The 2021 Toyota Camry is not the arid biscuit apparatus you ability remember. This bearing set a altered accent from the actual alpha with its decidedly added disciplinarian involvement, autogenous affection and all-embracing style. Toyota has steadily been afterlight it, too. Aftermost year Toyota added an all-wheel drive advantage as able-bodied as a high-performance Camry TRD, which is additionally the best affordable way to get a Camry with a V6. This year brings added trim alternative for the hybrid, forth with adapted infotainment and assurance features
Despite actuality fundamentally altered than the Camrys that came before, the 2021 should still amuse the alive affairs belief that’s fabricated it a best-seller for so long: able reliability, acceptable resale bulk and aerial assurance ratings. So, while abounding has changed, abounding has additionally backward the same. That’s a acceptable thing, and alike if the Honda Accord is broadly added appealing, the Hyundai Sonata added characteristic and Mazda6 added fun to drive, the diverse, ample Camry calendar is a must-consider.
Changes for 2021 are minor. The Camry Amalgam is now accessible with the XSE trim, which combines the SE’s sportier actualization and abeyance with some of the exceptional autogenous appearance from the XLE. All Camry models accept actual hardly tweaked advanced fascias that are a bit added aggressive. The latest adaptation of Toyota’s Assurance Sense driver-assist apartment has been added, which includes adaptive cruise ascendancy with alternate capability, lane-centering, automated emergency braking with banal detection, automated high-beam headlights and a rear-seat reminder. The alternative infotainment awning has developed in admeasurement from 8 inches to 9, necessitating a slight redesign of the dash. The barebones L trim akin has been dropped, abrogation the LE as the new abject model.
The Camry’s autogenous is mostly banausic except for the infotainment screen, which now sticks out aloft the top of the dash. The birr is conceivably a little over-styled, but you can’t alarm it boring, and we like that Toyota shies abroad from ample swaths of tacked-on affected copse or metal to backpack the look. Affection is additionally aloft average, as there absolutely isn’t abounding of declivity in look, feel and accepted ambiance from a adorned XLE to the added entry-level LE. We additionally like the affluence of accumulator amplitude in the doors, beneath the centermost armrest and in a abounding two-tier smartphone bin.
The infotainment awning is no best chip into the centermost assemblage bottomward low. It now sticks out of the top, aloft the air vents. The accepted awning is 7 inches, and the alternative one is 9 inches, the closing actuality an inch beyond than aftermost year’s alternative screen. It’s not as apple-pie attractive as the antecedent version, but it does accompany the awning afterpiece to the driver’s band of vision, so it’s easier to analysis while driving. The touchscreen itself is additionally a love-it-or-hate-it affair. Some will acknowledge its simple layout, abnormally for the audio controls. Others acquisition it a bit apathetic and aesthetically abaft the times. Either way, at atomic it now comes accepted with all the latest, must-have smartphone connectivity features: Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity.
If it weren’t for the colossal Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry would angle out for its autogenous space. The bargain roof of the latest bearing may accomplish some association feel like they’re abnormally abutting to the beam (especially with a sunroof), but headroom’s still OK, and legroom is abundant. Someone 6-foot-3 can alike sit abaft addition after knees agriculture the seatback. We additionally like that the latest Camry has a lower disciplinarian basement position than before, authoritative it feel like you’re sitting in the car rather than on it. It’s aloof one of the abounding things done to this bearing to accomplish it feel added immersive and driver-focused.
The block offers 15.1 cubic-feet of space, which is beneath than an Accord, a Sonata or VW Passat. In allegory to the Accord in particular, the block is a bit narrower and not as deep. However, that says added about those added sedans than the Camry. The trunk’s still absolutely big, with abundant allowance for four roller accoutrements and affluence larboard over.
It should additionally be acclaimed that the all-wheel-drive and amalgam Camry models accept the aforementioned block amplitude as the approved front-drive versions, but the hybrid’s aback bench is a smidgen college aback the array resides underneath. This aberration is absurd to be noticed, however.
The 2021 Camry is accessible with the widest array of powertrain options in the midsize auto segment.
Things alpha with the 2.5-liter inline-four that produces 203 application (best in class) and 184 pound-feet of torque aback commutual with front-wheel drive (206 hp and 186 lb-ft in the XSE). The anew alternative all-wheel-drive arrangement (AWD) reduces achievement by a tiny amount. An eight-speed automated is standard.
Fuel abridgement with this agent varies depending on trim akin and drivetrain. The volume-selling LE and SE with front-wheel drive accomplish an accomplished 28 mpg city, 39 mpg artery and 32 mpg combined. The XLE and XSE booty a accessory hit at 31 mpg combined. All-wheel drive takes a added dive, abnormally on the highway, to 25 mpg city, 34 mpg artery and 29 mpg accumulated in the LE and SE (25/34/28 for the XLE and XSE AWD).
The alternative 3.5-liter V6 is commutual alone with front-wheel drive and the eight-speed automatic. It produces a whopping 301 application and 267 pound-feet of torque. Unlike some turbocharged engines that crave exceptional ammunition to accomplish max performance, the Camry’s V6 runs on regular. Ammunition abridgement is still able at 22 mpg city, 33 mpg artery and 26 mpg accumulated for the XLE. The XSE gets 22/32/26, and the TRD trim brings up the rear at 22/31/25.
Finally, the Camry Amalgam uses a brace of electric motors in affiliation with a four-cylinder engine. Together, they aftermath a accumulated 208 hp. By comparison, a Prius produces a bald 121 hp, yet the Camry achieves about the aforementioned ammunition economy. The Camry Amalgam LE trim akin allotment 51 mpg city, 53 mpg artery and 52 mpg combined. The added trims are 44/47/46, a aberration that isn’t as cogent as the numbers accomplish it seem.
Forget all your pre-conceived notions of the Toyota Camry. It is a far added involving car than anytime afore with sharper, added composed administration and abundantly acknowledging steering. Everything gets a bit tighter in the SE and XSE trims, but allotment them isn’t an complete allegation any added for association who like to drive. True, the Honda Accord and Mazda6 abide aloft drivers’ cars, but the Camry isn’t so far off.
In fact, the Camry TRD was acutely fabricated to accomplish that actual point, as it’s outfitted with track-tuned anatomy components, a adequate anatomy and added council to bear administration that approaches action auto territory, at the amount of a less-forgiving ride.
The TRD comes accepted with the able-bodied V6 agent that’s alternative on added Camrys. No amount the trim, though, this is a strong, bland agent that alone gets bigger aback you apprehend it matches the ammunition abridgement of its turbocharged four-cylinder competitors. Of course, few bodies get the V6 (only 6%). The majority go for the abject four-cylinder that offers best-in-class power, but aback it’s compared to turbocharged engines, you’ll acceptable apprehension that it has beneath low-end balance and sounds a bit asthmatic aback pushed. It’s absolutely not Toyota’s best aesthetic effort, although at atomic it has a able accomplice in the acute eight-speed automated that’s abundantly aloft to the CVT’s begin in best competitors. All of that appealing abounding carries over to the new Camry AWD, which we dig into added here.
Finally, there’s the Camry Hybrid, which ability absolutely be the aces of the litter. Its electric motor adds the low-end cull the abject four-cylinder lacks, while additionally cutting things out a bit. Furthermore, the battery’s adjustment beneath the aback bench lowers the car’s centermost of force and lessens the advanced weight bias, authoritative for bigger dynamics about corners. A abundant appropriate bottom still after-effects in a fair bit of dawdling from the powertrain, but it is bigger than accomplished amalgam efforts, as is the brake-pedal modulation.
Our aboriginal drive of the all-wheel-drive Camry, including advice about its engineering. You see, all-wheel drive wasn’t meant to be in the new Camry. Then things changed.
And now for article absolutely altered … We booty a circuit about Texas Motor Speedway in the unlikeliest Camry, a high-performance one acquainted by Toyota’s TRD wing. We after got a adventitious to drive it aback at Autoblog HQ in Michigan.
We analyze the Camry with two of its top rivals. We drive them and clamber about their interiors of the fastest, best comfortable versions. Note that the Camry and Accord accept been adapted aback this was written, but our abstracts abide broadly the same.
Although not as complete as the aloft allegory test, we booty a attending at the specs of anniversary amalgam ancestors sedan.
The 2021 Camry starts at $25,965, including the $995 destination charge, for the abject LE trim level. Accepted accessories includes automated LED headlights, 17-inch admixture wheels, a abounding accompaniment of assurance tech (see Assurance section), adaptive cruise control, 8-way ability adjustable disciplinarian seat, one USB port, one USB-C port, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen, accessory radio and a six-speaker complete system.
Where you go from there, though, forks in two directions. The SE trim band takes the LE’s basal accessories and adds sportier administration and anatomy tuning. The XLE and XSE are basically added comfortable versions of the corresponding LE and SE, and action the V6 agent upgrade. The ultra-sport-tuned Camry TRD comes alone with the V6 and an added dosage of anatomy and administration upgrades.
The Hybrid’s trim akin affection agreeable is broadly the aforementioned as its gas-only counterparts. You can acquisition added about features, specs and bounded appraisement actuality on Autoblog for the 2020 Camry and 2020 Camry Hybrid. You can additionally acquisition pictures of abounding of the trim levels below.