Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry has reigned as America's best selling 4-door sedan, balancing a variety of needs for style, performance, safety, fuel economy, and interior space. It is widely available as a used car that holds its resale value. Available in a variety of trims, the latest manifestation of the venerable Camry line boasts a 6-speed automatic transmission, a sleeker body, low rolling resistant tires, and increased gas mileage because of its lighter weight.

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Model Overview

First introduced in 1983 as the successor to the wildly popular Corolla, the Toyota Camry represented the Japanese firm’s entry into the mid-sized sedan market. The fact that that entry was a successful one is confirmed by the fact that as of 2012, Toyota Camry is the #1 selling passenger vehicles in North America. This long production run has resulted in a ready supply of Toyota Camry on the secondary market as shown by the numerous listings for the model on Carfax.com. Thirty years following its initial introduction, the Toyota Camry is the workhorse in the delivery of impressive sales numbers for Toyota.

A major redesign in 2002 gave the Camry a sleeker, more upscale design and stretched the car by another 2 inches for more legroom.  Look for these three trim levels: LE, XLE, and the sporty SE which returned after a five-year hiatus. The V6 engine was improved for more horsepower without a loss of gas mileage. If you want the best fuel efficiency, Toyotoa added a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder. 2004 V6 Camrys got another improvement with the change to a 3.3-liter V6. Antilock brakes were made standard in 2005. 

2007 was another major redesign year, as some of the car's curves were sharpened into angles, the tail light array changed, and interior materials some reviewers complained were cheapened. Trims include the base CE, popular LE, sporty SE and luxury-level XLE with leather seating and chrome wheels.

Throughout the many years of the Camry’s production run, 1992 is significant for the development of the wide-body style that was increasingly in demand in the American market.  Due to their impressive durability, obtaining a used Camry is easy.

The model’s latest incarnation, the XV50 that was introduced in 2011, features a major restyling of the interior, and a more angular styling of the exterior owing to its all new sheet metal construction.  Buyers who are thinking of purchasing this latest offering have three different engine sizes to choose from: the 2.5-liter V4, the 2.5-liter V4 Hybrid, and the 3.5-liter V6 option which delivers an impressive 268 horse power.

Safety

Camry drivers hit the road with an array of safety features built into their vehicles. On the latest models, with 10 passenger compartment airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and smart-stop technology, the Toyota Camry has the car occupants' safety at the center of its design to help ensure that getting getting there is done with as safely as possible.  From child seat anchors to daytime running lights to a driver head restraint whiplash protection system, the 2014 Camry engineered for safety while remaining affordable. 

Noteworthy

For those drivers wishing to combine superior fuel efficiency, industry high safety standards, mechanical reliability, and stylish design are giving the 2014 Toyota Camry a natural consideration.  After more than three decades of production, the Toyota Camry is widely available with many different options as a used car. The Camry is an excellent choice to make based on its reliability, fuel efficiency, and safety features.