We’ve covered the 2018 Toyota Camry on Cars.com ad nauseam, and with good reason. Its redesign for 2018 changes the Toyota Camry from a poor-handling, pretty boring family sedan into a composed, stylish car that Senior Editor Joe Bruzek even dared to call “fun.” But beyond the improvements to the powertrain and chassis, Toyota’s latest Camry also does a darned good impersonation of a luxury car — so much so that it might step on the toes of the Lexus ES 350.
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Toyota’s new Camry carries a markedly improved interior with more upscale seating surfaces, better seats and an expanded feature set. It also carries a swollen price: My XSE V-6 test car came with a $38,230 price tag, which is within spitting distance of the $39,895 starting price (including destination charges) for a 2017 Lexus ES 350. That’s nearly a luxury price, but does the Camry do a legitimate luxury impersonation? I got behind the wheel of both a Lexus and a Toyota recently to find out if the 2018 Camry from Toyota can live up to the luxury car price tag.