Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry was originally introduced as a compact car in 1980. A ""narrow-body"" and ""wide-body"" version of the vehicle appeared over the years.

The Toyota Camry continues to perform well in the U.S. market and is still sold as of 2012.

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About the Toyota Camry

The Camry name is from the Japanese name Kanmuri, meaning ""crown"" and the Toyota Camry certainly is a crown in the Toyota line. The Camry is the top-selling vehicle in North America and at different times, performed well in Australia and Asia. The company eventually discontinued the Camry in Japan and Europe in 2004 due to low sales.

The Camry is the best-selling car in the U.S. for several reasons. The Camry continues to show quality in interior and exterior build. Inside the car, it is comfortable and roomie. Outside the car is smooth and not flashy. Current reliability has come under fire somewhat due to recalls of the vehicle in 2010 for a sticking-throttle issue. Interior plastics have felt a bit cheap in current models as well.

Toyota Camry Features

The 2012 Camry is available in four trim levels including the base Camry L, the Camry LE, the Camry SE, and the Camry XLE. A hybrid Camry is also available.

Two separate engine models are available on the standard petrol Camry cars. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder DOHC 16-valve dual VVT-i engine produces 178 horsepower at 6000 RPM and 170 lb-ft per foot at 4100 RPM. The 2.5-liter is available standard on the Camry L and the Camry SLE and is an option on all the other models. A 3.5-liter V-6 DOHC 24-valve VVT-i engine that produces 268 horsepower at 6200 RPM and 248 lb-ft at 4700 RPM is available as an option on the SE and XLE models.

All models have a six-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission with ECT-i and sequential shift modes. All vehicles also have MacPherson strut front suspension and gas-filled shock absorbers and stabilizer bar. Power-assisted ventilated brakes are also standard on all of the vehicles.

The exterior features differ between trim models. The Camry L is the only car to feature the standard projector-beam headlamps without the automatic on/off feature. The LE and XLE trim models have the same lamps and do have the automatic on/off. The Camry SE includes black sports trim.

The SE has several sport features on the exterior that set it apart from the rest including a sport front mesh grille and integrated spoilers. Color-keyed heated mirrors are shared between the SE and XLE. A noise-reducing front windshield is also shared between the SE and XLE models. A dual-chrome tipped exhaust is the same story.

Inside the car, experts give mixed reviews. Some of the plastic on the standard models feels a bit cheap. Features are a bit slim as well. The XLE is the only version with the dual climate control system. However, all of the vehicles have a 60/40 split on the back seat for extra cargo space.

Toyota Camry Evolution

The first narrow body vehicles were introduced in 1982. The first was the V-10 that ran between 1982 and 1986. A 2.0-liter 2S-ELC I4 and 2.0-liter 2C-TLC turbo diesel I4 were available in North America.

The V20 model was introduced between 1988 and 1991 in the U.S. This model had an all-wheel drive system called All-Trac. The engines were also upgraded to the 2.0-liter 3S-FE I4 and a 2.5-liter V-6 was introduced as well.

The V30 version ran between 1990 and 1994 throughout the world. This was the first vehicle designed for international markets. A four-wheel steering version was made available in 1991 and was sold with a 2.0-liter V-6 engine.

The V40 ran from 1994 to 1998. It had updated anti-lock brakes and dual airbags as standard.

Wide body versions were first introduced in 1991. The XV10 ran from 1991 to 1996. These cars had pinpoint turning and harder, sportier steering. A two-door coupe, four-door sedan, and a five-door station wagon were introduced.

The XV20 ran from 1996 to 2001 and was available as a four-door sedan or a five-door station wagon.

The XV30 ran from 2001 to 2006 with a more power engine than in previous models; a 2.4-liter, 3.0-liter, and a 3.3-liter V-6 was available.

The XV40 is the current body model of the Toyota Camry. These are the most powerful and sturdy model of the Camry made available. A new Camry L starts at $21,955, the LE at $22,500, the SE at $23,000 and the XLE for $24,275.

Select a Toyota Camry Year

2019 Toyota Camry

Midsize, Sedan

2018 Toyota Camry

Midsize, Sedan

2017 Toyota Camry

Midsize, Sedan

2016 Toyota Camry

Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan

2015 Toyota Camry

Midsize, Sedan

2014 Toyota Camry

Midsize, Sedan

2013 Toyota Camry

Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan

2012 Toyota Camry

Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan

Toyota updated the 2012 Toyota Camry with a revised exterior, updated interior, and more fuel efficient engines.

2011 Toyota Camry

Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan

There are minor changes throughout the line for 2011. On the Camry Hybrid, a revision in the testing procedure means fuel economy is now rated 31 mpg city and 35 mpg highway (it was rated 33 city/34 highway in 2010). Fuel economy improved in the V-6 to 20 city/29 highway thanks to new low-rolling-resistance tires. Also, the rearview compass display is now green and smart key fob is now black.

2010 Toyota Camry

Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan

2009 Toyota Camry

Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan

2008 Toyota Camry

Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan

The 2008 Toyota Camry is a simple, reliable car with no new features for the model year.

2007 Toyota Camry

Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan

The Toyota Camry has been Toyota’s best-selling sedan for years, and with the complete redesign that the Camry receives for 2007, the trend continues.

2006 Toyota Camry

Midsize, Sedan

The 2006 Toyota Camry represents a very well-known midsize family sedan and has a wide appeal due to its safety, comfort, and value.

2005 Toyota Camry

Midsize, Sedan

The 2005 Toyota Camry falls in the third generation of the wide-body Camry.

2004 Toyota Camry

Midsize, Sedan

The 2004 Toyota Camry is a four-door sedan that is available in three different models.

2003 Toyota Camry

Midsize, Sedan

The 2003 Camry is available in an LE standard version, XLE upscale model, and a sportier offering known as the SE.

2002 Toyota Camry

Midsize, Sedan

The Camry has been one of America's favorite cars for several years and the 2002 Toyota Camry promises to continue the trend.

2001 Toyota Camry

Midsize, Sedan

The 2001 Toyota Camry is almost synonymous with midsize sedans.