- 1 Toyota Camry Vs Honda Accord Vs Corolla
- 2 Your New History Teacher – Mr. John Dean (That’s Me)
- 3 Toyota Camry – The Way Of The Warrior
- 4 The First Generation (1982-1986) – Breaking Out Of The Cage
- 5 What Does The Oil Crisis Has To Do With Cars?
- 6 Camry – Conquering New Markets In The US
- 7 Tensions Between The US & Japanese Governments
- 8 Moving Up To The Second Generation (1986-1990)
- 9 Making Changes For The Export Customers
- 10 The XV10 – The 1991–1996 Camry For The Land Of The Free
- 11 The 4th Gen – The XV20 (1996-2001)
- 12 XV30 (2001-2006) – Breaking Ground With The Famous 2001 Toyota Camry
- 13 The Sixth Generation – The 2006 Toyota Camry Up To The 2011 Toyota Camry
- 14 The Current Generation Of The Toyota Camry
- 15 Toyota Camry 2015 – The Best Mid-Sizer In The Game
- 16 Toyota Camry 2016 – Still Ruling The Market
- 17 Toyota Camry 2017 – What Does The Future Hold For Us?
- 18 Toyota Camry For Sale
- 19 Shopping For The Best Pre-Owned Camry
Ok, it’s not even fair to talk about the Toyota Camry, because, let’s face it: it’s one of the most recognized, respected and loved cars in the whole wide world – everybody knows about it. Plus, it’s also the best-selling mid-size sedan here in the United States. Funny, huh? We’ve got Ford, General Motors and Chrysler fighting over the market of pick-up trucks (both mid-size and full-size), but they can’t really seem to beat the Japanese sedan (by the way, Toyota’s Tacoma, a mid-size truck, is also the leader of sales, but that’s a story for another time). The biggest American competitor is Ford’s Fusion, but it actually lacks the premium feel of the Camry, and that’s something that acquires over time, I guess. To make it here, in the Land Of The Free, you gotta have a mighty heart, a genius mind and a lot of that raw testosterone – there’s no other way around it. So, Ford Fusion vs Toyota Camry is not really a fair fight, if you want to know the truth. It’s a solid ride, but just not as good. The only true rival is Honda’s Accord, which, again, is a Japanese manufacturer. They’ve been at each other’s throats for as long as I can remember, and, despite the fact that the Camry is still the king (or the queen), there’s no denying the fact that Honda is getting dangerously close.
Toyota Camry Vs Honda Accord Vs Corolla
However, as much as I love to give out Kudos to Honda Camry is still on top of the mid-size sedan game, so, let’s not get it confused. By the way, if you wanna learn all about the Toyota Camry vs Honda Accord battle, check out my overwhelming two-part review of the clash here and here. You’ll find all the necessary info on the performance, mileage, comfort, technology, exterior/interior design, and, of course, pricing. Now, I mentioned the Tacoma mid-size truck in the beginning and said that’s it’s a class leader, but that’s not the only huge success of the Japanese mogul: they also have the legendary Prius (the original hybrid) and the sneaky little Corolla – a compact sedan that sold over 40 million units worldwide. Again, if you’re not sure what to go with, the article will help you make up your mind and learn about all the cons and pros of both models. Camry vs Corolla is one of the most popular titles because they’re both great in their own right. Getting back to the matter at hand I just wanna point out that the #1 spot is never easy to get and Toyota has been making their way into the US market for about 8 decades, and that says a lot about their dedication and motivation.
Your New History Teacher – Mr. John Dean (That’s Me)
So, obviously, if you’re the best-selling sedan in America, you gotta have a rich story for the grandparents to tell their grandchildren, right? Well, the Camry is known to surprise, and, as you’ll learn today, the path of the Japanese warrior has been a long one, full of struggles and efforts. I’ll even go ahead and say that you can’t really measure the influence that this good-looking sedan has on the American nation, because it’s been affecting the way we drive, the way we park and the way we push that pedal for more than 3 decades, and can personally guarantee that there’s at least a dozen Toyota Camry cars in your block. I guess that’s the Japanese way these days, folks – go hard or go home. Well, in a way, the United States are the new home for Toyota now! Crazy, right? Ok, I’m happy to say that today I’ll be your history teacher and tell you everything you need to know, from the very first edition (’82), to the well-respected 96 Camry, 99 Camry, all the way up to the 2017 edition which is not even out yet. Obviously, we’ll also discuss Toyota Camry for sale and all the places where you can shop for a pre-owned model. This is the fullest Toyota Camry review out there, folks, so, keep your eyes open, your ears perked and enjoy the show. You’ve got some popcorn? Get the Coke!
Toyota Camry – The Way Of The Warrior
Oki-doki, boys and girls, lesson one – the origins. Today Camry is an internationally-sold model that’s gone through multiple generations. At first it was a compact car; only later did the designers and engineers turn it into a mid-sizer. Since the wide-bodied editions came around (the mid-sizers, that is), the Camry became Toyota’s second “all-around-the-globe” car, Corolla being the first one. But the history of this mighty sedan begins with – wait for it – the Toyota Celica. What, really? Yep, the Camry name was first introduced back home, in Japan, in 1980 (January, to be exact) and it was initially meant to be a 4-door edition of the second-generation Celica. However, the strange fact is, this car had almost nothing in common with the Celica itself; it was constructed upon the lengthened chassis and the mechanical parts of the second-gen Toyota Carina. Well, I guess the Japanese thought it would be a good idea to promote it under the popular Celica plate. The car featured a 1.6-lit 4-cylinder engine and was paired to RWD (rear-wheel drive). Overall, it was a pretty boring and routine car, to be honest, and that’s why it didn’t stick around for long. On the other hand, if you’re looking for the origins of the legend and are in the market for that retro-retro used Toyota Camry, it doesn’t get any vintage that the Celica-Camry from 1980.
The First Generation (1982-1986) – Breaking Out Of The Cage
So, this not-Celica-nor-Camry beast hanged around for 2 years only and is considered as the official predecessor to the Toyota Camry nameplate that was launched as the company’s shiny new model in March 1982, with FWD (front-wheel drive) and a transversely mounted front engine. Once it became an independent model, the company made it also available as a 5-door liftback. So, yeah, the 82 Camry is the very first edition of the legendary mid-size sedan, and that makes it 35 years old. Hey, I’m almost 35 myself! Launched in Japan, the V10 series were issued as 4-door notchback sedans and were available only at the Toyota Corolla Stores. Right about the same time the company introduced the Toyota Vista that was being sold at the Toyota Vista Stores. The first-generation Toyota Camry made its way into the Old World and was even available in Australia. By the way, the UK market didn’t get the chance to try out this new Japanese model right until 1983, and that’s when the first minor refreshment came along. Now, despite the fact that we here in the States loved the Camry, the European customers didn’t really pay much attention to it, as it was just your regular 4-door sedan with a traditional design and nothing to brag about.
What Does The Oil Crisis Has To Do With Cars?
Fun fact: the team behind the mid-sizer started working on in back in 1977, following the oil crisis in ’73 (it went from 3 dollars to 12; so, yeah, the current price of 40 dollars is still pretty high). So, the majority of giants in the automobile industry was going for compact, lighter and, most importantly, more fuel-efficient cars with improved performance to keep folks happy. Furthermore, the companies switched from the regular RWD to the FWD (front-wheel drive) layout, which was lighter and, therefore, more economical. Now, with Toyota’s focus on the Unites States market, they switched the outdated Corona T 130 with the brand-new Camry, because it had to be strong enough to compete with the Honda Accord (aha, these two have been rivaling since the early days and folks had the same Camry or Accord dispute). So, Toyota made the Camry’s wheelbase a bit longer – it was considered one of the most spacious cars of its time, plus, because the gas tank was under the back seat, cargo capacity was impressive as well – and packed it with bigger engines. And with this model the Japanese company incorporated the FWD system. In terms of exterior design the V10 (the first generation) looked much like the other boxy cars on the market, nothing more, nothing less.
Camry – Conquering New Markets In The US
The swift shift to compact cars and the oil crisis influence allowed the Japanese manufacturers to double their market share here in America from 10 percent to 20 between 1970 and 1980. Obviously, the US didn’t love that very much, but they simply couldn’t do anything about it. So, with business booming, Toyota decided it was time to expand and build a production facility in North America. Around the same time both Nissan and Honda – another two majors from Japan – announced that they were about to start local manufacture. Another fun fact: Toyota reached out to Ford in May 1980 with an awesome proposition to produce a venture compact vehicle. They were offering to produce the Camry at Ford’s factories and to sell through the channels of both brands. So, what did Ford say? They said no, claiming that the Camry would be rivaling with a model they were working on at the time and ceased negotiations by ’81. That’s a pity, folks, because if Ford and Toyota were to join forces, the world would be a better place. On the other hand, they could’ve announced a world-wide monopoly and rule the market with a dictator-like regime :). Aha, be thankful that never happened.
Tensions Between The US & Japanese Governments
And get this: the increasing number of Japanese cars on the US market resulted in a lot of tension between the two countries, and the Japanese government even had to issue a limit of sorts, setting a threshold for the export vehicles to America. However, that didn’t stop Toyota from making it big in the States. First of all, they teamed up with General Motors in ’84 to create the Corolla, and then they established their own facility in Georgetown (Kentucky) in 1988 for the second generation Camry to be produced in. To me, that’s a heroic act, ladies and gentlemen: Toyota had a big dream of making it in the US (and that almost automatically means the rest will follow – eventually) and they did it, one way or the other. Now, if you think that all that mumbo-jumbo was in vein, you’re wrong: Official sales of the first-gen Camry in America started in March 1983 and by ’85 Toyota managed to sell 128K units. The buyers had a choice between a sedan and a liftback with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic one (for extra cost). The engine was a 2.0-lit unit, good for 92 Horsepower. The ’84 model year edition introduced the manual-only 1.8-lit turbo-diesel engine capable of 73HP and a quieter exhaust system. In 1985 we got a facelift, wider tires for the DX trim, an anti-theft alarm system, a standard- tilt steering-wheel, and a bunch of other stuff.
Moving Up To The Second Generation (1986-1990)
As you can see, Toyota was having a lot of success with the first generation, and so, it was time to strike again, now with the official arrival of the 2nd Gen. In Japan the V20, which is the second generation, went on sale in August 1986. For the US market the company issued a station wagon. The Vista sedan was launched as a 4-door hardtop sedan with a sportier attitude and a reduced height. By the way, all the developments in this model went on to the Lexus LS250 that was exclusive for the North American folks (that’s us). Overall, the V20 generation, the 86 Toyota Camry was a solid one and came around right when Toyota was establishing a name for itself as one of the most reliable and durable brands out there, with extra attention to details and comfort level. Build quality and decent materials were necessary to rival with the competition. However, all that extra work bumped up the cost a bit, and in that department the German Mercedes-Benz was on par with the Japanese giant, creating the most reliable, efficient and top-quality sedans the world has ever seen.
Making Changes For The Export Customers
Furthermore, to make the Camry more attractive to the “export customers”, Toyota changed the styling a bit and moved away from the Japanese design, going for a more Americanized, or, should I say, universal approach. The redesigned sedan looked a lot sleeker and, as a friend of mine likes to say, tastier than before. The dimensions were kept largely the same, with the wheelbase remaining identical, but the overall length increased to 100 millimeters. Hey, go to a Camry forum and see how folks love to dispute about the size wars between the first and the second gen – it’s quite amusing. The Toyota Camry 1988 on the Japanese market became the first Toyota car packed with a driver airbag. Can you imagine ANY model today on the streets without that? Times change, folks, and, thankfully, they change for better. As for the US market, the Kentucky plant we talked about above began the first ever Camry production in May 1988, so, it’s a magical date, my friends. And from that historical moment the Asian princess made a huge “career boom” and got that number one spot that everybody’s dreaming about. Note: after V20, the second gen, the V30 was available only in Japan, with the world-wide market getting a different model. So, that means the 1990 Camry V30 was a no-no here in America. Therefore, I think it would be fair to keep talking about the Camry that was being sold in the US. By the way, the Toyota Camry 1990 had no significant updates, so, don’t worry about it.
The XV10 – The 1991–1996 Camry For The Land Of The Free
So, the international markets, Australia and America included, got the widened version of the V30, the XV10 series. The thing is, the V30 was still larger in dimensions than the V20, but the law in Japan restricted a vehicles’ width to 1.7K millimeters and length to 4.7K millimeters. However, here in the States the narrower edition seemed like a drag. Blame it on the Asian mentality vs the Western pragmatism, folks! As a result, the wide-bodied XV10 was made for the North American market and hit the dealerships in 91, and it was the XV10 that made Toyota call the new Camry the second world car after the famous Corolla. Next, a 2-door Camry coupe was released to rival with the Honda Accord coupe, but it wasn’t any good and production was ceased in ’96. Can you imagine the Camry and the Accord as 2-doorers? I personally can’t. The 92 Toyota Camry was practically the same as the 91 edition, and the entry-level trim was packed with a 2.2-lit 4-cyl engine that was good for 130 Horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. A V6 engine was also available, pumping out 186HP and 195 lb-ft of torque. The 1993 and 1994 Camry models were equipped with a mightier V6, capable of 190HP and 203 lb-ft of torque. The 95 Toyota Camry carried on without any significant upgrades, but that was natural, because the Japanese giant was cooking up the fourth generation – the XV20.
The 4th Gen – The XV20 (1996-2001)
Ok, my friends, this is when it gets really fun. The 1996 Camry marked the fourth generation of the legendary mid-size sedan and entered the American market in September (December in Japan). In August ’99, for the 00 model year, the car got a mid-cycle refreshment for the front/rear fascias, but the overall design, styling and features remained the same for the 97 Toyota Camry and the 99 edition. In the US the SE model was let go of and the entry-level trim was renamed to CE for the 1997 model year, so, there were no more Camry LE vs SE debates around; however, both LE and XLE carried over from the previous gen. The TRD Camry offered a supercharged kit for the 1997 Toyota Camry all the way through to the 2000 Camry with the V6 under the hood, giving a boost to power and pumping out 247HP and 242 lb-ft of torque. The 1998 Camry was available as a coupe, and then a convertible was introduced as well (in 2000). The 2-door editions were sold under the Solara nameplate, and they were pretty different in terms of styling. The 1999 Toyota Camry Solara (that’s the full name) was a pretty nice ride, by the way. Nothing special about it, but still decent.
XV30 (2001-2006) – Breaking Ground With The Famous 2001 Toyota Camry
The 2001 Toyota Camry was released in September for the 2002 model year and was a larger sedan, while the station wagon was left on the side of the road (you could say it was replaced by minivans and crossover SUVS). The 01 Camry was a big deal for the company, as they completely redesigned the model, for the first time since the 1991 generation. And the changes were pretty huge, too: first of all the new model switched to the K platform that Toyota was using in the Highlander 2000, second, thanks partially to enhanced technological possibilities, the production development stage for the XV30 was reduced to 26 months, as opposed to the previous 36. Furthermore, the 02 Camry was 30 percent less expensive in design and development. Starting with the 2003 Toyota Camry, the sedan had 2 different (but both pretty cool) designs: an Asian edition with more chrome, larger head/tail lamps and an overall larger body, and an American edition, with a more conservative design. Now, as you could imagine, the US-made 2005 Toyota Camry MPG was better than that of the Asian version, due to a more compact body. So, it’s no wonder why Toyota decided to depart the two even further and made the Japanese Camry more luxurious, while the American model went for that mass appeal. And it’s safe to say that with the XV30 generation the Camry cars managed to break ground and become one of the best in the business, with record-breaking sales and customer love.
The Sixth Generation – The 2006 Toyota Camry Up To The 2011 Toyota Camry
The XV40 generation saw an even bigger departure between the Asian and the American models. The Asian beast was still boasting a larger body size, with a price-tag of just below entry-level luxury. The United States edition debuted at the 2006 North American International Show, along with the first-ever Toyota Camry hybrid, which is the more fuel-efficient and pricey version of the same car. And you had a choice between a 4-cylinder and a V6 engine. In the 2009 Toyota Camry the engine was good for 158HP, while the 2010 model saw a bump up to 168HP. In addition, the car was face lifted, getting a new fascia, tail-lights, and a new 2.5-lit 4-cylinder. Overall, there’s not a lot to tell about the sixth generation, because it was just a build-up on the XV30. True, the introduction of the hybrid edition was a biggie, and it had a then-unique combination of a gasoline engine (capable of 150HP) and an electric motor (good for 40HP), and together they pumped out 190 Horsepower. The Camry Hybrid was equipped with the HSD (Hybrid Synergy Drive) in the second gen. Folks took their time with this one, but once they realized the true potential, the hybrid Camry became a big success.
The Current Generation Of The Toyota Camry
The last gen to date hit the American dealerships in September 2011. The 2011 and the 2012 Toyota Camry models received some big-time changes in the interior and the exterior got a new sheet metal, along with a sharper styling. The US edition offered a choice between 3 engines, with the 2.5-lit 4-cylinder as the entry-level unit, another 2.5-liter being a part of the hybrid powertrain, and the 3.5-lit V6 being the strongest out there (268HP and 248 pound-feet of torque). Now, if you wanna learn about the 2011 Camry MPG and everything else in between, check out my post . And if you’re interested in the Toyota Camry 0-60 (the acceleration), HP and the whole powertrain talk, go to and enjoy. By the way, the Toyota Camry 2014 received yet another significant facelift and started looking a lot like the modern-day 2016 Camry. Furthermore, the 2015 Camry was called the most American-made car, with over 75 percent of the manufacturing/parts coming from the US. As for the 2015 Toyota Camry MPG, you’ve got the standard engine returning 35 miles per gallon on the highway and 25MPG in the city (28MPG combined).
Toyota Camry 2015 – The Best Mid-Sizer In The Game
In 2015 the Camry went through a thorough overhaul, only 3 years after the 2012 redesign. It got a bigger, meaner grille that resembled those of the Avalon and the friendly Lexus sedans, with the rear end being smooth and sleek. Overall, the 2015 Toyota Camry looke refined, classy and up-to-date, which is important, especially taking into consideration the current competition on the market. The Japanese giant has been holding up the fort for a long time now, but the new kids on the block are fiercer than ever and want a taste of the good life, if you know what I I’m saying. As for the 2015 Toyota Camry interior, it remained virtually the same as before, and that means cozy, comfortable, with good-quality materials, finishing, all the tech/safety equipment you’ll ever need (even with the most basic trim) and great handling. It’s actually one of the few mid-size sedans that you’ll feel good driving and parking. At the end of the day, the Toyota Camry 2015 showed the world that the leader is here to stay, and can’t nobody touch it (or think about overthrowing it). And with 4 trim levels to choose from, the customers had a lot to pick from. I personally think that the Toyota Camry 2015 SE is the best way to go. A lot of folks have been comparing the Nissan Altima vs Toyota Camry, but it still lacks the prestige and class to rival the king, so, it’s not even a discussion. However, if you want to start one, go to and to and share your personal thoughts in the comments.
Toyota Camry 2016 – Still Ruling The Market
With the Camry 2015 establishing itself as the pack-leader, the 2016 edition had nothing to do but hold that high bar set by the previous model, and that’s exactly what it did. The 2016 Toyota Camry is as good as a year ago, and the American folks still appreciate and love what the Japanese company is doing with it. Honestly, I don’t see one significant difference between the 2015 edition and the current one, but that doesn’t change the fact that I absolutely love it. On the other hand, if you own, say, a 2015 Toyota Camry XLE (that’s the highest trim available) or as Camry 2015 XSE, rest assured that your ride will be hot on the streets for at least another 3 years, or maybe even more. Again, I’m sending you to this article to have a more detailed and laid-back conversation about the current edition of the best sedan on the market.
Toyota Camry 2017 – What Does The Future Hold For Us?
Ok, I’ve told you a thousand times that I’m not a fan of gossiping and speculating, but the public demands it, so, here we go: Well, first of all, the 2017 Camry is coming, that’s a 100% fact. I can’t really imagine Toyota skipping a year – that would be a surprise, a BIG one. Still, with the company being as discreet about it as the army is about the nuclear missiles, I guess we’ve got nothing to do but to share our wish lists. Mine is not really exciting, because I’m quite happy with the 2016 edition (and the 2015). So, as my grandfather used to say, don’t open your mouth unless you’ve got something worthy to say.
Toyota Camry For Sale
Alright, my friends, this is the last entry in today’s article, and it’s about finding just the perfect used model. Now, I gotta say that a lot of folks are looking for a 2015 Toyota Camry for sale, but that’s easy – you just go to the nearest official, certified dealership and pick your favorite trim. On the other hand, if you want to cop a pre-owned 2007 Toyota Camry, a 2002 Toyota Camry, or, say, a 2000 Toyota Camry, I’d suggest you follow my lead and listen up: first of all, don’t go buying a used car from a private seller unless you’re 100% sure it’s the right thing to do. Again, go to the official dealerships and get your mileage+ cars there. I know, that will cost you a bit more, but you’ll get warranty, a bunch of papers and their good word, and that’s something to pay for, trust me. Second, remember that after 3 years a model looses 50% of its value and 2/3rd after 5 years, so, say, a 2010 Toyota Camry will cost you about 6-7K, as opposed to 20K+. Yep, it’s pretty rewarding to roll with a pre-owned car, and, given Toyota’s superior reliability and durability ratings, I’d say go for it! A 09 Camry can be yours for an even better price, and, given the fact that the previous generation was as solid as they come, you won’t have any problems on the road. On the other hand, the 2014 Toyota Camry price will be almost as high as on a brand-new 2016 edition – you get it now, right?
Shopping For The Best Pre-Owned Camry
Given the fact that this is the best-selling and most popular mid-size sedan in America, there are a lot of Toyota Camrys for sale out there, in the World Wide Web. Go with the trusted sources, like Car Gurus, Cars.com, Autotrader (these ones are my favorites), etc, and pick your favorite one. Right now you can get a 2014 Toyota Camry, a 2013 Camry, and a 2009 Camry LE, all the way down to the very first generation models. A solid, all-around good and nice-looking 2005 Toyota Camry mid-sizer can be yours for 4-5K, which is a bargain, if you ask me. So, just browse through the web-sites, check out the photos (how about a silver Toyota Camry, or a do you prefer a black Toyota Camry?), the mileage info, the price-tags, contact the owners, visit the dealerships – do anything you want, but don’t rush with the purchase. You have to be absolutely sure that this is it for you, because no one will return you money once you pay. Ok, that’s it for the Toyota Camry history. I hope nobody was sleeping in class and I – Mr. Dean – have been a good teacher for y’all today. Drive safe, keep that seatbelt on and appreciate Japanese sedans!
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