2018 Toyota Camry

Starting Price: $24,565 | Price Yours

Above Average: Reputation, resale value, comfort, ease, standard Safety Sense-P driver assists

Below Average: Missing Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

Consensus: Still just as comfortable but with an added sense of style, safety and performance.

 

2018 Toyota Corolla

Starting Price:  $19,520 | Price Yours

Above Average:  Fuel economy, resale value, low price, standard Safety Sense-P driver assists

Below Average:  Weak acceleration, limited choice of features and trims, limited infotainment and tech features

Consensus:  An excellent all-around value prospect for those who value safety and reliability over gadgets and performance.

 

The Toyota Camry has been a midsize sedan favorite for three decades, earning a stellar reputation for longevity, reliability and strong resale. The Corolla is also a favorite, but with a completely different set of accolades. Whereas the Camry offers power, sophistication and the latest high-tech features, the Corolla is all about basic transportation at a very good price. It emphasizes safety, fuel economy and strong resale. Ironically, the smaller Corolla offers more rear seat legroom than the Camry, but significantly less shoulder room and a much smaller trunk. The Camry’s new platform delivers a far better driving experience, with a better ride, better handling and better acceleration.  Both cars come standard with Toyota’s Safety Sense-P that includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking. The Camry also offers a hybrid model, but sadly neither car offers Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, although both support Siri Eyes Free.

Toyota Camry Advantages

Expressive styling, powerful engine lineup, available hybrid, lots of high-tech and luxury features

Toyota Corolla Advantages

Low price, big back seat, uncomplicated controls

Similarities

The Camry and Corolla offer excellent safety ratings, come standard with a suite of driver assists and hold their value well over time.

Final Recommendation

If you’re on a budget, the Corolla clearly offers a starting price the Camry cannot match. However, if you can swing an extra $5,000, the Camry is superior to the Corolla in just about every area save for rear seat legroom. 

  2018 Toyota Camry 2018 Toyota Corolla
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.5-liter I4 1.8-liter I4
Horsepower 203 hp @ 6,600 rpm 132 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 184 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm 128 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 8-Spd Continously Variable
Fuel Economy 34 mpg (29 city, 41 hwy) 32 mpg (28 city, 36 hwy)
Also Available 3.5L V6, hybrid 6-Spd manual
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 111.2 inches 106.3 inches
Overall Length 192.1 inches 183.1 inches
Width 72.4  inches 69.9 inches
Height 56.9 inches 57.3 inches
Turning Diameter 37.4 feet 35.6 feet
Headroom, Front 38.3 inches 38.3 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.0 inches 37.1 inches
Legroom, Front 42.1 inches 42.3 inches
Legroom, Rear 38.0 inches 41.4 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.7 inches 54.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.7 inches 54.8 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 100.4 cu. ft. 97.5 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 15.1 cu. ft. 13.0 cu. ft.
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