The Toyota Camry debuted late in the 1983 model year when Toyota replaced its old rear-wheel-drive Corona with the front-wheel-drive Camry. From these humble beginnings, the Camry would go on to dominate the midsize family sedan segment as consumers immediately embraced it for its high build quality and comfortable ride. The latest (seventh) generation Toyota Camry debuted for 2012 and has a number of significant improvements over previous models.
Sixth-Generation 2007 to 2011
The previous sixth-generation Camry was produced for the 2007-’11 model years. Reviews comment favorably about the Camry’s spacious cabin, powerful and fuel-efficient optional V6 and top crash test scores. For most of its production run, the Camry was offered in LE, SE and XLE trim levels. The initial base engine was a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produced 158 horsepower and 161 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual or five-speed automatic was available, though four-cylinder XLEs were automatic only. The 3.5-liter V6 produced 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque and was paired to a six-speed automatic only. In 2010, the base engine was increased to 2.5 liters and power output was boosted to 169 hp. Other 2010 changes included a restyled grille and taillights, and standard stability control, satellite radio and Bluetooth for all models.
Fifth-Generation 2002 to 2006
The fifth-generation car that was produced from 2002-’06. As expected, it was a comfortable sedan that offered a roomy cabin, a choice of inline-4 or V6 power and, depending on trim level and optional equipment, most of the latest safety features such as stability control and side curtain airbags. However, prior to 2005, the base Camry did not come standard with antilock brakes. As with other Camrys, we generally found this generation to be very good in terms of room, comfort and feature content.Three engines were available for this generation. The first was a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that made 154 hp (145 with PZEV emissions controls). It was mated to either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission (four-speed prior to ’05) and should be powerful enough for the majority of buyers. A 3.0-liter V6 that generated 190 hp was also available (18 hp less prior to ’04) on the LE and XLE trim levels, while a 210-hp, 3.3-liter V6 (introduced for 2004) was available on the SE model only. These six-cylinder Camrys came with the automatic only. In previous years, these power numbers were higher because of a change in measurement that occurred in 2006, although actual output never changed.