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2021 Toyota Camry Review: A Family Sedan with Machismo

by Aiden Eksteen

Once a best-seller in the USA, the 2021 Toyota Camry drops to third position as Toyota's own RAV4 and Honda's CR-V win preference amid the crossover SUV trend. It remains the number one selling midsize sedan, however, with its attractive pricing, eye-catching looks, and Toyota's proven reputation for safety and reliability. Toyota also presents this 9-generation of the Camry with two peppy and refined powertrain options including a 301-horsepower 3.5-liter 6-cylinder in upper-tier trims. For those who want the Camry's aesthetic to match its performance potential, there's even a TRD variant sporting gloss black exterior accents and red interior traces. There's something for just about everyone in the Camry sedan line, but alternatives such as the Honda Accord, Kia K5, and Hyundai Sonata may offer more character, and they are just newer cars. Even so, the Camry is a sporty-looking, fun, and moderately capable 4-door sedan that's pragmatic and fuel-efficient enough for everyday use.

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2021 Toyota Camry Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Toyota Camry?

After adding Android Auto, AWD, and the sporty TRD model to the lineup in 2020, the changes for the 2021 Camry are comparatively minor. This year, the base L trim is culled from the range - LE is now the base - and all models' frontal styling is revised. New wheel designs and paint hues become available as well, the latter being Blueprint, which replaces Blue Streak Metallic. The Brownstone hue is discontinued for 2021. The infotainment touchscreens have been revised, seven- and nine-inch options are offered, and Apple CarPlay has made an appearance. XLE trim gets standard leather upholstery and all models get updated driver-assistance features that now include improved pedestrian and cyclist recognition. Finally, the XSE trim is now also available as a hybrid; we review the hybrid Camrys separately.

Pros and Cons

  • Two powerful and refined powertrains
  • Commodious and featureful interior
  • Exceptional safety rating and reliability
  • Thrilling high-performance TRD model
  • Relatively affordable within its class
  • Not the most serene family sedan
  • No power boost for the TRD model
  • Low-grade materials on lower trims
  • V6 model can't be paired with AWD
  • Comparably miniscule trunk

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2021 Toyota Camry Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
L
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$24,425
LE
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$25,045
SE
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$26,560
SE Nightshade Edition
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$26,870
Hybrid LE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$27,270
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2021 Camry Exterior

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Dimensions

  • 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 3,241.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Super White
  • Predawn Gray Mica
  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Galactic Aqua Mica
  • Super White
  • Predawn Gray Mica
  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Galactic Aqua Mica
  • Blueprint
  • Ruby Flare Pearl
  • Blue Streak Metallic
  • Supersonic Red
  • Supersonic Red
  • Wind Chill Pearl
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2021 Camry Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.5L Inline-4 Gas, 2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid, 3.5L V6 Gas
  • Transmissions
    8-Speed Automatic, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

2021 Camry Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.1 in
  • Front Head Room 38.3 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.0 in

2021 Camry Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    14.1 ft³

2021 Camry Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited 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 Sedan a good car?

For a vehicle that occupies a drastically dwindling classification, the 2021 Toyota Camry is still surprisingly popular. This can be attributed mostly to Toyota's reputation for creating some of the most dependable, safe, and affordable family sedans but the Camry does carry some of its own special qualities. It may look a little polarizing to some but you can't deny its sporty good looks have it stand out from the typically humdrum three-box sedans, especially in TRD guise. This trim, in particular, with its enhanced styling and sweet V6 engine also has the Camry line stand out. Unfortunately, at the lower end of the spectrum, you are subject to some blatant cost-cutting measures such as the diminutive touchscreens and hard-touch plastics strewn throughout the cabin. Nevertheless, at the 2021 Toyota Camry sedan's price of only $24,970, there's still plenty of value to enjoy. Of course, the NHTSA and IIHS review of the 2021 Toyota Camry resulted in consummate scores that met with leading reliability expectations. It's difficult to go wrong with a Toyota, especially a modern one, and the Camry is certainly one worth considering.

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