To do so, Toyota created a basic approach: Provide the car even more of whatever without giving up the characteristics that made the Camry so successful. The new version was a little bigger, the inside a lot more roomy, the ride as well as dealing with more polished, as well as it showed off a much longer listing of ease and also safety and security attributes. Maybe essential, the rate was a few factors listed below comparably outfitted '96 designs.
It was a smart strategy.
One year later on, Toyota has fulfilled the challenge it established for itself. When sales numbers were tallied at the end of the 1997 version year, Americans had bought 385,814 Camrys, 10 percent more than last year, slipping by Accord as well as Taurus.
With that kind of success, it's not unusual the 1998 Camry provides fairly couple of modifications over the 1997 design. There are, nonetheless, several significant renovations, including the availability of side airbags and also an engine-immobilizing anti-theft system. These days, also champions can not slack off.
98 Toyota Camry
The exterior of the Camry is the same from the 1997 model, which provides a sleeker, a lot more prestigious appearance compared to the modest, rounded shape of the previous generation.
The Camry looks significant without casting a huge shadow. The angular lines stretch the auto's profile as well as give it presence. And yet it does not look stale. Marginal overhang at the front and also rear of the auto pushes the wheels to the edges, providing it a flashy, dynamic position.
At the rear, a tall, square tail enhances the vehicle's aerodynamics. The trunk is wide sufficient to carry golf clubs crosswise, with a wide opening and a comfortably reduced lift-over height. To additionally increase cargo capacity, the rear seats fold ahead in a 60/40 split. The trunk is fully lined for a clean look and much less sound transmission into the guest compartment. The gooseneck rests on the trunk cover, which intrude a little into the cargo location, are less than excellent, however.
The Camry is available just as a car. The previous generation consisted of coupe and wagon versions. A Camry-based coupe is scheduled to appear following year, however the low-volume wagon has actually gone away for the brand new Toyota Sienna minivan (see minivan section), which is based upon the Camry platform.
Purchasers have a large range of trim levels to select amongst. The budget-minded could go shopping the CE: With a four-cylinder engine as well as five-speed manual transmission, the CE starts at $17,358. That acquires you the Camry's renowned reliability and also quality, but not a great deal else: Cooling, cruise control, ABDOMINAL MUSCLE, power windows and also locks, cassette player, or even intermittent wipers are all optional.
Most customers (concerning 60 percent) select an LE, like the one we tested. All the features missing from the CE that listed above, as well as a transmission, are conventional on the LE, which has a base cost of $20,638.
The top trim degree is the XLE, which begins at $23,048. Conventional attributes on the XLE consist of a costs stereo with CD player, the engine-immobilizing anti-theft system, light weight aluminum wheels, a more plush inside, as well as power seats for the driver and also guest.
For about $2300 on any type of trim level, you can replace the four-cylinder engine with a V6.
The largest adjustments on the Camry for 1998 are in the location of security-- a crucial consideration for family sedan buyers. Side air bags for the front-seat guests are available for the first time (for $250). Side air bags could lower the variety of abdominal and upper body injuries, according to safety experts. The Camry's front airbags have been decreased active for 1998. Safety belt now include pretensioners and also force-limiters, which improve performance by tightening the belts in an effect, then loosening them somewhat to minimize the opportunity of belt-induced injuries. This mix has actually been located on high-end models for years, and it's nice to see them on large-volume mid-priced cars and trucks.
These enhancements begin top of an already-strong security bundle. Antilock brakes are standard on almost the four-cylinder CE design, where they are a $550 alternative. Grip control is an option on V6-powered vehicles ($ 300).
There are three-point safety belts in every placement, consisting of the rear center area. The back seatbacks are strengthened to withstand invasion from items in the trunk. Certainly, the whole body structure has executed very well in federal government and insurance policy industry crash examinations.
The inside of the Camry is a light and airy area, with comfy seats as well as a reduced cowl for good exposure. A classy control panel homes bright white-on-black tools. The audio as well as environment control knobs are easy and also within easy reach of vehicle driver or guest as well as the stereo system is exceptional.
Thoughtful features are plentiful. A 2nd power outlet lies at the bottom on the front console, next to the built-in tissue dispenser. The sun visors have extension panels. The front cupholders hold 20-ounce bottles, and also the rear cupholders could take either juice boxes or cans. There are numerous storage space cubbies, and also a capacious glovebox.
The inside is spacious, thanks to the Camry's long wheelbase. A generous quantity of sound-deadening material makes the indoor luxuriously silent. The radio antenna on just about the CE models is placed in the rear window to improve function and decrease wind sound and also car laundry damage.
The basic powerplant for the Camry is a 133-horsepower 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that is extremely smooth. A four-cylinder engine in a vehicle this size is normally a miserable option, but not here. The 2.2-liter gives acceptable velocity performance as well as, when up to speed, keeps the auto rolling along well. It has to downshift extra regularly, and also handing down two-lane roads calls for more planning compared to with a bigger engine. Yet the fine-tuned 2.2-liter has none of the roughness common of four-cylinder engines. It's economical to acquire and also run, which is why 85 percent of Camry buyers go with it.
The optional 194-hp 3.0-liter V6, typically identified as one of the very best in the market, is dramatically more powerful. For the extra money, you get a family members car that will certainly speed up from 0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds, as opposed to 10.9 secs for the four-cylinder engine. It gives good performance for passing as well as speeds up quickly from junctions. You'll have to include premium gas to the budget plan, nevertheless.
Four-speed electronic transmissions are conventional on the LE and XLE models. The ECTi transmission mated to the V6 has a flexible program reacts to specific driving designs. Drive more boldy and it will certainly delay the shift points for even more perky efficiency. Leisurely cruise around town as well as it will move quicker for smooth, fuel-efficient efficiency.
In terms of flight and also handling, the Camry has always had the grace of a much more expensive car, thanks to the bases it shares with the Lexus ES300. Though the vehicle is no sports sedan, it is smooth and also competent, giving the motorist a confident sense of control.
It's not tough to see why the brand-new Camry was The U.S.A.'s very successful car last year. It is improved, roomy as well as fully equipped, with a strong resale value and a reliability record other carmakers envy.
The Camry generally has actually been expensive, however Toyota has striven to check price; 1998 rates are up less than 2 percent. The competition amongst mid-size cars is strong. Honda has presented a brand-new Accord. As well as several attractive rivals are less costly, significantly the Oldsmobile Intrigue as well as the Pontiac Grand Prix. However if improvement, safety and security equipment, resale worth and also reliability are very important, the Camry is the leading contender.