2011 Toyota
Camry SE
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Jetta TDI

2011 Toyota Camry SE

9.8

starting from

$24,725

Reasons to buy the Toyota Camry SE

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Better suspension
Independent
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Average-sized front seats
54.1 ft3
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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
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More airbags
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

9.6

starting from

$24,865

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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Good braking distance from 60mph
113 ft
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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
4 stars
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
42 mpg
Road Tests 8.2 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Winner: Jetta TDI
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  • The Jetta TDI needs more than 20% less space to stop from 60mph, 113 ft vs 142 ft
  • Around 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 16.2 s s @ 86.7 mph mph vs 17.2 s s @ 84.0 mph mph
  • The Jetta TDI hits 60mph more than 10% faster, 8.3 seconds vs 9.4 seconds
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Toyota Camry SE Winner: Camry SE
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Performance 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Toyota Camry SE Winner: Camry SE
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  • The Camry SE's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 18.6 lb/hp vs 22.9 lb/hp
  • Around 30% more powerful, 179 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Toyota Camry SE Winner: Camry SE
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  • The Camry SE has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Toyota Camry SE Winner: Camry SE
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  • The Camry SE has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Toyota Camry SE Winner: Camry SE
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  • Passengers in front seats enjoy more than 10% more room, 54.1 ft3 vs 48.7 ft3
Entertainment System 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Winner: Jetta TDI
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Jetta TDI's satellite radio; in the Camry SE, too, but it'll cost
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Road Tests

Toyota
Camry SE
2011 Toyota Camry SE
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
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0-60 mph 9.4 seconds vs 8.3 seconds The Jetta TDI's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Camry SE is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 142 ft vs 113 ft The Jetta TDI has above average braking ability, but the Camry SE is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.2 s s @ 84.0 mph mph vs 16.2 s s @ 86.7 mph mph The Jetta TDI's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Camry SE's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.8 g vs 0.82 g The Jetta TDI has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Camry SE
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Top speed 122 mph vs 130 mph The Jetta TDI's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Camry SE is just OK

Luxury Features

Toyota
Camry SE
2011 Toyota Camry SE
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Jetta TDI's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Camry SE's power seats; not available on the Jetta TDI
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Camry SE

Performance

Toyota
Camry SE
2011 Toyota Camry SE
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
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Horsepower 179 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Jetta TDI's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs Turbocharger The Jetta TDI's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.6 lb/hp vs 22.9 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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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 36.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Camry SE
2011 Toyota Camry SE
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
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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 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The better is 1.5x safer than the Jetta TDI

Safety Features

Toyota
Camry SE
2011 Toyota Camry SE
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
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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 SE has a good number of airbags, but the Jetta TDI is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Unknown
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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

Toyota
Camry SE
2011 Toyota Camry SE
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 592 miles vs 609 miles Fantastic highway range
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Cargo space 14.5 ft3 vs 15.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.1 ft3 vs 48.7 ft3 The Camry SE has average-sized front seats, while the Jetta TDI is very cramped
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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

Entertainment System

Toyota
Camry SE
2011 Toyota Camry SE
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Jetta TDI's satellite radio; in the Camry SE, 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

Toyota
Camry SE
2011 Toyota Camry SE
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
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MSRP $24,725 vs $24,865 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 30 mpg The Jetta TDI has great city mileage and the Camry SE 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

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 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2012 Audi A3 Premium Jetta TDI vs A3 Premium
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2011 Volkswagen Golf Jetta TDI vs Golf
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2012 Ford Fusion SE Jetta TDI vs Fusion SE
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2011 BMW 335d Jetta TDI vs 335d
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2011 Toyota Corolla Jetta TDI vs Corolla

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