Once a reviewer favorite in the midsize hybrid sedan category, the 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid has since been eclipsed by newer rivals that are better in almost every way. That said, reviews say the Camry Hybrid has a smooth ride, a quiet interior and accelerates well. Newer offerings like the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid are more stylish to look at, more fun to drive, get better fuel economy and have better interior fit and finish, according to reviewers.
Aside from a standard equipment downgrade from alloy to steel wheels, the 2011 Camry Hybrid is unchanged from the 2010 model, which was largely a carryover from 2009. Our full report on the 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid (*Est. $26,150) features a detailed analysis of expert reviews and opinions, and it continues to apply.
The Camry Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city/35 mpg highway/33 mpg combined fuel economy rating from its 187 horsepower full hybrid powertrain. Yet, newer midsize hybrids and some new traditional gasoline vehicles can achieve mileage that is similar or better, so the Camry Hybrid's fuel economy numbers are no longer as impressive as they once were. These fuel economy numbers are on par with the 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid (Base MSRP: $26,800).
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid good marks in its crash testing. Front-offset, side and roof strength tests for the Camry Hybrid all get the highest rating of Good, though the IIHS gives the Camry's rear impact crash protection the lesser Marginal rating. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid an overall crash safety rating of 4 stars out of 5. Front crash tests are given a 3 star out of 5 rating, while side impact protection and rollover resistance are both given a 4 star our of 5 rating. Standard safety features include front, side, curtain and driver knee airbags, antilock brakes and electronic stability control.
ConsumerReports.org ranks the 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid against many other midsize sedans, both hybrid and nonhybrid. They have driven it and provide detailed opinions on the experience, as well as reliability and owner satisfaction data.
Review: Sedans, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
The 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid is essentially unchanged from the 2010 model, Edmunds.com notes. Editors like the Camry Hybrid's value proposition, as it carries a minimal price premium compared to the top-of-the-line traditional four-cylinder models. They also note that the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Nissan Altima Hybrid offer a more engaging driving experience.
Review: 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review, Editors of Edmunds.com
3. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
The 2010 Toyota Camry (including the hybrid variant) earns the highest rating of Good in front-, side- and rollover-crash tests by this nonprofit organization, but its rear-crash score is only Marginal. Newer hybrids like the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid perform better, earning the Top Safety Pick designation.
Review: Midsize Moderately Priced Cars, Editors of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
4. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid earns an overall safety rating of 4 stars out of a possible 5 from the NHTSA. Side crash protection and rollover resistance both get a 4 star rating, while front crash protection gets a lower 3 star rating.
Review: 5-Star Safety Ratings, Editors of SaferCar.gov
The Toyota Camry Hybrid lags behind the Toyota Prius, Ford Fusion Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, among other hybrid and economy car models. The Camry Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city/35 mpg highway/33 mpg combined.
Review: 2010 Hybrid Vehicles, Editors of FuelEconomy.gov
The 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid sees no substantial changes over the 2010 and 2009 models. This full report on the 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid offers a comprehensive analysis, including excerpts from and links to a variety of reviews and third-party expert sources.
Review: 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid, Editors of ConsumerSearch, May 2009