"The driving characteristics of this new car's performance-minded SE and XSE models are a big departure from the previous SE and XSE, which crashed over bumps and drove sloppily. That wouldn't cut it against competitors with highly refined ride qualities like the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion and Mazda6. For 2018, a Camry SE and XSE are genuinely enjoyable driving vehicles that are, dare I say, fun? Even the LE and XLE trim levels drive differently to a degree that was immediately noticeable as soon as I hit the road.
"I'll start with the fun stuff. (It's still weird typing 'fun' in a Camry review.) The SE and XSE trims have a sport-tuned suspension with shock absorbers and springs designed for more responsiveness. These cars have less body roll, they dart through corners quicker and they're eager to dig in until the economy-minded Michelin tires start to bark -- still, it takes a lot more than a casual Sunday drive to get there. The steering wheel has a pleasant weight resulting in quick action from the tightly tuned chassis. Here's the best part: Everyday ride quality remains perfectly livable on the SE and XSE, almost as docile as the normal suspension but with more tenacity and control once you pick up the speed. These characteristics were completely foreign to the outgoing Camry."
-- Joe Bruzek, Cars.com