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Cool Cars We Miss: 7-Passenger ‘90s Camry Wagon With Dual Rear Wipers

We look back at one of the most unique vehicles ever sold in America. The early 1990s Toyota Camry wagon with dual rear wipers and a pair of kid-sized rear-facing jumpseats. 

The all-new 2025 Camry is set to debut this summer, and we eagerly await a chance to try this now all-hybrid sedan. As much as we think the new Camry is a great move for Toyota in this age of carbon-conscious consumption if we could buy a new 1992-1995 Camry wagon, we’d jump at the chance.

Image of Camry wagon courtesy of Toyota.1990s Camy Wagon - The Most Function Rear End Ever Created by Man
The Camry was compact and boxy in the 1980s, but it did have a five-door liftback variant. However, the Camry really became a family-friendly game-changer in the early to mid-1990s. These Camry’s had a sort of Lexus LS look about them, and the five-door hatch clearly became a wagon.

Camry wagon rear seat

The wagon had a pair of unusual features. The first was dual rear wipers. When you have a big glass area shaped like a rectangle with rounded corners, it turns out two small wipers clear more of the glass area than does a single big wiper. 

The second unusual feature was a pop-up rear children’s seat that faced backward. Complete with shoulder belts, the third row made the Camry a seven-passenger car, not unique in America, but certainly unusual. 

The cargo volume of the Camry wagon was just over 40 cubic feet. We checked the specs, and sure enough, that is more space than a 2024 RAV4 provides and a lot more than you get with a bZ4X.

Camry V6 Powertrain
The Camry wagon had an indestructible 2.2-liter inline four-cylinder engine, but it was available with a V6 powertrain in the early and mid-1990s. These engines were known to be smooth operators and offered decent power for the day.

Camry Infotainment
The premium infotainment system in the 1990s Camry offered a clock, CD player, and, just in case you were still rocking cassettes, a player for those as well. 

Camry Driving Experience
Motorweek test drove the 1992 Camry Wagon and found its handling to be “safe and solid.” In an era when understeer was the default for nearly every front-wheel drive vehicle, the Camry wagon could actually be coaxed to oversteer thanks to its added rear weight. 

Camry Pricing
The 1992 Camry wagon started at under $16K. Top trims would rise to the low $20Ks.

Camry Manufacturing Location
The Camry wagon of the 1990s was made in Georgetown, Kentucky. 

Image of 2025 Crown Signia courtesy of Toyota.A New Toyota Wagon For 2025?
Coming in 2025 is a new wagon from Toyota, the Crown Signia. Sure, it’s PC to call it a crossover today, but we Toyota fans know a wagon when we see one. We will pop the cargo hatch and let you know if there are two jumpseats hidden away once we have a chance to test it.

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John Goreham is an experienced New England Motor Press Association member and expert vehicle tester. John completed an engineering program with a focus on electric vehicles, followed by two decades of work in high-tech, biopharma, and the automotive supply chain before becoming a news contributor. In addition to his eleven years of work at Torque News, John has published thousands of articles and reviews at American news outlets. He is known for offering unfiltered opinions on vehicle topics. You can connect with John on Linkedin and follow his work at our X channel. Please note that stories carrying John's by-line are never AI-generated, but he does employ Grammarly grammar and punctuation software when proofreading. 

1990s Camry wagon images courtesy of Toyota. Image of 2025 Crown Signia courtesy of Toyota.


Humph (not verified)    May 30, 2024 - 8:26PM

I had the gold-coloured ('champagne'?) 1995 Camry wagon with cloth; to me, leather is not classy but cruel (although when my husky blew a gasket on a long trip, leather would have been easier to wipe off--sorry). They said that 6-cylinder had to be 'shoehorned' in to the engine bay, and I can tell you that when I hoofed on the gas, pedestrians a block away would turn to see what the no-siren cop car was doing. It had a great growl.

My transmission went at one point when I'd drive 2500 kms to pick up a tow-behind trailer, and the Camry was sold for scrap. I'd mistakenly believed it is okay to 'gear down'; NO--use your brakes! (The Nissan Xterra was a poor replacement that my then-12-year-old dogs had trouble getting into.) Truly a great car. I'd forgotten about the dual wipers, but I think mine had the CD/radio, but no cassette--that'd have been perfect. Although my current Echo is a doughty little car, and the '64 Barracuda remains my automotive loss story, I'd buy a Camry wagon again. If I could find one.