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2011 Toyota Camry

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2011 Toyota Camry Review

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Largely due to its solid reputation for quality and reliability, Toyota's midsize Camry has been the best-selling car in America for twelve of the last thirteen years. Although the Honda Accord continues as the Camry's main rival, a host of new sedans, including the Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu, threaten to chip away at the champion's throne. Still, the Camry's varied configurations – such as the sporty SE, which offers 10 additional horsepower over the base Camry four-cylinder plus suspension tuning biased toward delivering crisper handling response – promise to keep the competition on its toes. Engine choices include a 169-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder (179 horsepower on SE) or a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. There's also a hybrid model which is reviewed separately.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're you looking for a midsize sedan that offers outstanding quality, excellent resale value and a proven record of reliability – and you don't mind driving the same car as millions of other Americans – the 2011 Toyota Camry is for you.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking to stand out in a crowd, the Camry is not the car for you. You can find similar features and a more stylish package in such cars as the Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion and even the equally abundant Honda Accord. Enthusiasts won't like that the Camry V6 cannot be teamed with a manual transmission.

What's New for 2011

The addition of lower-rolling-resistance tires to the V6 model helps boost EPA estimates to 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

Driving the Camry

Driving Impressions The 2011 Toyota Camry drives much like most family sedans, not too sporty and not too soft. The base car tends toward the soft side, but the LE and XLE...

are crisper and more athletic. Most fun to drive, at least on smooth roads, is the lower and stiffer SE sport model, which has added structural bracing, firmer springs, shock absorbers, bushings and anti-roll bars, better steering feel and even an underbody aerodynamic treatment for enhanced high-speed stability. The latest Toyota four-cylinder engine provides adequate power with good fuel economy, while the muscular V6 is a powerhouse, good for a zero to 60-miles-per-hour burst in less than seven seconds.

Plasmacluster Ionizer HVAC
According to Toyota, the dual-zone automatic climate system standard on the XLE and Hybrid reduces airborne odors, mold spores, microbes, fungi, germs and bacteria inside the cabin by creating positive and negative ions that seek out and surround them.

Star Safety System
The standard integrated braking system includes ABS, Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). Seven airbags are also standard as is Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with traction control.

2011 Toyota Camry Details
Interior

Like the exterior, the Camry's interior is more modern and stylish than in past versions. The windshield base is far forward, allowing for a low two-tier instrument panel. The seatbacks feature a slimmed-down design and front-seat adjustment travel is generous. The Camry's interior measurements equal or in some cases better those of the Honda Accord, offering more rear shoulder room and legroom, and on XLE trims, a reclining rear seatback. Instruments are large and legible, with differing illumination depending on the trim level. The controls are easy to read and operate, storage cubbies are plentiful and there are two 12-volt outlets in the console.

Exterior

The 2011 Toyota Camry's appearance is a departure from the upright styles of previous generations. Sharing Toyota's swoopier new sedan look with its larger and more upscale cousin Lexus ES, the Camry's length is unchanged, but its stance is more stable with its wheels pushed farther toward the corners. Its hood, flanks and decklid surfaces have a complexity and character not seen in previous Camrys, and its headlights are the high-tech projector-beam style. Toyota calls the Camry "athletic and modern," and we don't disagree, although the sporty SE, with its lower ride height on bigger wheels and tires, black honeycomb grille, smoked headlamps and aero appendages, looks much more athletic than the other models.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base Camry offers power mirrors/locks/windows, air conditioning with a pollen filter, cruise control, tilt/telescopic wheel, auto on/off halogen headlamps, daytime running lights, 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, 16-inch wheels and six-speaker 160-watt digital audio with CD-MP3 and auxiliary input jack. Standard safety features include Toyota's Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) seats, four-wheel disc brakes with Antilock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist, stability and traction control and seven air bags. The uplevel LE adds an eight-way power driver's seat, remote keyless entry and the option of a V6 engine. The top-level XLE adds alloy wheels, 440-watt eight-speaker premium audio with six-disc CD and Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather interior (V6 only), wood-grain trim, a power moonroof, four-way power passenger's seat and a 40/20/40 reclining rear seat (with fixed center pass-through).

Optional Equipment

Additional major options for most models include a JBL premium audio system with Bluetooth and USB port, power moonroof, leather interior, heated seats, navigation system and the "Smart Key System" with push-button start (on the XLE with V6).

Under the Hood

The 2011 Toyota Camry features a standard DOHC 16-valve 2.5-liter Variable Valve Timing "with intelligence" (VVT-i) four-cylinder engine and an optional DOHC 24-valve VVT-i V6. A six-speed manual is available, but only on the base, LE and SE four-cylinder trims; all others employ a six-speed automatic.

2.5-liter in-line 4
169 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
167 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4100 rpm
179 horsepower @ 6000 rpm (SE)
171 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4100 rpm (SE)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/33 (manual), 22/32 (automatic)

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
248 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29

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2011 Toyota Camry Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 1520 Ratings for the 2007 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

great vehicle great gas mileage

By on Sunday, September 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "great driving"

Cons: "has cup colders and console for CDs or maps"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I'd had this vehicle since 2007 and other than changing oil and buying new tires I haven't had other expenses"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Toyota Camry

By on Friday, September 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,800

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Comfortable Ride"

Cons: "Poor Turning Radius"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"This is the first Camry I've owned -- 2011 XLE. It's loaded with everything -- leather, heated seats, sun roof, power everything, back up camera. And I paid a lot for all those options. Now I see that a lot of these options are standard in the Camry and the price is a lot less, so that's not good for me at trade in time. It has a fairly nice ride but it's deteriorated a bit over time. The tires needed replacing at 35,000 miles, which was disappointing. I had the tires rotated at every oil change and the front end was not out of alignment, so it appears that the tires on the car when I bought it were not of the highest quality. Both key fob batteries went out at almost the 40,000 mark. That tells me they're programmed to do that, which is really, really bad. I really only used one and had the other in a kitchen drawer but both batteries gave out at nearly the same time. My biggest complaint with the car is the turning radius. It's horrible. I love a nice, tight turning radius and getting into a parking space is difficult. I wouldn't put this car at the bottom of the list but it's nothing spectacular. It's a good reliable car for someone that likes a larger sedan."

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Great car, handles well, well kept in a garage

By on Sunday, September 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Handles well, excellent condition, low mileage a +"

Cons: "Depends on you - manual transmission"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought car in FL on a special and only drawback from my wife's view is that has a manual transmission. Otherwise, car has been garage kept and because we go to FL for about 4 months each year it has been left for 2 of past 3 years in our garage with a trickle down charger on the battery. Driven locally but once a week it is usually driven to DC using the Beltway so engine etc gets a good workout. A/C is excellent."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Not as quiet at my 2002

By on Saturday, September 06, 2014

I owned and sold this car

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"The new cruise control is terrible in the mountains. Will not maintain speed without manually shifting out of overdrive and even then it is questionable. Supposed to help gas mileage, they say. Almost completely defeats the term cruise control. My 02 Camary always maintained speed in any terrian. Bad Idea Toyota. Sold it. Will not buy another unless it is fixed. I rent cars 6 or 8 times a year and have not had this problem with numerous other makes;."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great vehicle...No problems.

By on Saturday, September 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "as above"

Cons: "Has cup holders, Really no problems."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 2009 Camry LE is in great shape. No accidents, tires have about 5,000 miles of wear, extremely quiet engine, maintenance done every 5-6 thousand miles (I have receipts) Oil change, tire rotation, fluid check, etc. Had front end alignment done about 3 months ago. I really could keep the car but I would like to sell it for a new 2013 auto (Probably another Camry). Note: Gas mileage (city) 22.5/23.5 MPG."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Easy to drive, get up and go, great gas mleage

By on Saturday, September 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great vehicle in all ways"

Cons: "wiper speeds need a slower and faster options"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"First car with leather seats and will buy leather again. I have enjoyed driving this car in town and on the highways."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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