The Toyota Camry is a model that needs no introduction. As the perennial best-selling car in America for most of this century, the five-passenger front-wheel drive Camry continues to deliver high marks for quality, reliability and durability.
2012 to Present: Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry started its seventh generation with the 2012 model year.
Early seventh-generation Camry sedans are marked by narrow upper and lower grille openings split by the front bumper. The exterior also features wraparound headlamps and pockets housing the available fog lamps. A creased hood, upper profile character lines and body sculpting are present.
At the rear, the Toyota Camry is marked by large wraparound combination lamps, a trunk lip spoiler and up to two exhaust tips. Additional embellishments, including alloy wheels, are also present depending on the model.
Inside, the Camry offers generous room for five adults. This sedan has 102.7 cubic feet of passenger volume and 15.4 cubic feet of storage space. All models come with supportive bucket seats up front and a 60-40 split-folding rear seat.
The Camry comes standard with air conditioning, cruise control, a lockable illuminated glove box, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, an auxiliary audio jack and a 12-volt outlet. Depending on the model, an additional 12-volt outlet, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control and a backup camera are available. All models come with an audio system with at least six speakers.
In 2013, Toyota made a display screen standard across the model line. The automaker also added rear cross traffic alert to the available blind spot monitoring system. Beginning in 2014, Toyota upgraded the Camry’s Entune infotainment package to offer additional smartphone apps.
A 178-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine comes paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and is standard across the model line. A 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 268 horsepower is also available.
In 2015, Toyota rolled out a significant redesign of the Camry, changing everything about the exterior except for the roof. This extensive product cycle update was accomplished with an eye toward helping the Camry maintain its leadership.
Besides the exterior changes, the 2015 Camry made extensive changes to the interior. The automaker also made wireless cellphone charging possible for the first time in the segment. In 2016, a new Special Edition model rolled out, featuring a standard tilt-and-slide moonroof and Qi wireless charging for compatible smartphones.
The midsize car segment is highly competitive with every major manufacturer having at least one entry. The Honda Accord is its top rival and remains the only one in this segment offering a coupe body style as well as a sedan. The Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Chrysler 200, Mazda6, Volkswagen Passat, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata and Subaru Legacy might also be considered.
Earlier Toyota Camry Models
The Toyota Camry name can be traced to 1979 when it served as a trim level for the Toyota Celica. The Celica Camry remained through 1982 with the first-generation Toyota Camry debuting in 1983. Through all seven generations this model has maintained its front-engine, front-wheel drive layout with room for five. Some earlier generation Camrys included wagon and Solara models.
The fifth-generation Toyota Camry was introduced in 2002 and stayed in production for five years. Two engine choices were utilized initially: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 3.0-liter V6. A five-speed manual transmission and a four-speed automatic were available with the four-cylinder Camry, while V6 models came exclusively with the automatic. In 2003, the V6 became available with a new five-speed automatic transmission.
In 2004, Toyota added a second, 3.3-liter V6 engine to the Camry line. The following year the four-cylinder engine received a five-speed automatic transmission.
The sixth-generation Toyota Camry was introduced in 2007 and was produced through the 2011 model year. Upon its introduction the Camry offered a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 158 horsepower. A new 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 268 horsepower was also introduced.
In 2010, Toyota replaced the Camry’s base engine with a new one that displaces 2.5 liters. This engine produces 169 horsepower and is paired with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.