Toyota Camry 2021
- FUEL TYPEPetrol
- MILEAGE28 MPG City / 39 MPG Highway
- ENGINE3456 cc
- CAR TYPESUV
The Toyota Camry has gone from a fantastic family sedan to anonymous four-door and now back to its former glory. That's right. The Toyota is once again a truly desirable option in a segment that's slumping but still highly competitive. If it weren't for the 10Best dynasty that is the Honda Accord, the Camry would be even more desirable. Still, credit its diverse powertrain platter for its mass appeal. There's a thrifty four-cylinder, an even more frugal hybrid option, and a strong V-6. The best way to experience the latter is with the sport-tuned TRD model, which showcases the Toyota's rediscovered fun factor. Those who simply prefer a stylish and comfy family sedan, with driver assists and popular features galore, will also adore the 2021 Camry.
What's New for 2021?
Toyota only makes small changes to the 2021 Camry lineup. The base L model is now gone, making the LE the cheapest Camry. The sedan's front end also gets revised styling and there's new paint colors as well as wheel designs. Inside, there's new tablet-like touchscreens that measure either 7.0 or 9.0 inches. The sporty XSE model is now available with the hybrid powertrain, and the luxurious XLE gets new leather upholstery. Finally, every Camry receives enhanced driver assists, including technology that better recognizes bicyclists and pedestrians.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- LE - $26,420
- SE - $27,960
- LE Hybrid - $28,505
- SE Hybrid - $30,040
- XLE - $31,170
- XSE - $31,720
- XLE Hybrid - $33,395
- TRD - $33,485
XSE Hybrid - $33,945
We'd select the spiciest Camry of the bunch, which is the tuned-up TRD model. It's only available with the 301-hp V-6 and eight-speed automatic. In addition to its racier body kit—complete with a discrete rear spoiler and a pair of prominent exhaust tips—the sedan sports a retuned suspension that's 0.6 inches lower than on the regular models. Other performance-enhancing features include larger front brake rotors and black 18-inch rims that can be had with all-season or summer tires. The upgrades make the Camry TRD more engaging to drive than the rest of the lineup, even if its cat-back exhaust system doesn't sound as thrilling as its many aerodynamic add-on suggests. While Supersonic Red and a black-painted roof is the most flamboyant paint scheme among the four choices, we'd take ours in White Chill Pearl.
Features & Options
Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA) ★★★★★
The 2021 Camry earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). We continue to applaud Toyota's decision to make driver-assistance technology standard across its lineup. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
While rivals such as the Hyundai Sonata and the Kia Optima have longer warranty periods in this class, Toyota holds its own with two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for two years or 25,000 miles