Toyota Camry 98

Toyota Camry 98: When Toyota released the fourth generation of its preferred sedan in 2015, the automaker's specified goal was take the Camry, currently the criteria for family sedans, and also make it also better. A less-public goal was to make the Camry the best-selling car in The U.S.A., bumping apart perennial winners Ford Taurus and also Honda Accord.

To do so, Toyota developed a basic technique: Provide the automobile more of whatever without giving up the traits that made the Camry so effective. The new model was a little bigger, the interior much more spacious, the flight and taking care of more refined, as well as it showed off a longer listing of convenience and security functions. Possibly most important, the cost was a couple of points below equally geared up '96 designs.

It was a clever strategy.

One year later, Toyota has met the obstacle it established for itself. When sales numbers were tallied at the end of the 1997 design year, Americans had bought 385,814 Camrys, 10 percent more than last year, slipping by Accord as well as Taurus.

Keeping that kind of success, it's not unusual the 1998 Camry offers relatively few modifications over the 1997 design. There are, nevertheless, a number of substantial renovations, including the schedule of side airbags and an engine-immobilizing anti-theft system. These days, also victors cannot slack off.


Toyota Camry 98


Walkaround

The exterior of the Camry is unmodified from the 1997 version, which provides a sleeker, much more prestigious look compared to the moderate, rounded form of the previous generation.

The Camry looks considerable without casting a large darkness. The angular lines extend the cars and truck's account and give it presence. But it doesn't look stale. Very little overhang at the front and also back of the vehicle presses the wheels to the edges, providing it a sporty, vibrant stance.

At the rear, a high, square tail improves the vehicle's aerodynamics. The trunk is large sufficient to lug golf clubs crosswise, with a wide opening as well as a pleasantly reduced lift-over height. To further boost freight capability, the rear seats fold up ahead in a 60/40 split. The trunk is totally lined for a clean look as well as much less sound transmission right into the traveler area. The gooseneck hinges on the trunk lid, which intrude a little right into the freight location, are less than ideal, however.

The Camry is readily available only as a car. The previous generation consisted of sports car and also wagon designs. A Camry-based sports car is scheduled to show up following year, but the low-volume wagon has disappeared for the brand new Toyota Sienna minivan (see minivan area), which is based upon the Camry system.

Buyers have a wide range of trim degrees to pick amongst. The budget-minded could shop the CE: With a four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission, the CE starts at $17,358. That gets you the Camry's popular reliability as well as quality, but not a whole lot else: Cooling, cruise ship control, ABS, power windows and also locks, cassette player, as well as recurring wipers are all optional.

A lot of buyers (regarding 60 percent) opt for an LE, like the one we checked. All the attributes missing out on from the CE that listed above, as well as a transmission, are standard on the LE, which has a base cost of $20,638.

The top trim level is the XLE, which starts at $23,048. Basic functions on the XLE include a premium stereo with CD player, the engine-immobilizing anti-theft system, light weight aluminum wheels, an extra luxurious interior, and power seats for the vehicle driver and also guest.

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

Inside Features

The biggest adjustments on the Camry for 1998 are in the area of security-- a vital consideration for family members sedan purchasers. Side airbags for the front-seat guests are readily available for the very first time (for $250). Side air bags can lower the number of abdominal and also chest injuries, according to safety professionals. The Camry's front airbags have actually been reduced effective for 1998. Seat belts currently have pretensioners as well as force-limiters, which improve effectiveness by tightening up the belts in an impact, then loosening them slightly to reduce the opportunity of belt-induced injuries. This combination has actually been discovered on high-end designs for several years, and it's nice to see them on large-volume mid-priced cars.

These improvements begin top of an already-strong safety and security bundle. Antilock brakes are standard on just about the four-cylinder CE design, where they are a $550 alternative. Traction control is a choice on V6-powered cars ($ 300).

There are three-point safety belts in every placement, consisting of the back facility area. The rear seatbacks are fortified to withstand breach from things in the trunk. Undoubtedly, the entire body structure has executed effectively in federal government and also insurance industry accident examinations.

The interior of the Camry is a light and ventilated area, with comfortable seats and a reduced cowl forever presence. A sophisticated control panel residences intense white-on-black instruments. The sound and also environment control knobs are basic and within easy reach of driver or passenger and also the stereo system is excellent.

Thoughtful features are plentiful. A 2nd power outlet lies near the bottom on the front console, alongside the built-in tissue dispenser. The sun visors have expansion panels. The front cupholders hold 20-ounce bottles, and the rear cupholders can take either juice boxes or cans. There are numerous storage space cubbies, as well as a capacious glovebox.

The interior is roomy, thanks to the Camry's lengthy wheelbase. A generous amount of sound-deadening material makes the interior luxuriously silent. The radio antenna on all but the CE versions is installed in the rear home window to improve function and minimize wind sound and also vehicle clean damage.

Driving Impacts

The basic powerplant for the Camry is a 133-horsepower 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that is incredibly smooth. A four-cylinder engine in a car this dimension is normally a miserable choice, but not here. The 2.2-liter supplies acceptable velocity efficiency as well as, once up to speed, keeps the auto rolling along well. It has to downshift much more often, and also passing on two-lane roadways needs even more planning 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 operate, which is why 85 percent of Camry buyers opt for it.

The optional 194-hp 3.0-liter V6, usually identified as one of the best in the sector, is significantly much more effective. For the additional money, you get a household car that will accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 8.7 secs, in contrast to 10.9 seconds for the four-cylinder engine. It supplies excellent efficiency for passing as well as speeds up quickly from intersections. You'll have to add premium fuel to the spending plan, nevertheless.

Four-speed digital automatic transmissions are basic on the LE and also XLE versions. The ECTi transmission mated to the V6 has a flexible program responds to individual driving designs. Drive much more strongly and it will postpone the shift points for even more perky efficiency. Leisurely cruise around community and also it will certainly shift sooner for smooth, fuel-efficient efficiency.

In terms of flight and also handling, the Camry has constantly had the poise of an even more expensive car, thanks to the foundations it shows to the Lexus ES300. Though the auto is no sports car, it is smooth and also experienced, giving the motorist a confident sense of control.

Summary

It's not tough to see why the new Camry was The U.S.A.'s very popular vehicle in 2014. It is refined, roomy and also well-equipped, with a strong resale worth and also a reliability record other carmakers envy.

The Camry generally has actually been pricey, however Toyota has worked hard to rein in price; 1998 prices are up less than 2 percent. The competition among mid-size cars is tough. Honda has introduced a brand-new Accord. And several attractive competitors are less costly, especially the Oldsmobile Intrigue and the Pontiac Grand Prix. But if refinement, safety tools, resale worth as well as integrity are very important, the Camry is the leading contender.