2011 Toyota Camry

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Toyota Camry. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    24-27 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    169-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2011 Toyota Camry

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

2011 Toyota Camry Road Test

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...

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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2011 Camry Video

Cars.com's Dave Thomas takes a look at the 2011 Toyota Camry. It competes with the Hyundai Sonata and Honda Accord.

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Best car I have had.

by Mcopper from Cambridge, Maryland on June 26, 2018

This car is great handles well sporty with the manual shift option but still good for the family when in automatic mode. Smooth riding and plenty of storage room for family trips or even when loading ... Read full review

(5.0)

Mosr Reliable I've owned

by Toy? from Chicago on June 22, 2018

My Camry is one of the best running car I've owned. I really like this vehicle. My only complaint is that they did not make it with Bluetooth. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Toyota Camry currently has 5 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Toyota Camry has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Toyota

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, Carfax vehicle history report, travel protection and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date ($50 deductible) Note: In AL, FL, GA, NC and SC, 7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty coverage begins Jan. 1 of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles. Hybrid: 8-year/100,000 mile warranty on Factory HV Battery for Toyota Hybrid Vehicles.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Camry received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker