The Vista first appeared April 1982 as a nicer trim level of the second generation Toyota Camry, and was sold exclusively at a new Toyota dealership channel with the same name, Vista. The bodystyles offered were the 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback with a 5-speed manual transmission initially the only offering, with an automatic transmission introduced later in August 1982. Trim levels were the VC, VL, VE, and the VX at the top. The official name of the vehicle was the Camry Vista. A glass moonroof was available on the top level VX, with the 2S-ELU engine.

August 1983 saw the 1C-TL 1.8 L turbodiesel offered. June 1984 saw the suspension given a more sporting approach, and a DOHC 2.0 L engine was offered on the VS trim level. A DOHC engine in a front wheel drive vehicle was unusual at the time. The diesel was upgraded to 2.0 L August 1985.

Production 1982-1986
Assembly Toyota City, Japan
Body style(s) 4-door sedan

5-door hatchback

Layout FF Layout
Engine(s) 1.8 L 1S-LU I4

1.8 L 1S-iLU I4 1.8 L 1C-TL(C) I4 turbodiesel 2.0 L 2S-ELU I4 2.0 L 3S-GELU I4 2.0 L 2C-TL turbodiesel I4

Transmission(s) 5-speed manual

4-speed A140E automatic

Wheelbase 2,600 mm (100 in)
Length 4,415 mm (173.8 in)
Width 1,690 mm (67 in)
Height 1,395 mm (54.9 in)
Curb Weight 1,065 kg (2,350 lb)
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