1997 Camry Flip Out Navigation

I saw this while I was reading through the April 1997 issue of Motor Trend at the library and though it was pretty interesting, so I had to had to snap a picture (of a picture).┬áThe article wasn’t about the navigation system or anything, just a review of some of the changes to the Camry for the 1998 model year. The weird part is that I’m having trouble finding any references anywhere to a navigation system ever being installed in an XV20 Camry. From what I’ve been reading, the 2000 Avalon was the first Toyota vehicle to feature a navigation system, so I’m guessing that this was a one-off example Toyota sent to the magazine for the review to wow them. I think it’s pretty cool, but I’m a sucker for weird things like this. I like how it’s a factory installation but it still interferes with the flow from the center AC vents when it’s out.

Maybe the unit itself gets really hot and it all just worked out perfectly?

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2 thoughts on “1997 Camry Flip Out Navigation

  1. In regards to your curiosity, I will elaborate. The Navigation System in question was an optional dealer-addon. As the sticker price was close to $2,000 USD, you can understand why not many Camry’s were fitted with this.

    Much like GM’s Guidestar GPS system, the unit was ordered as a dealer only option. The unit used a cd-reader located in the center console or glove box, and had a total of 10-12 disks covering much of the United States.

    Ford and Chrysler had similar units in the early 2000’s.

    Lexus was virtually the first “American- targeted” automobile to offer factory, in-dash navigation first available in 1998.

    • I appreciate the clarification. A car outfitted with an additional CD-reader and several disks for maps seems a logical way to tackle the car having a country’s worth of road information with the technology available 15 or so years ago. Thanks for the info!

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