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2004 Toyota Camry Review
An all-around favorite.
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The 2004 Toyota Camry is a four-door sedan that is available in three different models. The base LE model comes equipped with nice features, such as power windows, mirrors, and remote keyless entry. The four-cylinder engine that comes standard is quite impressive, allowing for smooth driving and easy passing. A six-cylinder engine is also an option for those wanting more power and that can afford spending more money on gas. The SE model is a sportier version of the Camry, featuring bigger wheels, better shocks, and a moon roof. The SE also has a larger six-cylinder engine. The XLE is a luxury car, getting a hot design, and a host of interior features such as power seats and automatic climate control. Many compare the XLE to a Lexus. All models come with ample safety features and offer passengers a comfortable ride.
Engine: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter six-cylinder, 3.3-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Toyota Camry LE, Toyota Camry SE, Toyota Camry XLE
The 2004 Toyota Camry gets several upgrades, improvements, and changes. First, all three models get a more powerful engine, upgraded with more horsepower and torque. Next, some design changes have been made. The Limited Edition Camry now has a unique front grille, exclusive color options, standard fog lamps, and 16-inch wheels.
The 2004 Toyota Camry has a modest, yet attractive design. Measuring approximately 190 inches in length, 71 inches in width, and 58 inches in height, the LE is about the same size as one of its closest competitors, the Honda Accord. A view from the front captures dual line creases spanning the entire length of the hood then blending into the outline of the stainless steel mesh grille with the Toyota logo in the center. The long, narrow headlights branch out to the sides of the grille. The body-colored front bumper is bulky, yet unobtrusive. Below the bumper are the air intakes and daytime running lights. A side view shows the length, highlighted by its wide doors and 107.1 inch wheelbase. From the rear of the vehicle, another Toyota logo is seen plastered on the trunk and sided by big taillights. Below is a huge body-colored fender. The SE model is similar except for a few standout features, such as a rear spoiler, fog lamps, a moon roof, and chrome trim around the grille. The XLE model has even more features and a flashier design.
The 2004 Toyota Camry is roomy enough to seat five adults. In the front, there are multi-adjustable cloth bucket seats with height-adjustable headrests and seatback pockets. The driver’s seat is powered with vertical height adjuster and lumbar support. In the middle of the two front seats is a bi-level covered storage console. In front of the console are the gear shifter and cup holders. The dash features logically-arranged gauges and controls as well as a deluxe stereo with a cassette and CD player. There is an overhead console to store maps and sunglasses. In the rear, there is a 60/40 split fold-down cloth seat with height-adjustable outboard headrests, security locks, seat belt positioning clips, and a fold-down armrest in the center with dual cup holders. It features automatic power door locks with an anti-lockout feature and power windows.
Performance & Handling
The 2004 Toyota Camry has three engines available. A 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that spits out 157 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque comes standard on all models. A 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that pumps out 192 horsepower and 209 lb-ft of torque is optional on all models. A 3.3-liter six-cylinder that cranks out 225 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque is available only on XLE models. It is built with an independent strut front and rear suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs. Highway driving is smooth and easy going. Steering around turns is firm and nicely balanced. Traction control and stability control is available to provide a better drive.
All models of the 2004 Toyota Camry come equipped with side-impact door beams, front and rear crumple zones, driver and front passenger airbags, three-point front seat belts with adjustable anchors, emergency locking retractors, and pretensioners with force limiters; three-point rear safety belts with emergency locking retractors and outboard comfort guides; and child safety locks in the rear doors. The NSTSA gives it an average rating for crash test ratings for driver and passenger frontal crashes, front and rear side-impact crashes, and rollover resistance. Optional safety features include anti-lock brakes, brake assist, skid control, and side-impact curtain airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Good gas mileage
- Comfortable ride
- Attractive design
You Won't Like
- Costly to replace parts
An all-around favorite.
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