1998 toyota Camry

1998 Toyota Camry: When Toyota introduced the fourth generation of its popular sedan in 2014, the automaker's stated objective was take the Camry, currently the benchmark for family cars, as well as make it also much better. A less-public objective was to earn the Camry the best-selling cars and truck in America, bumping apart perennial champions Ford Taurus and Honda Accord.

To do so, Toyota developed an easy strategy: Provide the car more of whatever without sacrificing the characteristics that made the Camry so effective. The new design was slightly larger, the inside much more roomy, the ride and taking care of even more polished, and it sported a much longer listing of ease and also safety features. Perhaps most important, the cost was a couple of factors listed below equally furnished '96 versions.

It was a clever strategy.

One year later on, Toyota has satisfied the obstacle it established for itself. When sales numbers were tallied at the end of the 1997 design year, Americans had actually gotten 385,814 Camrys, 10 percent greater than in 2015, slipping by Accord and Taurus.

With that said kind of success, it's not unusual the 1998 Camry supplies relatively few changes over the 1997 version. There are, however, numerous considerable enhancements, consisting of the availability of side air bags and an engine-immobilizing anti-theft system. These days, even winners can not slack off.

1998 Toyota Camry


The outside of the Camry is unmodified from the 1997 version, which supplies a sleeker, a lot more prominent appearance than the small, rounded form of the previous generation.

The Camry looks significant without casting a huge darkness. The angular lines stretch the automobile's profile and give it visibility. And yet it does not look stale. Minimal overhang at the front and back of the vehicle presses the wheels to the corners, giving it a stylish, vibrant stance.

At the back, a high, square tail boosts the car's the rules of aerodynamics. The trunk is wide enough to lug golf clubs crosswise, with a wide opening and an easily reduced lift-over elevation. To further increase cargo capacity, the back seats fold up forward in a 60/40 split. The trunk is totally lined for a tidy look and less sound transmission into the guest compartment. The gooseneck hinges on the trunk cover, which intrude slightly into the freight area, are less than ideal, nevertheless.

The Camry is offered only as a car. The previous generation included sports car and wagon designs. A Camry-based coupe is scheduled to appear next year, yet the low-volume wagon has actually vanished for the brand new Toyota Sienna minivan (see minivan area), which is based on the Camry system.

Purchasers have a variety of trim levels to pick amongst. The budget-minded could shop the CE: With a four-cylinder engine and also five-speed manual transmission, the CE starts at $17,358. That acquires you the Camry's popular dependability and high quality, but not a great deal else: Air conditioning, cruise control, ABDOMINAL, power home windows and locks, cassette player, as well as recurring wipers are all optional.

Most purchasers (about 60 percent) go with an LE, like the one we examined. All the functions missing out on from the CE that provided above, along with a transmission, are conventional on the LE, which has a base rate of $20,638.

The leading trim level is the XLE, which begins at $23,048. Typical attributes on the XLE include a premium stereo with CD player, the engine-immobilizing anti-theft system, light weight aluminum wheels, a more deluxe inside, and also power seats for the vehicle driver as well as traveler.

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

Inside Features

The biggest adjustments on the Camry for 1998 are in the location of safety-- a vital factor to consider for family members sedan purchasers. Side air bags for the front-seat passengers are offered for the first time (for $250). Side airbags could lower the variety of stomach and chest injuries, according to safety and security specialists. The Camry's front air bags have actually been reduced in force for 1998. Safety belt currently include pretensioners as well as force-limiters, which boost efficiency by tightening up the belts in an influence, then loosening them somewhat to lower the possibility of belt-induced injuries. This combination has actually been located on high-end models for years, and it's nice to see them on large-volume mid-priced cars.

These enhancements come on top of an already-strong safety bundle. Anti-skid brakes are conventional on almost the four-cylinder CE version, where they are a $550 alternative. Traction control is an alternative on V6-powered autos ($ 300).

There are three-point safety belts in every placement, including the rear facility spot. The rear seatbacks are strengthened to resist intrusion from items in the trunk. Indeed, the entire body framework has done very well in federal government and also insurance policy market accident tests.

The interior of the Camry is a light and also ventilated area, with comfy seats and also a reduced cowl permanently presence. A sophisticated control panel homes brilliant white-on-black tools. The audio and environment control handles are easy and within simple reach of chauffeur or traveler as well as the stereo is excellent.

Thoughtful services abound. A second power electrical outlet is located near 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 back cupholders can take either juice boxes or coulds. There countless storage cubbies, as well as 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 quiet. The radio antenna on almost the CE versions is mounted in the rear home window to enhance reception and also decrease wind noise as well as auto clean damage.

Driving Impressions

The typical powerplant for the Camry is a 133-horsepower 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that is remarkably smooth. A four-cylinder engine in a cars and truck this size is usually a miserable option, however not here. The 2.2-liter provides appropriate velocity efficiency and also, as soon as up to speed, keeps the automobile rolling along well. It has to downshift more often, as well as handing down two-lane roadways needs more preparation than with a larger engine. However the fine-tuned 2.2-liter has none of the roughness common of four-cylinder engines. It's economical to buy and operate, which is why 85 percent of Camry purchasers select it.

The optional 194-hp 3.0-liter V6, usually acknowledged as one of the most effective in the sector, is significantly more effective. For the additional money, you get a family car that will increase from 0-60 miles per hour in 8.7 secs, rather than 10.9 seconds for the four-cylinder engine. It offers great performance for passing as well as increases quickly from crossways. You'll need to add premium gas to the budget plan, nevertheless.

Four-speed digital transmissions are basic on the LE and XLE designs. The ECTi transmission mated to the V6 has a flexible program responds to specific driving styles. Drive extra boldy as well as it will certainly delay the change points for even more spirited performance. Leisurely cruise around town and it will certainly move faster for smooth, fuel-efficient performance.

In terms of flight as well as 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 proficient, giving the driver a confident feeling of control.


It's not difficult to see why the brand-new Camry was America's very successful vehicle in 2015. It is fine-tuned, roomy and also fully equipped, with a strong resale value and also an integrity record other carmakers envy.

The Camry commonly has actually been expensive, but Toyota has actually worked hard to rein in expense; 1998 rates are up less than 2 percent. The competitors among mid-size cars is strong. Honda has presented a brand-new Accord. And several eye-catching competitors are cheaper, significantly the Oldsmobile Intrigue and also the Pontiac Grand Prix. However if refinement, safety and security devices, resale value and also integrity are necessary, the Camry is the leading competitor.