Week 5: With the end of our 2018 Toyota Camry’s long-term loan looming, it’s time to have a look at the rest of the range.
The weeks are rolling by and we are already in the latter half of our 2018 Toyota Camry long-term loan. In essence, it is the right time to have a closer look at the rest of the range, which comprises a base 2.5-litre four-pot version and a hybrid variant, apart from the mid-spec V6 model that I’m driving.
Thing is, price matters in this segment of bread-and-butter family saloons, and the cheapest Camry you can get is the S version that will set you back AED91,0000. And, it comes with – get this – 16-inch steelies. No, really. No sat-nav, no reversing camera pretty much nothing. The SE version costs just 100 dirhams short of a hundred grand and adds a few extras, but lavish it ain’t.
Next up the pecking order is the V6 version which starts at AED144,000 for the SE+. Our Sport tester is priced at AED122,500, while the LTD weighs in at AED124,500. The line-up is topped by the Hybrid version which is a hefty AED133,500 – that’s a lot of money for an everyday family saloon.
Having driven the new 2018 Mazda 6, I have to concede the Camry does not feel as modern, but it does have its upsides. There is a sense of sturdiness all around and even the doors close with a reassuring thump.
It’s a fairly good car and indeed one of the best Camrys yet, (or should it be Camries?) but is that enough? I’m not so sure. Stay tuned…
2018 Toyota Camry — Long-term review
Average fuel economy: 8.0 litres/100km
Lows: It’s pricey in top-spec, Hybrid guise…
Highs: Still feels pretty solid all around and will likely outlive its owner
Costs this week: Fuel