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2002 Toyota Camry Road Test

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Khatir Soltani
2002 Toyota Camry - Silky, Smooth & Satisfying

Take a good look at the all-new Camry. It's come a long way from its boxy 4-door, 4-cylinder Corona replacement namesake, launched in 1983. It wasn't much of a performer either, nor was it particularly attractive, but that didn't impede Toyota's first front-drive mid-size family car in earning a 99% ownership satisfaction rating - the highest ever recorded to that date. Yet this is 2002, and competition in the mid-size segment is beyond fierce. Is the new Camry good enough to carry on the legend, and warrant the brands continued praise?

Just like the Camry of old, the new car should do well to woo its owner well after the honeymoon is over. Only now, graceful styling joins the models reputed practical engineering and stellar reliability. The base model receives the traditional LE moniker, plus standard air conditioning, cruise control, power heated mirrors, power windows and door locks with remote keyless entry, rear window defogger and an AM/FM audio system with cassette and CD.

Move up to the XLE and electronic climate control, power glass sunroof, faux wood trim, a leather wrapped steering wheel, power driver and passenger seats, an auto-dimming mirror with compass, JBL premium audio system with cassette and CD, alloy wheels, chrome-tipped exhaust, theft-deterrent system and Homelink remote control are added.
Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
Automotive expert
  • Over 6 years experience as a car reviewer
  • Over 50 test drives in the last year
  • Involved in discussions with virtually every auto manufacturer in Canada