2011 Toyota Camry vs. Its Competition

2011 Toyota Camry LE
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior 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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2011 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door Sedan LS w/1LS Angular Front Exterior View2011 Chevrolet Malibu
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2011 Ford Fusion Sport2011 Ford Fusion
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2011 Hyundai Sonata 4-door Sedan I4 Auto Limited Angular Front Exterior View2011 Hyundai Sonata
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2011 Nissan Altima 4-door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid Angular Front Exterior View2011 Nissan Altima
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Quick Specs
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.
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The 2011 Hyundai Sonata takes some smart styling and performance risks to raise its profile.
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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$19,395$20,270
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Mid-SizeMidsizeMid-Size SedanLarge CarsMidsize
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (SE)4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan S FWD4-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 Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManualManual w/ODContinuously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
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