The Ultimate Toyota Camry Page
The Toyota Camry originated from the Toyota Celica, as it was first launched as a version of the Celica in 1980. The Camry was designed to compete directly with the successful Honda Accord. Officially launched with the 1983 model year, the Camry has enjoyed decades of popularity with consumers. The Camry first fell into the compact class and later grew into the mid-size class. Sedans, hatchbacks, coupes, and wagons have all been a part of Camry history.
First Generation: 1983 to 1986
1983: Toyota released the first Camry model midway through the 1983 season, replacing the Corona. With a wheelbase of 102.4 inches, the Camry was in direct competition with the Accord. The first Camry was available as a four-door sedan or hatchback. The Camry offered expansive legroom in the rear seat, and it had a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Drivers had a choice between a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. Two trim levels were available for the Camry: the DX and the LE.
1984: Toyota did not release any changes for 1984.
1985: New flush-mounted headlights were instituted in 1985, and the available colors were altered slightly. Toyota also increased the engine's output to enhance the power.
1986: No updates occurred in 1986.
Second Generation: 1987 to 1991
1987: With the 1987 model year, the second generation of the Toyota Camry was born. Tweaks to the four-cylinder engine occurred, which increased its power. Toyota also focused on significant body modifications, which resulted in a sleeker look. Expansive glass reduced blind spots, and Toyota introduced three different trim levels that included a base, the DX, and the LE. The hatchback was retired with this generation, and Toyota introduced the wagon.
1988: Drivers had the option of a V6 engine in 1988 with an impressive 153 horsepower. The Camry was also available with all-wheel drive for manual transmissions, which Toyota called All-Trac.
1989: All-Trac became an option for automatic transmissions in 1989.
1990: No changes were released in 1990.
1991: Sedans and wagons with V6 engines and the LE trim level became available with anti-lock brakes.
Third Generation: 1992 to 1996
1992: The Camry grew significantly with the release of the third-generation vehicle in 1992. The cars were almost 6 inches longer, 2 inches wider, and 1 inch higher. The wheelbase also increased by 1 inch. The body of the 1992 Camry was more rounded to improve the aerodynamics. Inside the car, occupants noticed more room and smoother contours. The DX and LE trim levels remained, but Toyota added the XLE and SE to the family. XLE options built on LE options and included a moon roof, power driver's seat, and alloy wheels. The SE focused on sporty handling and offered a V6 engine, larger alloy wheels, high-performance suspension, and an enhanced steering ratio. The SE was unique in having special sport seats, blacked-out windows, and a spoiler in the rear. Toyota also focused on safety, offering a driver's-side airbag, enhanced seat belts, and anti-lock brakes for all trim levels. The four-cylinder engines were increased to 2.2 liters, and the V6 engines were upgraded to 3 liters. A wagon model also joined the lineup mid-season, offering seating for up to seven in the DX and LE trim levels.
1993: Toyota introduced some new color options in 1993, and a few tweaks were made to the manual transmissions for the four-cylinder engines to make them shift better.
1994: The two-door coupe debuted in 1994, and Toyota also added a passenger-side airbag in this model year. Revamping of the V6 engine gave it more power.
1995: The front end of the Camry was redesigned in 1995 with a new grille and headlights. In the back, the Camry received new taillights as well. The XLE trim level now had standard anti-lock brakes, with all other levels having this as an option. The wagon in the DX trim level was discontinued.
1996: In 1996, Toyota offered leather seats as an LE option, and the DX seat fabric was updated.
Fourth Generation: 1997 to 2001
1997: Toyota embraced sharper lines with the fourth-generation release of the Camry. The rounded contours disappeared, replaced by sharper corners. The wheelbase got 2 inches wider, which gave occupants more leg room. Toyota discontinued the wagon and the two-door coupe with this generation. Engine changes included a 2.2-liter inline four-cylinder and the V6. Three trim levels were offered, which included the base CE, the LE, and the XLE. Anti-lock brakes were a standard feature for every model but the four-cylinder CE.
1998: Toyota added side-impact airbags as an option in 1998.
1999: A new version of the Camry joined the lineup in 1999 with the debut of the Camry Solara. This coupe was designed to be different, with a unique front, back, sides, and roofline. The Solara was marketed as a sportier version, and Toyota also offered a special Sport package with a rear spoiler, enhanced suspension, and 16-inch alloy wheels. The sedan received a new sound system with both cassette and CD, and daytime running lights became standard for both the LE and XLE trim levels.
2000: In 2000, Toyota made adjustments to the exterior of the sedan. The grille was outlined in chrome, and Toyota made the taillights larger. Updates were also made to the wheel designs and the side moldings to give the Camry a fresh feel. Inside the car, Toyota made the newer sound system standard with every trim level.
2001: In the final year of the fourth-generation Camry, Toyota released a Gallery Series. This special LE edition had a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift, chrome on the wheel covers and exhaust tip, and two-tone paint on the exterior.
Fifth Generation: 2002 to 2006
2002: Toyota introduced the first model of the fifth generation with some enhancements to the size of the car. Both the wheelbase and the height of the new Camry were 2.5 inches larger. The trunk was expanded to 16.7 cubic feet of capacity. Three trim levels were offered this year, including the LE, the SE, and the XLE. The four-cylinder engine now had 2.4 liters, and drivers could choose from either an automatic or manual transmission with this engine. Drivers of the V6 had just the automatic transmission option.
2003: The only modification for 2003 was the addition of optional power-adjusted pedals.
2004: Toyota enhanced the V6 for the SE model in 2004, increasing it to 3.3 liters. Toyota also introduced a Limited Edition trim level in 2004, and this model was Crystal White in color and had fog lights and a special grille design.
2005: Overall enhancements were made to the exterior and interior of the 2005 Camry trim levels to give them a fresher appearance. Seat fabrics were replaced, gauges were updated, and Toyota added audio controls to the steering wheel. All models were now equipped with anti-lock brakes as a standard feature.
2006: The SE V6 trim level received the option for a new navigation system in 2006.
Fifth Generation: 2007 to Present
2007: Toyota made some significant redesigns in style with the debut of the fifth-generation Camry. The exterior was redone to have a sharper feel. The interior was revamped to have a more luxurious appearance and feel, with new lighting and more passenger space. The trim levels for the fifth generation included the CE, LE, SE, and XLE. Toyota introduced an option for a 3.5-liter V6 engine that was surprisingly fuel-efficient. Toyota also introduced a Camry Hybrid in this model year.
2008: Toyota opted to discontinue the CE trim level in 2008.
2009: Few updates were made for the 2009 Camry. Toyota offered remote keyless entry as a standard feature for all models except the Hybrid.
2010: A few changes occurred under the hood for 2010. Toyota replaced the four-cylinder engine with a new 2.5-liter. Transmission options included a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Toyota also made Vehicle Stability Control and an automatic up/down feature for the windows standard for all four-door models.
2011: A few additional options were added to the lineup in 2011. Consumers could add a voice-activated touchscreen navigation system, an eight-speaker sound system, push-button start, and heated front seats.
2012: Significant redesigns occurred with the 2012 model year. Toyota made exterior changes to enhance aerodynamics. Inside, the Camry became more spacious. The trunk grew, and consumers could fold down the rear seats to increase cargo capacity. The 2012 Toyota Camry had a curb weight of 3,190 pounds.
2013: With a focus on safety, Toyota added Blind Spot Monitoring, Traction Control, Smart Stop Technology, and anti-lock brakes as standard features for all models. Consumers also enjoyed a touchscreen audio system with Bluetooth connectivity as a standard feature.
2014: The SE Sport model debuted in 2014, which featured 18-inch alloy wheels, a sporty suspension, and a sunroof. Later in the model year, Toyota introduced a Camry that featured options to enhance the audio system and a standard back-up camera. The curb weight of the 2014 Camry ranged between 3,215 and 3,280 pounds.
2015: Handling improved in the 2015 Camry thanks to a revised suspension. Toyota also added options to improve safety, such as Lane Departure Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control. Vehicle alerts were displayed on a new 4.2-inch screen.
2016: Some features moved from the options list to the standard list with 2016. The LE trim level now had a central information display. All other trim levels had a seven-inch touchscreen as standard. A Special Edition 2016 Camry was added to the lineup, available in Blizzard Pearl or Blue Streak Metallic colors. Special exterior badging and 18-inch alloy wheels set this model apart from the rest.
2017: Technology advances became standard features in 2017, with the Entune multimedia and navigation systems becoming standard for the XSE and SLE trim levels. Toyota also added wireless smartphone charging for Android to these trim levels, as well as the XLE Hybrid. Curb weight of the 2017 Camry ranged between 3,240 and 3,480 pounds.
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