2002 toyota Camry Le

2002 Toyota Camry Le: Intending to expand both its image and charm beyond exactly what it deems the "huge middle" of the car-buying populace, Toyota has actually presented a fifth-generation variation of its midsize front-drive sedan. The Camry has been the very popular car in the United States market for the past 4 years, though sales slipped somewhat during 2000 as the Honda Accord made a solid showing.

Toyota wants to retain that No. 1 port with a sedan that's quieter and also bigger inside, and a wheelbase that is 2 inches longer than previously. To that end, programmers have "broadened its appeal by honing its emphasis," states Don Esmond, general supervisor of the Toyota Division. At the same time, he states it's critical to "never lose sight of why completely satisfied Camry proprietors maintain coming back over and over."

An all-new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 157 horse power-- a 15 percent rise in power-- is anticipated to go into greater than three-fourths of the autos. A five-speed-manual transmission is typical with the four-cylinder engine, and also a four-speed automatic is optional. Camry's furnished with the 3.0-liter V-6 engine come only with the automatic transmission.

Toyota has actually reduced costs, added basic devices as well as modified the Camry schedule. The low-end CE version is gone, so crank-down home windows are no more offered. Versions now include the typical LE, high end XLE as well as a flashy new SE with various suspension tuning and also 16-inch sporting activity tires. A navigating system is optional for the first time, and flexible pedals are scheduled to become readily available in January 2002.

Toyota's two-door Camry Solara coupe and also convertible, and the Avalon car, are built on the very same front-drive system as the prior-generation Camry. The majority of Camrys marketed in the USA have been made at Toyota's Georgetown, Ky., plant, as well as the new model asserts 85 percent domestic content.

2002 Toyota Camry Le


Toyota asserts that the 2002 Camry has crisper, bolder, extra upscale styling that is "a relocation from sensible to sensuous," according to Task Manager Dan Hargitt. However the general appearance hasn't changed dramatically from the fourth generation. 2 inches much longer compared to earlier models, the 107.1-inch wheelbase is a hair longer compared to that of the Accord, and also at 189.2 inches long in general, the Camry has to do with the same length as its Honda opponent. The stylish SE sedan includes a blackout grille, haze lights and a back looter.

The Accord comes as a sports car and sedan, yet the Camry continues to be available as a four-door sedan only. The Camry Solara coupe and also convertible have various styling and also are treated as different models, and the Solara version will not be revamped till later.


Toyota asserts that back legroom is 40 millimeters greater than previously and also traveler hip points are higher. Area is sufficient for 4 grownups and also appropriate for five, as well as the chauffeur's seat has enough fore-aft travel to fit tall and brief people. Standard 60/40-split rear seatbacks supplement the tons quantity of the trunk, which now holds 16.7 cubic feet of cargo.

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

Under the Hood

Toyota's brand-new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 157 hp and also 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.

Safety and security

Curtain-type air bags are conventional on the Camry XLE and also are joined by side-impact air bags for the front seats. Front air bags deploy in three phases, depending upon accident conditions. Antilock brakes are typical on the XLE and V-6 designs as well as are offered as an alternative on four-cylinder LE and SE cars.

Driving Perceptions

If the Camry has actually been slammed for anything in the past, it's been dull designing. However, stimulating design isn't really what causes greater than 400,000 purchasers per year to drive one residence from the car dealership. What most Camry customers seek is Toyota's reputation for reliability and excellent quality, together with excellent resale worth. When it's time to offer the Camry, a person will aspire to obtain yours as a previously owned version.

Although its look has actually made no huge jumps into fresh territory, the brand-new Camry's form is appealing. All the various other Camry characteristics are right here, and if anything, they are much better compared to ever before. Proprietors still obtain a happily comfy flight, sufficient interior area, joyous quietness and reasonably energetic efficiency. Acceleration, actually, gets to well past the acceptable mark with the four-cylinder engine, which is almost as peaceful as the V-6. Not surprising that numerous customers are content with the four-cylinder designs.

Little charge in ride convenience appears in the flashy brand-new SE sedan, which promises a little tauter handling compared to various other Camry trims. However distinctions are less than remarkable. Followers of manual transmissions will certainly be pleased to learn that the manual-transmission Camry executes very well, its lever clicking crisply through the gears without a care worldwide.