Toyota continues its reign as the worldwide leader in vehicle sales. The Japanese automaker, which sold more than 2.4 million in the U.S. in 2017, was slightly down in cars sales in August, while its light duty trucks were up. Industry-wide sedan sales are down in the U.S.
Despite several major recalls this year, the resale value and stellar image of Toyota cars remain in tact. And the 2018 Toyota Prius, Corolla and Camry remain the top selling vehicles in their class.
Although the RAV4, Toyota’s top selling model in the U.S. launches an all-new generation for 2019, these noteworthy 2018 models were remodeled recently and make a good end of year buy. Since few changes are expected in 2019, buyers can get a good deal on the 2018 sporty family-size Toyota Camry XSE, the affordable Corolla and the Prius c Hybrid.
2018 Toyota Camry XSE
The new 2018 Toyota Camry XSE, aggressively styled and fun to drive, is powered by a 3.5 liter DOHC duel injection engine that generates 301 horsepower. It’s paired with a sport-tuned 6-speed transmission with sequential shift mode.
The Camry XSE is loaded with technology and safety features. They include the Toyota Safety Sense system that consists of a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert, ten airbags, blind spot monitoring, backup camera, 7 inch display, 9 speaker JBL audio, and leather sport seats
It stands on 19-inch black machine finished alloy wheels. The base MSRP is $34,950. price as tested was $38,335.
2018 Toyota Corolla XLE
Toyota Corolla entered its 52nd year as the best selling model worldwide of all time. Its popularity is due to the wide array of models, options and prices that it offers to consumers. Trim level includes the Corolla L, LE, LE Eco, XLE, SE, and XSE.
Redesigned in the 2018 model year, the Corolla XLE is powered by a 1.8 liter 4 cylinder DOHC engine. Safety features includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, radar cruise control, and automatic high beams, Entune premium audio with 8 speakers AM/FM CD player, iPod connection, bluetooth phone and music streaming, HD Radio, integrated navigation, suite of apps, 7-inch touch screen display, and voice recognition.
2018 Toyota Prius c
The 2018 Toyota Prius c is also equipped with the latest in pre-collision technology to help prevent frontal collisions, an integrated backup camera, lane departure alert, and automatic high beams.
The 2018 Toyota Prius c is Toyota’s most affordable hybrid. The “c” in Prius stands for city and according to EPA estimates, it gets better fuel economy in the city than it does on highway driving. The Prius c averages 48 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway.
The 2018 Prius c, which is designed to look like a small crossover, has an MSRP of $22,855 with an $895 destination charge.