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in 2011 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $16,491 - $16,491
Original MSRP: $27,050 - $27,050
MPG: 31 City / 35 Hwy
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Used Car: 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

Review Last Updated: 7/26/12

Though it doesn’t have the highest fuel economy ratings among its hybrid rivals, the 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid delivers good reliability, a spacious cabin and an enjoyable driving experience.

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Test drivers also liked the Camry Hybrid’s relaxed interior, numerous standard tech features and strong performance. They especially liked that the Camry Hybrid has smooth acceleration and strong regenerative brakes. Used car shoppers turned off by the Toyota Prius’ oddly-shaped hatchback body might prefer the 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid because it looks like a conventional family sedan. The Camry also has a good reliability score.

The biggest drawback for hybrid shoppers is that at 31/35 mpg city/highway, the 2011 Camry Hybrid’s fuel economy estimates are significantly lower than top rivals’, like the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2011 Toyota Prius. A few reviewers also found fault with the 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid’s power-assisted steering, which they said was somewhat dull. The Camry Hybrid’s trunk is smaller than its conventional gas-only sibling because its battery pack takes up cargo space. However, this is a common problem among hybrids.

The 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine and electric motor, which are paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Standard features include dual-zone climate control, push-button start and a six-speaker stereo. When it was new, options packages could further equip the Camry with features like a sunroof, heated front seats, leather upholstery, navigation, Bluetooth and an upgraded stereo with a USB port and satellite radio. Seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and traction control are among the 2011 Camry Hybrid’s standard safety features.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a great used hybrid car that not only delivers exceptional fuel economy, but also provides a spacious interior and a reliability rating that’s slightly better than the 2011 Camry Hybrid’s. Like the Camry Hybrid, test drivers said the Fusion Hybrid provides an enjoyable driving experience that’s comparable to gas-only Fusion. 

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was brand-new to the market in 2011, and auto critics liked its blend of style, power and functionality. The Sonata Hybrid has a traditional six-speed automatic transmission, which reviewers preferred over the Camry’s CVT. They said that the Sonata Hybrid’s transmission was smoother and more refined than many CVTs they had tested. The Sonata Hybrid has better fuel economy and safety ratings, though the Camry Hybrid has a higher reliability rating.

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