Toyota Camry 2002

Toyota Camry 2002: Hoping to broaden both its photo and also charm past exactly what it deems the "large center" of the car-buying populace, Toyota has actually introduced a fifth-generation version of its midsize front-drive car. The Camry has been the very popular auto in the U.S. market for the past 4 years, though sales slipped somewhat throughout 2000 as the Honda Accord made a solid showing.

Toyota wants to maintain that No. 1 slot with a sedan that's quieter and also bigger inside, as well as a wheelbase that is 2 inches much longer than in the past. To that end, programmers have "widened its allure by honing its emphasis," states Don Esmond, general manager of the Toyota Division. At the same time, he claims it's critical to "never lose sight of why pleased Camry proprietors keep returning again and again."

A brand new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that establishes 157 horse power-- a 15 percent rise in power-- is expected to enter into greater than three-fourths of the vehicles. A five-speed-manual transmission is typical with the four-cylinder engine, as well as a four-speed automated is optional. Camry's geared up with the 3.0-liter V-6 engine come only with the automatic transmission.

Toyota has actually reduced costs, added conventional tools and revised the Camry lineup. The low-end CE design is gone, so crank-down windows are no more readily available. Designs currently include the common LE, high end XLE and a sporty brand-new SE with different suspension adjusting and also 16-inch sporting activity tires. A navigating system is optional for the first time, and also adjustable pedals are scheduled to become offered in January 2002.

Toyota's two-door Camry Solara sports car and also convertible, as well as the Avalon sedan, are improved the very same front-drive system as the prior-generation Camry. Most Camrys marketed in the United States have actually been produced at Toyota's Georgetown, Ky., plant, and also the brand-new version declares 85 percent residential content.

Toyota Camry 2002


Toyota insists that the 2002 Camry has crisper, bolder, extra high end styling that is "a step from reasonable to sensuous," inning accordance with Task Manager Dan Hargitt. Yet the general appearance hasn't already changed drastically from the 4th generation. 2 inches much longer compared to earlier designs, the 107.1-inch wheelbase is a hair much longer than that of the Accord, and also at 189.2 inches long overall, the Camry is about the very same length as its Honda opponent. The sporty SE sedan features a blackout grille, fog lamps and a back looter.

The Accord comes as a sports car as well as car, however the Camry stays readily available as a four-door car just. The Camry Solara sports car as well as convertible have different designing and also are dealt with as separate models, and the Solara variation will certainly not be revamped up until later.


Toyota asserts that rear legroom is 40 millimeters more than previously and also passenger hip points are greater. Space is ample for 4 grownups and acceptable for five, and the chauffeur's seat has sufficient fore-aft travel to suit tall as well as brief people. Typical 60/40-split back seatbacks supplement the lots quantity of the trunk, which now holds 16.7 cubic feet of cargo.

Standard LE equipment includes digital air conditioning, programmable automatic door locks, power home windows and mirrors, a full-size spare tire and also a four-spoke tilt steering wheel. The facility console includes a bilevel storage space box. Additional products on the XLE include power pole positions, heated mirrors, automated environment control, an engine immobilizer/alarm system, keyless entry as well as a rear sunshade. The sportier SE sedan gets one-of-a-kind sporting activity fabric upholstery, brushed chrome interior trim, a leather-wrapped gearshift bar and sport assesses.

Under the Hood

Toyota's new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine generates 157 hp and friends 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.


Curtain-type airbags are conventional on the Camry XLE and are signed up with by side-impact air bags for the pole positions. Front airbags deploy in 3 phases, relying on crash conditions. Antilock brakes are standard on the XLE and V-6 models and are readily available as a choice on four-cylinder LE and also SE sedans.

Driving Perceptions

If the Camry has actually been criticized for anything in the past, it's been dull styling. Then again, promoting style isn't just what creates more than 400,000 customers per year to drive one residence from the dealership. What most Camry consumers seek is Toyota's online reputation for dependability as well as top quality, together with exceptional resale value. When it's time to sell the Camry, someone will certainly be eager to obtain yours as a previously owned design.

Even though its look has actually made no huge jumps into fresh territory, the new Camry's form is appealing. All the various other Camry characteristics are below, and if anything, they are better compared to ever. Owners still get a happily comfortable trip, ample interior room, joyous quietness as well as fairly energetic performance. Velocity, actually, reaches well past the appropriate mark with the four-cylinder engine, which is almost as silent as the V-6. No wonder many buyers are content with the four-cylinder designs.

Little charge in flight comfort appears in the stylish brand-new SE sedan, which guarantees a little tauter handling than other Camry trims. But distinctions are less than significant. Fans of manual transmissions will certainly be pleased to learn that the manual-transmission Camry performs admirably, its bar clicking crisply through the gears without a care in the world.