Your Complete Guide on the 2021 Toyota Camry

October 9th, 2020 by

A silver and a white 2021 Toyota Camry are driving on a city street at night.

A lot of people have been flocking to our dealership with questions about the newest Camry model. An even greater amount of people have been searching for a “Toyota dealership near me” in an attempt to find the answer to the question on everyone’s mind right now: When is the 2021 Camry coming out? To save you some time and frustration, Toyota announced that the 2021 Camry will begin production in October 2020 and reach dealerships later in the fall of 2020. With that out of the way, let’s dive into the new features and highlights of the 2021 Camry. There is quite a bit to discuss, as there have been some major updates to the styling and safety features on the vehicle for the 2021 model year.

The Camry Story

The Toyota Camry has always been considered one of the most utilitarian vehicles of all time. The model has a history of being affordable, reliable, and consistent. The Camry simply runs, and runs, and runs. It’s safe to say that drivers of all makes and models wish that their vehicles were as trouble-free as the Camry.

Toyota’s reputation for reliability has long been admired and envied by other manufacturers. Competitors have tried to copy its formula for producing cars that can go on and on without issues, but largely fail when attempting to replicate what Toyota has mastered. This shows in the sales figures as well, since the Camry has long been the top-selling midsize sedan on the market.

Originating from Japan, the Toyota Camry was meant to be a four-door counterpart to the sporty Toyota Celica, which was a two-door coupe. The Camry was not very similar to the Celica, though, and was based on the four-door Toyota Carina. The original sporty Celica Camry only lasted four years before being redesigned as a front-wheel-drive vehicle and dropping the Celica name.

The Corolla had been gaining popularity from the 1960s through the 1980s. During the 1980s, the Camry hit the US market and gained popularity increasingly as the years progressed. Eventually, the Toyota Camry earned the title of the #1 selling passenger car in America and has maintained that title for almost every year since.

Toyota has been persistent with its creation of the Camry. While other manufacturers have moved towards SUVs, Toyota is still working on its legendary sedans and doing quite well. Toyota’s simple recipe for value and reliability is epitomized by the 2021 Camry, but that doesn’t mean they are trying to build a boring vehicle. While Toyota places reliability above most metrics, it has drastically improved the aesthetic of its 2021 Camry in ways that we have never seen before. The 2021 model year marks the Camry’s 37th year on the American market.

A blue 2021 Toyota Camry is at a city intersection in Indiana, PA.

Highlights of the 2021 Toyota Camry

Since the 2021 Toyota Camry is getting an overall refresh, there are some highlights that should be pointed out to begin. There will be six trim levels in total: LE, SE, SE Nightshade, XLE, XSE, and TRD. As you may have noticed, the bare-bones L trim level is no more in this model year.

On the outside, the Camry is getting a new look. The grille is massive, with a lower intake area. The LE gets new 17″ alloy wheels, while the XLE gets redesigned 18″ alloy wheels. The sportier trims, the SE and XSE, get a unique lower fascia design, with a honeycomb grille with side vent inserts and accents. New paint choices are also available, namely the Blueprint and Ice Edge colors.

On the inside, you will notice the new floating infotainment display. It will either be a 7″ or 9″ screen, depending on the trim. This is supplemented with the available 7″ instrument cluster display and the optional 10″ color Head-Up Display projected on the windshield. The dash gives a sporty-cockpit-like feel while providing superb comfort.

The seats also have a new design for 2021. Special stitching on both the front and rear seats provide an incredible sense of style. If you opt to go with the XLE, you will get a special textured-seat pattern calling herringbone.

Features of Note on the 2021 Toyota Camry

There have been some incredible innovations when it comes to the features offered in the 2021 Toyota Camry. Some features are entirely new, whereas other features have been drastically updated to account for more situations than ever before. For instance, the pre-collision system now supports intersections and can detect oncoming vehicles and pedestrians when you perform a left-hand turn.

The full-speed dynamic radar cruise control can now come to a full stop and resume on its own. The 2021 Camry will also get standard rear-seat reminders. Other features, including lane departure alert, auto high beam, and roadside assist are still standard. More advanced features like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert come standard on the XLE, XSE, and TRD, but are optional on the LE and SE.

Overall, the main theme is an upgrade to convenience and safety when it comes to the features of the 2021 Camry vs the 2020 model. If you are turning to Toyota with the idea of simply finding a safe family vehicle to commute in, you can rest easy knowing that the 2021 Toyota Camry is one of the most advanced vehicles out there when it comes to safety.

A white 2021 Toyota Camry is parked on a city street with trees after leaving a Toyota dealership near me.

2021 Toyota Camry Performance

When it comes to researching a car, many features can be important, but some stand out more than others. For instance, some drivers could be entranced by certain colors, but aesthetics alone aren’t enough to win the business. If what’s under the hood is sub-par, most drivers will look for a vehicle that will fit their needs, regardless of style. Luckily, the 2021 Toyota Camry does not lack when it comes to performance.

The base engine is still a 2.5L 4-cylinder producing 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The optional engine is a powerful 3.5L V6, which gives 301 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired with a modern and smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. Finally, there is also a hybrid option, where a gas and electric motor are combined to produce 208 hp while achieving incredible fuel economy. All three engine options are quite powerful for a sedan and will pose no issues whether entering the highway, maneuvering through cities, or cruising on backroads.

The End Result

At the end of the day, the 2021 Toyota Camry is an overall upgrade from the 2020 model. It is an aesthetic enhancement with a more interesting front-end. It also includes a host of safety updates. Some features remain the same, such as engine options, but the vehicle is overall an incredible update for the Camry.

There is a reason the Camry is such a bestseller; it runs for a long time with style and grace. If you are interested in learning even more about the new Camry or Toyota’s lineup of reliable vehicles, then swing by our Indiana, Pennsylvania dealership – the team at Colonia Toyota is always here to help you out. And in the fall of 2020, we will have the new 2021 Toyota Camry out on our lot for you to test drive.