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2011 Toyota Camry

Day 1

2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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The variety one experiences in automotive journalism sure keeps things interesting. Today I drove two vehicles, nearly exact opposites on the car spectrum but both perfectly good on their own merits. One was quiet and economical — that’s my tester, the 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid — and the other was loud, powerful, impractical and crazy-fast, the name of which will be revealed at a later date.

This makes you question your automotive allegiances: do you fall for the brawny muscle-machine that turns heads and rips up pavement, or do you give the nod to the sensible side of a quiet ride that’s frugal on fuel, and yet can carry the family around in comfort? Argh! Too many choices!

2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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Let’s talk about the frugal one for now, though. On top of a base price of $31,310, my 2011 Camry Hybrid tester is equipped with one of the two available packages: the moonroof package, which adds another $1,090 to the price and includes the moonroof (obviously), fog lights and reading lights.

The other available extra is the leather and navigation package which, equally unsurprisingly, adds leather and navigation. This package bumps the price to $36,535, though leather is available separately for $1,795 if you are so inclined.

Toyota has become synonymous with hybrids, with the Prius paving the way for the numerous models from many manufacturers now available. Believe it or not I’ve never driven the Camry Hybrid but I have driven its competitors, like the Fusion and Nissan Altima Hybrid. I guess we’ll see how efficiently I can drive this week!

2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $32,400

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