Toyota did a complete redesign of its mid-size front-wheel 2002 Camry sedan. It was filled with hoped that with the unveiling of its fifth-generation Camry, its appeal among consumers would grow beyond the “big middle” brand it was famous for.
Showcasing features including a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, 157-horsepower, new 225-hp, five-speed-automatic transmission, unique grille and fawn interior fabric, the automaker hit the mark with the 2004 model. Check out Naijauto's Toyota Camry 2004 review and prices (aka Big for Nothing).
Toyota Camry 2004 (Big for Nothing) belongs to the 5th generation
2. Toyota Camry 2004: Exterior
The Toyota Camry 2004 has a bolder, crisper and advanced packaging than its predecessor. Equipped with a 107.1-inch wheelbase that measures 189.2 inches in length, the 2004 Camry has the same size as the Honda Accord. The SE Sedan comes along with a black grille, rear spoiler and fog lamps.
It is just about the same size as the Honda Accord
But unlike Honda Accord that gives users options with its sedan and coupe variants, the Camry offers only a four-dour body style. The Camry Solara coupe redesigned for 2004 is recognized as a different model, and this is evident in its different styling.
The seating arrangement of the Toyota Camry 2004 is not bad in comparison to cars in the midsize sedan segment. The interior space can accommodate as many as four adults. There is adequate space in the driver’s seat to accommodate both tall and short people. There is sufficient cargo space as the available 60/40-split rear seatbacks act as supplement to the trunk volume which has cubic cargo feet of 16.7.
There is provision for additional features on the XLE Camry. These include: heated mirrors, power front seats, engine immobilizer or alarm, automatic climate control, rear sunshade and keyless entry amongst others.
Both tall and short people can sit comfortably in the driver's seat
There are unique features on the sportier SE Sedan such as a brushed-chrome interior trim, sport fabric upholstery, sport gauges, gearshift lever and leather-wrapped steering wheel. You will find optional power-adjustable pedals on models that offer the automatic transmission of the 2004 vehicle. There is also the Toyota navigation system which is offered as an option.
3.2 Safety features
In line with Toyota’s priority for safety, the 2004 Camry offers impressive technology in its category. On the XLE, there are standard side curtain-type airbags and side-impact airbags in the front seats – these are optional on other trims. There are three stages for the driver-side airbags to be deployed. The XLE model and other models offering the V-6 have antilock brakes as a standard. The brakes are made available as an option on SE and LE sedans on four-cylinder.
4. Toyota Camry 2004: Under the hood & performance
The Toyota Camry 2004 has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that emanates 157 hp and joins forces with either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic. It is only on the five-speed automatic that you would find the 210-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 engine. The SE offers a new 225-hp, 3.3-liter V-6.
The Camry received a lot of backlash for what was described as “a lack of styling.” The automaker understands that its consumers are not after the flashiest car but one with high quality, excellent resale value and good road performance. Owners of the vehicle get decent styling, ample space in the interior and quietness while driving.
The portable size of the Toyota Camry 2004 Solara gives it on-road flexibility
With the four cylinder engine, acceleration goes beyond the acceptable mark. It offers about the same quietness obtainable with the V-6 powered models. The vehicle has had three recalls.
Chris Odogwu is a Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.