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The 2018 Toyota Camry Spotters Guide

ID the trim grades from 200 yards

ID the trim grades from 200 yards

One of exterior designer Ian Cartabiano’s stated aims was to make the various trim levels of Camry distinguishable from one another “from 200 yards away” so that a prospective buyer could easily differentiate between the sporty, luxury, and eco-friendly variants when driving past a dealership. Accomplishing this mission required designing a lot of different parts, but when you’re selling some 400,000 copies, you can afford some complexity. Below is a spotter’s guide to the various trim personalizations:

Read the 2018 Toyota Camry First Drive review here!


From the front

Grilles/Fascias: 2018 Camry L and LE

Upper and lower grilles separated by a wide swathe of body color. The lower grille sweeps the full width (LE Hybrid distinguishable by blue highlights around the central Toyota sombrero emblem).


Grilles/Fascias: 2018 Camry XLE, XLE V-6

Same as L/LE but with argent metallic horizontal grille bars in lower grille (see above for XLE Hybrid).


Grilles/Fascias: 2018 Camry SE

Upper and lower grilles separated by a narrower swathe of body color, with the lower divided into three segments, the outermost of which seem vaguely Mirai-ish. The grille inserts are flat black (SE Hybrid gets the blue highlighted emblem).


Grilles/Fascias: 2018 Camry XSE, XSE V-6

Same as SE but with gloss black sport mesh grille inserts.


From the side

Rocker panels: 2018 Camry L, LE, XLE

Smooth rocker panels that blend into the door contours.


Rocker panels: 2018 Camry SE, XSE

Rockers flare out at the bottom to catch some light and give a lower, more planted look.


Wheels: 2018 Camry L, LE Hybrid

16-inch steelies with covers.


Wheels: 2018 Camry LE

17-inch 10-spoke aluminum.


Wheels: 2018 Camry SE, SE Hybrid

18-inch aluminum with the rim and five V-spokes machined bright and 10 inner spokes in gloss black.


Wheels: 2018 Camry XLE, XLE Hybrid

18-inch aluminum like above but with argent inner spokes.


Wheels: 2018 Camry XSE

19-inch aluminum with rim and five thin spokes machined bright, 10 more thin spokes in gloss black.


From the rear

Rear Fascia: 2018 Camry L, LE, XLE, XLE V-6

Smooth black lower “diffuser” lessens visual bulk of the rear of the car; one or two exhaust openings (see below), smooth sides.


Rear Fascia: 2018 Camry SE, XSE, XSE V-6

More pronounced central diffuser area in body color with black lower blade visually lowers the car; sides feature faux wheelwell exhauster vents that point to the wheels, visually broadening the stance. These models also get a rear lip spoiler.


Exhaust tips: 2018 Camry L, LE

Single pipe with plain black tip.


Exhaust tips: 2018 Camry XLE

Single pipe with chromed tip.


Exhaust tips: 2018 Camry SE

Single pipe with dual-chromed tip.


Exhaust tips: 2018 Camry XLE V-6

Dual pipes with chrome tips.


Exhaust tips: 2018 Camry XSE, XSE V-6

Dual pipes with dual chrome tips.


Tail lamps: 2018 Camry L, LE, SE

LED park/stop lighting, slow-blink halogen for the turn signal and side markers.


Tail lamps: 2018 Camry XLE, XLE V-6

Full LED illumination.


Tail lamps: 2018 Camry XSE, XSE V-6

Full LED with smoked lenses.