Why the Toyota Camry Ranks First on Cars.com American-Made Index

Wondering how the Camry ranks first on Cars.com's American-Made Index? Well, you're not alone. It is, after all, a very logical question, considering that by all rights Toyota is considered a Japanese automaker.

Upon careful investigation, however, Cars.com has found that it's not just the most "American" car when compared to other exports....The Toyota Camry is, in fact, more American than any "American-made" car available.

See, while Toyota is based in Japan, the Camry is built here in the U.S., using a large percentage of domestic parts. It's also among the most popular cars purchased in America.

In determining the lineup of their American-Made Index, Cars.com adheres to a certain set of criteria (i.e., sales, assembly geo, and parts geo). They also disqualify models with foreign parts content above 15 percent, models built exclusively outside the U.S., or soon-to-be-discontinued models lacking an American-made successor.

According to Cars.com, the 2011 Toyota Camry has an average four-out-of-five star consumer rating. One online reviewer from St. Louis, MO explains, "This is my second Camry XLE. I had a 2008 model, which I put 75,000 miles and gave it to my son. It rides like the day I bought it. I have changed oil and had factory maintenance done on it. I have never needed a wheel alignment. Nothing ever goes wrong. I now have a 2011 model...The ride is improved...Now has a backup camera...Stereo now has a USB and the sound is great. I do a lot driving and comfort level is top notch. A poor man's Lexus."1

2011 Toyota Camry At a Glance

-          Available Trims: LE, sport-tuned SE, top-of-the-line XLE
-          Standard Engine: 169-horsepower (hp), 2.5-liter, four-cylinder
-          Optional Engines: 269-hp, 3.5-liter V6
-          Standard Transmission: Six-speed manual
-          Optional Transmission: Six-speed automatic (with V-6 only)
-          Standard Safety Features: Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, side-curtain airbags, side-impact airbags for the front seats, dual front airbags, driver's knee airbag, traction control, electronic stability control
-          Fuel Economy: 22 mpg city/ 33 mpg highway
-          Starting MSRP: $20,195
-          High-percentage of domestic parts and vehicle manufacturing reduces Toyota's overall carbon footprint associated with production
-          Alternative Model: Toyota Camry Hybrid

To learn more about the 2011 Toyota Camry, please contact Toyota of North Charlotte at 704-875-9199 today. Or visit us in person. Conveniently located at 13429 Statesville Road Huntersville, NC, we're happy to share complete specs, compare models, and arrange test drives.

Source: 1 http://www.cars.com/toyota/camry/2011/consumer-reviews/

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