1983

Facing stiff competition from the Honda Accord, Toyota replaced its aging Corona sedan with the new Camry in 1983. The Camry — whose name comes from the Japanese word for "crown" — was aimed for the mass market, with a functional design and a peppy feel. It was 6 inches longer than the Accord, for a total of 175.6 inches. It also had slightly more power than the Accord thanks to its 92-horsepower, four-cylinder engine. The Camry's starting price was $9,698 and 53,501 were sold in the U.S. its first year, according to WardsAuto.

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