2011 Toyota Camry vs. Its Competition

2011 Toyota Camry LE
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2011 Toyota Camry steers a safe path, in terms of design, and it's no longer, with the Honda Accord, the unquestionable mid-size picks; the mid-size sedan segment is full of choices with more exciting styling or edgier performance.

The Hyundai Sonata used to feel just a bit behind the curve, but the 2011 Sonata made a giant leap ahead with respect to looks, refinement, performance, and everything that matters in a mid-size sedan; fuel economy is also class-leading in the Sonata.

The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu is another good alternative; it emphasizes a smooth ride and comfortable interior as much as the Camry, but it has a more distinctive silhouette and more impressive interior materials.

The latest version of the Honda Accord is now two years old, but it looks a generation ahead of the Camry, with a stunning interior, especially in the V-6 models, and a slightly sportier driving feel.

The Fusion and Altima are sportier overall but a little smaller inside, and the entire Nissan Altima lineup has a sportier look and feel that's only rivaled by the Camry SE.

For those considering the 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid, the 2011 Ford Fusion, with its better EPA ratings of 41/36 as well as its more nimble driving feel, deserves some serious consideration.

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6.8
The 2011 Toyota Camry isn’t at the leading edge in any way, but it remains one of the smartest mid-size sedan picks.
7.8
The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu isn't edgy or high-performance, but it has everything that most mid-size sedan shoppers seek.
8.4
The 2011 Ford Fusion comes in a few finely developed flavors; Sport, Hybrid and base are a few of the best tastes.
8.2
Though the 2011 Honda Accord is missing Bluetooth connectivity on the more affordable trims, it’s a very compelling package otherwise, with top-notch refinement, performance, and comfort.
8.6
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata takes some smart styling and performance risks to raise its profile.
7.6
The 2011 Nissan Altima isn't quite as roomy as some mid-size rivals, but it's one of the sportiest-driving choices.
MSRP From     
$20,195$21,975$19,850$21,380$19,395$20,270
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Mid-SizeMidsizeMid-Size SedanLargeLarge CarsMidsize
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManualManualManual w/ODContinuously Variable