Car reviews - Toyota - Camry - Altise V6 sedan
24 Oct 2002
By BRUCE NEWTON
INCREASED initial response and reduced kickback were two key Toyota targets for the new Camry's steering.
Vital to achieving that was a new power steering rack and pump unit, which has the advantage of allowing mounting bushes to be six times stiffer than the old rack.
That means lighter steering effort but the retention of steering feel. The kickback - which shows itself up in the old car most noticebaly on bumpy corners - has been addressed by a hydraulic check valve.
The new variable power steering system is also engine speed-sensitive for the first time in Camry. It switches progressively to a lower level of steering assistance above 2500rpm, with the intention of keeping the steering light enough at parking speeds but still offering good weighting and response at speed.
Did you know?One thing stays the same about the Camry's steering: the wheel itself is still only adjustable in the verticale plane. The turning circle is 11.6 metres, out from 11.2 metres on the old car
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