2000 Camry New Car Test Drive
The Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in America for the past two years. A spacious cabin, a big trunk, smooth, quiet operation and Toyota's reputation for quality, durability and reliability all contribute to the strong sales of this mid-size sedan. Revised styling and an upgraded interior are designed to improve its appeal for 2000.
Camry is offered in three trim levels: CE, LE and XLE. The Camry is available only as a four-door sedan; the coupe version is the Solara, which is sold as a separate model. (If interested, look for our review of the Toyota Solara.)
CE, LE and XLE come standard with a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 133 horsepower. LE V6 and XLE V6 are equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 194 horsepower. LE and XLE models come with a high level of standard equipment, but the CE offers plenty of comfort, convenience and performance at a lower price.
CE ($17,518) comes standard with a five-speed manual gearbox; an automatic brings the price to $18,318. CE does not come standard with air conditioning, so you may want Value Package #1 ($897), which adds air conditioning, variable intermittent wipers, floor mats, and power windows, door locks and mirrors.
The mid-range LE ($20,388) has proven to be the most popular of the three models. It comes standard with an automatic transmission, anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, cruise control, intermittent wipers, power door locks, mirrors and windows. LE also offers a wide range of options open to buyers. Like other models, it can be equipped with either the four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine; LE V6 retails for $23,158 and comes with four-wheel disc brakes. You can also get an LE V6 with a five-speed manual transmission for $22,358.
The flagship XLE ($24,068) and XLE V6 ($26,198) models add a premium JBL AM/FM/CD/cassette stereo, immobilizing anti-theft device, remote keyless entry and aluminum alloy wheels. A more elegant interior with premium cloth upholstery is a big part of the XLE attraction. Value Package #2 adds leather seating surfaces and trim, a power driver's seat, side-impact air bags and a power moonroof to the XLE for $1,604 or to the XLE V6 for $1,104. XLE V6 comes with 16-inch wheels and tires in place of the 14- and 15-inch rubber on the other models.