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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.
Favorite Features

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
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 1463 Ratings for the 2007 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Best I have ever owned....7 years later.

By on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I bought mine used when it was 6 months old in 2007 for $20,000. Now, 7 years later with 135,000 miles on it it still worth $7,500 and has had almost zero problems. Still looks good and gets 32 mpg on the road. I have done brakes, tires, and 1 battery which I would call normal wear items. I did lose a water pump a couple of years ago, but the repair was completed in 90 minutes and was a very cheap bill. It must have been an easy job. This has been an excellent car and the best financial decision I have ever made in a car. 2 thumbs up....and I'm giving it to my 16 year old daughter. :)"

Dependable, clean, new tires, great maintenance.

By on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Dependable, reliable, easy to drive"

Cons: "There are a few scratches on the body"

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

"This is a great town or freeway car with 35 mph freeway driving. Inside ultra good condition, tan interior, Seamist outside. Body in great condition, there are a few scratches. New tires. Easy to drive. Car maintenance is well documented. Good sound system."

My first Toyota. Love the hybrid. Great MPH.

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Graet MPG. Rides great. Rides quite. Trouble free."

Cons: "Poor paint. Strange heater and AC controls"

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

"37,000 Miles and nothing to repair or fixe. Great ride in a very quite car. Handles very nice. Good on sharp turns. 41 MPG on the road in the summer. Little less MPG in the winter because the gas motor must run more for heat. I feel the paint could be a little better. AC cools really well. Heater and ac controls are a little strange. Would buy another Camry Hybrid when this one close to 50,000 miles. OEM tires are wearing good. Overall a rather plan car but a great car to own and drive!"

2007 - First model year has many design defects

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Quiet. Good amortization."

Cons: "Overpriced, defective electronics, poor brakes"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"CD changer breaks soon, Toyota knows about its poor quality, but does not recall it. The dealership requested $8,000 (!) to replace the entertainment center. Window washer shoot over the roof and cannot be adjusted. Tires are thin to improve mileage and need to be replaced every 30,000 miles. Pressed bakes sometimes result in a jump forward. Extra price is not compensated by saved gas. Minuscule trunk. Never again."

Very fine, reliable, low maintenance automobile.

By on Monday, April 07, 2014

I don't own this car

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
9/10

Pros: "Comfortable and powerful."

Cons: "Too long a reach for seat belts. Controls difficul"

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

Parked in front of our house.

"Leased to replace worn out 1997 BMW 528i. Spouse preferred another BMW but I could not afford one. Popularity ratings led me to Toyota and went for a high level model in order to hopefully match the BMW performance. Leasing was a "get acquainted with the Camry" for us."

Parked in front of our house.

NEVER SPEND ANY MONEY

By on Monday, April 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "see above"

Cons: "I don't have any"

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

"I get up every day and I do say "TOYOTA I LOVE WHAT YOU DO FOR ME". My 6th Camry, they just get better. Best thing is you can depend on the car performing all the time. I am a devoted Camry owner and why not? Good performance, Solid ride, Low noise, I have never checked my oil in 21 years!"

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