For around 18 years, the Toyota Camry has topped the list of sedan purchases in America. In order to keep that momentum going, Toyota has taken their star pupil and made a few, choice updates. These updates are functional and work to help propel the 2021 Toyota into the future. The 2021 Toyota Camry is without a doubt, one of the absolute best cars in its class, outselling most of its competitors with ease. This is a dependable, reliable, energy efficient car that handles beautifully. 2021 is a ‘carryover’ year, meaning the Camry lineup will most likely stay the same as the 2020 models, both under the hood, as well as interior and exterior designs. However, there have been some interesting upgrades for the 2021 models. .
1. First Toyota to Get Safety Sense 2.5 Plus
For 2021, the entire Camry lineup will have Toyota’s very own, Toyota Safety Sense, 2.5 Plus. To give you a hint on how advanced its pre-collision system is, the TSS can actually sense people walking, oncoming vehicles, cycling, skateboarding, you name it, all while in the day as well as night, via the Pedestrian Detection feature. This offers a great sense of relief for night time drivers. Imagine driving through a stretch of highway surrounded by forests, and be able to detect a deer before a collision can occur. Other features found in the TSS System include rear seat reminder, blindspot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, road sign assist automatic high beams, lane tracing assist and dynamic radar cruise control.
2. They Eliminated Their Basic L Grade Entry Level Car
Toyota has eliminated its previously named entry level variant, the L Grade, and replaced it with the Camry LE. For those who don’t know, Toyota offers purchasers 17 different varieties of the Toyota Camry, 5 of which have 4-wheel drive, 3 with a V6 engine, 5 that share the identical powerplant and are 4-wheel drive, capping it all off with 4 hybrid variants.
3. Updated Adaptive Cruise Control
If you happen to find yourself stuck behind a Sunday Driver, you know how frustrating that can be. No matter how much road lies before them, they simply plod along. Well, fortunately for you, Toyota upgraded its Adaptive Cruise Control so you can pass slow moving vehicles with ease. All you need do is flip on your turn signal and begin to move into the other lane. Automatically, the Adaptive Cruise Control takes over and gently accelerates until you move ahead and pass the vehicle. It also has what they call a “stop-and-go” feature, meaning that your Camry can be following a car to a stop light, and then continue to follow that car when the light hits green.
4. Redesigned, Integrated Infotainment System
The newly designed, integrated infotainment system cuts across the entire 2021 Toyota Camry lineup. Toyota included two floating infotainment display screens from which to choose,in the Camry’s interior, placed in the middle of the dash. The first is your basic, 7 inch color touchscreen display, and the second is the larger, state-of-the-art 9 inch screen. This new infotainment system is tablet-styled, and designed to sit more in the upright position for ease of interaction, and comes with Apple CarPlay, Alexa and Android Auto, The Safety Connect and WiFi Connect are standard on all models, while the Remote and Service Connect services are on select models only. There are also 3 USB ports which can be paired with a JBL sound system.
5. Battery Pack Replacement for All 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrids
The 2021 Toyota Camry comes with three powertains: The standard 4 cylinder engine, an optional V6, and a gas/electric hybrid. For the most part, it appeared that Toyota was satisfied with the performance of their nickel battery packs. However, in 2021, all Toyota Camry hybrid models will have their battery pack updated. At the moment, Toyota hybrid models use a 245 Volt, nickel metal hydride batter pack, which is then married to a 2.5 liter, four-cylinder gas powered engine. The 2021 models will now be fitted with a much more performance driven and efficient battery pack, the 259 Volt lithium-ion battery pack.
6. Exterior Changes
Fans of the Toyota Camry seem content with its exterior design, so as the phrase goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. That being said, Toyota did integrate some styling upgrades to the Camry lineup, just enough to keep it relevant and in vogue with competitor styling trends. Exterior upgrades were fixated on incorporating different fascia designs for different Camry grades, in order to give each a less cookie cutter, and more personalized appearance, as can be seen with the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD, which was given a more ‘street mean’ appearance up front, to live up to it’s high performance heritage.
7. Optional V6 Engine
The 2021 Toyota Camry will carryover the engine of the previous year, a 2.5 liter, 203 horsepower, four-cylinder engine with an eight speed automatic transmission. However, for those of you looking for a bit more punch under the hood, Toyota announced that potential buyers will have the option to select a V6 engine, with 301 horses pounding under the hood. This 3.5 liter engine will also work with the standard eight speed auto transmission offered in other Camry’s. Here’s another surprise, while the engines feed power to the front wheel, the 2.5 liter engine comes with the option for all wheel power. The optional V6 is available for the Camry XSE, XLE and TRD.
8. The 2021 Toyota Camry Lineup Now Includes the New XSE Hybrid Grade
The fact that Toyota has been extremely successful with their hybrid models only encouraged them to bring another to the market. Adding more power to their lineup, is the new 2021 Toyota Camry XSE Hybrid Grade. This car functions by taking a 2.5 liter, four pot engine and combining it with an electric motor. This combined system nets you 208 horsepower, which works together with an ECVT transmission.
9. 2021 Toyota Camry’s Which Offer an All Wheel Drive Grade Offer a Cold Weather Package
The ability for a vehicle to make it through the wet, icy, and tough winters is a huge selling point which cannot be denied. Toyota knows this so it created an optional Cold Weather Package for all grades which have an All Wheel Drive system. This Cold Weather Package functions to add both heated seats and mirrors for the LE. The SE also gets the heated seats and mirrors, but also gets a heated steering wheel.
10. The Performance Driven, 2021 Toyota Camry TRD Gains Upgrades
For those out of the loop, the Camry TRD is the one Camry designed specifically for high performance on the road. In fact, TRD actually stands for the Toyota Racing Development team. The TRD is powered by an engine shared only by the XSE and XLE, except in the TRD it comes standard. This engine comes with 301 power hungry horses, 3.5 liber V6. Paired with its partner, a Direct Shirt, eight-speed automatic gearbox, complete with paddle shifters and sport mode. Upgrades for the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD variant include a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and heated exterior mirrors. Toyota also listened to their customers and added an optional JBL sound system for the TRD. After all, what’s a high performance car without a superior sound system?