2011 BMW
328i
vs. 2011 Toyota
Camry XLE

2011 Toyota Camry XLE

10.0

starting from

$30,605

Reasons to buy the Toyota Camry XLE

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Good range on the highway
536 miles
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Good range in the city
370 miles
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Power outlets
Standard
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More airbags
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2011 BMW 328i

9.5

Runner-up

BMW 328i

starting from

$37,475
"Delivers a lot of style and performance at the entry level luxury price point of $36,575 for the model we tested."
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"The manual 6-speed combined with a 3.0-liter 230 horsepower, DOHC inline 24-valve 6-cylinder engine produced both power and efficiency"
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Reasons to buy the BMW 328i

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Fast 0-60 time
6.3 seconds
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Toyota Camry XLE Winner: Camry XLE
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  • Almost the same
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Camry XLE's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Toyota Camry XLE Winner: Camry XLE
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  • Almost the same
  • A single tank lasts more than 30% longer, 536 miles vs 403 miles
  • A standard folding rear seat on the Camry XLE is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the 328i
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Performance 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Toyota Camry XLE Winner: Camry XLE
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  • The Camry XLE's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic, Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • The Camry XLE's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 13.1 lb/hp vs 15.7 lb/hp
  • Around 20% more powerful, 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Toyota Camry XLE Winner: Camry XLE
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  • The Camry XLE has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Toyota Camry XLE Winner: Camry XLE
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  • The Camry XLE's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Camry XLE's satellite radio; in the 328i, too, but it'll cost
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.5

Luxury Features

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Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Camry XLE's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Optional Conveniently adjust your seat with the Camry XLE's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Practicality

Toyota
Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 536 miles vs 403 miles The Camry XLE has great highway range, but the 328i is very limited
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Cargo space 14.5 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.9 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3 The Camry XLE has average-sized front seats, while the 328i is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Optional A standard folding rear seat on the Camry XLE is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the 328i
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Camry XLE's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 328i
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Toyota
Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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MSRP $30,605 vs $37,475 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 17 mpg The Camry XLE has OK city mileage, while the 328i is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The 328i's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Camry XLE's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The 328i's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Camry XLE's is very short

Performance

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Camry XLE
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328i
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Horsepower 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Camry XLE's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 13.1 lb/hp vs 15.7 lb/hp The Camry XLE is a sporty car, while the 328i is just average
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The 328i's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Camry XLE is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.1 ft vs 36.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

Toyota
Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The Camry XLE has a good number of airbags, but the 328i is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs BMW Assist

Entertainment System

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Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Number of speakers 8 vs 10 The 328i has more speakers and the Camry XLE is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Camry XLE's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 328i does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the Camry XLE's satellite radio; in the 328i, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

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Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs 6.3 seconds The 328i has a good 0-60 time, but the Camry XLE is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 134 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.5 s s @ 97.0 mph mph vs 16.0 s s @ 91.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.88 g
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Top speed 135 mph vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

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Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 BMW 328i 2011 Audi A5 Premium 328i vs A5 Premium
2011 BMW 328i 2011 Honda Accord EX-L 328i vs Accord EX-L
2011 BMW 328i 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium 328i vs Passat TDI SEL Premium
2011 BMW 328i 2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 328i vs 6 i Touring
2011 BMW 335i 2011 Infiniti G37 Sport 335i vs G37 Sport
2011 Toyota Camry XLE 2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Camry XLE vs Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Camry LE 2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport Camry LE vs RAV4 Sport
2011 Toyota Camry 2011 Toyota Corolla Camry vs Corolla
2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid 2011 Toyota Prius Four Camry Hybrid vs Prius Four
2011 Toyota Camry XLE 2011 Nissan Maxima SV Camry XLE vs Maxima SV

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Capt Hook (8:03 AM, September 30, 2014)
Hahaha a camry beating a 3 series in any sort of comparison, what are you guys on ??
A Camry is an old mans floaty barge.