A Camry Dash Kit Restrospective

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4D Blue Carbon Fiber Dash Kit in the 2012-2014 Toyota Camry

Twenty Plus Years of Toyota Camry Dash Kits

The Camry is the perfect commuter car: reliable, efficient and conservative enough in terms of its styling that it can appeal to just about everyone without alienating anyone. As the best selling passenger vehicle in the US for 2015 it's no surprise that it's virtually everywhere: on the highway, in every parking lot and in the lane next — wherever you are it's hard not to see a Camry. But the cost of this popularity is a general dumbing down of its interior aesthetic. As a result, the Camry provides the perfect template for interior, DIY dash kits. Whether you're looking to add the elegant look of factory wood trim or want to upgrade to real carbon fiber trim we've got all those options and more for you. In honor of this great car and it's community of amazing owners we're going to spend some time sharing our customer rebate submissions for every Camry dash kit we've made since the 1997 model year.

A Little Bit of Camry History

In 1983, Toyota retired the Corona and took aim at the US market with the Camry. At the time, the Honda Accord was mopping the floor with the competition but soon enough one of the longest running, JDM rivalries would begin to take shape and gather steam. From the outset it was clear that the Camry was the more utilitarian of the two in terms of design and function. The result was a somewhat Spartan interior as can be seen from the photo about (even though the 2001 model year was part of the Fourth Generation). Even today the jury's still out on which is the better vehicle but, as we've seen, sales numbers give a hint a which package people prefer.

Gloss Pink Rdash® 1997-2001 Camry Dash Kit - Door Trim

The 4th Generation Camry

Also known internally as the XV20, this generation of the Camry which ran from 1997 to 2001 was one of the best sellers to date. And yet, probably because of the technology at the time, we have less photos of this generation than any others. For those of you too young to remember, it used to be that you had to buy a camera with film (or even just a camera for that matter), take a picture, scan it and send it in to us in order to get your rebates. Nowadays, with technology that's vastly superior, you can snap high resolution images and send them straight from your phone.

A Customer Camry Dash Kit Review

The customer rebate photos showing this pretty in pink 2001 Camry are great but a perfect example of the older style photos can be found in an old post about a wood dash kit customer sub on our now former blog. In it we write:

Whether you like it for its styling, performance or resale value the Camry is tough to beat when it comes time to buy an all around quality car. So it’s no surprise to see that Sheheryar’s 2001 is still looking as good as it did the day it rolled off the lot. I won’t bore you with a description of the interior of the Camry because the pictures speak for themselves.

If you take the time to check it out you'll be rewarded with some pretty high-quality images of a Honey Burlwood dash kit in stalled in a 2001 Camry but you'll also notice how much smaller the images are. Regardless, I think they, along with the Hello Kitty Car pics here, show just how much the right dash trim can change the look and feel of your interior. The Gloss Pink and accompanying Sanrio characters give the former vehicle's interior a whimsical and feminine appeal whereas the matte finished Honey Burl wood kit gives a more sophisticated feel.

Gloss Pink Rdash® 1997-2001 Camry Dash Kit - Door Trim

3D Red Carbon FIber Rdash® 2002-2006 Camry Dash Kit - Door Trim

The 5th Generation Camry: Sleek Sophistication

Toyota introduced the newly revamped Camry for 2002. The body lines were more forceful and aerodynamic than previous models. The overall result was a car that gave a more upscale and elegant air than any of its predecessors. As you can see form the Red Carbon Fiber dash kit installed above, the Fifth Gen Camry is a much more stylish affair and, truth be told, we have probably sold more dash trim kits for this model year than any other.

And now for something completely different: a customer video review. We don't get these as much as we'd like but we'd be happy to comp your entire order if you decide to make one. Anyway, let's get on with it. Here the review:

3D Black Carbon FIber Rdash® 2002-2006 Camry Dash Kit - Door Trim

3D Black Carbon FIber Rdash® 2002-2006 Camry Dash Kit - Door Trim

3D Black Carbon FIber Rdash® 2007-2011 Camry Dash Kit - Door Trim

The 6th Generation Toyota Camry

The Camry was redesigned from the ground up for 2007. Interior and exterior styling was radically changed, with the former model's smooth body lines traded for the more angular and aggressive form popularized by American car makers. The dash and interior was given a more attractive appearance with teal LED lighting, although materials and quality overall took a surprising turn for the worse. Some other notable features were additional passenger space and new luxury-oriented features. You know what they say, one step forward and two steps back so in this case getting the right dash kit meant the difference between a so-so interior and one that's worth showing off.

3D Black Carbon FIber Rdash® 2007-2011 Camry Dash Kit - Door Trim

3D Black Carbon FIber Rdash® 2007-2011 Camry Dash Kit - Door Trim

3D Black Carbon FIber Rdash® 2007-2011 Camry Dash Kit - Door Trim

4D Blue Carbon Fiber Dash Kit in the 2012-2014 Toyota Camry

The 7th Gen Camry in 4D Blue Carbon Fiber

The 2012 Camry really kicked it up a notch and Toyota seemed to have finally abandoned its tradition 5-year design cycle so that it respond more quickly to customer feedback. The 7th Generation upgraded its material and build quality significantly and it was light years ahead of its predecessor in terms of interior styling. Nonetheless, the right dash kit can make all the difference as is clear from these 4D Blue Carbon Fiber shots.

4D Blue Carbon Fiber Dash Kit in the 2012-2014 Toyota Camry

What's Next? It's Up to You!

We haven't received any submission for the current model year but we're waiting. If you want to be the first to get your $20 Cash Back rebate and be featured in a blog post and product page then hurry up and buy today. Not sure what you'll get? Well, if it's not already clear, we carry more than 100 different colors and finishes for you to choose from. Clearly we offer different styles and colors of carbon fiber but we also carry a large variety wood grain styles like burlwood, mahogany, ebony, oak and cherry. If, you're looking for something a little more eye-catching why not upgrade your interior with a Chrome dash trim kit? Don't worry, we've got both mirror reflective and matte chrome to chose from. And finally, check out some of our novelty finishes like Sticker Bomb, camouflage, Diamond Plate and more.

Share Your Pics — Get Cash Back

Every single pic and video you've seen in today's post is one that we've received from you, our customers. If you want to get in on the action just send us 5 to 6 high quality photos of your dash kit installed, write a short review and then use our upload page or email to send it all in. We'll review, process and issue your refund and then we'll notify you when we've posted your pics here on our blog and on our site too. Oh, and if you send a video review, we'll refund your entire dash kit order! So, what are you waiting for? Buy your Camry kit today and start enjoying the look for a price you can't afford to pass up.


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