Toyota remains one of the best-selling car brands in the world. Over the years, drivers have come to expect bulletproof reliability and great value. Here’s an overview of their 2018 sedan lineup.
2018 Toyota Yaris
Priced at $15,650, the 2018 Toyota Yaris is the least expensive vehicle in the automaker’s lineup.
High fuel economy and a narrow body make this tiny hatchback perfect for maneuvering around the city. Sportier exterior styling gives you another reason to like the refreshed Yaris. Above-average legroom in the back allows you to accommodate up to four people. Powering the Yaris is a small four-cylinder engine, which develops a reasonable 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. Although you won’t experience an adrenaline rush while driving the Yaris, most people consider it to be a rather fun commuter car. Fuel economy stands at a combined 33 mpg.
Even the base L model comes loaded with popular features like a 6.1-inch touch screen and Bluetooth connectivity. You’ll also benefit from automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning. Boasting projector headlights and four-wheel disc brakes, the range-topping SE model is well worth the extra money.
2018 Toyota Yaris iA
Despite sharing many similarities with the Yaris hatchback, the Yaris iA sedan has some key differences that set it apart. You’ll immediately notice the Yaris iA’s unique front fascia. There’s also a bit more passenger space inside the sedan. While the Yaris iA does come equipped with the same 106-horsepower engine, its combined fuel economy rating of 35 mpg is just a bit higher. Prices start at an attractive $15,950.
On the road, the Yaris offers plenty of comfort. However, it rides a bit bumpier than rivals like the Honda Fit. Although the Yaris only comes in a single trim, it gives you a lot of equipment for the money. Because the Yaris iA is actually co-developed with Mazda, it comes equipped with a Mazda Connect infotainment system opposed to Toyota’s Entune interface. Standard automatic braking gives you an enhanced sense of security.
2018 Toyota Corolla
Although the competition in the compact sedan segment is stiff, the 2018 Toyota Corolla continues to sell in great numbers. Starting at a budget-friendly $18,600, drivers adore its practicality and everyday comfort. Among the Corolla’s shortcomings is its lackluster performance. While its engine develops a decent 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque, it doesn’t feel very strong in the real world. Rivals, such as the Honda Civic and Mazda Mazda3, are far more engaging to drive. Rated to return a combined 34 mpg, the Corolla LE Eco trim delivers extra fuel savings.
Even the base Corolla L now benefits from a standard Toyota Sense safety package, which provides driving aids like forward collision warning and pedestrian detection. For drivers seeking a race-inspired interior, Toyota offers the Corolla SE. It boasts a sport-style gauge cluster and sport seats.
2018 Toyota Corolla iM
Many car reviewers rank the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM among the top hatchbacks in the class. You’ll like its tight handling and sleek exterior styling. With a starting price of $18,850, the Corolla iM is a sweet deal. Although the Corolla iM is pleasing to drive, it’s noticeable less powerful than the new Honda Civic Hatchback and the Volkswagen Golf. Toyota tuned the Corolla iM’s engine to develop an adequate 137 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque. In regard to fuel economy, you can anticipate getting a combined 31 mpg.
In exchange for the Corolla iM’s extra cargo space, you must compromise some passenger room. In comparison to the Corolla sedan, the Corolla iM provides around 8.7 inches less rear-seat legroom. On the bright side, interior quality is exceptional. Some of the standard features include Toyota’s Safety Sense package, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker sound system.
2018 Toyota Camry
Chosen as the Best Midsize Car for the Money by U.S. News & World Report, the fully redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry has garnered rave reviews throughout the automotive world. It’s sleeker, better on gas, and noticeably more spacious. Fortunately, Toyota didn’t dramatically increase the Camry’s price as it has a MSRP of $23,495.
You’ll have two impressive engines to choose from. The base four-cylinder engine produces a satisfying 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, Toyota tuned the optional V6 engine to develop a more thrilling 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. While four-cylinder models can deliver a combined 34 mpg, V6-powered Camrys can return a combined 26 mpg. In contrast to the new Honda Accord, the latest Camry still fails to offer a traditional manual transmission.
The 2018 Toyota Camry continues to reward buyers with a great deal of value. A backup camera, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, and Bluetooth all come standard. While the Camry’s infotainment system performs well, it doesn’t provide Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Aside from the standard Toyota Sense safety package, the upscale XLE and SXE trims provide blind-spot monitoring as well.
2018 Toyota Avalon
U.S. News & World Report ranked the 2018 Toyota Avalon ahead of every other large car in the segment. Your family will love its well-cushioned ride and roomy interior.
Although the Avalon’s starting price of $33,500 is a bit higher than rivals such as the Chevrolet Impala and the Buick Lacrosse, its luxuriousness makes up for the extra cost. All trims come strapped with a meaty V6 engine, which develops a healthy 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. To obtain more precise handling, step up to the sports-tuned Touring trim. Gas mileage is not bad for a full-size sedan. It’s rated by the EPA to return a combined 24 mpg on regular unleaded fuel.
Because such an impressive number of features come standard on the base Avalon, some drivers won’t feel the need to upgrade. Some of the highlights include Toyota’s touchscreen Entune infotainment system, an eight-speaker sound system, and leather upholstery. Adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist are just a couple of the standard safety technologies.
2018 Toyota 86
With an MSRP of $26,255, this is the perfect sports car for the folks who’re on a budget. Drivers are drawn to the Toyota 86’s athletic styling and lightweight design. The coupe’s four-cylinder “boxer” engine kicks out 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. Although the Toyota 86 isn’t as quick as a Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro, its sensational handling puts you in complete control. Hardcore drivers will also enjoy the Toyota 86’s special Track mode. Manual-equipped versions of the Toyota 86 are especially fun. A quick-shift kit is available as a dealer-installed upgrade. The optional automatic transmission increases fuel economy to a combined 27 mpg.
On the inside, the 2018 Toyota 86 is surprisingly accommodating. Even tall drivers will be able to relax while behind the wheel. The coupe’s low seating position gives you the feeling of being in a true track car. An eight-speaker Pioneer sound system and a touch-screen interface come standard throughout the lineup.