2021 Toyota Camry Gets Updated Safety Suite, Hybrid XSE Trim

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, Automotive Editor - July 16, 2020

The Toyota Camry has been the quintessential midsize sedan for decades. Despite consumer interest in SUVs continuing to grow and the body style taking over as the popular choices, Toyota’s still throwing the kitchen sink at the Camry to stop some consumers from making the switch. For the 2021 model year, the midsize sedan gets a few changes that include an updated look and more tech.

Let’s start with the tech. The 2021 Camry will now come with Safety Sense 2.5+ (TSS 2.5+). Compared with the old Toyota Safety Sense P suite, TSS 2.5+ comes with an enhanced forward collision warning system and pedestrian detection. The system can now detect bicyclists and pedestrians in “low-light conditions.” TSS 2.5+ also comes with intersection support that can now detect an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian when the driver in the Camry is performing a left-hand turn. If the vehicle senses an issue, it can provide audio and visual warnings, and can even brake if needed. Emergency steering assist, automatic high beams, and traffic sign assist are also included with TSS 2.5+.

From the press release, it sounds like the TSS 2.5+ system will be slightly different than the TSS 2.5 suite found on the 2021 Highlander. The SUV comes with an adaptive cruise control system that has a Curve Speed Management feature. There’s no mention of that feature with the 2021 Camry. Other than that, they share a lot of the same equipment.

Toyota Camry

The other major news for the 2021 model year is the addition of an XSE trim for the hybrid model. Now, consumers don’t have to choose between getting a sporty look or having an efficient powertrain. The available XSE Hybrid combines the two and, without any changes to the powertrain, should offer up to 46 mpg combined, while bringing a sportier design. Like the non-hybrid version, the XSE Hybrid will have a new honeycomb grille, side vent inserts, and new side vents. The trim will also come with sportier wheels and be available with a black roof.

Beyond those major changes, there are a few little ones for the 2021 model year. Last year’s entry-level L trim is no longer available, making the LE trim now the base trim for the Camry family. Toyota’s still quick to point out just how many configurations of the midsize sedan are available, as a total of 17 different choices are available. Three models with a V6 engine, five models with the four-cylinder engine, five models with the four-cylinder and all-wheel drive, and four hybrid models. It’s a lot.

The sporty Camry TRD trim has been updated. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and heated exterior mirrors are now standard for the trim.

On the inside, the Camry’s infotainment system has been updated to a tablet-style design instead of being integrated directly into the dashboard. A 7-inch screen is standard, while a 9-inch unit is available. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alex are standard.

Even before the updates, the Camry was one of the better options in the midsize segment. Updated looks, plenty of trims to choose from, and more safety features should make it an even stronger choice. Production of the sedan is expected to begin later this fall. Pricing isn’t available yet, but we expect it to stay close to $25,380 (including destination) and $29,385 for the Camry Hybrid.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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