2003 Toyota Camry

  • 2003 Toyota Camry LE Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      157/162
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $19,875
  • 2003 Toyota Camry SE Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      210/220
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $23,265
  • 2003 Toyota Camry XLE Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      157/162
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $22,295
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2003 Toyota Camry Review

A humble car with superior engineering.

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Overview

The 2003 Camry is available in an LE standard version, XLE upscale model, and a sportier offering known as the SE. It comes with a different tuning for its suspension and also rolls on flashier 16-inch sport rims. Buyers can also opt for a navigation system as an added feature. Most models that were delivered to U.S. consumers were assembled at the Toyota factory in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, three-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed manual gearbox
Models: Toyota Camry LE, Toyota Camry SE, Toyota Camry XLE

What's New

The Toyota Camry was fully redesigned for its 2002 release and because of this, the 2003 roll out of the front-drive luxury sedan only consist of minor revisions. The XLE receives fog lamps, while the rest of the lineup utilizing the automatic gearbox receives an option to add power-adjustable brake and gas pedals.

Exterior

The 2003 Toyota Camry is said to have a more upscale, bolder, and crisper styling compared to the 2002 model, although the appearance did not dramatically change. It has a wheelbase of 107.1 inches and an overall length of 189.2 inches that makes it almost the same size as its main competitor from another Japanese car brand. The SE sports a black grille highlighted with chrome elements, a rear spoiler, and fog lamps.

Interior

The 2003 Toyota Camry can accommodate up to five adults but it is ideal for four individuals. The driver's seat can be adjusted for the driving comfort of short or tall people. The seats on the rear cabin come in a 60/40 split that somehow supplements the capacity of the trunk, which can carry a cargo volume of as much as 16.7 cubic feet. The XLE has heated mirrors, power seats in front, auto climate control, keyless entry, alarm, engine immobilizer, and sunshade for the rear. The SE lives up to its sporty billing with sport fabric to cover its seats, sport gauges, leather treatment for the gearshift lever, and brushed chrome elements for accents of the interior.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 Toyota Camry offers a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that can output 157 horses while revving at 5600 rpm. It also has a decent torque of 162 lb-ft while revving at 4000 rpm. The more potent V-6 with a 3.0-liter displacement can give out 192 horses while revving at 5300 rpm. This power plant has a torque of 209 lb-ft while revving at 4000 rpm when linked to a four-speed automatic gearbox. Its five-speed automatic counterpart can produce 210 horsepower at 5800 rpm and has a torque of 220 lb-ft at 4400 rpm. Like what Camry has long been known for, it lives up to its reputation of high-quality built, reliability, and great resale pricing. Camry fans will love the 2003 ride while other buyers who are looking for comfort and excellent quality may be converted when it rides this sedan. It boasts of ample space, very comfortable ride, quietness of the cabin, and very good performance on the road. The four-cylinder's and V-6's acceleration will not let the owners down when they need that energetic performance.

Safety

The 2003 Toyota Camry XLE has curtain-type and side-impact airbags as standard. The airbags in front are deployed in several stages depending on the different factors during a crash. The V-6 models and the XLE come standard with Anti-lock Brake System, which come as an option on the SE and LE.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Camry LE, SE, four-cylinder: 21/30 mpg city/highway
Toyota Camry LE, SE, XLE, V-6: 18/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Comfortable ride
  • Luxury features
  • Safety features
  • Spacious interior

You Won't Like

  • Pricey premium options
  • V-6 may not be at par with others

Sum Up

A humble car with superior engineering.

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