The biggest surprise came from Toyota, which reduced prices 3 percent to 7 percent ($795 to $1,770) on Camry sedans. The Camry is the best-selling car in the United States.
But the price-leader CE series has been dropped. The 2002 Camry sedans start at $19,455, compared with $18,130 for the 2001 CE. The prices include the destination charge, which is $485 on 2002 cars, up from $455 on 2001s. The freight on 2002 trucks is $510, also up $30.
GMC added a base model to all segments of its Sierra pickups. It's generally a bit less than the 2001 SL, which was the entry model. The SL choices, now the mid-range Silverados, are $1,200 to $2,200 more than the 2001 SLs. Air conditioning ($825) has been made standard on the SLs.
GMC Safari minivans are up $220, and the full-sized Savana vans show increases of $93 (passenger) and $939 (cargo).
GMC's topper: $48,515
On the sport-utility side, GMC Envoy prices are unchanged for 2002, and the Yukon, Yukon XL and Yukon Denali climbed $355 to $802. The most expensive GMC vehicle is the Yukon Denali XL at $48,515. Next in line is the new Sierra Denali pickup at $44,105. All prices in this report include the destination charge.
Cadillac's new Escalade EXT, a cross between a pickup and a sport-utility, will be $49,990 when it arrives late this year. It will be $2,510 less than the similarly styled Lincoln Blackwood. Cadillacs are up $563 to $1,454, and the two-wheel-drive Escalade sport-utility is down $2,000.
Automotive News estimates that the 2002 Cadillacs are up an average of $538, or 1.2 percent, before adjusting for equipment changes.
Nissan adds long beds
Nissan has added long-bed models to its Frontier Crew Cab pickup. They start at $19,289 for the XE two-wheel-drive V-6, which is $550 more than the regular-bed Crew Cab.
Supercharged models are offered in the Frontier Crew Cab and King Cab pickups and in the Xterra sport-utility, starting at $23,739 (Crew Cab), $20,889 (King Cab) and $23,239 (Xterra).
Most 2002 Frontiers and Xterras are priced the same as at the end of the 2001 model year. Half a dozen show increases of $100 to $300.
The base Nissan Sentra XE sedan is up $50 for 2002, and the mid-range GXE rises $150. The top-of-the line Sentra CA stays at $15,439. Nissan Maxima sedans are up $650 to $1,750.
Lexus, like Toyota, added $30 to the freight, which is now $575 for all models except the IS 300. The IS 300 stays at $545. The freight increase is the only increase for the Lexus GS 300 and GS 430 sedans and the RX 300 sport wagon. The Lexus LS 430 sedan rises $230.