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in 2011 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $12,630 - $17,618
Original MSRP: $20,195 - $29,845
MPG: 22 City / 33 Hwy
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2011 Toyota Camry Interior

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Toyota has built much of its reputation on comfort, and the 2011 Toyota Camry will do nothing to damage that reputation. Reviewers say its cabin is well-thought-out, with easy-to-use controls, comfortable seating and electronics that are typical for the class. Yet, in recent years, critics have begun to cite minor problems with fit-and-finish inside the Camry. Though there are only a few published reviews of the 2011 model, that trend continues, with several reviewers pointing out flaws in the test cars they were given. Buyers should inspect the actual Camry they plan to buy before putting money down.

  • “We've seen some fit and finish issues.” -- Car and Driver
  • "Cabin materials are generally serviceable, with soft-touch surfaces and inoffensive faux metal or wood trim. Several test cars disappointed with unsightly seams, misaligned plastic panels, and assorted interior squeaks and rattles." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Notably, build and materials quality aren't up to the high standard set by previous-generation Camrys. Some plastics are substandard, and panel fitments aren't uniformly precise. The Camry's interior isn't bad by any means, but it's no longer above average for this segment." -- Edmunds
  • "Overall, it's hard to find any faults in the Camry's interior, but it's also hard to find anything that really stands out as something we like." -- Left Lane News

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Seating

Reviewers have little negative to say about the Camry’s seats. Several note that it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position, even with the manual adjustments found in the base model. The few complaints concerned the sport-themed SE model. Its fabric-covered “sport seats,” critics say, are not as supportive as they sound -- they’re little more than the base model’s seats covered in two-tone fabric.

The 2011 Toyota Camry’s rear seats have odd dimensions. Its second row is wider than of the back seats in the Honda Accord, Chevy Malibu, Ford Fusion or Hyundai Sonata, yet it provides less legroom than any of them. LATCH child-seat anchors are provided for the rear outboard positions only, which is typical for this class.

  • "Headroom is 6-footer adequate, even beneath the sunroof housing. Well-shaped and comfortably padded seats offer good legroom. The steering wheel tilts and is telescopic and the seats have ample settings, helping to fine tune the driving position.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Camry's driving position is good but we found the seats to be uncomfortable due to a large lumbar support that didn't have any kind of adjustment." -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

The features list for the 2011 Camry is typical of the class. There’s nothing glaringly missing, but nothing exceptional, either. Shoppers may want to experience the Ford SYNC infotainment system in the Fusion before settling on a Camry because Toyota has nothing comparable. Still, reviewers say the 2011 Camry’s controls are easy to learn and well-designed. Shoppers might want to note, however, that the Camry’s less-expensive trims don’t carry much in the way of standard equipment. Car shoppers might be happier with the Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion or Suzuki Kizashi, all of which come with a longer list of standard features even in their least-expensive trims.

  • "Gauges are large and legible. The control layout is logical after brief acclimation. The climate display panel becomes difficult to read in bright light. The navigation system is easy to program, but it absorbs and complicates some audio functions." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The three rotary HVAC controls are even larger and equally intuitive and can be adjusted while you're wearing gloves." -- Car and Driver
  • "The pastel blue-green lighting around the optional navigation system reminds us of Miami Beach, and we love the separate on/off switches for the audio and navigation systems. The dual switches are a departure from most other vehicles today, which have a single on/off switch. So if you want the nav but no audio, you have to crank the volume all the way down, and still run the risk of picking up interference." -- New Car Test Drive

Cargo

The 2011 Toyota Camry's 14.5 cubic feet of available cargo space was once typical for a midsize car when this model was designed in 2007. Today, several rivals offer more trunk space -- among them, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, the Ford Fusion and the Mazda6. Reviewers offer mixed opinions on the trunk’s practicality, noting that its hinges can crush cargo and the opening is a bit small. Buyers should note that SE models don’t have a folding seat.

  • The trunk has "a useful shape, though the sickle-shaped lid hinges intrude and the trunk opening is too small for really bulky items. All but SE and XLE have folding rear seatbacks. SE has a fixed seatback with a center pass-through. XLE's rear seat is split 40/20/40, has manually reclining seat backs, and a fold down center armrest with a pass-through. Cabin storage is ample in all models." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There's a nice selection of cubbies and compartments to collect whatever personal effects that may be accompanying you." -- Edmunds

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