2011 Toyota
Avalon
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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Has speed-sensitive volume
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Lengthy braking distance from 60mph
137 ft
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Premium radio
Standard
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CD changer
Standard
2011 Toyota Avalon

9.9

starting from

$33,355

Reasons to buy the Toyota Avalon

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Spacious front seats
55.2 ft3
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Very spacious back seats
51.7 ft3
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More speakers
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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 Avalon , too, but it'll cost
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Toyota Camry XLE Winner: Camry XLE
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  • The best price we've seen is $2,750 cheaper (around 10% less), $30,605 vs $33,355
Performance 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Toyota Camry XLE Winner: Camry XLE
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  • Almost the same, 36.1 ft vs 36.9 ft
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have good airbag coverage
  • Child door locks come standard
Practicality 9.9 vs 10.0
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  • Good highway range
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 10.0 vs 9.9

Entertainment System

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Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Avalon Toyota
Avalon
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Number of speakers 8 vs 9 The Avalon 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 Avalon 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 Avalon , 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

Cost

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Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Avalon Toyota
Avalon
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MSRP $30,605 vs $33,355 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 20 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Performance

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Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Avalon Toyota
Avalon
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Horsepower 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,200 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 Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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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 13.3 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.1 ft vs 36.9 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

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Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Avalon Toyota
Avalon
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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 6 Both have good airbag coverage
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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 None

Practicality

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Camry XLE
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2011 Toyota Avalon Toyota
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 537 miles vs 537 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 14.5 ft3 vs 14.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.9 ft3 vs 55.2 ft3 The Avalon has roomy front seats and the Camry XLE is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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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

Luxury Features

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Camry XLE
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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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

Crash Test Ratings

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Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Avalon Toyota
Avalon
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

Toyota
Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Avalon Toyota
Avalon
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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs 7.1 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 141 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.5 s @ 97 mph vs 15.5 s @ 95 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.76 g
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Top speed 135 mph vs 135 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2011 Honda Accord EX-L Avalon Limited vs Accord EX-L
2011 Toyota Avalon 2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Avalon vs Altima 3.5 SR
2011 Toyota Avalon 2011 Lexus ES 350 Avalon vs ES 350
2011 Toyota Avalon 2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE Avalon vs Passat V6 SE
2011 Toyota Camry LE 2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport Camry LE vs RAV4 Sport
2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid 2011 Toyota Prius Four Camry Hybrid vs Prius Four
2011 Toyota Camry 2011 Toyota Corolla Camry vs Corolla
2011 Toyota Camry XLE 2011 BMW 328i Camry XLE vs 328i
2011 Toyota Camry XLE 2011 Lexus ES 350 Camry XLE vs ES 350

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