The 2021 Camry comes with a choice of three different engine configurations: 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder and hybrid. The base 2.5L 4-cylinder powerplant does its job quietly and efficiently while providing 202 horsepower. Thusly equipped, the 2021 Camry is rated at 28 mpg in the city and an astonishing 39 mpg on the highway. A more powerful V6 engine is available for those who want faster acceleration and effortless passing power. The 3.5L unit powering the previous generation has been worked over and now produces 301 horsepower. In hybrid form, a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine together with 2 electric motors provides a total output of 208 horsepower. For both non-hybrid engines, power is sent to the front wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid gets a continuously variable transmission.
The Camry is available in six trims: LE, SE, XLE, TRD, XSE and Nightshade. The base LE trim comes standard with Toyota's Entune system which features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa and connects with phones to stream music or use apps such as a GPS link. Other standard features on the LE include a backup camera, Bi-LED combination headlights, a 4.2-inch multi-information display, a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, LED daytime running lights, remote keyless entry, 17-inch alloy wheels, an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat and a 60/40 split rear folding seat and Toyota's Safety Sense Plus suite of safety features and systems.
The SE looks a bit meaner than other Camry models thanks to 18-inch machine finished alloy wheels, a blacked out front grille, chrome exhaust tips, a rear spoiler and embossed mesh interior trim. The SE also includes automatic climate control, a leather shift knob and steering wheel and Toyota's SofTex trimmed front seats.
The XLE includes a bigger 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, full-speed dynamic radar controlled cruise control, a blind spot warning system, LED taillights, 18-inch wheels (a different design than the ones on the SE), simulated-wood interior trim, a metallic front grill, 3 USB ports, wireless device charging, heated front seats and leather seating surfaces.
Top of the line XSE models come with fancy, slightly tinted LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, 19-inch machine finish alloy wheels, textured metal interior trim, a gloss black front grill and a sport tuned suspension system.
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The Toyota Camry gets a few minor changes for 2021 including tweaks to the exterior appearance, an optional 9-inch infotainment screen upgrade, updates to the safety equipment while the L trim is no longer available.
The Camry needs no introduction when it comes to looking for value in the mid-sized sedan segment. The Camry realistically provides all the transportation needs the average American family would ever need. The Camry is not a compact car, but it does feature a large and extremely well thought-out interior. Storage is abundant as well. However, the Camry still isn't as large as some of the bigger luxury cars out there, meaning it won't be a hassle to park and it doesn't get the kind of poor mileage buyers would expect from a larger vehicle. Of course, a huge part of the value the Camry represents is due to its reliability. Toyota has proven time and again that it knows how to put together a car that lasts. And lasts. And lasts. There is no reason to believe the latest Camry would be any different.