Asides the Corolla, no other Toyota model is as popular as the Camry.
First introduced in 1983, the Camry is among the most-sold vehicles in the United States. Behind such incredible sales is the Camry’s reputation as a practical, fuel-efficient, and reliable vehicle.
Want to buy a Camry? Check through our article containing essential statistics for the Camry model.
We review depreciation rates, recall numbers, theft rates, and many more!
How Many Toyota Camry Have Been Sold Per Year In The US?
The Toyota Camry has enjoyed massive sales since it first appeared on the US market in 1983.
From a first-year sales figure of 52,651 cars, Camry sales grew substantially, peaking at 473,000 in 2009. It has also remained America’s bestselling passenger car for the last 17 years.
Toyota has sold a total of 12,466,305 Camrys throughout the model’s 36-year history. On average, around 346,286 Camry models have left dealership lots yearly in the US alone.
Only a handful of vehicles (and those are trucks) have higher annual sales figures.
Below is a list of annual sales figures for the Camry:
|Year||No. Of Models Sold|
Annual U.S. Sales For Toyota Camry Hybrid
Toyota released a hybrid variant of the Camry to American buyers in 2006.
Sales of the new Camry hybrid soared, partly due to the surge in demand for hybrids. Increase in fuel prices along with government tax incentives and rebates combined to drive up consumer interest in hybrids.
As a result, hybrids sales were massive, with sales of the Camry Hybrid reaching all-time high of 54,477 in 2007.
The next years saw a decline in the number of hybrids sold, with Camry Hybrid sales dropping to an all-time low of 9,241 in 2011.
But demand rose again, and Camry Hybrid sales increased to 45,656 in 2012. Since then, annual sales have averaged a little under 30,000 models.
Here’s a table showing yearly sales rate for the Camry Hybrid since 2006:
|Year||No. Of Models Sold|
What Year Did Toyota Start The Camry Models?
The Toyota Camry was not the first model to use the ‘Camry” nameplate.
Another Toyota vehicle, the Celica, had used the “Camry” name back in 1979.
At the time, Toyota had created the Celica Camry as a four-door liftback variant of the Toyota Celica. Soon, it scrapped the model and released the official Camry model in 1983.
Over time, Toyota has given the Camry both major and minor facelifts to keep up with the competition. Notable changes include the increase in the Camry’s size, which saw it evolve from a compact car to a midsize vehicle.
Also noteworthy is the axing of the station wagon variant in 1996 and the release of the Camry hybrid in 2007.
In the 36 years it has been in production for, the Camry has undergone six generations:
- 1983 – 1996 [First-generation]
- 1997 – 2001 [Second-generation]
- 2002 – 2006 [Third-generation]
- 2007 – 2011 [Fourth-generation]
- 2012 – 2017 [Fifth-generation]
- 2018 – present [Sixth-generation]
How Is The Fuel Economy On Toyota Camry?
The Toyota Camry’s fuel efficiency is one reason it is so popular among families in America.
All models in the Camry lineup offer some of the best fuel economy figures in the midsize car segment. Even the sportier, V6-engined models don’t guzzle fuel as one would expect.
Gas mileage on the Camry sedans varies according to trim levels, engine type, and powertrain. Base Camrys save fuel better than the higher trims, while six-cylinder models consume more gas than four-cylinder models.
Similarly, AWD-equipped Camrys have a lower fuel economy compared to the FWD-equipped models. Gas-electric Hybrids are also more fuel-efficient than their gasoline-powered siblings.
The base model 2019 Toyota Camry delivers an impressive combined 34 MPG. Meanwhile, the hybrid version provides an exceptional combined 52 MPG.
How Quickly Do Toyota Camry Depreciate?
High-end vehicles, especially sedans, are not the best at holding value.
However, the resale values of Camrys have remained positive, thanks to strong consumer demand. People will pay good money for Camry models because of their reliability, fuel efficiency, and safety.
The average 5-year depreciation rate for a Camry is 67.6%. JD Power ranks the Camry as the least-depreciating midsize car, after the Honda Accord.
The Camry also placed third on Kelley Blue Book’s Resale Value rankings for midsize cars.
Only the Honda Accord and the Subaru Legacy have lower depreciation rates.
Did Toyota Recall Any of the Toyota Camry Models?
The more number of a vehicle is produced, the higher the odds of something going wrong.
Such is the case of the Camry, which has seen 57 recalls in its 36-year existence. The 2007 and 2009 models hold the record for the most recalls (10).
Meanwhile, the 1991, 2003, and 2015 models have the lowest number of recalls (1).
We’ve compiled a table showing recalls stats for model years of the Camry:
|Model Year||No. Of Recalls|
How Much Do the Camry Models Pollute?
Greenhouse gas emissions among the Camry models vary according to powertrain, engine type, and fuel consumption.
As expected, the hybrid Camrys have the lowest emissions across the lineup. Among the fuel-powered Camrys, the four-cylinder models have the lowest pollution statistics.
Camry models with either six-cylinder engines or AWD are the worst in terms of emissions. They release more greenhouse gases and pollute the environment more, although this can be attributed to their high fuel consumption.
NB: These statements are based on data gathered from the EPA database.
How Much Can the Camry Models Tow?
Given the Camry’s size and power, we wouldn’t advise towing with it.
However, if you do want to haul with a Camry, ensure the total weight doesn’t exceed 1,000 lbs. Some things you can tow with your Camry include teardrop trailers, jet skis, and small utility vehicles.
You may need to outfit your Camry with the following before it can tow anything:
- Tow Hook
- Torque Arm
- Torque Rod
How Reliable is a Toyota Camry?
Toyota vehicles have always been reliable, and the Camry is no different.
Although some model years have been particularly problematic, many owners swear by the reliability of the Camry models.
According to RepairPal, the average yearly repair cost for a Camry is around $388. Compared to the average midsize car ($562), the Camry has much lower servicing costs.
JD Power also ranked the Camry the most dependable midsize car in its 2019 Vehicle Dependability Study.
How Safe is a Toyota Camry?
The Toyota Camry is one of the safest sedans you can buy.
It comes standard with different high-tech safety systems designed to prevent accidents and other car mishaps.
Some of these features include forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.
The 2020 Camry earned top safety ratings from both the NHTSA and the IIHS. It received a 5-star rating from the NHTSA and Top Safety Pick Plus designation from the IIHS.
What Is the Typical Buyer Demographic for This Model?
The typical buyer demographic for the Camry comprises more women than men.
Most of them are Baby Boomers, with the median age being 55 years. Additionally, they earn, on average, an annual income of $87,250.
The average Camry buyer is less concerned about vehicle uniqueness or aesthetics. Instead, s/he considers the build quality, maintenance costs, and reliability of a vehicle before buying.
Toyota Camry Theft Numbers
The Camry is one of the most-stolen Toyota vehicles in America. Only the Toyota Corolla has higher incidents of thefts.
The Camry has appeared on the National Insurance Crime Bureau [NICB] Hot Wheels Report, where it was the fifth most-stolen vehicle in 2015.
Camrys are attractive targets for thieves because of the considerable demand for spare parts. Any thief could steal a Camry, chop it up and sell the parts to unsuspecting buyers.
They could also remove any identification marks from the car and resell it. Either way, they stand to profit from the venture.
Here’s a list containing theft data for Camrys since the start of the millennium [data gotten from NHTSA Theft Rate Database].
|Year||No. Of Models Stolen|