To do so, Toyota devised a basic technique: Offer the car even more of every little thing without giving up the characteristics that made the Camry so successful. The brand-new model was a little larger, the interior a lot more roomy, the trip and dealing with more polished, and also it showed off a longer listing of benefit and security attributes. Perhaps essential, the cost was a couple of points below equally geared up '96 models.
It was a smart plan.
One year later, Toyota has actually satisfied the difficulty it established for itself. When sales numbers were tallied at the end of the 1997 model year, Americans had actually bought 385,814 Camrys, 10 percent more than in 2015, edging out Accord and also Taurus.
Keeping that sort of success, it's not unexpected the 1998 Camry uses reasonably few modifications over the 1997 model. There are, nevertheless, several significant enhancements, including the accessibility of side airbags and also an engine-immobilizing anti-theft system. Nowadays, also champions can not slack off.
1998 Toyota Camry
The outside of the Camry is the same from the 1997 version, which provides a sleeker, a lot more prestigious look than the small, rounded shape of the previous generation.
The Camry looks considerable without casting a huge darkness. The angular lines stretch the vehicle's profile and also give it presence. But it doesn't look stale. Minimal overhang at the front as well as rear of the vehicle presses the wheels to the edges, providing it a flashy, dynamic position.
At the rear, a high, square tail enhances the cars and truck's the rules of aerodynamics. The trunk is vast enough to lug golf clubs crosswise, with a broad opening as well as a pleasantly low lift-over height. To additionally increase freight capacity, the rear seats fold onward in a 60/40 split. The trunk is completely lined for a clean look and also less noise transmission into the guest compartment. The gooseneck hinges on the trunk cover, which intrude a little right into the freight location, are less than optimal, nonetheless.
The Camry is offered only as a sedan. The previous generation included coupe and also wagon models. A Camry-based coupe is arranged to appear next year, yet the low-volume wagon has actually vanished in favor of the brand new Toyota Sienna minivan (see minivan area), which is based on the Camry system.
Customers have a wide variety of trim levels to pick among. The budget-minded could go shopping the CE: With a four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission, the CE starts at $17,358. That purchases you the Camry's well-known dependability as well as quality, however not a whole lot else: Air conditioning, cruise ship control, ABDOMINAL, power windows as well as locks, cassette player, or even periodic wipers are all optional.
The majority of buyers (about 60 percent) opt for an LE, like the one we checked. All the features missing from the CE that provided above, in addition to a transmission, are standard on the LE, which has a base price of $20,638.
The leading trim degree is the XLE, which begins at $23,048. Standard functions on the XLE consist of a costs audio system with CD player, the engine-immobilizing anti-theft system, aluminum wheels, an extra luxurious inside, and also power seats for the vehicle driver as well as traveler.
For around $2300 on any trim degree, you could change the four-cylinder engine with a V6.
The most significant adjustments on the Camry for 1998 remain in the area of security-- an essential factor to consider for family car customers. Side air bags for the front-seat passengers are offered for the very first time (for $250). Side air bags can reduce the number of abdominal and also breast injuries, inning accordance with security experts. The Camry's front airbags have been decreased in force for 1998. Seat belts currently include pretensioners and force-limiters, which increase performance by tightening the belts in an effect, after that loosening them slightly to lower the chance of belt-induced injuries. This mix has been discovered on high-end versions for years, and also it's nice to see them on large-volume mid-priced autos.
These enhancements come on top of an already-strong safety and security bundle. Antilock brakes are standard on just about the four-cylinder CE version, where they are a $550 choice. Traction control is an option on V6-powered vehicles ($ 300).
There are three-point safety belts in every placement, consisting of the rear center place. The back seatbacks are strengthened to withstand invasion from objects in the trunk. Certainly, the whole body structure has carried out quite possibly in federal government as well as insurance industry collision examinations.
The interior of the Camry is a light and ventilated space, with comfortable seats and also a low cowl for good presence. A sophisticated dashboard houses intense white-on-black tools. The sound and also climate control knobs are simple and within easy reach of driver or traveler as well as the stereo system is outstanding.
Thoughtful services abound. A 2nd power outlet lies near the bottom on the front console, alongside the built-in tissue dispenser. The sunlight visors have expansion panels. The front cupholders hold 20-ounce containers, as well as the rear cupholders can take either juice boxes or coulds. There many storage space cubbies, and also a capacious glovebox.
The interior is roomy, thanks to the Camry's long wheelbase. A generous amount of sound-deadening material makes the indoor luxuriously quiet. The radio antenna on just about the CE designs is placed in the rear home window to improve function as well as lower wind noise and car laundry damages.
The standard powerplant for the Camry is a 133-horsepower 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that is extremely smooth. A four-cylinder engine in an automobile this dimension is usually a disappointing selection, but not here. The 2.2-liter provides appropriate acceleration efficiency as well as, once up to speed, maintains the automobile rolling along well. It needs to downshift much more often, and handing down two-lane roadways requires even more planning compared to with a bigger engine. Yet the refined 2.2-liter has none of the roughness common of four-cylinder engines. It's economical to purchase and also operate, which is why 85 percent of Camry purchasers go with it.
The optional 194-hp 3.0-liter V6, normally acknowledged as one of the very best in the market, is dramatically extra powerful. For the extra money, you obtain a family car that will increase from 0-60 mph in 8.7 secs, as opposed to 10.9 seconds for the four-cylinder engine. It offers good efficiency for passing and also increases briskly from intersections. You'll have to add premium fuel to the spending plan, nevertheless.
Four-speed digital automatic transmissions are common on the LE and also XLE designs. The ECTi transmission mated to the V6 has a flexible program responds to individual driving styles. Drive extra aggressively and also it will certainly postpone the change factors for more spirited performance. Leisurely cruise ship around community and it will change quicker for smooth, fuel-efficient efficiency.
In regards to ride and handling, the Camry has always had the poise of a much more expensive car, thanks to the bases it shows the Lexus ES300. Though the cars and truck is no sporting activities car, it is smooth and proficient, giving the motorist a certain sense of control.
It's not tough to see why the brand-new Camry was America's best-selling automobile in 2015. It is fine-tuned, roomy as well as well-appointed, with a solid resale worth as well as a reliability record other carmakers envy.
The Camry generally has been costly, however Toyota has striven to control cost; 1998 prices are up less than 2 percent. The competition among mid-size cars is tough. Honda has introduced a new Accord. As well as numerous attractive competitors are more economical, especially the Oldsmobile Intrigue as well as the Pontiac Grand Prix. However if improvement, safety and security equipment, resale worth as well as integrity are essential, the Camry is the leading competitor.