1998 toyota Camry

1998 Toyota Camry: When Toyota introduced the 4th generation of its prominent car in 2014, the automaker's stated objective was take the Camry, already the criteria for family members sedans, as well as make it also better. A less-public objective was to make the Camry the best-selling automobile in America, bumping apart seasonal winners Ford Taurus as well as Honda Accord.

To do so, Toyota created an easy strategy: Provide the vehicle even more of every little thing without compromising the traits that made the Camry so effective. The brand-new design was a little bigger, the interior more roomy, the ride and handling more polished, as well as it sported a much longer checklist of ease as well as safety and security attributes. Possibly crucial, the price was a couple of factors below comparably outfitted '96 designs.

It was a clever plan.

One year later on, Toyota has actually fulfilled the obstacle it established for itself. When sales numbers were tallied at the end of the 1997 model year, Americans had actually bought 385,814 Camrys, 10 percent more than in 2014, slipping by Accord and Taurus.

Keeping that type of success, it's not surprising the 1998 Camry uses fairly couple of changes over the 1997 version. There are, nevertheless, numerous substantial improvements, consisting of the schedule of side air bags and also an engine-immobilizing anti-theft system. Nowadays, even victors can not slack off.

1998 Toyota Camry


The outside of the Camry is unchanged from the 1997 design, which provides a sleeker, extra prominent look than the moderate, rounded form of the previous generation.

The Camry looks substantial without casting a big darkness. The angular lines extend the cars and truck's profile as well as provide it presence. And yet it does not look stuffy. Marginal overhang at the front and also back of the car pushes the wheels to the corners, giving it a stylish, dynamic stance.

At the back, a high, square tail boosts the vehicle's aerodynamics. The trunk is wide sufficient to carry golf clubs crosswise, with a wide opening and a comfortably low lift-over elevation. To additionally increase cargo capacity, the back seats fold up onward in a 60/40 split. The trunk is completely lined for a clean look and also less sound transmission into the passenger compartment. The gooseneck hinges on the trunk lid, which intrude somewhat right into the cargo area, are less than ideal, nonetheless.

The Camry is available only as a sedan. The previous generation consisted of sports car as well as wagon designs. A Camry-based coupe is arranged to appear following year, but the low-volume wagon has actually disappeared in favor of the all-new Toyota Sienna minivan (see minivan section), which is based on the Camry system.

Buyers have a wide range of trim degrees to choose among. The budget-minded could shop the CE: With a four-cylinder engine as well as five-speed manual transmission, the CE begins at $17,358. That purchases you the Camry's well-known integrity and also top quality, however not a lot else: A/c, cruise control, ABDOMINAL, power windows and also locks, cassette player, or even intermittent wipers are all optional.

The majority of buyers (about 60 percent) opt for an LE, like the one we checked. All the functions missing out on from the CE that listed above, along with a transmission, are typical on the LE, which has a base rate of $20,638.

The leading trim level is the XLE, which begins at $23,048. Common functions on the XLE consist of a costs audio system with CD player, the engine-immobilizing anti-theft system, aluminum wheels, a much more plush inside, and power seats for the vehicle driver and also traveler.

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

Inside Qualities

The most significant modifications on the Camry for 1998 are in the area of security-- a vital consideration for family members car purchasers. Side airbags for the front-seat guests are readily available for the first time (for $250). Side air bags can reduce the number of stomach and breast injuries, inning accordance with safety and security experts. The Camry's front airbags have actually been reduced effective for 1998. Safety belt currently have pretensioners and also force-limiters, which enhance effectiveness by tightening the belts in an impact, after that loosening them somewhat to reduce the chance of belt-induced injuries. This combination has actually been discovered on deluxe models for years, and also it's nice to see them on large-volume mid-priced vehicles.

These enhancements begin top of an already-strong security plan. Antilock brakes are conventional on almost the four-cylinder CE model, where they are a $550 choice. Grip control is a choice on V6-powered vehicles ($ 300).

There are three-point safety belts in every setting, consisting of the back facility area. The back seatbacks are fortified to stand up to intrusion from items in the trunk. Indeed, the whole body structure has carried out very well in government and insurance industry accident tests.

The interior of the Camry is a light and airy room, with comfortable seats and also a low cowl completely exposure. A stylish dashboard homes intense white-on-black instruments. The audio and also environment control handles are basic and also within very easy reach of driver or traveler and also the stereo is outstanding.

Thoughtful features abound. A 2nd power electrical outlet lies at the bottom on the front console, next to the built-in cells dispenser. The sunlight visors have expansion panels. The front cupholders hold 20-ounce bottles, as well as the back cupholders could take either juice boxes or coulds. There many storage cubbies, and also a capacious glovebox.

The inside is spacious, thanks to the Camry's lengthy wheelbase. A generous quantity of sound-deadening product makes the interior luxuriously quiet. The radio antenna on almost the CE versions is placed in the rear window to improve reception and also lower wind noise as well as cars and truck wash 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 vehicle this size is normally a miserable option, however not here. The 2.2-liter offers appropriate acceleration efficiency as well as, when up to speed, keeps the vehicle rolling along perfectly. It needs to downshift much more regularly, as well as passing on two-lane roads calls for more preparation than with a larger engine. Yet the improved 2.2-liter has none of the roughness typical of four-cylinder engines. It's economical to buy and also run, which is why 85 percent of Camry purchasers go with it.

The optional 194-hp 3.0-liter V6, normally recognized as one of the most effective in the industry, is considerably extra effective. For the additional money, you obtain a family members sedan that will increase from 0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds, in contrast to 10.9 seconds for the four-cylinder engine. It supplies great efficiency for passing as well as accelerates briskly from junctions. You'll need to include costs fuel to the spending plan, nevertheless.

Four-speed digital automatic transmissions are typical on the LE as well as XLE versions. The ECTi transmission mated to the V6 has an adaptive program replies to private driving designs. Drive much more boldy and it will postpone the change points for even more spirited efficiency. Leisurely cruise around town and it will certainly change earlier for smooth, fuel-efficient performance.

In terms of flight and handling, the Camry has always had the poise of an even more expensive sedan, thanks to the foundations it shows to the Lexus ES300. Though the auto is no sporting activities sedan, it is smooth as well as skilled, giving the vehicle driver a certain feeling of control.


It's not difficult to see why the new Camry was The U.S.A.'s very popular car in 2015. It is improved, roomy and well-equipped, with a strong resale value and also a reliability record other carmakers envy.

The Camry traditionally has actually been pricey, however Toyota has actually worked hard to control cost; 1998 costs are up less than 2 percent. The competition among mid-size sedans is intense. Honda has presented a brand-new Accord. And several appealing competitors are less expensive, especially the Oldsmobile Intrigue as well as the Pontiac Grand Prix. Yet if improvement, safety tools, resale worth and integrity are important, the Camry is the leading challenger.