Sparked by a viral Facebook post, here’s what we learned about the engineering marvel that is the 2018 Toyota Camry.
May 17, 2018
Over my thirty-one years on this Earth, my dad has proselytized to anyone within earshot about the Toyota Camry. My dad loves Toyotas (thank goodness that’s his brand of choice to sell) and what’s not to love? They’re reliable, sturdy, efficient, and long-lasting vehicles. But my dad’s particular fondness for the Camry is one I’ve met with slight skepticism. Of course, a person could love the Camry with ardent fervor but it’s not an overly exciting vehicle–it lives up to the tenets of the Toyota brand: reliable, sturdy, efficient, and long-lasting. Lack of cool factor aside (not counting the 2018 Camry because there’s definitely a cool factor in play), my dad hasn’t stopped telling friends and family members about the wonders of the Camry. Variations of “it’s the safest car on the road” and “just get the Camry, it will run forever,” have been uttered countless times in my presence.
A few days ago, a friend of mine pointed me to a Facebook post from Toyota of Surprise, a dealer Northwest of Phoenix, AZ. The photos in the post are jarring at first glance, but curiosity prevails and upon further inspection, what’s gleaned from the photos can only be attributed to remarkable engineering. The aforementioned post includes three photos of the same 2018 Camry. The Camry is situated front and center on the dealer’s showroom floor but its paint has been chipped and the satisfaction of the new car smell long dissappaited. This Camry has been in an accident; the front end is crumpled like an accordion and the trunk is demolished into nothing, however, the cabin and four wheels of the vehicle sit atop the chassise as though nothing could disturb the integrity of the car. And that’s the EXACT intent of the Camry’s design and engineering. So how did this happen? Read about it after the post below.
Kyle Cheromcha of The Drive points out that the Camry did EXACTLY what it was designed to do under dire circumstances:
“…a whole lot of modern engineering went into preventing the Camry from becoming an accord-ion (zing). First, the 2018 Camry rides on a version of the new TNGA modular platform, which has been praised by auto journalists for its rigidity and strength. Then there’s the fact that the Camry’s crumple zones functioned exactly as designed, absorbing the kinetic energy of the crash to keep the passenger cabin wholly intact; the Facebook post sharing the story notes that all four doors still open and close like normal.”
For thirty-one years, my dad has been telling anyone who would listen that the Camry is the best vehicle on the road. Best? Well, that’s a matter of preference. But safest vehicle on the road? I think we have exhibit A documented here.