2002 toyota Camry Reviews

2002 Toyota Camry Reviews: Hoping to broaden both its image and also allure past exactly what it regards the "large center" of the car-buying population, Toyota has actually introduced a fifth-generation variation of its midsize front-drive sedan. The Camry has actually been the best-selling auto in the United States market for the past 4 years, though sales slipped rather during 2000 as the Honda Accord made a solid showing.

Toyota hopes to preserve that No. 1 port with a sedan that's quieter as well as bigger inside, and a wheelbase that is 2 inches longer than before. To that end, programmers have "broadened its appeal by sharpening its emphasis," says Don Esmond, basic manager of the Toyota Division. At the same time, he says it's vital to "never ever forget why completely satisfied Camry owners maintain coming back time and again."

An all-new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 157 horsepower-- a 15 percent boost in power-- is expected to enter into greater than three-fourths of the vehicles. A five-speed-manual transmission is basic with the four-cylinder engine, as well as a four-speed automatic is optional. Camry's outfitted with the 3.0-liter V-6 engine come only with the automatic transmission.

Toyota has actually decreased rates, included common equipment and also modified the Camry schedule. The low-end CE design is gone, so crank-down home windows are not available. Versions now consist of the standard LE, upscale XLE and also a flashy new SE with various suspension tuning and also 16-inch sport tires. A navigating system is optional for the very first time, as well as flexible pedals are arranged to become readily available in January 2002.

Toyota's two-door Camry Solara coupe and convertible, and also the Avalon sedan, are improved the same front-drive platform as the prior-generation Camry. Many Camrys sold in the USA have actually been made at Toyota's Georgetown, Ky., plant, as well as the new design asserts 85 percent domestic web content.

2002 Toyota Camry Reviews


Toyota asserts that the 2002 Camry has crisper, bolder, a lot more high end designing that is "a step from reasonable to sensual," according to Project Manager Dan Hargitt. But the general look hasn't altered considerably from the 4th generation. Two inches much longer than earlier models, the 107.1-inch wheelbase is a hair much longer than that of the Accord, as well as at 189.2 inches long on the whole, the Camry is about the same size as its Honda competitor. The stylish SE sedan features a blackout grille, haze lamps as well as a back looter.

The Accord comes as a sports car and sedan, but the Camry stays offered as a four-door sedan only. The Camry Solara sports car and also convertible have different designing and also are treated as separate models, and the Solara variation will certainly not be revamped up until later.


Toyota asserts that back legroom is 40 millimeters more than in the past as well as passenger hip factors are greater. Space is ample for four grownups and also acceptable for five, and the vehicle driver's seat has sufficient fore-aft traveling to accommodate high and short people. Conventional 60/40-split back seatbacks supplement the lots quantity of the trunk, which currently holds 16.7 cubic feet of cargo.

Criterion LE equipment consists of digital a/c, programmable automated door locks, power windows as well as mirrors, a full-size spare tire and also a four-spoke tilt steering wheel. The center console consists of a bilevel storage box. Extra products on the XLE consist of power pole positions, heated mirrors, automatic environment control, an engine immobilizer/alarm system, keyless access and also a rear sunshade. The sportier SE sedan gets one-of-a-kind sport textile furniture, brushed chrome interior trim, a leather-wrapped gearshift bar as well as sporting activity determines.

Under the Hood

Toyota's new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 157 hp and also companions to either a five-speed-manual or four-speed-automatic transmission. The 192-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 comes only with the automated gearbox.

Safety and security

Curtain-type airbags are conventional on the Camry XLE as well as are joined by side-impact air bags for the front seats. Front air bags deploy in 3 phases, depending on accident problems. Anti-skid brakes are typical on the XLE and V-6 models and are available as an option on four-cylinder LE and also SE sedans.

Driving Impacts

If the Camry has been slammed for anything in the past, it's been boring styling. However, promoting style isn't just what causes greater than 400,000 customers each year to drive one residence from the car dealership. What most Camry consumers look for is Toyota's track record for dependability and also top quality, together with exceptional resale worth. When it's time to sell the Camry, somebody will certainly be eager to get yours as a pre-owned model.

Despite the fact that its look has actually made no giant leaps into fresh area, the new Camry's shape is appealing. All the other Camry features are below, and if anything, they are better compared to ever. Owners still get a happily comfy flight, enough interior room, joyous tranquility and also sensibly energised efficiency. Velocity, as a matter of fact, gets to well past the appropriate mark with the four-cylinder engine, which is almost as peaceful as the V-6. No surprise a lot of customers are content with the four-cylinder designs.

Little fine in trip comfort is evident in the flashy new SE car, which assures a little tauter handling compared to other Camry trims. But distinctions are less than significant. Followers of manual transmissions will certainly be pleased to discover that the manual-transmission Camry executes very well, its lever clicking crisply via the gears without a treatment in the world.

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