When you think of a used Toyota Camry for under $5,000, you probably don’t think of a very interesting car. Most of the time, you’d be right, but today’s Autotrader Find is an exception. Here we have a 1989 Toyota Camry wagon with just a little over 100,000 miles on the clock.
A Camry Wagon?
That’s right, it might be easy to forget, but the ubiquitous Toyota Camry used to be available as a wagon. This was back in the final breath of wagons still being popular as minivans were starting to take over as the family vehicle of choice and the SUV revolution right around the corner. Before we were crazy for crossovers, folks looking for a practical car with a good amount of space for people and cargo went with a wagon. This Camry is a nice time capsule from that bygone era.
This one is even pretty well-appointed for a Toyota Camry from the 80s. Its features include air conditioning, power windows and locks, a tilt steering wheel, and even cruise control. It also has those passive seat belts that automatically strap you in when you close the door. This humble wagon is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four engine making 115 horsepower and the description says that it has a 5-speed manual transmission, but don’t get too excited. The photos reveal that it’s actually an automatic.
This Camry is from the “V20” generation of the car, which was the last compact Camry we got in the U.S. Starting in the early 1990s, the “XV10” generation began. That was was when the Camry turned into a midsize car more suited for American tastes. If you’re familiar with more modern Camry models, then this one might seem a bit small. However, its wagon body yields a good amount of interior space, especially in the cargo bay.
These old Camry wagons are getting pretty hard to find, especially in as nice of condition as this one. You could probably get a more modern Camry in this price range, but this is one of the most interesting sub-$5,000 practical daily drivers you’ll find anywhere. Find a Toyota Camry Wagon for sale