Toyota Camry 98

Toyota Camry 98: When Toyota launched the fourth generation of its prominent car in 2014, the automaker's mentioned objective was take the Camry, currently the standard for family sedans, as well as make it also better. A less-public objective was to earn the Camry the best-selling car in America, bumping aside seasonal winners Ford Taurus as well as Honda Accord.

To do so, Toyota developed a simple method: Provide the auto more of everything without sacrificing the characteristics that made the Camry so effective. The new design was slightly bigger, the inside a lot more spacious, the trip and taking care of more polished, and it sported a longer list of comfort and also security attributes. Maybe crucial, the price was a couple of factors below comparably furnished '96 versions.

It was a smart plan.

One year later on, Toyota has actually met the obstacle it set for itself. When sales numbers were tallied at the end of the 1997 design year, Americans had actually acquired 385,814 Camrys, 10 percent more than last year, edging out Accord and Taurus.

Keeping that sort of success, it's not shocking the 1998 Camry offers reasonably few changes over the 1997 version. There are, however, several considerable improvements, consisting of the schedule of side air bags and an engine-immobilizing anti-theft system. Nowadays, even victors can't slack off.


Toyota Camry 98


Walkaround

The exterior of the Camry is unchanged from the 1997 model, which uses a sleeker, extra prestigious appearance compared to the modest, rounded shape of the previous generation.

The Camry looks significant without casting a huge darkness. The angular lines stretch the automobile's account and give it existence. And yet it does not look stale. Marginal overhang at the front and back of the vehicle presses the wheels to the corners, providing it a sporty, dynamic position.

At the back, a high, square tail boosts the vehicle's aerodynamics. The trunk is broad sufficient to carry golf clubs crosswise, with a broad opening as well as a pleasantly low lift-over elevation. To even more increase cargo capability, the back seats fold up onward in a 60/40 split. The trunk is totally lined for a clean appearance as well as less noise transmission right into the guest compartment. The gooseneck hinges on the trunk cover, which intrude slightly right into the cargo area, are less than suitable, however.

The Camry is offered only as a sedan. The previous generation included coupe and wagon models. A Camry-based sports car is set up to show up next year, but the low-volume wagon has actually gone away for the brand new Toyota Sienna minivan (see minivan area), which is based on the Camry platform.

Buyers have a large range of trim degrees to choose among. 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 purchases you the Camry's renowned integrity and also high quality, but not a great deal else: Cooling, cruise ship control, ABDOMINAL, power windows and also locks, cassette player, or even periodic wipers are all optional.

Most purchasers (about 60 percent) opt for an LE, like the one we checked. All the features missing out on from the CE that provided above, as well as a transmission, are common on the LE, which has a base rate of $20,638.

The leading trim level is the XLE, which begins at $23,048. Common attributes on the XLE include a costs stereo with CD player, the engine-immobilizing anti-theft system, aluminum wheels, a more luxurious interior, as well as power seats for the driver and also guest.

For about $2300 on any trim level, you could replace the four-cylinder engine with a V6.

Interior Features

The most significant modifications on the Camry for 1998 remain in the location of safety and security-- an essential factor to consider for family members sedan customers. Side air bags for the front-seat passengers are offered for the very first time (for $250). Side air bags can minimize the variety of abdominal as well as breast injuries, inning accordance with safety professionals. The Camry's front air bags have actually been minimized in force for 1998. Safety belt currently have pretensioners as well as force-limiters, which enhance performance by tightening up the belts in an influence, after that loosening them somewhat to minimize the possibility of belt-induced injuries. This mix has actually been discovered on deluxe designs for many years, as well as it behaves to see them on large-volume mid-priced cars.

These improvements begin top of an already-strong safety and security bundle. Anti-skid brakes are typical on almost the four-cylinder CE version, where they are a $550 choice. Grip control is an alternative on V6-powered cars ($ 300).

There are three-point safety belts in every placement, consisting of the rear facility spot. The back seatbacks are strengthened to stand up to invasion from objects in the trunk. Without a doubt, the whole body structure has actually performed extremely well in government as well as insurance industry crash examinations.

The interior of the Camry is a light as well as airy area, with comfy seats and a low cowl completely presence. A stylish control panel houses intense white-on-black instruments. The audio as well as climate control knobs are straightforward and also within very easy reach of chauffeur or guest and also the stereo is outstanding.

Thoughtful amenities are plentiful. A second power electrical outlet lies at the bottom on the front console, alongside the built-in cells dispenser. The sun visors have extension panels. The front cupholders hold 20-ounce containers, and the rear cupholders can take either juice boxes or coulds. There many storage cubbies, as well as a capacious glovebox.

The interior is roomy, thanks to the Camry's long wheelbase. A generous quantity of sound-deadening material makes the interior luxuriously quiet. The radio antenna on all but the CE versions is placed in the rear home window to enhance function and also reduce wind noise and vehicle wash damages.

Driving Impressions

The conventional powerplant for the Camry is a 133-horsepower 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that is incredibly smooth. A four-cylinder engine in a cars and truck this dimension is normally a depressing selection, however not here. The 2.2-liter provides appropriate acceleration performance as well as, once up to speed, keeps the automobile rolling along nicely. It needs to downshift a lot more often, and also passing on two-lane roadways needs even more preparation than with a larger engine. But the improved 2.2-liter has none of the roughness common of four-cylinder engines. It's economical to get as well as run, which is why 85 percent of Camry buyers go with it.

The optional 194-hp 3.0-liter V6, typically recognized as one of the best in the industry, is significantly much more effective. For the extra money, you get a family sedan that will certainly accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 8.7 seconds, as opposed to 10.9 seconds for the four-cylinder engine. It provides great performance for passing and also increases quickly from junctions. You'll have to include premium gas to the budget, however.

Four-speed electronic automatic transmissions are typical on the LE and also XLE models. The ECTi transmission mated to the V6 has a flexible program replies to private driving designs. Drive more strongly and it will delay the shift points for even more spirited efficiency. Leisurely cruise ship around town as well as it will shift sooner for smooth, fuel-efficient performance.

In regards to ride as well as handling, the Camry has constantly had the grace of a much more costly sedan, thanks to the underpinnings it shows to the Lexus ES300. Though the auto is no sports sedan, it is smooth and also experienced, offering the vehicle driver a positive sense of control.

Recap

It's not hard to see why the new Camry was America's best-selling car last year. It is improved, roomy and well-equipped, with a solid resale worth and also a dependability document other carmakers envy.

The Camry generally has actually been pricey, yet Toyota has striven to control price; 1998 costs are up less than 2 percent. The competitors amongst mid-size cars is fierce. Honda has introduced a new Accord. And a number of appealing competitors are less costly, notably the Oldsmobile Intrigue as well as the Pontiac Grand Prix. Yet if refinement, safety tools, resale value and also integrity are necessary, the Camry is the leading competitor.

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