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Segment: Medium
Production years: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

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In 1997, the Toyota Camry reached in 5th generation. The model was launched at different dates all around the world, the first being shown in Japan.

The Camry was already known for its reliability and offered a comfortable and quiet interior. The car did not offer an exciting ride and it was not its purpose to, however, it was precise and predictable.

The refreshed Camry came with an all-new exterior and interior, along with improved safety features. The car was slightly bigger and more powerful than its predecessor.

The coupe and the wagon versions were discontinued, the Camry being available in a saloon body only and three available trim levels. The base level was no longer named DX and it became CE. The other 2 trim levels were LE and the top of the range, the XLE.

The Camry’s aerodynamics were improved, reaching a 0.30 drag coefficient, due to the swept-back windshield and the squared-off tail.

The loading capacity increased due to the wheelbase changes and the rear seats could be folded forward if the initial space was not enough for the load.

The interior got refreshed and it looked cleaner than before, having a simple dashboard. A low washer fluid and an odometer were added and the audio and temperature controls were inverted as it was more natural to have the audio controls on top.

Safety-wise, the car’s body structure was tightened, ABS became a standard feature and a traction control system was optional for the LE and the XLE trim levels.

TOYOTA Camry 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
  3 gasoline engines
  • 2.2L 4AT FWD (131 HP)
  • 2.2L 5MT FWD (131 HP)
  • 3.0L 4AT FWD (190 HP)
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TOYOTA Camry
2.2L 4AT FWD (131 HP)

ENGINE SPECS - 2.2L 4AT FWD (131 HP)
Cylinders:L4
Displacement:2164 cm3
Power:96 KW @ 5200 RPM
131 HP @ 5200 RPM
129 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque:145 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM
196 Nm @ 4200 RPM
Fuel System:Multipoint Injection
Fuel:Gasoline
Fuel capacity:18.5 gallons (70.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed:121 mph (195 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):11.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type:Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox:4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front:Ventilated Discs
Rear:Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size:205/65R15
DIMENSIONS
Length:187.4 in (4760 mm)
Width:70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height:56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track:60.6/59.8 in (1,539/1,519 mm)
Wheelbase:105.1 in (2670 mm)
Ground Clearance:5.2 in (132 mm)
Cargo Volume:18.3 cuFT (518 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd):0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight:3086 lbs (1400 kg)
Gross Weight Limit:4101 lbs (1860 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City:17.4 mpg US (13.5 L/100Km)
Highway:31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
Combined:24.5 mpg US (9.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions:234 g/km

TOYOTA Camry
2.2L 5MT FWD (131 HP)

ENGINE SPECS - 2.2L 5MT FWD (131 HP)
Cylinders:L4
Displacement:2164 cm3
Power:96 KW @ 5200 RPM
131 HP @ 5200 RPM
129 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque:145 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM
196 Nm @ 4200 RPM
Fuel System:Multipoint Injection
Fuel:Gasoline
Fuel capacity:1.8 gallons (6.8 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed:124.3 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):10.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type:Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox:5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front:Ventilated Discs
Rear:Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size:205/65R15
DIMENSIONS
Length:187.4 in (4760 mm)
Width:70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height:56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track:60.6/59.8 in (1,539/1,519 mm)
Wheelbase:105.1 in (2670 mm)
Ground Clearance:5.2 in (132 mm)
Cargo Volume:18.3 cuFT (518 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd):0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight:3042.4 lbs (1380 kg)
Gross Weight Limit:4100.6 lbs (1860 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City:19.3 mpg US (12.2 L/100Km)
Highway:34.1 mpg US (6.9 L/100Km)
Combined:26.7 mpg US (8.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions:215 g/km

TOYOTA Camry
3.0L 4AT FWD (190 HP)

ENGINE SPECS - 3.0L 4AT FWD (190 HP)
Cylinders:V6
Displacement:2995 cm3
Power:140 KW @ 5400 RPM
190 HP @ 5400 RPM
188 BHP @ 5400 RPM
Torque:203 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
275 Nm @ 4400 RPM
Fuel System:Multipoint Injection
Fuel:Gasoline
Fuel capacity:18.5 gallons (70.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed:136.7 mph (220 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type:Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox:4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front:Ventilated Discs
Rear:Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size:205/65R15
DIMENSIONS
Length:187.4 in (4760 mm)
Width:70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height:56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track:60.6/59.8 in (1,539/1,519 mm)
Wheelbase:105.1 in (2670 mm)
Ground Clearance:5.2 in (132 mm)
Cargo Volume:18.3 cuFT (518 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd):0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight:3185.7 lbs (1445 kg)
Gross Weight Limit:4221.9 lbs (1915 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City:14.5 mpg US (16.2 L/100Km)
Highway:27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
Combined:20.3 mpg US (11.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions:277 g/km
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