The re-engineered 2018 Toyota Camry arriving in showrooms later this summer gets a modest increase to its sticker price for the eighth generation, but a big bump in fuel economy and horsepower, especially with the standard four-cylinder engine.

Toyota said Wednesday that the entry LE model of America’s best-selling midsize car has a suggested retail price of $24,885, including shipping, compared with $23,905 for the outgoing 2017 model. An L “value” version of the 2018 Camry, with smaller wheels and a few less convenience features, comes in at $24,380.

Fuel economy with new four-cylinder engine is estimated by the EPA at 29 mpg in the city, 41 mpg on the highway and 34 combined, Toyota says. That’s 26 percent better than the current base model’s 24 mpg city/33 highway/27 combined.

The new four-cylinder engine makes 206 hp, a step up from the outgoing base engine’s 178 hp, and the new car has an eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing the six-speed automatic.

The SE version of the 2018 Camry, which has a more aggressive design and unique wheels, starts at $26,085 with shipping, compared with $24,675 for the outgoing edition.

In XLE trim, the 2018 model starts at $29,335 vs. $27,175 and the XSE’s sticker for 2018 is $29,885 vs. $27,145 in 2017. Moving up to the highest trim levels, the XLE with the V-6 engine now starts at $35,285 compared with $32,205. The XSE V-6 starts at $35,836 vs. $32,205.

The Camry’s new V-6, also mated to the eight-speed automatic, gets an 8 percent bump in EPA-estimated fuel economy to 22 mpg city/33 highway/26 combined compared with the outgoing model’s 21 mpg city/30 highway/24 combined. But it gets a power boost to a stout 301 hp vs. the outgoing motor’s 268 hp.

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The hybrid versions of the new-generation Camry also get a price bump and a fuel-economy surge. The 2018 LE model has a base sticker price of $28,685 vs. $27,625 for the 2017, but EPA numbers now come in at 51 mpg city/53 highway/52 combined for a 30 percent improvement.

The LE hybrid is the only trim to have a lithium ion battery pack and some other efficiency gains vs. the higher SE and XLE trims, which come in at 44 mpg city/47 highway/46 combined for a 21 percent gain over the 2017 hybrid’s 42 mpg city/38 highway/40 combined.

The SE hybrid now starts at $30,385 vs. $28,830 for the outgoing model, and the 2018 XLE hybrid’s MSRP is $33,135 vs. $30,975.

The hybrid uses a four-cylinder engine with 176 hp and a lithium ion or nickel-metal hydride battery pack for a total net power of 208 hp. That set up is similar in numbers to the outgoing model in terms of power.

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