1988 toyota Camry

1988 Toyota Camry: When Toyota launched the fourth generation of its prominent car last year, the automaker's stated objective was take the Camry, currently the standard for family members cars, as well as make it also much better. A less-public goal was to make the Camry the very popular auto in America, bumping apart seasonal champions Ford Taurus and also Honda Accord.

To do so, Toyota created a simple approach: Give the automobile even more of every little thing without giving up the characteristics that made the Camry so successful. The new version was somewhat bigger, the interior much more spacious, the ride as well as taking care of more refined, as well as it sported a longer checklist of comfort as well as safety and security attributes. Maybe most important, the price was a few points below comparably furnished '96 models.

It was a wise plan.

One year later on, Toyota has satisfied the difficulty it set for itself. When sales numbers were tallied at the end of the 1997 design year, Americans had actually bought 385,814 Camrys, 10 percent more than in 2014, edging out Accord as well as Taurus.

Keeping that sort of success, it's not unusual the 1998 Camry provides fairly few adjustments over the 1997 design. There are, nevertheless, numerous considerable renovations, including the schedule of side air bags and also an engine-immobilizing anti-theft system. These days, even victors cannot slack off.

1988 Toyota Camry


The exterior of the Camry is unmodified from the 1997 version, which uses a sleeker, more distinguished look than the small, rounded shape of the previous generation.

The Camry looks substantial without casting a large darkness. The angular lines extend the auto's account as well as give it presence. But it doesn't look stuffy. Marginal overhang at the front and rear of the auto pushes the wheels to the corners, providing it a stylish, vibrant stance.

At the back, a high, square tail enhances the cars and truck's the rules of aerodynamics. The trunk is vast enough to lug golf clubs crosswise, with a broad opening as well as a conveniently reduced lift-over elevation. To additionally boost cargo ability, the back seats fold ahead in a 60/40 split. The trunk is fully lined for a tidy appearance and much less sound transmission right into the traveler area. The gooseneck hinges on the trunk lid, which intrude somewhat right into the freight area, are less than perfect, nonetheless.

The Camry is offered only as a sedan. The previous generation included sports car as well as wagon designs. A Camry-based sports car is arranged to show up next year, yet the low-volume wagon has actually gone away in favor of the brand new Toyota Sienna minivan (see minivan section), which is based on the Camry system.

Purchasers have a vast array of trim degrees to pick among. The budget-minded could go shopping the CE: With a four-cylinder engine as well as five-speed manual transmission, the CE begins at $17,358. That gets you the Camry's popular reliability and also high quality, however not a lot else: Air conditioning, cruise ship control, ABDOMINAL, power home windows and also locks, cassette player, as well as recurring wipers are all optional.

Many customers (about 60 percent) opt for an LE, like the one we examined. All the functions missing from the CE that listed above, as well as an automatic transmission, are standard on the LE, which has a base cost of $20,638.

The leading trim degree is the XLE, which starts at $23,048. Typical attributes on the XLE consist of a premium audio system with CD player, the engine-immobilizing anti-theft system, light weight aluminum wheels, a much more luxurious inside, and also power seats for the chauffeur as well as guest.

For around $2300 on any type of trim degree, you can replace the four-cylinder engine with a V6.

Interior Characteristics

The largest changes on the Camry for 1998 are in the area of safety and security-- a key factor to consider for family members car buyers. Side airbags for the front-seat passengers are available for the very first time (for $250). Side air bags could decrease the number of stomach and chest injuries, inning accordance with security experts. The Camry's front air bags have been decreased in force for 1998. Seat belts now include pretensioners and also force-limiters, which increase effectiveness by tightening the belts in an influence, then loosening them somewhat to lower the possibility of belt-induced injuries. This mix has actually been located on deluxe models for years, and it's nice to see them on large-volume mid-priced automobiles.

These improvements come on top of an already-strong safety bundle. Antilock brakes are conventional on almost the four-cylinder CE design, where they are a $550 option. Traction control is an alternative on V6-powered automobiles ($ 300).

There are three-point safety belts in every placement, consisting of the back center area. The rear seatbacks are strengthened to stand up to breach from objects in the trunk. Indeed, the entire body structure has done quite possibly in government as well as insurance sector accident examinations.

The inside of the Camry is a light as well as airy space, with comfortable seats as well as a low cowl completely visibility. An elegant dashboard houses bright white-on-black tools. The sound and environment control knobs are easy as well as within easy reach of motorist or guest and the stereo is excellent.

Thoughtful amenities abound. A second power outlet lies at the bottom on the front console, alongside the built-in tissue dispenser. The sunlight visors have extension panels. The front cupholders hold 20-ounce bottles, as well as the back cupholders could take either juice boxes or cans. There many storage cubbies, and a capacious glovebox.

The interior is spacious, thanks to the Camry's long wheelbase. A charitable quantity of sound-deadening product makes the indoor luxuriously peaceful. The radio antenna on almost the CE designs is mounted in the rear window to enhance function and minimize wind sound and also car clean damage.

Driving Impacts

The basic 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 dimension is typically a depressing selection, yet not here. The 2.2-liter supplies appropriate acceleration performance and also, as soon as up to speed, keeps the auto rolling along well. It has to downshift a lot more frequently, and also handing down two-lane roads requires even more planning than with a larger engine. However the fine-tuned 2.2-liter has none of the roughness regular of four-cylinder engines. It's economical to purchase as well as run, which is why 85 percent of Camry purchasers select it.

The optional 194-hp 3.0-liter V6, generally identified as one of the best in the industry, is considerably much more powerful. For the extra money, you obtain a family members sedan that will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8.7 secs, instead of 10.9 secs for the four-cylinder engine. It provides excellent efficiency for passing as well as increases briskly from crossways. You'll need to add premium fuel to the budget, nonetheless.

Four-speed digital automatic transmissions are conventional on the LE and also XLE designs. The ECTi transmission mated to the V6 has an adaptive program replies to specific driving designs. Drive much more aggressively as well as it will postpone the shift factors for even more perky performance. Leisurely cruise ship around town and it will certainly shift sooner for smooth, fuel-efficient performance.

In terms of trip and handling, the Camry has constantly had the grace of a far more expensive sedan, thanks to the foundations it shows to the Lexus ES300. Though the car is no sporting activities car, it is smooth and skilled, offering the chauffeur a confident sense of control.


It's not tough to see why the new Camry was The U.S.A.'s very popular car last year. It is refined, roomy and also fully equipped, with a strong resale worth as well as an integrity record various other carmakers envy.

The Camry typically has been expensive, but Toyota has striven to check price; 1998 prices are up less than 2 percent. The competition among mid-size sedans is fierce. Honda has actually presented a brand-new Accord. And also numerous eye-catching rivals are cheaper, significantly the Oldsmobile Intrigue and the Pontiac Grand Prix. Yet if refinement, safety tools, resale worth as well as reliability are necessary, the Camry is the leading contender.