2011 Toyota
Camry XLE
vs. 2011 Toyota
Matrix

2011 Toyota Camry XLE

9.8

starting from

$30,605

Reasons to buy the Toyota Camry XLE

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Power windows
Standard
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Power locks
Standard
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Better suspension
Independent
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Keyless entry
Standard
2011 Toyota Matrix

8.8

Runner-up

Toyota Matrix

starting from

$19,605

Reasons to buy the Toyota Matrix

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Ample cargo space
61.5 ft3
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Good city fuel efficiency
26 mpg
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Average highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
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Plenty of cupholders
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Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Toyota Camry XLE Winner: Camry XLE
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Performance 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 Toyota Camry XLE Winner: Camry XLE
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  • The Camry XLE's power-to-weight ratio is around 40% better, providing a sportier ride, 13.1 lb/hp vs 21.7 lb/hp
  • More than 2x more powerful, 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM
  • The Camry XLE's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic, Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Toyota Camry XLE Winner: Camry XLE
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  • Almost the same
  • The Camry XLE has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 8 vs 4
Practicality 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Matrix Winner: Matrix
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  • Room for more than 4x more stuff, 61.5 ft3 vs 14.5 ft3
  • The Matrix has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Matrix Winner: Matrix
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  • Gets 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg vs 20 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $11,000 cheaper (around 40% less), $19,605 vs $30,605
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
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Overall 9.8 vs 8.8

Luxury Features

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Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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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 Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Camry XLE's power seats; not available on the Matrix
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Camry XLE; not available on the Matrix
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Camry XLE; the Matrix only offers cloth seats

Performance

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Camry XLE
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2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
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Horsepower 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Camry XLE is of average power, but the Matrix is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 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 21.7 lb/hp The Camry XLE is a sporty car, but the Matrix is sluggish
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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 36.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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Camry XLE
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2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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Number of speakers 8 vs 4 The Camry XLE has an OK number of speakers, while the Matrix has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Camry XLE's satellite radio
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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

Practicality

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Camry XLE
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2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 536 miles vs 422 miles The Camry XLE has great highway range, but the Matrix is very limited
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Cargo space 14.5 ft3 vs 61.5 ft3 The Matrix has lots of cargo room, and the Camry XLE is OK, too
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front seats 52.9 ft3 vs 52.0 ft3 Both average size front seats
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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 Not Available The Camry XLE offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Matrix
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The Matrix has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 2 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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Camry XLE
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MSRP $30,605 vs $19,605 The Matrix has a great price and the Camry XLE is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 26 mpg The Matrix has great city mileage and the Camry XLE is pretty reasonable
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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

Safety Features

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Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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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 Matrix 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 None

Road Tests

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Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs 10.1 seconds The Camry XLE's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Matrix is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 139 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.5 s s @ 97.0 mph mph vs 17.7 s s @ 79.0 mph mph The Camry XLE's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Matrix 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 135 mph vs 115 mph The Camry XLE's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Matrix is just OK

Crash Test Ratings

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Camry XLE
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2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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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

Other Vehicles to Consider

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
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Honda Fit Sport Matrix vs Fit Sport
2011 Toyota Matrix S 2011 Toyota Corolla S Matrix S vs Corolla S
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Toyota Yaris Matrix vs Yaris
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Nissan Versa SL Matrix vs Versa SL
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Matrix vs RAV4 Limited

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