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2011 Toyota Camry

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$20,195

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Sedan

Body style

5

Seating capacity

189.2” x 57.9”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Quiet interior
  • Good crash-test results
  • Affordable base model
  • Safety features
  • V-6 acceleration

The bad:

  • Inconsistent cabin quality
  • Eroding reliability
  • No folding backseat (SE, XLE)
  • Lackluster handling

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2011 Toyota Camry trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Minor styling updates for 2010
  • Stability system standard
  • Standard four-cylinder
  • Available V-6
  • USB input

2011 Toyota Camry review: Our expert's take

By David Thomas

The Toyota Camry is spacious, comfortable, packs a powerful V-6 and a silky smooth six-speed transmission. For all those strengths, though, new competition from Hyundai, Kia and Ford are considered on par with the front-runner, and are usually a better value.

Where does that leave the Camry? It’s a terrific option for commuters or anyone else looking for a pleasant ride they don’t have to think too much about. It’s not thrilling, but it’s as solid a car as you can buy. And folks keep buying it, year after year.

Performance
Buyers are increasingly shifting to four-cylinder engines in their midsize sedans, and the Camry’s held up well in a recent Cars.com Shootout. It’s competent and shifts well.

While the optional 18-inch sport-oriented alloy wheel and tire package harshened its vaunted ride a bit, the Toyota Camry’s cruising comfort is well-established. The steering isn’t crisp, and handling is mediocre, but if you’re going from point A to point B and would rather pay more attention to NPR than the curves in the road, this is a good choice.

The optional 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that powered my recent tester proved to be incredibly quick, which was the most surprising aspect of the Camry on the road.

While I can justify the tradeoff in handling finesse for comfort, I can’t abide the Toyota’s subpar brakes. It’s endemic in the brand: You have to push too far down to get the response you want. Slack steering is one thing, but coming to a stop is as vital a driver input as there is.

Honda’s brakes can be overly grabby, but Ford, Hyundai and Kia models respond with the typical feedback drivers should expect.

Because the Toyota Camry is an aging platform, the company hasn’t addressed gas mileage in some time, so it falls short of most body-type competitors. At 20/29 mpg city/highway, 23 mpg combined, the V-6 is slightly behind the Accord’s 24 mpg combined but ahead of the Ford Fusion’s V-6, at 21 mpg combined. The real stunner is the new Hyundai Sonata Turbo; instead of a V-6, it offers a turbocharged four-cylinder that has more power than the Camry V-6 and mileage that bests even the Toyota Camry’s four-cylinder power plant: 22/33 mpg city/highway, 26 mpg combined.

Toyota sells a Camry Hybrid that’s more expensive but returns mileage of 31/35 mpg city/highway, 33 mpg combined. But — you guessed it: The Sonata has a hybrid variant, too, and it outdoes the Camry handily, with mileage of 35/40 mpg city/highway, 37 mpg combined.

Interior
As the Toyota Camry platform ages, the interior has held up pretty well against the competition. Plastics are high-quality, even measured against the Sonata. I liked the dashboard’s simple, somewhat elegant design, with a glowing centerpiece around the radio controls.

The front leather seats in my test car are incredibly wide — the widest I can recall in a car this size. They are also incredibly comfortable, even on long drives. The backseat has plenty of room for adult passengers and child-safety seats.

The trunk is also on the large side, at 14.5 cubic feet. It features an incredibly wide opening, so it’s easy to get bulky objects inside.

Features & Pricing
A big issue for any car shopper today is bottom-line price. As sensible as it may be, the Camry does come with a price premium. When looking at equivalent Sonata trims, the Toyota Camry is always more expensive, by a margin of $500-$2,000. At base levels, the Sonata comes much better equipped than the Camry, packing standard Bluetooth and USB inputs.

If the Toyota Camry were vastly superior in all other respects, perhaps it would be worth its higher price. But that’s not the case; Hyundai has a better warranty, and that brand’s reliability is also improving, even if it can’t boast Toyota’s long track record.

Safety
Using the government’s new five-star rating system for crash tests, the Toyota Camry earned four stars overall but only after making changes in the production of the new model. 2011 model year Camry sedans manufactured after November 22, 2010, are those that earn the higher, four-star rating. You can check a vehicle’s build date on a label affixed to the driver-side doorjamb.

The Toyota Camry earned the top score, Good, in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s frontal and side crash tests, as well as the roof-strength test, but managed only a Marginal score in rear crashes, preventing it from earning a Top Safety Pick designation.

This is another area where the Hyundai wins out. The Sonata is one of just a few vehicles on the market to have a government five-star safety rating and to be an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Certain trim levels, such as the XLE, include optional additional safety features like anti-lock brakes.

Camry in the Market
For years, the Toyota Camry has been the champion in the market when it comes to sales. Even after dramatic recalls in the past two years, the car still tops sales charts.

All those loyal buyers must appreciate comfort and serenity over all else, because the Toyota Camry is targeted by every new sedan to hit the market, and for the most part it’s held its own.

That sedan shootout of ours I mentioned earlier? The Toyota Camry finished a very respectable second place against seven of those newcomers. It was bested only by the Hyundai Sonata.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.7
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Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Bought this car a year ago with 92k miles.

Bought this car a year ago with 92k miles. I have put 5000 miles on it since then and have not experienced any issues. Great car for everyday driving, rides smooth and runs well. Also pretty good on gas.

5.0

My Toyota Camry V6. What a sleeper!

I found this car as a certified pre-owned car that was 4 years old with 19K miles on her. She has every option available, and the V6 engine. I took a test drive and grabbed her immediately. She is not the best handling car, but she is FAAAAAST! I'm an old muscle car guy, and she will do 0-60 in just under 6 seconds and will do a 14 flat 1/4 mile. I have pissed off more than one Mustang owner. She is as fast as the 60's muscle cars. I now have over 130K miles on her, and in all that time, aside from regular maintenance, the only issues I have had were a sender and a broken sun visor. I love that care and would not hesitate to recommend one.

5.0

Super Reliable

Bought this car new in 2011. With over 100,000 miles and only spent money on regular maintenance, a great car. Outstanding value and super reliable. This is my wife’s daily driver and she refuses to get a new Camry or any other vehicle.

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Safety

Based on the 2011 Toyota Camry base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
4
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
4
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
2
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
3
Overall rating
4
Overall side crash rating
4
Risk of rollover
10.7%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
4
Side pole rating driver front seat
2

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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