The 2021 Toyota Camry gets the latest version of the brand's driver assistance safety suite, Safety Sense 2.5 Plus. Updates to the operating system enhance the accuracy and smoothness of key features.
Revised front fascias and wheel styles provide greater differentiation between trims. Touchscreens adopt a floating design, and a rear seat reminder is now standard on all models. The entry-level L trim departs from the lineup.
The current Camry debuted in 2019, and the sporty TRD variant arrived last year.
Choosing Your Toyota Camry
The Camry lineup consists of five trim levels: LE, SE, XLE, XSE, and TRD. Pricing starts at $25,965 including destination for the base LE model and goes up to $33,180 for the TRD.
The first four Camry trims starts with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The TRD gets a 3.5-liter V6, which is also available on the XLE and XSE for an extra $5,125.
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Both engines use an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while four-cylinder models can get all-wheel drive for $1,400. The V6 is exclusively available with FWD.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Camry is a midsize sedan with ample room for five passengers. The truck holds 15.1 cubic feet, which is typical for this class.
The standard Toyota Safety Sence 2.5 Plus suite includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.
Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is optional on the LE and SE ($680) and standard on the subsequent trims.
The Driver Assist Package ($830) for the XLE and XSE provides a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, and reverse automatic braking.
The Camry carries the best marks possible when it comes to crash testing. It earns a five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA, and was named a Top Safety Pick Plus with the IIHS.
The Camry starts out with a 7-inch touchscreen, six audio speakers, three USB ports, SiriusXM satellite radio, wi-fi capability, and Apple CarPlay and Android Audio compatibility.
The Audio Package Package ($1,115) for the LE and SE adds wireless device charging and a 9-inch touchscreen. Both features are standard on the XLE and XSE. The Navigation Upgrade Package ($1,760) for XLE and XSE provides navigation and a nine-speaker JBL sound system. These are the only trims to offer navigation.
On the TRD, the larger touchscreen and JBL system come in a bundle for $1,585.
The LE offers cloth upholstery, a power driver seat, manual climate control, partial LED exterior lighting, a 4.2-inch driver information display, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Blind-spot monitoring bundles with the Convenience Package costs $1,280. The bundle includes adds proximity key access, push-button start, a universal home remote, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Buyers can bundle all of that with a sunroof for a total of $2,180.
The SE goes in a sporty direction with firmer suspension tuning, a black mesh grille, 18-inch black-accented wheels, and a rear spoiler. The interior receives single-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, and leatherette SofTex upholstery.
The Nightshade Edition ($700) wears black exterior trim and wheels.
The Camry XLE features a leather interior with heated front seats, a power passenger seat, wood trim, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Other upgrades include full LED exterior lighting, 18-inch wheels, and a 7-inch driver information display.
Ventilated front seats are part of the available Driver Assist Package, and a panoramic sunroof becomes available for $1,360.
The XSE combines the XLE upgrades with the sport-tuned suspension found on the SE. The XSE also gets quad chrome exhaust outlets, 19-inch gloss black wheels, and textured metal interior trim.
Along with its standard V6, the TRD packs a track-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, an aerodynamic body kit, 19-inch matte black wheels, summer performance tires, and SofTex seats with red stitching and TRD logos.
The JBL system is just about the only major option left. Curiously, a sunroof isn't available on the TRD, and the rear seat doesn't fold down.
The 2021 Toyota Cmary LE and SE carry reasonable prices, but value drops off as options are added. Buyers who want more than the standard features should advance directly to XLE or XSE, which are thoroughly equipped from the start.