The Camry was on its eighth generation in 2021 when Toyota introduced a new hybrid version for its mid-size sedan in the U.S., improving its fuel efficiency even more.
Toyota Camry was known as America's favorite mid-size sedan. Besides its reliability and comfortable ride, fuel efficiency was also one of its main qualities. Apart from the inline-four and the V6 engines, the hybrid version proved very appealing to customers, and it has done that since 2006 when the Japanese carmaker introduced a hybrid drivetrain for it.
As expected, the 2022 Camry Hybrid shared its bodywork with its non-hybrid Camry sibling. At the front, the wide V-shaped fascia comprised the swept-back headlights and a slim grille with a body-colored trim that supported the chromed badge. In the lower bumper, the carmaker added a trapezoidal-shaped grille. However, unlike the rest of the range, the Camry Hybrid received a set of unique 18" black wheels and a shark-fin antenna. In addition, it received specific badges, door-mirror caps, and handles.
Inside, Toyota offered a choice of 7- or 9" screens for the infotainment system, mounted atop the center stack in a floating position. Finally, the instrument cluster received a wider TFT display placed between two round dials. The front seats benefited from heating and cooling, while the rear bench was just standard as in any other Camry.
Under the hood, the automaker installed the THS II (Toyota Hybrid System II) for the Camry, combining the power of a 2.5-liter four-mill engine and an electric motor. The former provided a maximum of 176 hp while the latter offered 118 hp for a total output of 208 hp. In addition, the entire system was paired with an ECVT that mimicked a six-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.
The 2021 Toyota Camry was unveiled online in 2020, and it was a significant improvement over its non-facelifted version in terms of technology and, most importantly, in terms of safety.
Toyota Camry was one of the best selling sedans in its class on the North-American continent. A part of its success was the car’s constant improvement over the 37 years production period since it was introduced.
From the outside, the 2021 Camry featured two distinct front fascias, depending on the trim level. While the LE and XLE grades featured a relaxed image of a car made for comfortable rides, the SE and XSE versions were fitted with a more aggressive front bumper.
Inside, Camry was fitted as standard for the entire range with a 7” multi-information touch-screen display within the instrument cluster. A 10” HUD (Head-up display) was offered as an option. For the infotainment system, Camry was equipped with a 7”- or 9” touch-screen, depending on the trim level and options.
The safety measures introduced the TSS 2.5+ (Toyota Safety Sense) system. It offered a comprehensive package of technologies such as the Automatic Emergency Braking, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist, and Road Sign Assist.
The powertrain was enhanced with the AWD Camry (All-wheel-drive) introduction, which was a North-American only feature for the 2021 Camry. It was designed with a Haldex multi-clutch center differential that could disengage the rear axle to save fuel when the all-wheel-drive was not needed.
When it comes to performance models, TRD is the brand Toyota enthusiasts are looking for. For 2020, the Camry TRD offers a completely different model then those for retired people. It is more like a ninja warrior under a poncho.
The Camry TRD can hardly be distinguished from other Camry models, but there are some subtle visual details that will give you a hint about it. First, it has an aero body-kit with a black front grill, sport mesh insert and black exterior badges.
Colors offered are Supersonic Red, Windchill Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic – in two tones and a Midnight Black Metallic. The dual exhaust tips are also polished, to complete the outside sporty look. Such an aggressive look couldn't be completed without a set of 19 inch wheels with 235/40R19 Bridgestone Potenza tires.
Under the hood there is a 3.5 liter V6 engine that offers 301 HP, which is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shifters. Since it is intended for a sportier driving experience, Camry TRD has an improved chassis with stiffer coil springs. Thus, the front-wheel-drive car is stiffer with 44% on the front suspension and 67% in the rear. As any other TRD vehicle, the Camry TRD was specially tuned by Toyota Race Development Team on the Toyota Arizona proving grounds and on the TMC Higashi-Fuji Proving Ground in Japan.
The eighth generation of Camry was shown in 2017 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January. The most important evolution is the base platform, which is the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture). It grew in all sizes and, especially, in the wheelbase so the rear passengers had plenty of leg-room. And, very important, it may be equipped with an all-wheel-drive system.
The exterior design is bold and fresh. The Camry was, for years, one of the choices for retired customers who trusted its reliability and comfort. That is why it was sold in more than 15 million units. But the new design, especially on the top trim level, targets directly to the young customers. The car has a "Lexus" look with its sportier front bumper, where LED foglights are placed on vertical lines on the side. The vents openings in the bumper are large and aggressive.
Under the hood, Toyota installed various engines, from an inline-4 to a 2.5-liter V6 mated either with a 6-speed automatic or an 8-speed automatic. The hybrid version has a CVT gearbox. Not all the engines are available on all the markets. But, unfortunately, they installed the same infotainment unit called Entune 3.0 which is fine as long as the owner has an iPhone. The system is Apple CarPlay compatible, but not Android Auto.
After constantly adding improvements to the XV50 generation of the wide-body Camry, Toyota introduced a major refreshed version of it in 2014 for the 2015 model year.
The Camry was one of the most successful sedans in the North-American market, especially in the U.S. Its success was based on a few key features such as reliability, interior space, and fuel efficiency. The facelifted version of the XV50 (the fifth generation of the wide-body Camry) also added a pinch of sportiness to the car's look and behavior, so it could be bought by the younger generation, not only by the older ones.
Toyota said that it replaced around 2000 components from the car, and the exterior look could prove that. The automaker changed every other body panel on the 2015 Camry besides the roof. At the front, it featured a broad grille with a trapezoidal shape and horizontal slats flanked by vertically-mounted slats where the automaker installed the daytime running lights.
The interior remained basically the same, although it featured a new infotainment system fitted with a more responsive 4.2" touchscreen. Furthermore, the automaker added larger buttons on the center stack to help users find them easier.
Under the hood, Toyota installed a choice of three engines. The base version was a four-pot with a 2.5-liter displacement, while at the other end of the scale was a 200-hp hybrid version. A 3.5-liter V6 was also available.
TOYOTA Camry 2.5L 6AT (178 HP)
When it was launched in 2011, the Toyota Camry was the best selling car on the American market for nine years.
Despite its not so much appealing look, it was chosen by customers for its reliability.
It was the seventh generation of the Camry on the U.S. soil and to emphasize its sporty character, it debuted on August 27th at the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. It was a clear sign that the car-maker needed a younger generation behind the wheel of any Camry.
On the outside, the Camry tried to look better and more contemporary. For those who wished one with a more sporty style, there was the SE trim level with a sportier front bumper, side sills, and grille. The rest of the range was daring than before, but not too aggressive.
Inside, the car-maker continued its trend in modernizing the cabin. It updated the infotainment unit but kept that simplicity for any Camry with a clean dashboard and center stack. The instrument cluster featured the same layout for the dials. The fit and finishes were good and the materials used were decent. Like the generation it replaced, it offered a decent amount of room in the back.
For the engine compartment, the Camry was offered with a choice of two gasoline and one hybrid version. The base model featured an inline-four unit with a 2.4-liter displacement. The top model was still the 3.5-liter V6 mated to a standard 6-speed auto. The hybrid version featured a 2.5-liter Atkinson.
Toyota Camry was one of the best-selling mid-size vehicles on the U.S. market. Its reliability and comfort were its main attributes. In 2009, the Japanese carmaker introduced a hybrid version.
While the Prius was not the first hybrid vehicle globally, it was the car that started the hybrid revolution. It was the first mass-produced vehicle with gasoline-electric power and helped the Japanese carmaker to become a leader in that domain. That's why it was normal to offer a similar powertrain for the Camry. While the 1.8-liter gasoline unit was good enough for a compact-sized vehicle, it was too weak for a mid-size sedan such as Camry.
The 2009 Camry Hybrid adopted the same front design as the rest of its family, with angled headlights and a small, leaves-looking grille. To aerodynamically enhance the front fascia, Toyota chose to install a wrap-around bumper with a narrow grille at the bottom. In the rear, a small lip on the trunk enhanced the car's drag coefficient. The carmaker stated that it even enhanced the fuel-efficiency.
Inside, the Camry featured a mix of retro-styling with modern amenities. While the big dials for the speedometer and tachometer helped the driver read the marks, the designers installed a complex infotainment system on the center stack. On its 6.1" screen, the car displayed its hybrid system status. A 7" screen with advanced functions and a navigation system was available on the options list.
Under the hood, Toyota installed a 2.5-liter Atkinson engine helped by an electric motor. The hybrid synergy drive offered good performance and very good fuel-efficiency.
The Camry was a long-time winner for those who just asked for a vehicle to take them from A to B without any troubles and didn't care if the car had a bland look.
In 2007, Toyota decided to end the jokes about its mid-size sedan and started to put more passion into it. It even offered a sport package. On a Camry! The result couldn't win any beauty contest, but it was no longer as bland as a microwave oven.
The Japanese carmaker introduced the Camry's sixth-generation at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Suddenly, it lost that AARP appearance and started to turn towards the middle-aged family customers who haven't lost their appetite for spirited driving. Its angular-looking headlights swept-back to the fenders, and the aerodynamic apron was more attractive. From its sides, the raked A-pillars and the curved surfaces combined in sharp angles made their point: it was a dynamic vehicle.
Inside, the Camry featured a new center stack design, a more ergonomic climate control unit, and a CD-Stereo. Although it featured wood-trims on the door panels and center console, the carmaker offered an option with aluminum trims for those who tried to get more from their Camry.
Under the hood, there was something for everyone. The base model featured an inline-four with a low price and a decent fuel-efficiency. The Hybrid version offered a much better fuel economy, but with a 50% increase in the price. The top-spec Camry featured a 268 hp V6 engine able to rocket the car from 0 to 60 (0-97 kph) in less than 6 seconds. That was the Civic TypeR territory!
While the four-door Camry was a dream for many, the two-door version named Solara was designed as a personal luxury coupe for empty-nesters.
Toyota didn't need another sport-coupe vehicle on the market. It was already focused on a different segment when it introduced Solara's first generation in 1998. Fast forward four years, and in the summer of 2003, the carmaker revealed the second generation of the comfortable coupe.
Despite its aerodynamic look and raked windshield, the Camry Solara was not a sports car. Its front fascia featured a small reversed trapezoidal grille, and a pair of elliptic headlights swept back over the fenders. Its fat bumper sported two round fog lights and a broad grille between them. The beltline stretched over the fenders and doors in a fluid, wave-like shape, while at the back, the carmaker added narrow taillights. Since it wasn't a sports car, Toyota didn't consider installing a rear wing or even a lip-spoiler on the trunk.
Inside, the carmaker installed a large interior with wide bucket seats at the front and zero side bolstering. On the tilted center stack, Toyota added an option for a navigation system with large buttons and turning knobs. Like most personal luxury coupes on the market, leather upholstery and wood trims on the dashboard were mandatory.
Under the hood, the carmaker offered a choice of two gasoline engines. For starters, it began with an inline-four unit, complemented by a punchier 3.3-liter V-6. Toyota paired both of them with a five-speed automatic transmission.
One of the most loved mid-size sedans in America, the Toyota Camry was well known for its reliability, as well as practicality with enough room for 5 occupants. On top of that, the Camry was fitted with a powerful V6 engine that made it fun to drive.
The Camry was offered with three trim levels: base CE, LE, and the top of the range, XLE. Excluding the base trim, the upper trim levels could be equpped with a 3.0-liter V6 engine that produced 200 hp.
Inside the Camry’s cabin everything was intuitively placed, giving the interior a clean and functional design. The storage spaces available were numerous, with large door bins, dashboard bins and a deep center console. Also, front cupholders were available.
The Camry was equipped with side airbags, a traction control system and ABS as standard on the LE and the XLE trim levels fitted with the V6 engine. Additionally, a JBL sound system, leather upholstery and a power moonroof were available.
Although loved, the Camry was an expensive car, as the base trim did not offer much. If customers wanted basic options such as air conditioning and power windows, keyless entry or the power sunroof, they needed to purchase the Value Package.
The family sedan with all the available options included had a raised price, however, it did not lack buyers at all.
In 1997, the Toyota Camry reached in 5th generation. The model was launched at different dates all around the world, the first being shown in Japan.
The Camry was already known for its reliability and offered a comfortable and quiet interior. The car did not offer an exciting ride and it was not its purpose to, however, it was precise and predictable.
The refreshed Camry came with an all-new exterior and interior, along with improved safety features. The car was slightly bigger and more powerful than its predecessor.
The coupe and the wagon versions were discontinued, the Camry being available in a saloon body only and three available trim levels. The base level was no longer named DX and it became CE. The other 2 trim levels were LE and the top of the range, the XLE.
The Camry’s aerodynamics were improved, reaching a 0.30 drag coefficient, due to the swept-back windshield and the squared-off tail.
The loading capacity increased due to the wheelbase changes and the rear seats could be folded forward if the initial space was not enough for the load.
The interior got refreshed and it looked cleaner than before, having a simple dashboard. A low washer fluid and an odometer were added and the audio and temperature controls were inverted as it was more natural to have the audio controls on top.
Safety-wise, the car’s body structure was tightened, ABS became a standard feature and a traction control system was optional for the LE and the XLE trim levels.
Toyota introduced the third generation of the Camry in 1991 for selected markets and in 1992 in the U.S., continuing a legacy of reliable and trustworthy vehicles.
Maybe the styling was not one of the Camry's best-selling points, but its reliability was already known by customers. In addition, the added comfort and safety features helped Toyota to sell this vehicle in large numbers.
With a styling that resembled the Lexus ES300, the 1992 Camry featured a clean design that mimicked European premium sedans. Its front fascia featured a narrow grille adorned with horizontal slats and horizontal headlights curved on their upper sides. The corner-mounted turn signals sported clear lenses and amber bulbs. From its profile, the Camry showed black or chromed trims around the windows, depending on the trim level. In addition, a sportier version named SE also got a wing on the trunk.
Inside, the spacious sedan provided plenty of room for up to five passengers. Since it relied on a front-wheel drive platform, the center tunnel was short, so the middle-seated occupant from the rear bench seat didn't feel cramped. The instrument cluster was visually extended and connected with the center stack in a BMW-like design with a curved panel over both elements. But the Camry was also built for long roads, and that's why Toyota created a 14.9 cu-ft (422-liter) trunk.
Another important upgrade compared to its predecessor was found underneath the hood. Toyota provided the Camry with either a four-banger or a V6 mated to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic, depending on the options.
Unveiled to the public for the first time in 1983, the first generation of Toyota Camry available as a sedan or a hatchback was designed to replace the rear-wheel-drive Toyota Corona.
Even if the previous model of Toyota Camry was greatly praised for its reliability, the Japanese carmaker didn’t settle and brought a new Camry to the market.
For 1987, the Camry’s exterior was totally redesigned and became available as a wagon body style besides the compact sedan. The hatchback was dropped.
A new engine was offered with the Camry, a more powerful a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit that developed 115 hp and 125 Nm. The unit was mated with a standard 5-speed manual transmission or a three-speed-plus-overdrive automatic that was optional on all trim levels.
Inside, the Toyota Camry featured a simple and functional design, with large round analog gauges and logically placed controls that were easy to use.
Toyota worked to provide an even better insulated cabin with reduced noise and vibration levels.
Other goodies that came with the Camry included a four wheel independent suspension, variable assist rack and pinion steering, and tilt wheel with memory.
One year later, Toyota introduced a small V6 engine that developed 153 hp. The Camrys equipped with a manual gearbox became available with an optional all-wheel-drive system.
What started as a version of the Celica became a distinct lineup in 1982, when the first generation of the Toyota Camry appeared on the market.
After the second oil crisis in the late 70s, many customers started to look for more fuel-efficient vehicles. But unfortunately, most American cars were big. So, despite the CAFE agreement, they couldn't have been named as economical compared to most Japanese cars. Toyota noticed this advantage and introduced the Camry in 1983 with small, four-cylinder engines and enough amenities inside to get a bigger slice of the market.
Toyota couldn't have won any design contest for the wedged-shaped, first-generation Camry. It was a car that matched the "form follow function" concept, which was enough for many customers. The narrow front fascia with squared headlights and the slatted grille was just the beginning. The Camry's straight lines and flat panels were far from being everyone's cup of tea. But those shapes helped the carmaker keep the production costs low. And yet, it added a particular upscale detail: a small window behind the rear doors.
Toyota could create a spacious interior by using a front-wheel drive platform with a transverse-mounted engine. The motor didn't intrude in the cabin, and thus the front seats could've been moved forward. That led to increased legroom for rear passengers who were seated on a bench profiled for two occupants. The driver faced a squared-looking instrument cluster filled with all the dials and gauges they needed. Moreover, Toyota even installed an LED digital clock next to the tachometer.
Under the hood, Toyota installed a choice of two inline-four gasoline engines for the American market, while other countries also got two diesel versions. Also, for U.S. customers, Toyota offered a four-speed automatic transmission as an option.
TOYOTA Camry 1.8L TD 5MT (73 HP)