• (4.4) 53 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,907–$8,223
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 24-28
  • Engine: 157-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic
2003 Toyota Camry

Our Take on the Latest Model 2003 Toyota Camry

2003 Toyota Camry Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Toyota fully redesigned its Camry for the 2002 model year, so the midsize front-wheel-drive sedan sees only a handful of revisions for 2003. Fog lamps have been added to the XLE version, and all models equipped with automatic transmissions can have optional power-adjustable pedals.

In its fifth-generation form, the Camry is quieter and larger inside, and it sits on a wheelbase that’s 2 inches longer than before. The Japanese automaker hopes to regain its title of owning the top-selling passenger car, which was recently lost to Honda and its Accord.

Camry models include the standard LE, the upscale XLE and a sporty SE with different suspension tuning and 16-inch sport tires. A navigation system is offered as an optional feature. Most Camry models sold in the United States have been manufactured at Toyota’s Georgetown, Ky., plant.

Exterior
Toyota asserts that the current-generation Camry has crisper, bolder, more upscale styling than its predecessor even though its appearance has not changed dramatically. With a 107.1-inch wheelbase and measuring 189.2 inches long overall, the Camry is about the same size as the Honda Accord; but the Accord has been redesigned for the 2003 model year. The sporty SE sedan features fog lamps, a rear spoiler and a black grille with chrome trim.

The Accord comes as a coupe and a sedan, but the Camry is offered in four-door form only. Toyota’s Camry Solara coupe and convertible have different styling than the regular Camry and are treated as separate models.

Interior
Interior space in the Camry 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 holds 16.7 cubic feet of cargo.

Additional equipment on the XLE model includes power front seats, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, an engine immobilizer/alarm, 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 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 157 horsepower and teams with either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. The 192-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 power plant comes with the automatic gearbox only.

Safety
Side-impact airbags for the front seats and curtain-type airbags are standard in the XLE. The front airbags deploy in three stages, which depends on crash conditions. Antilock brakes are standard on the XLE and on V-6-equipped models, and they are available as an option on the four-cylinder LE and SE sedans.

Driving Impressions
If the Camry has been criticized for anything in the past, it’s been bland styling. Most Camry consumers aren’t seeking flashy looks but rather Toyota’s reputation for reliability, high quality and excellent resale value in its models.

All of the desirable Camry attributes are here; if anything, they are better than ever. Owners still get a pleasantly comfortable ride, ample interior space, blissful quietness and reasonably energetic performance. Acceleration reaches well past the acceptable mark with the four-cylinder engine, which is just about as quiet as the V-6.

Only a little penalty in ride comfort is evident in the sporty SE, which promises a little tauter handling than other Camry models; but the differences are less than dramatic. A manual-transmission Camry performs admirably, and its lever clicks crisply through the gears without a care.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2003 Buying Guide
Posted on 10/23/02

Consumer Reviews

4.4

Average based on 53 reviews

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Most reliable car i owned

by Carguruer from san francisco, CA on November 5, 2017

great for first-time car owner who don't want to deal with hassles of having to fix mechanical issues. I have never had major mechanical issues with this car except for regular maintenance.

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2003 Toyota Camry Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Camry LE

Moderate overlap front
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Camry LE

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
A
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Bumpers
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Camry LE

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Camry LE

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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