For more than 15 consecutive, the Toyota Camry has reigned supreme among American car buyers in the United States. With the new model year underway, it is finally getting a worthy opponent. Examining the 2018 Toyota Camry vs. 2018 Buick LaCrosse is going to show just how far the class has come in recent years. The 2018 Camry has been completely redesigned and offers a whole range of upgraded powertrains to help it stay in front of key competitors like the new Buick LaCrosse. As close as these two sedans are on many levels, the 2018 Camry still holds out more than a few key advantages over the LaCrosse, especially in the areas of performance and overall convenient storage solutions.
One of the many positive side effects of the redesign Toyota has completed for the 2018 Camry is that the automaker has increased usable space inside of the sedan's passenger cabin while making the new Camry lighter without compromising handling. When compared to the 2018 Buick LaCrosse, the all-new Camry has a larger trunk on most of its trims than what is offered by the Buick sedan. Early reviews from automotive experts have heaped praise on the 2018 Camry for having comfortable seating in the front and rear for people that six feet tall or more. By contrast, the same reviews took some points off of its review for the Lacrosse for low-mounted seats, which could be troublesome for taller drivers and passengers.
The other major headline regarding the improvements made to the 2018 Toyota Camry involves the sedan's upgraded power plants. White River Toyota customers will still be able to choose between a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine or a 3.5-liter, V-6; depending on which trim they choose, both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The two engines available for the 2018 LaCrosse offer nearly identical displacement figures, but the new Camry makes more power and it hasn't negatively affected fuel economy scores. In fact, the 2018 Toyota Camry has seen improved fuel efficiency scores from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Buick has a well-earned reputation for its vehicles being very pleasant to drive. The same independent reviews that have otherwise given the 2018 Toyota Camry high marks in other areas have come to the conclusion that the changes to the new Camry make it every bit the equal to the 2018 Buick LaCrosse.