Toyota Camry 2002

Toyota Camry 2002: Hoping to widen both its image and appeal beyond what it deems the "large middle" of the car-buying populace, Toyota has presented a fifth-generation variation of its midsize front-drive sedan. The Camry has actually been the very successful cars and truck in the U.S. market for the past 4 years, though sales slipped rather during 2000 as the Honda Accord made a solid proving.

Toyota hopes to maintain that No. 1 slot with a car that's quieter as well as bigger inside, as well as a wheelbase that is 2 inches much longer than before. Therefore, developers have "broadened its appeal by developing its focus," claims Don Esmond, general manager of the Toyota Division. At the same time, he claims it's vital to "never ever forget why completely satisfied Camry owners maintain coming back again and again."

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

Toyota has actually minimized rates, included conventional tools as well as modified the Camry lineup. The low-end CE version is gone, so crank-down windows are no more available. Designs currently consist of the conventional LE, upscale XLE and also a flashy new SE with various suspension tuning as well as 16-inch sport tires. A navigation system is optional for the very first time, as well as adjustable pedals are arranged to become available in January 2002.

Toyota's two-door Camry Solara sports car and exchangeable, and the Avalon car, are built on the same front-drive platform as the prior-generation Camry. The majority of Camrys marketed in the USA have been produced at Toyota's Georgetown, Ky., plant, and the new design asserts 85 percent residential content.

Toyota Camry 2002


Toyota insists that the 2002 Camry has crisper, bolder, more upscale designing that is "a relocation from practical to sensual," according to Task Supervisor Dan Hargitt. Yet the overall look hasn't already changed significantly from the fourth generation. 2 inches much longer compared to earlier versions, the 107.1-inch wheelbase is a hair much longer than that of the Accord, and also at 189.2 inches long in general, the Camry has to do with the very same size as its Honda opponent. The stylish SE sedan features a blackout grille, haze lights as well as a rear looter.

The Accord comes as a sports car as well as sedan, but the Camry stays offered as a four-door car only. The Camry Solara coupe as well as convertible have different designing and are dealt with as different designs, and also the Solara variation will certainly not be revamped up until later on.


Toyota asserts that back legroom is 40 millimeters higher than before and passenger hip factors are greater. Space is adequate for four adults and appropriate for 5, as well as the motorist's seat has sufficient fore-aft traveling to suit high and also brief individuals. Conventional 60/40-split back seatbacks supplement the load quantity of the trunk, which currently holds 16.7 cubic feet of freight.

Standard LE tools includes digital air conditioning, programmable automatic door locks, power home windows and also mirrors, a full-size spare tire as well as a four-spoke tilt steering wheel. The center console contains a bilevel storage box. Extra items on the XLE include power front seats, warmed mirrors, automatic environment control, an engine immobilizer/alarm system, keyless entry as well as a back sunshade. The sportier SE car gets one-of-a-kind sporting activity fabric upholstery, brushed chrome interior trim, a leather-wrapped gearshift lever and sporting activity assesses.

Under the Hood

Toyota's new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine generates 157 hp and also mates to either a five-speed-manual or four-speed-automatic transmission. The 192-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 comes just with the automatic transmission.


Curtain-type airbags are basic on the Camry XLE as well as are signed up with by side-impact airbags for the pole positions. Front air bags release in 3 phases, depending upon collision conditions. Anti-skid brakes are typical on the XLE and V-6 models and are offered as an alternative on four-cylinder LE and also SE cars.

Driving Impacts

If the Camry has actually been slammed for anything in the past, it's been boring designing. However, boosting layout isn't really exactly what triggers more than 400,000 customers per year to drive one residence from the dealer. What most Camry consumers look for is Toyota's credibility for dependability and top quality, in addition to exceptional resale worth. When it's time to offer the Camry, a person will certainly aspire to obtain your own as a previously owned version.

Even though its look has made no large leaps into fresh territory, the new Camry's form is appealing. All the other Camry characteristics are below, and if anything, they are much better compared to ever before. Owners still get a pleasantly comfy ride, enough interior area, euphoric quietness and fairly energetic performance. Acceleration, in fact, reaches well past the appropriate mark with the four-cylinder engine, which is just about as quiet as the V-6. No surprise so many purchasers are content with the four-cylinder versions.

Little penalty in trip convenience is evident in the sporty new SE car, which guarantees a little tauter handling compared to various other Camry trims. However differences are less than remarkable. Fans of manual transmissions will certainly be pleased to find out that the manual-transmission Camry executes very well, its lever clicking crisply through the equipments without a care on the planet.

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