A Look Back at the History of the Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry Manassas

The first-generation Toyota Camry and the upcoming 2017 Toyota Camry look nothing alike. This is a car that has greatly evolved since it made its debut in 1984. If you look at the first-generation model, what you would see is what we now consider a very basic vehicle. At the time, the Camry was everything a new car should be.

Fast forward to 1998, and the Camry was still a popular car with its new options, new body colors, and two sound systems. The 4-cylinder models got a horsepower boost, and the interior saw an upgrade from previous years.

The Toyota Camry in the 2000s

Moving into the 2000s, the Toyota Camry was still a very popular car. Its popularity is greatly responsible for its longevity. There were notable changes for 2001, such as improved drive and upgraded safety features. The interior was also made quieter. In 2003, the car was outfitted with a 3-liter V6 engine that packed 240 horsepower. An entry-level standard model was introduced in 2004. 2005 saw another style update and new features, such as a new grille, updated tail and head lights, Optitron gauges, new wheels, controls on the steering wheel, a 5-speed transmission, and new fabrics.

It would be three more years before the Camry would see any updates, but this resulted in a new design in 2007 that offered more interior space, a more powerful V6 engine with 268 horsepower, and additional luxury features. This is when the hybrid model was introduced.

The Camry in the 2010s

The 2010s have continued to see changes. The 2010 Camry got a 4-cylinder 2.5-liter engine and a 6-speed transmission. The tail lamps and front grille were restyled, and Bluetooth was integrated into the car. The car also got stability control. The model saw a complete redesign in 2012, a new touchscreen was introduced in 2013, and there were no major changes in 2014. Every year, something is added, and the car is made more efficient.

To check out a new Toyota Camry, you can stop by Miller Toyota in Manassas, Virginia.

November 1, 2016
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