Known as the best-selling passenger car in America for eight years running, the Camry has recently been updated for the 2011 model year. So, the 2011 Toyota Camry will be available in Camry, LE, SE, XLE and Hybrid models and will offer a better fuel economy thanks to the addition of new lower-rolling-resistance tires for the 2011 V6 model.
According to Toyota, the car will be able to increase EPA fuel economy ratings to 20 MPG city / 29 MPG highway, up from 19/28 for the 2010 V6 model, while the four-cylinder Camry returns 22/32 MPG, and the Camry Hybrid is rated at 31/35 (33 combined).
For the 2011 model year, the Camry comes as standard (the engine is standard on all models) with the DOHC 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which was new for the 2010 model year. The engine delivers 169 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 167 lb.-ft. peak torque at 4,100 rpm.
In the Camry SE, the engine delivers 179 hp / 171 lb.-ft. ft and returns an EPA estimated 22 mpg city / 32 mpg rating with the six-speed automatic transmission and 22/33 with the six-speed manual.
The DOHC 3.5-liter V6 will be available in the Camry LE, SE and XLE models and will deliver 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb.-ft. peak torque at 4,700 rpm.
Regarding the Camry Hybrid model, this is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine delivering 147-hp, but thanks to the electric motor which delivers an extra 40 hp, the total output is 187 horsepower.
The 2011 Camry has managed to set a new standard for the segment with its responsive handling that results in a smooth ride. The car is supported by a four-wheel independent suspension through a MacPherson struts set-up in the front with dual-link rear configuration. Both the Camry and the LE have the steel 16-inch wheels. The Hybrid and the XLE have the aluminum 16-inch wheels through this can be an option as well for the LE.
The sporty SE though has the standard 17-inch aluminum wheels. All of the models of the Camry come with the four-wheel disc brakes. Clearly, Toyota wanted to increase interest in the daily commute when it designed the SE. One of the modifications done to the Camry SE was with the chassis that now has springs and shock absorbers. The bushings also have sportier and firmer values compared to those in different grades.
Among the different Camry models, it is the SE that has the lowest ride height. Continuing with the modifications on the SE, the torsional rigidity has been increased, giving it improved handling response. Due to the tuning done in the chasses, the aerodynamics of the SE’s underbody has been optimized. Furthermore, since the underbody was ensured to be flat, it has aided in the speed of the airflow that passes under the car.
The engineers at Toyota also made sure to tune the balance when it comes to the downforce in the front and back. Security and safety have also been the focus in creating the Camry. The body structure for example was designed to make sure that impact deformation on its passenger cabin is minimized and that it can better absorb the impact forces that occur during collisions. In order to manage the overall body deformation in case a side collision occurs are the rocker panel reinforcements and B-pillar that is made from high-strength steel.
Adding to its safety are the seat frames that have also been designed to absorb any of the side collision loads. Furthering improving the safety and security are the front seat-mounted side airbags, the side curtain airbags, the dual-stage advanced SRS front airbags, and there is even the driver’s knee airbag.
All of these are standard equipment on every Camry model. Aside from the airbags, there is the anti-lock brake system (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). The BA is there to assist when the driver is attempting to start emergency braking. If the driver is unable to step strongly on the brake pedal to activate the ABS, it is the BA the gives the additional braking power and will only stop when the driver will release the pressure on the pedal.
Camry also has the Traction Control (TRAC) and Standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) to help regulate the output of the engine and apply the brakes on the individual wheels to ensure that when the car does turns, the loss of traction is controlled. The Camry Hybrid meanwhile has the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system. This particular system ensures that vehicle traction and stability are managed especially when in throttle control.
The system also allows for brake application on its individual wheels. It can apply minor steering correction when the need arises. While safety and security are ensured, the comfort and convenience that the Camry can give had not been set aside. There are a number of storage spaces available in the front-passenger area alone with storage spaces also on its console side pockets. There is also a large front console box that already has an auxiliary audio jack and accessory power socket.
In fact, this particular box can store as many as nine CD cases. There are also other storage areas like that one just behind the shift lever which also has its own power socket. The Camry has more to offer. The rear-console box has a movable tray and a card holder. Beside the shift lever also are two cupholders that can fit even large sizes. To ensure more comfort, both the Hybrid and XLE models come equipped with specially-designed seat fabrics that are soft to the touch.
This is because this special fabric has been treated using the Fraichir process which coats the fabric with a natural substance known as Sericin. Sericin comes from the cocoons of silkworms which has been extracted and then refined. This is why it is very gentle to the skin and very soft to the touch. The Camry has other standard equipment that provides comfort to the people inside. Take for example the air condition that has a pollen and micro dust filter.
It has power door locks, power windows that have automatic up/down features and anti-jam component on every door. Even the halogen headlamps have an on/off feature. The power side mirrors are color-keyed. The Camry has a cruise control, vehicle immobilizer, and the telescopic and tilt steering wheel. The interior has an AM/FM/CD audio system with six 160-watt speakers and auxiliary audio jack. What this means is that the audio systems in all Camry models can play both CD and MP3 formats.
The LE has an additional feature in that there is an in-key remote keyless entry plus the eight-way-adjustable power driver's seat. The XLE also has its own standard features. An example of this is the automatic dual-zone climate control system that has been upgraded and has steering wheel control.
The system has the Plasmacluster ionizer technology that makes sure any airborne mold spores, odors, fungi, bacteria, germs, and microbes do not get inside and adversely affect the passengers. The music played is of higher quality as it has 440-watt JBL audio system and when paired with Bluetooth technology enables hands-free calls especially for compatible phones. While the power moonroof is made of glass, the interior has a wood-style trim.
The rear seats are capable of reclining up to eight degrees to improve passenger comfort. Each of the rear seats also has its own personal reading lamps. The V6 Camry XLE comes with leather-trimmed seats. On the outside are the fog lamps and wheels made of aluminum.
Finally, the Hybrid has the same features that can be seen on the XLE. The only addition is that it has a Smart Key System that allows push button start. Because of this, the driver can lock, unlock, and even start the car by simply using the Smart Key.