2011 Toyota Camry

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2011 Toyota Camry
2011 Toyota Camry

Key specs

Base trim shown

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

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2011 Toyota Camry trim comparison will help you decide.

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 design 4.3
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.3

Vary spacious, comfortable car

What we don't like Outside paint is deteriorating a lot all over the body of the vehicle, it looks like burned and makes the car look ugly, I am surprised that there is not a recall because of this Meets our needs in space and safety

4.1

Just got so far so good.

I think this car runs good for an older car. Comfy leather seats and nice dash light up. Great on gas! Cant beat it. Ty

2.7

recently bought and was robed

the car would be great if the dealer fixed the recalls and fixed what they were supposed to. my car has 23,000 miles on it. There should not be any issues what so ever.

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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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