Toyota Camry: Making Virginia Drivers Happy for Over Three Decades
The Toyota Camry is one of the longest-lasting popular cars on the market today. When it originally came out in 1983, it was a replacement for the Toyota Corona, which was a rear-wheel-drive sedan. Since then, the Camry has really upgraded itself from its simple design, and it changed from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive within a few years. Even when it first came out, the Camry was in the top of its class, its wheelbase was about 6 inches larger than comparable models, and it was known to have much more legroom in the back for passengers than the competition. It offered great mileage with its 92-horsepower, 4-cylinder 2-liter engine. It came as a hatchback or sedan with two trim levels.
Toyota Camry Upgrades over the Years
In 1987, the second-generation Camry had its engine upgraded to 115 horsepower while making the ride smoother and quieter. This is also when the Toyota started to make the outside more stylish and changed from having a hatchback to having a wagon. In 1988, the option of another engine, this one a 2.5-liter V6 with all-wheel drive, was added. The third generation, which came in 1992, was when we starting seeing the size of the car and engine grow; the 4-cylinder engine increased to 2.2 liters and the V6 expanded to a 3-liter. This generation also offered more trim options. Although a two-door coupe was offered in 1994, it disappeared by 1997, along with the wagon.
The Camry of Today
The Camry found on the lots and roads in Virginia today started with the sixth generation, which came out in 2007. You’ll notice that it’s much different from its predecessors as it was completely redesigned. Most of the sharp angles have been traded for a new sleeker exterior and stylish interior. In addition, the engines have changed. The 4-cylinder has been upgraded to a 2.4-liter, the V6 is now 3.5 cylinders, and even a hybrid has been added to the lineup. The current models have much of the same specs of the 2007 models but have had their exteriors upgraded to make them even more stylish.