The 2021 Toyota Camry is not the drab beige appliance you might remember. This generation set a unique tone from the very beginning with its significantly enhanced driver involvement, interior quality and overall style. Toyota has steadily been updating it, too. Last year Toyota added an all-wheel drive option as well as a high-performance Camry TRD, which is also the most affordable way to get a Camry with a V6. This year brings more trim selection for the hybrid, along with updated infotainment and safety features.
Despite being fundamentally different than the Camrys that came before, the 2021 should still satisfy the sensible buying criteria that’s made it a best-seller for so long: strong reliability, good resale value and high safety ratings. So, while much has changed, much has also stayed the same. That’s a good thing, and even if the Honda Accord is broadly more appealing, the Hyundai Sonata more distinctive and Mazda6 more fun to drive, the diverse, well-rounded Camry lineup is a must-consider.
What’s new for 2021?
Changes for 2021 are minor. The Camry Hybrid is now available with the XSE trim, which combines the SE’s sportier appearance and suspension with some of the premium interior features from the XLE. All Camry models have very slightly tweaked front fascias that are a bit more aggressive. The latest version of Toyota’s Safety Sense driver-assist suite has been added, which includes adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, lane-centering, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high-beam headlights and a rear-seat reminder. The optional infotainment screen has grown in size from 8 inches to 9, necessitating a slight redesign of the dash. The barebones L trim level has been dropped, leaving the LE as the new base model.