The new Camry offers sleeker styling, but it’s the improved fuel economy and handling, plus standard advanced safety systems, that distinguish it among the crowd of midsized sedans.

Fuel-economy gains come courtesy of a 203-hp, four-cylinder engine combined with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Camry achieved 32 mpg overall, equaling its much smaller Corolla cousin. It’s also one of the quickest in its class. But the engine gets raspy and loud when revved, and the transmission suffers from some rough shifts.

Nevertheless, the ride is very comfortable—as with past Camrys—and soaks up bumps easily. Its handling has been sharpened, thanks in part to responsive steering. This new Camry feels almost spry when it’s going around corners.

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The sleeker styling has a drawback, however; you’ll need to duck to get into the low-slung car. But once settled into the spacious and nicely padded front seats, there’s ample leg and headroom. Most of the controls are easy to use, and interior materials have been upgraded. The Camry’s rear seat isn’t as roomy as in the last generation.

All 2018 Camrys come with forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, along with pedestrian detection and lane-departure warning.

However, blind-spot detection isn’t standard, so consumers who want the feature will have to choose an option package.

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2018 Toyota Camry Review

HIGHS: Fuel economy, braking, controls, advanced safety features
LOWS: High-rpm engine noise, transmission refinement, low stance hurts access
POWERTRAIN: 203-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine; 8-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive
FUEL: 32 mpg on regular gas
PRICE AS TESTED: $26,364

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the December 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.