Toyota Camry Hybrid 2021 – Review, Specs, Photos

The 2021 Toyota Camry and its distinction for unsullied reliability allow it to be a strong contender in the fading family-sedan segment. Its three powertrain options cover a diversified range: there’s a fuel-efficient four-cylinder, a potent V-6, and an eco-friendly hybrid. Though the Toyota Camry has a compliant ride and proficient handling, it trails in performance behind the sportier and turbocharged rivals such as the acclaimed Honda Accord or the elegant Mazda 6. There’s also plentiful standard driver-assistance technology, including forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning. The Camry may be plagued by small imperfections, but even so, it is the best-executed Camry that Toyota has ever produced. Full review and all information about the car – 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

New Toyota Camry Hybrid 2021

The 2021 Toyota Camry has a spacious interior that offers good front-seat comfort, but rear-seat passengers will have to duck to climb aboard and still won’t find great outward vision. Overall, we rate the 2021 Camry at 7 out of 10 for its comfort. The front seats are firm and supportive on all versions. The base Camry L has manual front seats, while the LE adds power adjustability. Opt for leather upholstery and Toyota tosses in a power-adjustable passenger seat as well. Rear-seat riders will have to duck to crawl in thanks to the car’s sloping roofline. Leg room is good for rear-seat riders, but the high window line means a constricted view out. Additionally, not all versions of the Camry have rear-seat air vents. No matter what’s underhood, the Camry boasts a sleek shape that may turn off buyers looking for a conservative shape but works well to us. A driver-oriented dash inside gives the Camry a high-tech feel not entirely matched by its standard touchscreen, though new Android Auto compatibility this year joins Apple CarPlay to at least bring the sedan up to par. Interior space is good, but watch your head before ducking into the back seat. A surprisingly small trunk fuels the SUV fire. Camrys have done exceptionally well in crash tests and boast a high degree of collision-avoidance features standard, as they should given prices that start around $26,000 and climb to $37,000 or more with options. Toyota Camry Hybrid 2021 – photos colors and price in this article!

Interior

We can expect some new interior upgrades with the 2021 Toyota Camry, but we don’t know what they are yet. The 2021 Toyota Camry features room for five people to fit comfortably. While cloth upholstery is standard, you can upgrade to leather. Base Camry cars feature 14.1 cubic feet of space, while the other trims include 15.1 cubic feet of space. Standard features in the 2021 Toyota Camry include a seven-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo system, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free, a USB port plus Bluetooth. Toyota Camry Hybrid 2021 – see the photo in the gallery on our website.

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Buyers prioritizing fuel economy above all else are wise to put the 2021 Toyota Prius on the top of their list of vehicles to consider. As with all iterations of the Prius, it returns 50 miles per gallon combined or better, while its functional cabin and versatile hatchback design add to the efficiency theme. Additionally, the 2021 Prius comes with standard accident avoidance tech and should be just as reliable as every Prius before it. After some big updates for 2021 that included a new all-wheel-drive option and restructured trim levels, the Prius returns for 2021 pretty much unchanged, aside from some improvements to the infotainment experience. That said, the biggest thing to consider is the ever increasing number of new and impressive competitors. Chief among them heading into the 2021 model year is Toyota’s own Corolla Hybrid, which is an all-new model for 2021. Many in the automotive world are going so far as to say that the excellent new Corolla Hybrid deems the Prius obsolete, given that it returns almost identical fuel economy in a more mainstream package. Beyond the new Corolla Hybrid are other competitors from the likes of Honda and Hyundai, along with a variety of plug-in hybrids and all-electric models that go even further in the fuel-sipping game. They’re also eligible for government tax breaks and carpool stickers. So, although the 2021 Prius is better than ever, it’s no longer the de facto choice in this segment.

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The Camry Hybrid’s 208 combined horsepower provides good acceleration, but the eCVT audibly complains when pushed. Ride and handling are excellent, and the transition between the gasoline engine and electric motor is mostly imperceptible, as is the regenerative braking. Of the four drive modes—ECO, EV, Normal, and Sport—only EV and Sport noticeably alter performance. Sport provides a tangible acceleration increase, while EV provides one mile or less of electric-only range, meaning it’s impractical for anything other than very short drives. A more useful feature is Auto Glide Control that helps to improve fuel efficiency in ECO when the car is coasting. The Camry Hybrid gets 15 more mpg than its gasoline doppelganger, but it cost about $3,200 more. So you need to do the math and consider how long you’ll need to keep the car to determine whether the extra cost makes sense for you.

Fuel economy

Every version of the 2021 Toyota Camry is near the top of its segment when it comes to delivering good fuel economy, but you’ll want to shop carefully. We rate the lineup at 6 out of 10, a score based on the 2.5-liter inline-4 used in most Camrys found on dealer lots. Hybrids—especially the Camry Hybrid LE—would rate higher. Wheel variations mean that Camrys with the inline-4 will have different fuel economy ratings depending on their trim level. The base Camry L is the thriftiest at 29 mpg city, 41 highway, 35 combined. The LE and SE knock that down to 28/39/32 mpg, while more bling means more gas in the XLE and XSE that are rated at 27/38/31 mpg.

Horsepower

Some versions, such as the Camry Hybrid, would rate higher if judged independently. The lineup is offered in L, LE, XLE, SE, XSE, TRD, and BBQ trims—we’re dreaming on that last one, but why not? The base 2.5-liter inline-4 thrusts 203 horsepower to the front wheels, while the optional V-6 feels every bit stronger thanks to its 301-hp rating. The hybrid powertrain delivers performance akin to the base engine with fuel economy that can top 50 mpg, but only if you shop carefully and stick with the LE trim level. A new all-wheel-drive system is available on LE, SE, XLE, and XSE trim levels on cars equipped with an inline-4 only to offer snowy-state buyers piece of mind. It doesn’t turn the Camry into a snowplow, although we’d love to see pics if you do.

Technical specifications

The one on the 2021 TRD Camry pumps out an impressive 301 HP and is hoon worthy if carried forward. It is a boon over the base engine that comes by as too bland for a purist’s taste. The other end of this spectrum is not left unattended as the 2.5L hybrid engine is still present for the conservative lot. It produces a tad bit less juice with 176 hp and 163 lb-ft but the MPG figures will keep you happy.

Price

The 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid is available in three trim levels, all with a 176-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. The gas engine is paired with an 88-kilowatt/118-horsepower electric motor for 208 horsepower overall. The electric motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery recharged by the gasoline engine and through regenerative braking. Power is conveyed to the front wheels via an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT). The base LE starts at $28,430 and comes with such standard exterior features as 16-inch steel wheels, automatic bi-LED headlights and daytime running lights, combination LED taillights, body color power side mirrors, keyless entry, intermittent windshield wipers, and a noise-reducing front windshield. Even the base trim gets substantial standard interior amenities normally found on higher-end cars, like dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, and interior wood trim. Other standard interior features include a push-button ignition, power windows and doors, an electronic parking brake, fabric-trimmed seats, a six-way manually adjusted front passenger seat, and 60/40 split fold-down rear seats with a center armrest. Toyota offers a dozen versions of the 2021 Camry, meaning there’s one to suit just about every need and budget. From L to TRD, every 2021 Toyota Camry is a well-equipped value, and we rate the lineup at a 7 out of 10 accordingly. The base Camry L runs about $25,250, and covers the basics: a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, active safety tech, LED headlights, and power features. Most buyers will opt for the Camry LE that adds a power driver’s seat and alloy wheels for $550 more—it’s money well spent, we say. Full-boat Camrys come in two flavors: XSE and XLE, each with power-adjustable front seats wrapped in leather, JBL audio, keyless ignition, and more. This year’s new Camry TRD costs less than V-6-equipped XSE and XLE versions, which makes it an intriguing value for buyers focused on better handling. Our pick? For commuting, we’d be just fine in a Camry Hybrid LE for about $29,200, though the Lexus-lite Camry XLE V6 with optional cooled seats, surround-view camera system, and more delivers luxury-grade features for a reasonable $37,200. The base 7.0-inch touchscreen on most Camrys is adequate but not impressive. The larger 8.0-inch display is brighter and less prone to reflections, though still not as crisp as some competitors. Toyota’s baked-in software is light on flash, so it’s a good thing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are now standard. Navigation is optional on high-trim models but not worth it unless you’re reluctant to plug your phone in.

Safety

Few new cars score as highly for safety as the 2021 Toyota Camry. Good crash-test scores and an excellent level of collision-avoidance tech on all trim levels prompts us to score the 2021 Camry at 9 out of 10. The NHTSA rated the 2021 Camry at five stars in every category, while the IIHS agreed with “Good” ratings in every test, and a Top Safety Pick+ award. Most Camry versions have headlights rated “Acceptable.” Only the optional adaptive LED headlights available on the Hybrid XLE rated “Good” according to the IIHS. Every Camry is built with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and active lane control. Blind-spot monitors, a surround-view camera system, and rear cross-traffic alerts are available on higher-trim versions of the Camry.

Motors

All Camry Hybrid models are powered by a 2.5-liter I-4 engine supplemented by an electric motor. Unlike the regular Camry’s automatic transmission, the Hybrid version uses a CVT. All variants are FWD. Combined horsepower output totals 208. In MotorTrend testing, a Camry LE Hybrid posted a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 7.4 seconds, a tad quicker than a non-hybrid Camry XSE I-4, which did the sprint in 7.6 seconds. Fuel economy for the standard Camry Hybrid LE is EPA-rated at 51/53 mpg city/highway. However, the larger wheels on Camry Hybrid SE and XLE trims contribute to reduced fuel economy of 44/47 mpg. How does that compare to conventional Camry trims? The Camry SE I-4 gets 28/39 mpg, and the Camry XSE V-6 does 22/32 mpg. Meanwhile, the Toyota Prius gets 58/53 mpg in L Eco trim, and 54/50 mpg in XLE trim. Toyota made a fascinating choice for the Camry’s hybrid system. The base LE trim has lithium-ion batteries, which are light and efficient. It gets 52 mpg combined. But that’s not the car I drove. I had the XLE, which, like the middle-grade SE, has heavier and less efficient nickel-metal hydride batteries. It’s an older technology that served the Toyota hybrid system well for years, and it’s less expensive. Unfortunately, that means the fanciest Camry Hybrid has the lowest gas mileage: An estimated 44 mpg city/47 mpg highway/46 mpg combined. That’s much better than a conventional gas-only sedan, but it’s not great for a hybrid. The Hyundai Ioniq hybrid turns in 55 mpg combined, and the Prius XLE gets 52 mpg combined. If you’re shopping the Camry and want to save money, the less expensive, more efficient base Camry is the one to choose. Also, EPA estimates are optimistic. They’re a great way to compare apples to apples, but personally, I find my mileage rarely lives up to the EPA sticker. I drove surface streets exclusively during my time with the Camry Hybrid XLE and didn’t make a special effort to drive with fuel economy in mind. I saw just under 40 mpg which, frankly, is better than I expected. No matter the trim package you’re driving, the Camry Hybrid puts out 208 hp in total. The transmission was smooth and quiet, and acceleration is punchy. Getting into the flow of traffic, or executing a quick pass, was no problem.

Configurations

New for 2021, the Camry’s available all-wheel drive adds all-weather confidence to the sedan’s repertoire, which it’s lacked for more than a decade. The all-wheel-drive system is available on LE, XLE, SE, and XSE trims for $1,500 more. It’s related to a system found in the RAV4 and provides traction for all-weather takeoffs—not boulder bashing. The fuel-economy penalty is pretty steep for the system—it drags down combined mileage by 3 mpg or so. We recommend it for snowy-state buyers, but we recommend snow tires even more. Opt for the hybrid in LE, XSE, or XLE trims and Toyota swaps in a 176-hp version of the 2.5-liter inline-4 teamed with an electric motor that combines for 208 hp. Acceleration is on par with the base non-hybrid engine, and the powertrain works well with the electronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Curiously, the base Camry Hybrid LE makes use of a lithium-ion battery, while the Hybrid XSE and XLE trims feature a heavy, lower-tech nickel-metal-hydride setup that’s less efficient. Camrys with an L in their badges have a soft ride paired with light, accurate steering. They roll into corners when pushed, though they never feel sloppy. They’re cruisers, in Camry tradition. S and XSE version have a stiffer suspension and a lower ride height, as well as more steering heft. They’re not exactly sporty compared to, say, Toyota’s own 86 coupe, but they’re more entertaining than most mid-size sedans. Hybrids generally perform like their non-hybrid siblings, with a softer ride due in part to the extra heft of their batteries.

Review

Sharing its body, interior, and many features with the Camry, the Toyota Camry Hybrid is the most efficient version of the popular sedan. The Camry nameplate made its American debut for the 1992 model year, and the current sixth-generation car was released for 2021. For 2021, the Camry Hybrid (and all other Camry models) gain Android Auto compatibility. The Camry Hybrid’s standard technology appointments are similar to what’s found in the regular Camry. Hybrid LE and Hybrid SE models have a 4.2-inch gauge cluster information display and 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, while the XLE gets a 7.0-inch information and 8.0-inch infotainment units instead. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth streaming, three USB ports, and Wi-Fi hotspot compatibility are standard on all trims, but XLE gets a wireless device charging pad. All trims have a six-speaker audio system as standard, but a nine-speaker JBL premium system is available on the XLE trim.

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If you’re not eager to jump on the crossover/SUV bandwagon, it’s hard to go wrong with the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid. It has decades of popularity and proven reliability behind it, and easily earned our Editors’ Choice award when we last reviewed it two year ago. Things have only improved this time around, with a few new features and the addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. That’s enough to keep the 2021 Camry at the front of the pack, and once again earn our Editors’ Choice.

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The Toyota Camry has reigned as the top-selling midsize sedan, as well as the top-selling car in general, for almost two decades. The latest redesign makes the Camry even more compelling with attractive and angular exterior styling, a nicely appointed interior with plenty of passenger and cargo room, and generous standard features across the trim levels. And Toyota has largely abandoned its proprietary Entune smartphone-integration platform and added Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as in-dash Wi-Fi and new driver assists. All of this makes the 2021 Camry better than ever, and worthy of our Editors’ Choice.

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