The Camry is one of the longest-running nameplates in Japanese carmaker Toyota's lineup. It was introduced in 1982 and is currently continues to be a top-seller for the brand. When the model was first introduced, it was designed to compete in compact sedan markets. But in the early 90s, Toyota decided to increase the configuration size, making it a midsize sedan. Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) launched the 8th-gen Camry in the local market in late 2018, arriving with a sleeker and sportier exterior appeal as compared to the outgoing generation. Inside, the 5-seater midsize sedan provides an executive and modern feel thanks to the wood trims, spacious cabin, an ergonomic leather interior, and adjustable seats for both the driver and passengers. In consideration of the size and features, the PH-spec Toyota Camry is offered with a price that plays around the P2-million mark, making it one of the most expensive in Toyota's Philippine lineup. This midsize sedan is marketed for those Filipino car consumers who are in the market for a premium, quality, and upscaled vehicle.
On December 10, 2018, Toyota Motor Philippines launched the 8th-gen Toyota Camry as its entry into the midsize sedan segment. The current generation PH-spec Camry is available in two variants, namely the base G variant and the top-of-the-line V variant. An additional Php 15,000 is included in any of the two said variants for those buyers who will opt for the White Pearl body paint.
The latest generation of the model is underpinned by all-new Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform which is used by not only Toyota but also by its sports division, Lexus. The Toyota midsize sedan exudes nothing but extraordinary – starting from an ergonomic interior, overhauled exterior, and an array of safety. It is launched to compete against the likes of Honda Accord, Mazda6, and Chevrolet Malibu in their respective segment.
The Toyota Camry is extraordinary inside and out
The Toyota Camry is equipped with a headlamp leveling device, LED daytime running lights, and LED headlights. It features sleek exterior designs with a dark gray-colored wider lower grille. The body-colored upper grille is topped off by the Toyota logo at the center. Both the variants are offered with Platinum White, Attitude Black Mica Metallic, Thermalyte, Graphic Metallic, but only the top-spec V variant gets Red Mica and Burning Black Crystal Shine GF.
The latest 8th-generation model changed how we see the Camry
The distinct part of the car features predominantly clear, sleek, horizontal taillights with red inner portions in its housing and a dual exhaust tailpipe with a diffuser. Depending on the variant, this midsize sedan can either be riding 17- or 18-inch wheels. It can either be on 215/55R17 or 235/55R17 tires. The look of the exterior looks more premium and sportier. It’s wider, longer, and lower than its predecessor.
The black-themed interior of the Toyota Camry is also spilled over the seats. There are two available options for the seating material. The top-ranging variant is offered with smooth leather seats, while the entry-level trim is available in fabric for cost-cutting measures. Also available in the V variants is an 8-way power-adjustable with lumbar support driver's seat and memory function.
A view of the model's premium-looking interior
The passenger’s seat has an 8-way power-adjustable as well, that comes with a black switch. The rear seats of the V variant are also power-operated and an additional recline function. On the other hand, the base G variant only comes with passenger seats that can be adjusted manually and with a fixed rear seat. The interior of the Toyota Camry also features a well-laid-out modern premium dashboard.
Technology & Safety feature
The V variant of the Toyota Camry is equipped with a heads-up display. It also comes with three different driving modes. These features are lacking in the base variant. The top-spec variant also gets 3-zone automatic climate control, while the entry-level variant only has 2-zone automatic climate control. A display audio is available in both variants. It comes with FLAC/MP3/DVD/CD that supports Bluetooth, USB, AUX, and K2 technology.
Safety is not an issue for the midsize sedan
As for safety, the midsize sedan is a safe vehicle backed by a 5-star rating from the New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP). The PH-spec model is equipped with standard safety features including driver and passenger airbag, ABS, brake assist, EBD, VSC system, Day and night rearview mirror, crash sensors, front and side-impact beams, traction control, rear camera, and height-adjustable front seatbelts. For additional security, Toyota Camry also has central locking and power door locks.
Platform & Chassis
The latest 8th-generation Toyota Camry is underpinned by all-new Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-K platform which was introduced last late 2015. The suspension is handled by MacPherson strut for the front and Double wishbone for the rear set up. It comes with a coil spring shock absorber. Its stopping power is generated from the front ventilated disc brakes and solid rear brakes.
This car is a strong choice for a more upscale option
The 5-seater midsize sedan comes with measurements that span 4,885 mm in length, 1.840 mm in width, and 1,445 mm in length. It also comes with a wheelbase of 2,825 mm which provides a spacious cabin for both the front and rear passengers.
Engine & Drivetrain
Under the hood, all variants of the Toyota Camry are powered by one engine option only, namely the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder in-line DOHC, Dual VVT-i gasoline engine capable of generating 181 hp at 6,000 rpm and 231 Nm of torque at 4,100 rpm. TMP is offering a 6-speed automatic transmission only for the two variants available in the Philippines.
It offers a sufficient amount of power thanks to its 2.5-liter gas engine