1997 Toyota Camry Overview


Looking for a Used Camry in your area?

CarGurus has 76,887 nationwide Camry listings starting at $1,490.


Not sure what you want?

Find the models that are right for you using the CarGurus Car Finder.



Avg. Price: $3,409
8 national listings
66 national listings
Avg. Price: $3,575
Avg. Price: $4,058
25 national listings

Toyota Camry Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 2,000
#2 Reelin68
Reputation 1,920
#3 tenspeed
Reputation 1,500
View All

Average User Score

4.25 stars

Based on 32 reviews

1997 Camry: Worry-free Comfortable Commuter. by Brent
 — Great car! Gets good gas mileage for its size, about 25mpg. Very comfortable, far better ride and seat comfort than comparable cars I have driven. Nearly as good a ride as my mom's Buick. It has been ... Read More
My Next Car Will Be A Toyota, So I Would Highly Recommend This Car To Anyone by Christina
 — very good performance, have never really had any problems with braking or handling. The acceleration is excellent especially for a 4-cylinder engine. The cost of ownership is preety cheap, has only ne... Read More
The Ray by Matthew
 — its great everty one loves the ray great performance with q car looks rock solid bulid quality 176,000 miles and still storming along mid 20's mpg on comute 30+ on motorway cruise great fun to drive... Read More

1997 Toyota Camry Overview

Overall User Score

4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.25

Based on 32 reviews

1997 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry was once again completely redesigned for 1997, with some big changes for the model as a whole. The body was redesigned to be larger, with a more angular profile and was available in new colors. The interior was redesigned as well, offering longer seats, a new dash and many small new convenience features, such as extra cubbies and larger cup holders. Most notably, Toyota dropped the wagon and the coupe for the 1997 Camry, leaving only the sedan. Toyota also shuffled the trim levels, renaming the base DX the CE and keeping the midlevel LE and luxury XLE. The sporty SE went the way of the coupe and the wagon.

The 1997 Toyota Camry got a bigger engine, with the four-cylinder producing 133 horsepower and the V6 194 horsepower. Toyota also increased the list of available safety features, making ABS standard in all models except the four-cylinder CE. Toyota also improved the bumpers in the 1997 Camry. Fuel economy is about 20 to 30 mpg, depending on the engine.

In 1997, the Toyota Camry became the best selling car that year, beginning a streak of topping the list that continues today. Once again, major complaints about the 1997 Toyota Camry include a lack of power, especially with the four-cylinder engine, and a bland, conservative look. However, the Camry's sales records show that buyers were enthusiastic about the car anyway.


What's your take on the 1997 Toyota Camry?

People researching a 1997 Toyota Camry contacted a dealer about

Picture of 1997 Toyota Camry LE, exterior
Toyota Camry
25% of the time
Toyota Corolla
11% of the time
Audi A4
6% of the time
Looking for a Used Camry in your area?
CarGurus has 76,887 nationwide Camry listings starting at $1,490.

Toyota Camry Questions


Temp Gauge Cold.

I have a 97 camry. New radiator, water pump, thermostat and hoses....flushed everything, cleaned heater core. All hoses get hot, heater core heats up....no heat in car....what is going on???? Temper...

21 views with 6 answers (last answer 2 days ago)

My Check Engine Light Stays On

9,433 views with 6 answers (last answer 3 days ago)
Gilberto Areas

97 Camry Sometimes Doesn't Want To Change Gears Tranny Starts Acting Up.

Ok I have a 97 Toyota camry 4 cylindet. We just redid the tranny because it had blown. We got it back was driving fine but then sometimes the car won't shift out of 1st gear. We have have took it ...

8 views with 1 answer (last answer about a week ago)

All My Brake Lights Are Out On My 97 Camry. The Fuse (dashboard) Is Goodco...

Both brake lights (L & R) and also the rear window panel brake light went out at the same time

18 views with 2 answers (last answer about a week ago)

Tail Light Fuse Blows Every Time I Shut My Trunk.

25 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)