New Car Test Drive

1998 Toyota Camry 

America's best-selling car.

By Marcia Ruff

Model Line Overview

Base Price (MSRP)$20,638
As Tested (MSRP)$21,299

Model lineup
Engines194-hp 3.0-liter dohc 24v V6
Transmissions4-speed adaptive automatic
Safety equipment (standard)Dual airbags
Safety equipment (optional)N/A
Basic warranty3 years/36,000 milesz
Assembled inGeorgetown, KY; Toyota City, Japan

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP)LE
Standard equipmentABS, Automatic transmission, air conditioning, AM/FM/cassette stereo, power windows, power mirrors, power locks, cruise control, intermittent wipers
Options as tested (MSRP)none
Destination charge(N/A)
Gas guzzler taxN/A
Price as tested (MSRP)$21,299
Engine2.2-liter dohc 16v 4-cylinder
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)133 @ 5200
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm)147 @ 4400
Transmission4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy23/30 mpg
Wheelbase105.2 in.
Length/width/height188.5/70.1/55.4 in.
Track, f/r61.1/59.9 in.
Turning circle36.7 ft.
Seating capacity5
Head/hip/leg room, f38.6/NA/43.5 in.
Head/hip/leg room, mN/A in.
Head/hip/leg room, r37.6/NA/35.5 in.
Cargo volume14.1 cu. ft.
Towing capacity2000 Lbs.
Suspension, fIndependent
Suspension, rIndependent
Ground clearanceN/A in.
Curb weight3120 Lbs.
Brakes, f/rdisc/drum
Fuel capacity18.5 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of October 12, 2009.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.