2002 Toyota Camry

Change Vehicle
2002 Toyota Camry
Available in 6 styles:  2002 Toyota Camry 4dr Sedan shown
Asking Price Range
$3,183–$9,627
Estimated MPG

20–24 city / 28–33 hwy

Summary

    Expert Reviews 1 of 17

By 

Cars.com National
Vehicle Overview
Hoping to broaden both its image and appeal beyond what it deems the “big middle” of the car-buying population, Toyota has introduced a fifth-generation version of its midsize front-drive sedan. The Camry has been the best-selling car in the U.S. market for the past four years, though sales slipped somewhat during 2000 as the Honda Accord made a strong showing.

Toyota hopes to retain that No. 1 slot with a sedan that’s quieter and bigger inside, and a wheelbase that is 2 inches longer than before. To that end, developers have “broadened its appeal by sharpening its focus,” says Don Esmond, general manager of the Toyota Division. At the same time, he says it’s critical to “never lose sight of why satisfied Camry owners keep coming back again and again.”

An all-new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 157 horsepower — a 15 percent increase in power — is expected to go into more than three-fourths of the cars. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard with the four-cylinder engine, and a four-speed automatic is optional. Camry’s equipped with the 3.0-liter V-6 engine come only with the automatic transmission.

Toyota has reduced prices, added standard equipment and revised the Camry lineup. The low-end CE model is gone, so crank-down windows are no longer available. Models now include the standard LE, upscale XLE and a sporty new SE with different suspension tuning and 16-inch sport tires. A navigation system is optional for the first time, and adjustable pedals are scheduled to become available in January 2002.

Toyota’s two-door Camry Solara coupe and convertible, and the Avalon sedan, are built on the same front-drive platform as the prior-generation Camry. Most Camrys sold in the United States have been manufactured at Toyota’s Georgetown, Ky., plant, and the new model claims 85 percent domestic content.

Exterior
Toyota asserts that the 2002 Camry has crisper, bolder, more upscale styling that is “a move from sensible to sensual,” according to Project Manager Dan Hargitt. But the overall appearance hasn’t changed dramatically from the fourth generation. Two inches longer than earlier models, the 107.1-inch wheelbase is a hair longer than that of the Accord, and at 189.2 inches long overall, the Camry is about the same length as its Honda rival. The sporty SE sedan features a blackout grille, fog lamps and a rear spoiler.

The Accord comes as a coupe and sedan, but the Camry remains available as a four-door sedan only. The Camry Solara coupe and convertible have different styling and are treated as separate models, and the Solara version will not be redesigned until later.

Interior
Toyota claims that rear legroom is 40 millimeters greater than before and passenger hip points are higher. Space is ample for four adults and acceptable for five, and the driver’s seat has enough fore-aft travel to accommodate tall and short people. Standard 60/40-split rear seatbacks supplement the load volume of the trunk, which now holds 16.7 cubic feet of cargo.

Standard LE equipment includes electronic air conditioning, programmable automatic door locks, power windows and mirrors, a full-size spare tire and a four-spoke tilt steering wheel. The center console contains a bilevel storage box. Additional items on the XLE include power front seats, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, an engine immobilizer/alarm system, keyless entry and a rear sunshade. The sportier SE sedan gets unique sport fabric upholstery, brushed chrome interior trim, a leather-wrapped gearshift lever and sport gauges.

Under the Hood
Toyota’s new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 157 hp and mates to either a five-speed-manual or four-speed-automatic transmission. The 192-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 comes only with the automatic gearbox.

Safety
Curtain-type airbags are standard on the Camry XLE and are joined by side-impact airbags for the front seats. Front airbags deploy in three stages, depending on crash conditions. Antilock brakes are standard on the XLE and V-6 models and are available as an option on four-cylinder LE and SE sedans.

Driving Impressions
If the Camry has been criticized for anything in the past, it’s been bland styling. Then again, stimulating design isn’t what causes more than 400,000 buyers per year to drive one home from the dealership. What most Camry consumers seek is Toyota’s reputation for reliability and high quality, along with excellent resale value. When it’s time to sell the Camry, someone will be eager to get yours as a secondhand model.

Even though its appearance has made no giant leaps into fresh territory, the new Camry’s shape is appealing. All the other Camry attributes are here, and if anything, they are better than ever. Owners still get a pleasantly comfortable ride, ample interior space, blissful quietness and reasonably energetic performance. Acceleration, in fact, reaches well past the acceptable mark with the four-cylinder engine, which is just about as quiet as the V-6. No wonder so many buyers are content with the four-cylinder models.

Little penalty in ride comfort is evident in the sporty new SE sedan, which promises a little tauter handling than other Camry trims. But differences are less than dramatic. Fans of manual transmissions will be pleased to learn that the manual-transmission Camry performs admirably, its lever clicking crisply through the gears without a care in the world.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

    Expert Reviews 1 of 17

Featured Services for this Toyota Camry

  • Sell your current car quickly and easily on Cars.com.
  • Not sure what auto repair should cost you? Use our price estimator.
  • Get help with car repair now on Cars.com. Visit Repair & Care

Search Inventory Near You

Calculate Monthly Payment

What will my monthly cost be?

Check Payment

Calculate Affordable Price

What is the most I can afford?

Check Price

More Calculators

Compare finance offers to decide what's right for you.

Certain specifications, prices and equipment data have been provided under license from Chrome Data Solutions ("Chrome Data"). ©2013 Chrome Data Solutions, LP. All Rights Reserved. This information is supplied for personal use only and may not be used for any commercial purpose whatsoever without the express written consent of Chrome Data. Chrome Data makes no guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability or fitness for particular purpose, with respect to the data presented here. All specifications, prices and equipment are subject to change without notice.