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Vehicle Spotlight: 1997-2017 Toyota Camry
Learn About Ways to Maintain and Repair Your Camry
The Toyota Camry is well-known for its affordability, solid fuel economy, and safety. This family-friendly midsize sedan was an instant hit when it debuted in 1982. In the decades since its introduction, the Camry’s popularity has endured.
Camry Innovations Over the Years
Between 1997 and 2017, Toyota Camry has had four distinct generations. These generations, from oldest to most recent, are the 4th Gen (XV20), 5th Gen (XV30), 6th Gen (XV40), and 7th Gen (XV50).
The 4th Generation’s XV20 was one of the earliest wide-body Camry models. Wide-body Camrys would eventually become the standard; these models existed alongside the narrow-body Camry model until the narrow bodies were phased out in 2003.
The Toyota Camry often features four trim models: the CE, SE, LE, and XLE.
Which of these trims is the base model? The answer isn’t consistent. For the 1997-2001 Toyota Camry (XV20) the base trim package was the CE. The following generation (XV30) dropped the CE but brought back the SE sport trim --last seen in the early 90s. The CE and SE briefly existed side-by-side in the 2007-2011 Toyota Camry generation before the seventh-gen (XV50) once again dropped the CE, replacing it with an all-new L base trim.
Although the trim packages change from generation to generation, the Camry has two consistent luxury trim models: the LE and XLE. These two trims can be found in all the previously mentioned generations of Camry. The XLE, the most premium trim package, boasts features you won’t find on other trims. For example, the XV30’s version of the XLE boasted luxury features like alloy wheels, a leather interior, and an anti-skid system called Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).
As the Camry evolved, it adopted new standards. The VSC system, once a premium addition, became optional for all trim levels the following generation. Similarly, the 6th Generation Camry XLE was the first trim to feature an electronic “smart key” fob for keyless entry. In 2010, keyless entry became available for the basic SE trim too. As once-new innovations become common, Toyota introduces new premium features to up the ante.
What Can I Do to Improve My Toyota Camry’s Resale Value?
If you’re trying to sell a used Camry, body damage can plummet resale value. Did you have a fender bender or scuffed bumper? You can swap out damaged auto body parts for our prepainted replacement parts. Paint A Part ships replacement parts straight to you in factory-accurate colors. All of our Toyota Camry replacement bumpers, fenders, and hoods look like they rolled right off the assembly line.
If you have a luxury trim, these XLE trims often feature premium leather seating. You can condition leather seats with leather cleaner, gently sweep them, and use seat covers to protect them from scratches. This will allow the interior to last longer and boost your resale value. It’s also cheaper than having your leather seats replaced.
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