Like the Corolla, the Camry is also perceived as a “beige” car. The second generation Toyota Camry came equipped with a 2.0-liter, 115 horsepower engine, also capable of 124-lb.ft. of torque. The EPA gas mileage rating was 24 city, 30 highway. At just under 2,700 pounds and available with a 5-speed manual transmission, there really isn’t much to note about this car, except my personal experience with it.
See, we bought a Camry LE back in 1987. The “Luxury Edition” was far more cool than the Deluxe Version pictured above. Automatic seat belts were a bit of an annoyance, but in my family, it was the first car with over 100 horsepower.
I thought it was fast.
This was also the first automotive purchase that my parents took on with my advice. I was a young child back then. We couldn’t reach up financially to the Cressida, but I wanted that car instead. It had an inline-six.
Instead, my parents chose the LE, complete with premium cloth, power door locks, 15″ alloy wheels, power windows, cruse control, a tape player that knew how to skip exactly one song at a time, halogen headlights, and four valves per cylinder.
I couldn’t complain.
Oddly enough, this was the first car that I stared at for hours when it was taken home and parked in our garage.