1988 toyota Camry

1988 toyota Camry: When Toyota released the 4th generation of its popular car last year, the automaker's stated goal was take the Camry, currently the criteria for family sedans, and make it even better. A less-public objective was to make the Camry the very popular car in America, bumping apart seasonal champions Ford Taurus and Honda Accord.

To do so, Toyota developed an easy technique: Offer the automobile even more of every little thing without sacrificing the qualities that made the Camry so successful. The brand-new version was slightly bigger, the inside much more large, the ride and taking care of more refined, and it showed off a longer listing of benefit and safety and security features. Perhaps crucial, the rate was a couple of points listed below equally equipped '96 models.

It was a smart plan.

One year later, Toyota has fulfilled the challenge it set for itself. When sales numbers were tallied at the end of the 1997 version year, Americans had actually gotten 385,814 Camrys, 10 percent greater than last year, edging out Accord and also Taurus.

With that type of success, it's not unusual the 1998 Camry offers fairly couple of changes over the 1997 model. There are, nonetheless, a number of significant improvements, consisting of the availability of side air bags as well as an engine-immobilizing anti-theft system. These days, also victors can not slack off.

1988 toyota Camry


The outside of the Camry is the same from the 1997 version, which provides a sleeker, more prestigious look than the small, rounded shape of the previous generation.

The Camry looks considerable without casting a big darkness. The angular lines extend the automobile's profile and also offer it existence. And yet it does not look stuffy. Very little overhang at the front and back of the car pushes the wheels to the corners, giving it a stylish, vibrant stance.

At the back, a tall, square tail enhances the auto's aerodynamics. The trunk is large enough to bring golf clubs crosswise, with a wide opening and also a conveniently low lift-over elevation. To additionally boost cargo ability, the rear seats fold onward in a 60/40 split. The trunk is fully lined for a tidy look and much less sound transmission into the guest area. The gooseneck rests on the trunk cover, which intrude a little right into the freight area, are less than suitable, nonetheless.

The Camry is offered only as a car. The previous generation included coupe as well as wagon models. A Camry-based coupe is set up to show up following year, however the low-volume wagon has actually gone away in favor of the all-new Toyota Sienna minivan (see minivan section), which is based on the Camry platform.

Customers have a wide range of trim degrees to choose amongst. The budget-minded could go shopping the CE: With a four-cylinder engine as well as five-speed manual transmission, the CE starts at $17,358. That buys you the Camry's renowned reliability as well as quality, however not a lot else: Cooling, cruise control, ABDOMINAL MUSCLE, power windows and locks, cassette player, or even intermittent wipers are all optional.

Many purchasers (concerning 60 percent) go with an LE, like the one we examined. All the features missing from the CE that listed above, along with an automatic transmission, are basic on the LE, which has a base rate of $20,638.

The top trim level is the XLE, which starts at $23,048. Conventional features on the XLE include a costs stereo with CD player, the engine-immobilizing anti-theft system, aluminum wheels, an extra plush inside, and also power seats for the driver as well as passenger.

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

Inside Characteristics

The greatest changes on the Camry for 1998 are in the location of security-- a key consideration for family sedan buyers. Side airbags for the front-seat guests are offered for the first time (for $250). Side air bags can lower the variety of abdominal and also breast injuries, inning accordance with safety and security experts. The Camry's front air bags have been lowered active for 1998. Seat belts currently have pretensioners and force-limiters, which enhance efficiency by tightening up the belts in an influence, then loosening them a little to decrease the possibility of belt-induced injuries. This combination has actually been discovered on deluxe designs for many years, and it behaves to see them on large-volume mid-priced cars and trucks.

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

There are three-point safety belts in every setting, consisting of the rear facility place. The rear seatbacks are strengthened to withstand breach from objects in the trunk. Without a doubt, the whole body structure has actually performed extremely well in federal government and insurance policy market collision examinations.

The interior of the Camry is a light and also ventilated room, with comfortable seats and also a low cowl completely visibility. A sophisticated dashboard homes bright white-on-black tools. The sound as well as climate control knobs are simple and within easy reach of driver or passenger as well as the stereo system is superb.

Thoughtful facilities are plentiful. A second power electrical outlet is located at the bottom on the front console, next to the integrated tissue dispenser. The sun visors have extension panels. The front cupholders hold 20-ounce containers, and the rear cupholders could take either juice boxes or canisters. There are numerous storage cubbies, as well as a capacious glovebox.

The inside is spacious, thanks to the Camry's long wheelbase. A generous amount of sound-deadening material makes the interior luxuriously peaceful. The radio antenna on just about the CE models is installed in the rear window to boost function as well as decrease wind sound and also car wash damages.

Driving Perceptions

The standard powerplant for the Camry is a 133-horsepower 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that is incredibly smooth. A four-cylinder engine in a vehicle this dimension is normally a disappointing selection, yet not here. The 2.2-liter provides acceptable acceleration performance as well as, as soon as up to speed, maintains the automobile rolling along nicely. It has to downshift more regularly, and also passing on two-lane roadways requires even more preparation compared to with a larger engine. But the fine-tuned 2.2-liter has none of the roughness regular of four-cylinder engines. It's economical to get and also run, which is why 85 percent of Camry buyers go with it.

The optional 194-hp 3.0-liter V6, usually identified as one of the best in the market, is dramatically much more powerful. For the extra money, you get a household sedan that will certainly accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds, instead of 10.9 seconds for the four-cylinder engine. It supplies excellent efficiency for passing as well as speeds up briskly from junctions. You'll have to include premium gas to the budget, nevertheless.

Four-speed electronic transmissions are common on the LE and XLE versions. The ECTi transmission mated to the V6 has an adaptive program reacts to private driving styles. Drive extra aggressively as well as it will delay the change points for more spirited efficiency. Leisurely cruise ship around community and also it will certainly move sooner for smooth, fuel-efficient performance.

In terms of ride and handling, the Camry has constantly had the poise of an even more pricey car, thanks to the supports it shows the Lexus ES300. Though the automobile is no sports sedan, it is smooth as well as competent, providing the chauffeur a confident feeling of control.


It's not hard to see why the brand-new Camry was The U.S.A.'s very popular vehicle last year. It is fine-tuned, roomy and also fully equipped, with a solid resale worth and a reliability record other carmakers envy.

The Camry commonly has been costly, yet Toyota has actually worked hard to control price; 1998 rates are up less than 2 percent. The competition amongst mid-size cars is strong. Honda has presented a brand-new Accord. As well as several appealing rivals are less costly, especially the Oldsmobile Intrigue as well as the Pontiac Grand Prix. However if refinement, security devices, resale worth as well as reliability are very important, the Camry is the leading competitor.

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