2018 Toyota Camry vs 2012-2017: 8th and 7th generation differences

The eighth-generation Toyota Camry goes on sale soon. In this side-by-side photo comparison we see how different it is to the seventh-generation sedan.

2018 Toyota Camry XSE - front, red8th gen
2015 Toyota Camry XSE - red, front7th gen F/L
The extensive seventh-generation facelift for the 2015 model year was not a response to repid reviews about the car's looks, but also preparing us for the look of the eighth-generation model with its large lower grille and sporty pretensions.
2018 Toyota Camry XSE - side, red8th gen
2015 Toyota Camry XSE7th gen F/L
The eighth-generation Camry rides on the new Toyota New Global Platform (TNGA), which is highly flexible and made its debut on the latest Prius. In addition to weight savings from high-strength steel, it also promises a lower centre of gravity, lower roof, and lower hood height for improved handling and feel.
2018 Toyota Camry XSE - rear, red8th gen
2015 Toyota Camry XSE - red, rear7th gen F/L
From the rear, the high-spec Camry XSE is obviously sportier and better resolved than its predecessor. The new Camry sits lower, better fills out its wheel arches, and is just better resolved. We're not sure it quite justifies its quad exhaust tips, though.
2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid - interior, dashboard8th gen
XX40 Toyota Avalon facelift - dashboard4th gen Avalon
The new Camry's dashboard seems to be inspired by the current Avalon
2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid - interior, dashboard8th gen
2015 Toyota Camry XLE - interior, dashboard, white leather7th gen F/L
It's a big step up in design compared to the seventh-generation Camry's dash, and, as you'd expect, there's a larger infotainment touchscreen. It's still very plasticky, but there's fake leather, stitching and better quality fake wood and/or metal.
2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid - silver, front8th gen
2015 Toyota Camry SE - front, silver7th gen F/L
The North American and Australian XV60 Camry range will be offered in two styling flavours. The red car you see above is part of the sportier line. This silver car is more sedate. There's still a large bottom feeder grille, but it's less 'sporty' by virtue of its missing fake side air intakes. This style pack will be used for lower grade models.
2018 Toyota Camry8th gen
XV50 Toyota Camry facelift7th gen F/L
On some variants, Toyota has turned the 'sporty looks' meter up to 11 with these fake side vents at the rear. Their integration into the tail-lights, we guess, is meant to link it visually with the range-topping Lexus LC coupe.
2018 Toyota Camry XSE - steering wheel, instruments8th gen
2015 Toyota Camry XLE - instruments7th gen F/L
The Camry still features a physical tachometer and speedometer, but the multi-function screen in between is now wider and larger.
2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid - red and silver, bridge, driving8th gen
2015 Toyota Camry XLE7th gen F/L
In North America, the Camry also debuts a new 2.5-litre Dynamic Ford four-cylinder engine with an 8-speed automatic.
2018 Toyota Camry XSE - rear8th gen
2015 Toyota Camry SE7th gen F/L
There's also a 3.5-litre V6 with direct injection, and a new hybrid drivetrain with a Dynamic Force 4-cylinder engine.
2018 Toyota Camry XSE - front and rear red leather seats8th gen
2015 Toyota Camry XSE - fornt seats7th gen F/L
Toyota's really pushing the sporty angle with the new Camry, hence the red leather seat option.
2018 Toyota Camry XSE - dashboard8th gen
2015 Toyota Camry XLE7th gen F/L
Safety technology available on the new Camry includes automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, all-speed radar-guided cruise control, lane keeping assistance, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, and surround view cameras.

Dimensions (eighth-generation vs seventh-generation)

Length: 4,879mm (+19mm) | 192.1 inches (+0.8 inches)
Width: 1,839mm (+19mm) | 72.4 inches (+0.8 inches)
Height: 1,445mm (-25mm) | 56.9 inches (-1.0 inches)
Wheelbase: 2,824mm (+49mm) | 111.2 inches (+1.9 inches)



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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Editor-at-large — Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]