by including some seriously noteworthy standard features both inside and out.

LE Eco
Starting MSRP $19,385

Key Features

  • 140 horsepower
  • 30/40/34 mpg (EPA-estimated city/hwy/comb)
  • Rear spoiler

Who said efficient couldn’t be exciting? LE Eco may be the Corolla for fuel-conscious buyers, but it also packs a noteworthy 8-horsepower advantage over the regular Corolla models.

Starting MSRP $21,985

Key Features

  • Entune™ Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App
  • Smart Key System with Push Button Start
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

Corolla XLE takes the idea that a compact economy car can’t offer a premium experience, and turns it on its head. This plush compact offers many features usually reserved for larger, pricier vehicles.

Starting MSRP $21,715

Key Features

  • 17-in. alloy wheels
  • SofTex®-trimmed front sport seats
  • Gloss-black, mesh-pattern grille

Want even more personality from Corolla? Then the SE trim is the one for you, with its available six-speed manual transmission and high-impact styling both inside and out.

Starting MSRP $22,730

Key Features

  • Power moonroof
  • Available Entune™ Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel with paddle shifters

Corolla XSE offers the best of both worlds: the exciting style and performance of the SE combined with the high-tech features and premium materials from the XLE.

Competitive Comparison

Looks That Stand Out
Does a compact economy sedan have to be boring? One look at the 2018 Corolla lineup and it’s clear that answer is no. From the standard LED headlights of the L and the rear spoiler of the LE Eco, to the gloss-black mesh pattern grille and 17-inch gray-accented alloy wheels of the SE and XSE, there’s no doubt this entire lineup is designed to stand out in a crowd.

Seriously Useful Tech
You don’t need a luxury car to enjoy a cabin filled with modern technology and useful convenience features. Corolla makes this point loud and clear, with its six-trim lineup including standard and available equipment like automatic climate control, integrated navigation1, Smart Key System2 with Push Button Start, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

Actively Safe
When active safety technologies are offered on other vehicles in this segment, they're usually extra-cost (or trim-specific) features. Toyota Safety Sense P™ (TSS-P), on the other hand, comes standard on all Corolla vehicles. This suite of active safety and driver assistance systems includes Pre-Collision System4 with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

Bang for the Buck
With a starting price of just $18,550, the 2018 Corolla offers serious value for the dollar. There may be other compact sedans boasting competitive pricing, but few can go spec-for-spec with Corolla’s list of standard equipment, which includes modern technology like LED lighting and incredibly advanced safety features like Toyota Safety Sense P™ (TSS-P).

Model Review


2018 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety TSP.

Toyota Corolla received a 5-Year Cost to Own Award from Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com for 4 years in a row

The (2017) Corolla received a 2017 5-Year Cost to Own Award from Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com

2017 Corolla is the only vehicle in its class to include a standard safety package that contains a collision avoidance system, lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Nearly 40 million Corollas sold worldwide