2004 Toyota Camry

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Toyota Camry. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    24-28 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    157-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride comfort
  • Interior space
  • Quietness
  • Reputation for reliability
  • Resale value

The Bad

  • Uninspiring styling
  • Sticker prices
  • ABS not standard on all models

Notable Features of the 2004 Toyota Camry

  • New 225-hp V-6
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Four-cylinder/manual-shift model available
  • Optional navigation system
  • New Limited Edition model

2004 Toyota Camry Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Toyota totally redesigned its midsize front-wheel-drive Camry sedan for the 2002 model year. The Japanese automaker hoped that the fifth-generation Camry would broaden the company’s image and appeal beyond the “big middle” of the car-buying population.

A 157-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is installed in the majority of Camrys, and a new 225-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 is available in the SE sedan for 2004. A five-speed-automatic transmission is now offered. A new Limited Edition Camry features crystal white paint, champagne-colored badging, a unique grille and fawn interior fabric. Models include the standard LE, upscale XLE and sporty SE, which has different suspension tuning and 16-inch sport tires.


Exterior
Toyota asserts that the current-generation Camry has crisper, bolder, more upscale styling than its predecessor. With a 107.1-inch wheelbase and measuring 189.2 inches long overall, the Camry is about the same size as the Honda Accord. The sporty SE sedan features fog lamps, a rear spoiler and a black grille with chrome trim.

Even though Honda offers its Accord in both coupe and sedan forms, the Camry comes only in a four-door body style. Toyota’s Camry Solara coupe, which was redesigned for 2004, has different styling and is treated as a separate model.


Interior
The Camry’s interior space is ample for four adults and acceptable for five. The driver’s seat has enough fore and aft travel to accommodate tall and short peopl...
Vehicle Overview
Toyota totally redesigned its midsize front-wheel-drive Camry sedan for the 2002 model year. The Japanese automaker hoped that the fifth-generation Camry would broaden the company’s image and appeal beyond the “big middle” of the car-buying population.

A 157-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is installed in the majority of Camrys, and a new 225-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 is available in the SE sedan for 2004. A five-speed-automatic transmission is now offered. A new Limited Edition Camry features crystal white paint, champagne-colored badging, a unique grille and fawn interior fabric. Models include the standard LE, upscale XLE and sporty SE, which has different suspension tuning and 16-inch sport tires.


Exterior
Toyota asserts that the current-generation Camry has crisper, bolder, more upscale styling than its predecessor. With a 107.1-inch wheelbase and measuring 189.2 inches long overall, the Camry is about the same size as the Honda Accord. The sporty SE sedan features fog lamps, a rear spoiler and a black grille with chrome trim.

Even though Honda offers its Accord in both coupe and sedan forms, the Camry comes only in a four-door body style. Toyota’s Camry Solara coupe, which was redesigned for 2004, has different styling and is treated as a separate model.


Interior
The Camry’s interior space is ample for four adults and acceptable for five. The driver’s seat has enough fore and aft travel to accommodate tall and short people. Standard 60/40-split rear seatbacks supplement the load volume of the trunk, which holds 16.7 cubic feet of cargo.

Additional equipment on the XLE model includes power front seats, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, an engine immobilizer/alarm, keyless entry and a rear sunshade. The sportier SE sedan gets unique sport fabric upholstery, brushed-chrome interior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift lever, and sport gauges. Models featuring the automatic transmission may be equipped with optional power-adjustable pedals. Toyota’s navigation system is offered as an option.


Under the Hood
Toyota’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 157 hp and teams with a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. The 210-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 comes only with a five-speed automatic. A new 225-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 is available for the SE.

Safety
Side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain-type airbags are standard in the XLE and optional in the other trim levels. The driver-side front airbag deploys in three stages. Antilock brakes are standard on the XLE and on models equipped with the V-6 engine and are offered as optional equipment on four-cylinder LE and SE sedans.

Driving Impressions
If the Camry has been criticized for anything, it’s been for bland styling. Most Camry consumers aren’t seeking flashy looks but rather Toyota’s reputation for reliability, high quality and excellent resale value.

All of the desirable Camry attributes are here, and they’re probably better now than ever before. Owners get a pleasantly comfortable ride, ample interior space, blissful quietness and reasonably energetic performance. Acceleration reaches well past the acceptable mark with the four-cylinder engine, which is about as quiet as models powered by the V-6.

Only a little penalty in ride comfort is evident in the sporty SE, which promises somewhat tauter handling than other Camry models; but the differences are less than dramatic. The manual transmission in the Camry performs admirably, and its lever clicks crisply through the gears.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Powerful luxury

by Martin from Arlington, VA on August 7, 2018

great value, great comfort. Has been extremely reliable and has the passing power someone needs on the highway especially. Decent city gas mileage, mediocre city mileage Read full review

(5.0)

Great car

by AllahabiWanda from Cameron NC on July 1, 2018

Great running vehicle. Dependable. Only used to drive to and from work. Maintenance kept up with documents of services. Very nice comfortable and dependable vehicle. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Toyota Camry currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2004 Toyota Camry STD

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
marginal
Overall Rear
marginal
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Bumpers
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Camry received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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