Buyer's Guide

2021 Toyota Camry
Select a Different Model (13 Available): LE AWD Sedan
Fuel Economy $ 25 / 34 mpg
Horsepower 202@6,600
Torque 182@4,400
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2021 Toyota Camry MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Excellent safety scores
  • Efficient four-cylinder and hybrid options
  • Strong available V-6

Cons

  • Sloppy handling
  • An Accord is better in almost every way

Although it's no longer Toyota's best-selling model (that title now goes to the RAV4), the venerable Camry remains a go-to choice for those seeking a dependable midsize sedan. The current-gen Camry was introduced for the 2018 model year and sees a mild facelift for 2021.

The Camry sits squarely in the center of Toyota's lineup of sedans between the compact Corolla and full-size Avalon. Besides its longtime rival, the Honda Accord, the Camry also competes with midsize four-doors including the Subaru Legacy, Nissan Altima, and Hyundai Sonata.

What's New

  • Updated exterior styling
  • Revised interior with floating infotainment display (available with a 9.0-inch touchscreen)
  • Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ (more advanced active safety tech)

What We Think

The Camry may be boring, but that doesn't make it bad. Interior materials on pre-2021 models we've tested feel decidedly middle-of-the-pack, and design, both inside and out, is forgettable. We look forward to getting our hands on the updated 2021 model. As for the driving experience, even though this is the best Camry chassis Toyota has ever sold, handling can feel sloppy, and there's more body motion than we'd like. In a comparison against the Nissan Altima, we mentioned how in the Camry, "you'll get where you're going but forget how you got there."

Toyota's venerable sedan is notable in two practical areas: efficiency and safety. Four-cylinder models achieve impressive fuel economy numbers, even if they come at the expense of performance. The hybrid offering is a particularly light fuel-sipper. That the Camry earned a 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ speaks to its crashworthiness, and we appreciate that Toyota's active safety suite is standard on every model.

We might view the Camry more highly if its competitors were not as well executed. Do yourself a favor and drive an Accord before you pull the trigger on the Toyota, you'll know what we're talking about.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Camry ownership comes with a four- or six-cylinder engine. Standard models employ a 2.5-liter inline-four developing 203-206 hp and 182-186 lb-ft of torque depending on trim and drive type, all of which is routed via an eight-speed automatic for FWD or AWD.

Like the power figures, fuel efficiency depends on trim and whether the car is equipped with FWD or AWD. The least efficient four-cylinder Camrys are those with AWD, which are rated at 25/34 mpg city/highway. The base FWD Camry LE achieves 28/39 mpg. Our testing has a FWD four-cylinder Camry hitting 60 in 7.6 seconds.

For drivers after a bit more grunt, the Camry XLE and XSE offer an available 3.5-liter V-6 which is standard in the Camry TRD. The six-cylinder mill generates 306 hp and 267 hp and is EPA-rated at 22/31-33 mpg. Unlike the four-cylinder Camry, those fitted with the V-6 are only offered with FWD. We've hustled TRD and XSE models to 60 in 5.8 seconds—1.5 seconds quicker than the standard car.

If fuel economy takes priority over performance, go for the Camry Hybrid. Acceleration is actually quicker than that of the base four-cylinder, and one trim even exceeds the 50-mpg mark.

Toyota Camry vs. Honda Accord

If you're looking into the purchase of a new Camry, be sure to consider its rival from Honda. We'll save you some time in telling you the Accord is the superior midsize sedan. We've compared affordable four-cylinder versions and top-spec models with each cars' most powerful engine, and in both cases, the Honda is the clear winner.

The Accord is more comfortable, more spacious, and more luxurious. It drives with more elegance, rides and handles better, and is quieter inside. Honda offers superior technology that's easier to use at a better value. Unless you've really fallen in love with the Camry, we'd recommend the Accord.

Safety

In IIHS safety testing, the Camry earns the institute's highly sought after 2020 Top Safety Pick+ award. It did so with flawless crashworthiness scores, a Superior vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention rating, the highest possible child seat anchor ease of use, and Good or Acceptable headlights. The Camry also earns a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, with perfect five-star ratings in all three categories.

One of the Camry's updates for 2021 is that last year's Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) suite of active safety features has been replaced with TSS 2.5+.  The automatic emergency braking system now includes support for left turn intersections and incorrect pedal application, risk avoidance adds semi-automated emergency steering, the adaptive cruise control system is improved, and Toyota has added enhancement to the lane keep assist feature. Automatic high beams are still standard and higher trims add blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

All of Toyota's sedans seat five, but larger models offer significantly more rear legroom. The Camry is clearly the middle child in that sense; its 42.1/38.0 inches of front/rear legroom exceed the space offered in the Corolla (42.0/34.8 inches) but fall short of the 42.1/40.3 inches offered in the full-size Avalon.

Cargo capacity numbers tell largely the same story. The Camry's trunk holds 15.1 cubic feet worth of cargo compared to 13.1 in the Corolla and 16.1 cubic feet in the trunk of the Avalon.

Technology

Entry-level Camrys carry over with the same 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that was available last year. It still includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa support, plus Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio capability. XLE, XSE, and TRD models include a new 9.0-inch touchscreen display with all the same capabilities and integrated navigation is available as an option. Six-speaker audio is fitted to most examples but a JBL nine-speaker premium setup is standard on XLE V6 and XSE V6 models and is available on the Camry TRD.

Key Competitors:

  • Honda Accord
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Hyundai Sonata

2021 TOYOTA CAMRY SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 2.5 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, ECT-i 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode
Trim
LE AWD Sedan
Class
Passenger Car
Horsepower
202@6,600
Standard MPG
25/34
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
24
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Toyota announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models when financing through SETF. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$500 Toyota announces a Loyalty Bonus Cash offer to current lessees on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$0 0% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$0 0.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$0 1.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$0 2.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$500 Toyota announces a College Graduate Rebate on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$1000 Toyota announces a Customer Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$750 Toyota announces a Lease Cash offer for owners of a competitive brand vehicle on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$750 Toyota announces a Military Rebate on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$750 Toyota announces Bonus Cash on select models for eligible current owners. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021