2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review: Flashy but Feasible

by Aiden Eksteen

Sedans of all shapes and sizes are here to stay, despite the USA's obsession with larger cars such as crossovers, SUVs, and pickup trucks. Toyota has established a solid reputation for producing dependable and well-rounded sedans and started hybridizing some of its range long before many of the other mainstream automakers, such as the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid. It has proven to be one of the most popular hybrid sedans in the USA falling behind only its predecessor, the Prius, and the ever-popular RAV4 Hybrid SUV. With its 2.5-liter 4-cylinder MHEV powertrain, the Camry Hybrid sedan boasts a zippy 208 horsepower and impressive EPA-derived fuel economy figures of 51/53/52 mpg. Those perks along with Toyota's penchant for safety and reliability set the Camry up nicely against the likes of the Honda Accord, Kia Optima, and the Hyundai Elantra hybrids.

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2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

All new Toyota Camry Hybrid sedan models now come standard with the company's updated Safety Sense 2.5+ system. This safety suite has been enhanced in several ways and can now detect bicyclists. In addition, a new XSE grade has been introduced as the top-spec model in the hybrid range. XLE models get new Herringbone Pattern seats, while all trims get a revised dash and console trim. The front-end has been restyled, and new colors have been added to the existing palette. Depending on the trim, the Camry now comes with either a seven- or nine-inch floating multimedia interface. Toyota's also quite proud of the fact that the pricing of the Camry has, on average, dropped by $1,200 coming into this year.

Pros and Cons

  • Eye-catching exterior aesthetic
  • Exceptional fuel efficiency
  • Commodious and featureful
  • Plenty of inclusive driver assists
  • Highly practical midsize sedan
  • Handling is a bit compromised at speed
  • Brakes are initially difficult to modulate
  • Proffered only in front-wheel drive

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2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid Trims and Prices

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Hybrid LE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
Hybrid SE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
Hybrid XLE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
Hybrid XSE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive

Camry Hybrid Exterior

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  • Length 192.1 in
  • Wheelbase 111.2 in
  • Height 56.9 in
  • Max Width 72.4 in
  • Front Width 63.0 in
  • Rear Width 63.2 in
  • Curb Weight 3,480.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Super White
  • Predawn Gray Mica
  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Galactic Aqua Mica
  • Blueprint
  • Supersonic Red
  • Wind Chill Pearl
  • Ruby Flare Pearl
  • Celestial Silver/Midnight Black Metallic
  • Wind Chill Pearl/Midnight Black Metallic
  • Supersonic Red/Midnight Black Metallic

Camry Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

Power for the entire 2021 Camry Hybrid line comes from a 2.5-liter inline-4 gas engine that's been augmented with an electric motor for combined outputs of 208 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque. Outputs are ceded through a continuously variable automatic transmission to the Camry's standard front-wheel-drive system. Performance is surprisingly well balanced as the engine delivers plenty of pep for city and highway driving while also remaining competitively frugal.

  • Engine
    2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain

Camry Hybrid Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    13.2 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 51/53 mpg
* 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE CVT

Camry Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 42.1 in
  • Front Head Room 38.3 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.6 in

Camry Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid Driver Area Toyota
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  • Trunk Volume
    15.1 ft³

Camry Hybrid Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    2 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 25,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid Sedan A Good car?

As with the regular eighth-gen Camry, the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid offers a little bit of something for everyone. Its powertrain provides plenty of get-up-and-go while remaining impressively efficient, and while the Camry isn't the most enjoyable or engaging sedan to hoon about, it is suitably comfortable for everyday commuting. The Honda Accord Hybrid is the 4-door saloon to go for if you're looking for something a little more playful and just as nicely well-rounded as the Camry. The Toyota hybrid does stand out for its eye-catching design, but some may feel its sporty demeanor is a deceptive facade. It's rather disappointing that it's not offered with an all-wheel-drive setup, but then again, there aren't many hybrid sedans at this price point that are - the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid sedan starting price coming in at an attractive $27,270. It comes impressively well-outfitted with creature comforts, conveniences, and safety features at that price, though. Along with its top-notch safety rating obtained from the NHTSAs and IIHSs review of the 2021 Toyota Camry sedan, this make it a super high-value buy.

What Toyota Camry Hybrid Model Should I Buy?

For the casual driver just looking for an everyday vehicle that will be pleasant and economical to drive and rich in value, then the entry-spec Hybrid LE will do just fine. The entire lineup shares the same powertrain so you don't miss out there at all, plus the LE still gets full smartphone integration, dual-zone auto climate control, and a power-adjustable driver's seat, not to mention Toyota's comprehensive Safety Sense 2.5+ suite. For LED exterior lights, the larger nine-inch infotainment touchscreen, and leather upholstered seats, one will have to opt for the pricier XLE trim, which somewhat undermines the Toyota's affordability appeal. The SE and XSE trims are essentially just sportier-looking versions of the trims that precede them, meaning they're only worth considering if you're concerned with aesthetics.

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