New or Significantly Altered Models

1997 Toyota Camry
Toyota's benchmark sedan is all-new for 1997. The new Camry is larger in almost every dimension than the model it replaces. Offered only in 4-door form, there are 3 trim levels for the new Camry: CE, LE and XLE. Both the 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines are updated to produce more power. The DOHC I-4 now produces 133hp, while the DOHC V-6 is up to 194hp. All models utilize an electronic 4-speed automatic transmission. A 5-speed manual is available on CE models. ABS is now standard on all Camrys except the 4-cylinder CE. Camrys ride on 205/65HR15 tires for V-6 models and 195/75SR14 tires for the 4-cylinder versions. Traction control is available on LE and XLE models. The interior has been redesigned as well and features numerous improvements in convenience and sound isolation.
1997 Toyota Paseo convertible
A convertible model joins last-year's all-new Paseo. Convertible conversions are performed on the model in Rancho Dominquez, CA.

Mostly Unchanged

1997 Toyota 4Runner
The 4Runner was all-new for 1996. For 1997, a 2WD Limited V-6 model joins the lineup.
1997 Toyota Avalon
Toyota's flagship sedan, the Avalon, receives more power for 1997. The DOHC V-6 now produces 200hp and 214 lb-ft of torque. On the outside, the antenna has been moved to the rear window and the alloy wheels have been updated.
1997 Toyota Celica
Limited edition ST liftback and GT convertible option packages are offered for 1997. The packages include air conditioning, power windows, power locks, alloy wheels, a spoiler, and special insignias.
1997 Toyota Celica convertible
1997 Toyota Corolla
Corolla gains a CE package for 1997. CE Corolla's include air conditioning, power steering, and upgraded stereo, at a reduced price.
1997 Toyota Land Cruiser
Land Cruiser celebrates its 40th anniversary with a limited edition appearance package.
1997 Toyota Paseo
1997 Toyota Previa
The supercharged Previa has been updated to reduce NVH. Non-ABS equipped models receive larger front brakes.
1997 Toyota RAV4 2d
For 1997, two-door RAV4s receive new interior fabric. An optional power sunroof is available on four-door models.
1997 Toyota RAV4 4d
1997 Toyota Supra
Supra celebrates its 15th anniversary with commemorative appearance changes. Other changes are largely option package changes.
1997 Toyota T100
The T100 gains new alloy wheels and exterior colors for the 1997 model year.
1997 Toyota T100 extended cab
1997 Toyota Tacoma
The Tacoma receives updated styling on the front end for 1997. Other changes are limited to option package changes.
1997 Toyota Tacoma extended cab
1997 Toyota Tercel 2d
Last year's option package, the Blackhawk Limited is joined this year by the Redhawk and Whitehawk models. CE model Tercels receive new interior fabric and door panels.
1997 Toyota Tercel 4d


1996 Toyota Camry coupe
1996 Toyota Camry wagon