The 2021 Toyota Camry starts arriving at Toyota dealerships in the U.S.A. this week (October 25, 2020). For 2021 Camry offers buyers 17 different choices, including:
• Three V6 grades: XLE, XSE and TRD
• Five 4-cylinder FWD grades: LE, XLE, SE, SE Nightshade, XSE
• Five 4-cylinder AWD grades: LE, XLE, SE, SE Nightshade, XSE
• Four hybrid grades: LE, XLE, SE, XSE
In a press release, Toyota says that “all 2021 Camry models debut Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, the automaker’s newest version of the groundbreaking driver assist technology suite that includes automatic emergency braking. Additionally, each grade gets exterior and interior updates, including a new front fascia, new wheels and a floating multimedia screen. New options and packages complete the 2021 Toyota Camry.”
Wheelbase 111.2 in.
Overall Length 4-cyclinder: 192.1 in. (LE, XLE); 192.7 in. (SE, SE Nightshade, XSE). V6: 192.1 in. (XLE); 192.7 in. (XSE); 194.6 in. (TRD)
Overall Width 72.4 in.; but 73.1 in. (TRD)
Overall Height 4-cylinder: 56.9 in. (LE, SE, SE Nightshade, XLE, XSE); 57.1 in. (LE AWD, SE AWD, SE Nightshade AWD, XLE AWD, XSE AWD). V6: 56.9 in. (XLE, XSE); 56.3 in. (TRD)
Special options (AWD, Hybrid):
All-wheel-drive (AWD) is a common feature offered on SUVs. It’s worth noting, Subaru has included AWD on its sedans for many years. Now Toyota drivers can get this feature on certain cars, including on LE, XLE, SE, SE Nightshade, and XSE grades.
AWD is great in snowy regions of the country. AWD provides better traction on wet and icy roads, as well. On Toyota sedans, equipped with AWD, slippage at the front wheels sends up to 50% of the torque to the rear wheels.
Toyota Camry offers a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder and a 3.5-liter V6 engine depending the version selected. Some Camrys can be paired with hybrid.
Hybrid cars are common nowadays. Hybrid cars give drivers the best of two worlds, the traditional gasoline engine and electric power. The gas engine and the electric motor can work separately or the two sources of power can work together. In the hybrid, an electric motor is powered by a battery pack which stores energy. The battery is charged by a process called regenerative braking and by the internal combustion engine. With Camry, hybrid is offered on LE, XLE, SE, and XSE versions of the car.
Hybrid vehicles are a great alternative to EV vehicles, the kind without an internal combustion engine. The all-electric powered Tesla is a market leader in EVs.
Curb weight of Camrys range from 3,310 pounds in the LE version to 3,595 pounds for the XLE version.
Toyota made some changes to the Camry’s appearance for 2021. But overall, the 2021 Camry looks much like the 2020 model year, interior and exterior. Most noticeable changes for 2021 are the front grille/fascia in the exterior, new wheels, and an upgrade to the media screen in the interior.
The current body design of the Camry rolled out in 2018, making 2021 the fourth year for the present generation.
As in past years, the Toyota Camry is an impressive automobile by most every measure. First, the body design is excellent, appealing to the eye for sure; gas mileage for the LE 4-Cylinder is 28/39/32 (city/highway/combined MPG) is very good; the ride is comfortable; handling more than adequate; and acceleration is about 7.3 seconds, 0-60, in the LE 4-cyclinder and much quicker in the V6. To top it off, the Camry is a reliable car.
Reviewers say that the 2020 LE 4-cylinder with a gas engine has a range of 448/624 mi. (City/Highway), with a fuel tank capacity of 15.8 gallons. The AWD Camrys have a 14.4 fuel tank capacity and less range. Check Toyota fuel economy and range specs for hybrid, V6 cars, and other grades.
Toyota’s news release prices the 2021 Camry 4-cylinder LE at $24,970, MSRP; Camry 4-cylinder SE at $26,485, MSRP; Camry XLE V6 at $34,995, MSRP; Camry TRD at $32,185, MSRP; and Camry LE Hybrid at $27,270, MSRP. For the money, all things considered, the Toyota Camry is the best sedan sold in America.