Review: 2011 Toyota Camry

My friend Austin had the misfortune of being rear-ended the same night he bought his turbo Thunderbird. While his car undergoes cosmetic surgery at the body shop, he gets to “enjoy” a 2011 Toyota Camry, a rental vehicle decked out with luxuries like seat belts, plastic hub caps, and a speedometer.

The current generation Camry isn’t something an auto enthusiast buys on purpose. Its a me-too pile of car for people too busy or unconcerned to do their research.

In recent years, Toyota increased its quantity of rental fleet sales to make up for falling retail transactions, which has a detrimental effect on brand image and resale value. When a Camry is offered to me at a rental counter I try to ask for something else, anything else. Heck, even a Ford Econoline panel van has more character and interest.

Anyway, here’s Austin’s review with video:


2.5-Liter 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve Dual VVT-i

169 hp @ 6000 rpm

167 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

6-speed Electronically Controlled automatic overdrive Transmission (ECT-i) with intelligence and sequential shift

MacPherson strut front suspension with gas-filled shock absorbers and stabilizer bar; dual-link independent MacPherson strut rear suspension with gas-filled shock absorbers and stabilizer bar

Variable-assist power rack-and-pinion

Curb weight (lb.): 3263

EPA Fuel Economy City/Highway: 22/33

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