To do so, Toyota designed an easy strategy: Provide the vehicle even more of every little thing without sacrificing the qualities that made the Camry so successful. The brand-new design was somewhat larger, the interior extra large, the trip and managing more polished, and also it sported a longer checklist of benefit and security attributes. Perhaps crucial, the cost was a couple of points below equally outfitted '96 versions.
It was a wise plan.
One year later on, Toyota has fulfilled the challenge 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 greater than in 2014, slipping by Accord and Taurus.
With that sort of success, it's not shocking the 1998 Camry offers relatively few modifications over the 1997 design. There are, however, several significant enhancements, consisting of the availability of side airbags as well as an engine-immobilizing anti-theft system. These days, also winners can't slack off.
Toyota Camry 1998
The exterior of the Camry is the same from the 1997 version, which provides a sleeker, more respected appearance compared to the modest, rounded shape of the previous generation.
The Camry looks substantial without casting a large darkness. The angular lines stretch the automobile's account and give it presence. And yet it does not look stuffy. Minimal overhang at the front as well as back of the cars and truck presses the wheels to the edges, offering it a stylish, vibrant position.
At the rear, a tall, square tail improves the vehicle's aerodynamics. The trunk is broad enough to lug golf clubs crosswise, with a wide opening as well as a conveniently reduced lift-over elevation. To further raise cargo capacity, the back seats fold up forward in a 60/40 split. The trunk is completely lined for a clean appearance as well as less noise transmission right into the guest area. The gooseneck hinges on the trunk lid, which intrude a little into the cargo area, are less than optimal, nonetheless.
The Camry is readily available only as a car. The previous generation consisted of coupe and wagon models. A Camry-based coupe is set up to show up next year, however the low-volume wagon has disappeared for the all-new Toyota Sienna minivan (see minivan section), which is based on the Camry system.
Customers have a wide range of trim degrees to select amongst. The budget-minded could shop the CE: With a four-cylinder engine as well as five-speed manual transmission, the CE starts at $17,358. That buys you the Camry's popular integrity and also top quality, but not a whole lot else: Cooling, cruise ship control, ABDOMINAL, power windows and also locks, cassette player, and even intermittent wipers are all optional.
Many buyers (about 60 percent) select an LE, like the one we tested. All the attributes missing from the CE that provided above, in addition to a transmission, are basic on the LE, which has a base cost of $20,638.
The leading trim level is the XLE, which starts at $23,048. Common attributes on the XLE consist of a premium stereo with CD player, the engine-immobilizing anti-theft system, light weight aluminum wheels, an extra luxurious interior, and also power seats for the driver and passenger.
For about $2300 on any type of trim degree, you can change the four-cylinder engine with a V6.
The biggest adjustments on the Camry for 1998 remain in the location of security-- a vital factor to consider for family sedan purchasers. Side airbags for the front-seat travelers are offered for the first time (for $250). Side air bags could minimize the number of stomach and breast injuries, inning accordance with safety and security specialists. The Camry's front airbags have actually been minimized effective for 1998. Seat belts now feature pretensioners and force-limiters, which enhance effectiveness by tightening up the belts in an effect, then loosening them somewhat to minimize the possibility of belt-induced injuries. This combination has been discovered on deluxe versions for several years, and also it's nice to see them on large-volume mid-priced automobiles.
These improvements begin top of an already-strong safety and security bundle. Anti-skid brakes are standard on all but the four-cylinder CE version, where they are a $550 alternative. Traction control is an alternative on V6-powered cars and trucks ($ 300).
There are three-point safety belts in every setting, consisting of the rear facility spot. The back seatbacks are fortified to withstand invasion from items in the trunk. Indeed, the entire body structure has executed effectively in government and also insurance coverage sector crash examinations.
The interior of the Camry is a light as well as ventilated area, with comfy seats and a low cowl permanently presence. A stylish dashboard residences bright white-on-black tools. The sound as well as environment control knobs are basic and also within simple reach of motorist or traveler and also the stereo system is superb.
Thoughtful features are plentiful. A second power electrical outlet is located at the bottom on the front console, next to the integrated cells dispenser. The sunlight visors have extension panels. The front cupholders hold 20-ounce containers, as well as the rear cupholders can take either juice boxes or cans. There many storage space cubbies, and also a capacious glovebox.
The interior is spacious, thanks to the Camry's long wheelbase. A generous quantity of sound-deadening product makes the interior luxuriously silent. The radio antenna on all but the CE designs is installed in the rear home window to boost function and also reduce wind noise and vehicle clean damage.
The standard powerplant for the Camry is a 133-horsepower 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that is remarkably smooth. A four-cylinder engine in a car this size is normally a miserable option, however not here. The 2.2-liter gives appropriate acceleration performance and, as soon as up to speed, maintains the car rolling along nicely. It needs to downshift extra regularly, and also handing down two-lane roadways requires more preparation than with a larger engine. But the refined 2.2-liter has none of the roughness normal of four-cylinder engines. It's economical to get and also operate, which is why 85 percent of Camry customers select it.
The optional 194-hp 3.0-liter V6, typically acknowledged as one of the very best in the industry, is dramatically a lot more powerful. For the additional money, you obtain a household sedan that will certainly accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8.7 secs, instead of 10.9 secs for the four-cylinder engine. It provides great efficiency for passing as well as accelerates briskly from junctions. You'll have to add costs gas to the spending plan, nonetheless.
Four-speed digital transmissions are conventional on the LE as well as XLE designs. The ECTi transmission mated to the V6 has a flexible program replies to individual driving designs. Drive extra strongly as well as it will delay the change factors for even more spirited performance. Leisurely cruise around community and also it will change earlier for smooth, fuel-efficient performance.
In regards to flight and also handling, the Camry has always had the grace of a far more pricey car, thanks to the foundations it shows the Lexus ES300. Though the car is no sporting activities sedan, it is smooth as well as proficient, giving the motorist a certain feeling of control.
It's not tough to see why the new Camry was The U.S.A.'s very successful vehicle last year. It is improved, roomy and fully equipped, with a solid resale value and a dependability record various other carmakers envy.
The Camry generally has been pricey, but Toyota has actually striven to rein in cost; 1998 prices are up less than 2 percent. The competitors among mid-size cars is fierce. Honda has presented a brand-new Accord. And also several eye-catching rivals are cheaper, significantly the Oldsmobile Intrigue and the Pontiac Grand Prix. But if refinement, security equipment, resale worth as well as reliability are very important, the Camry is the leading challenger.