When Toyota boss Akio Toyoda told everyone that his company will no longer build boring cars, not many people imagined that the next-generation Camry would become one of the most engaging sedans in its segment.

And yet, according to AutoGuide editor Craig Cole, that’s exactly what the all-new 2018 Camry is. Even if you’re not blown away by its appearance, you can still argue that it looks better than its predecessor.

Not only that, but the interior is now much improved – and as for performance, Cole says you’ll no longer be bored behind the wheel of a Camry.

Its entry-level 2.5-liter 4-cylinder unit packs 206 HP and 186 lb-ft (252 Nm) of torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. While it may not be as fast as the 3.5-liter V6 model, the four-pot should still sell better.

If most 2018 Camry reviews will be close to or just as positive as this one, it should help Toyota’s mid-size sedan improve its image and retain its best-seller rank. It should also be interesting to see how it fares against the brand new Accord, recently teased by Honda and set to make its debut next month.