The only future is innovation, and approaching the midlife crisis point at 37 doesn’t seem to bother one of the world’s most recognized and awarded mediums. Instead of relying on laurels instead of the dwindling sedan market, Toyota doubled production on one of history’s most venerable (and most anticipated) models: the Camry. Committed to offering a diverse powertrain, economical yet satisfying hybrid options and powerful V-6 engines, the 2021 Camry bursts with modern features, pop-cruisers and a host of new features. and popularize, enliven the model and invigorate fleets ready to take advantage of its tranquil grandeur.
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Gone is the base model L, positioning the LE as the new base, followed by the SE, Hybrid, XLE, XSE and TRD V-6. The front end and wheels have been redesigned for a more aggressive look. The XSE is available with a hybrid powertrain, joining the ranks of many other makes and models with more sustainable (and powerful) options available. The four-cylinder engine partners standard with a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission, and the LE and SE models are the most efficient of the non-hybrid, hitting an EPA estimate of 28 mph in the city. city and 39 on the highway, while the V-6 hybrid tops out at 22 mph in the city and up to 33 on the highway.
The high-performance Camry TRD made its debut in 2020 and retains the same premium design and improved aerodynamics for 2021. This year, TRD adds standard blind-spot monitoring and scene monitoring. Rear cross-traffic alert, useful for city fleets and safety-conscious drivers and fleet managers. Heated exterior mirrors provide maximum visibility in winter.
Camry 2021 offers three powertrains: 2.5L Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine; 3.5L V-6; and the next generation Toyota Hybrid System. The 2.5L engine produces 203 hp at 6,600 rpm and 184 lb.-ft. torque at 5,000 rpm. Most AWD models sport 202 hp while the upgraded XSE gets 205 hp with dual exhausts.
The V-6 is a 24-valve, 3.5L DOHC engine equipped with the latest D-4S direct injection fuel system and variable valve timing with 301 hp at 6,600 rpm and 267 lb.-ft. . torque at 4,700 rpm.
However, the new Hybrid powertrain marks the Camry’s emergence as the market leader and is considered the most efficient and powerful since its debut in 2007. The Toyota Hybrid System ( THS II) combines the power of a 2.5L four-cylinder engine with an electric motor. The Hybrid offers the same performance as the four-cylinder petrol version but mimics the quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission in the app via wheel-mounted paddle shifters or dashboard-mounted gearshift levers. Like many hybrids, the lithium-ion battery sits underneath the vehicle and doesn’t affect the trunk or interior space and contributes to a lower center of gravity.
The Auto Glide Control (ACG) feature enhances fuel economy by calculating the most efficient driving speed and can only be activated when the vehicle is in ECO driving mode. ACG limits loss of speed during engine braking and acts like a neutral gear, allowing the vehicle to run for longer.
The 2021 Camry received a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Toyota continues to focus on safety across all its models, and the Camry benefits from standard driver assistance technology, including forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking; lane-departure warning and standard lane-keeping assist; adaptive cruise control; and more.
Toyota introduced automatic emergency braking (AEB) across most of its product line in 2017 and continues to drive the safety innovation market. Last year’s version was one of the first Toyota models to feature Safety Sense 2.5+, the latest version of its award-winning safety system. The improved Pedestrian Pre-Collision Detection (PCS w/PD) system helps the system detect cyclists and citizens knowledgeable about scooters and vehicles ahead of them. It works in low light, making it ideal for late city driving. Additional PCS functions include emergency steering assist and full-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), which works online above 30 mph and helps maintain vehicle-to-vehicle distances. at high speed. Other safety features include Lane Departure Warning, Lane Tracking Assist, Automatic Safety Beam and Road Sign Assist, which automatically reads passing road signs and displays them. on the Entune touch screen.
All-wheel drive option debuts in 2020 and gets a boost for the 2021 model year with Dynamic Torque Control, an effective traction feature in bad weather and slippery climates slip, while also benefiting AWD’s reduced fuel economy; The new system can direct up to 50% of engine torque to the rear wheels when the front wheels start to slide or skid. And when AWD is not in use, an electromagnetic coupling on the rear axle separates from the rear axle, helping to increase fuel economy. Upgrading to all-wheel drive adds just over 150 pounds to the car without sacrificing any interior space, safety, or comfort.
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An infotainment system – Entune 3.0 – is standard on all models, although an enhanced option is available. Entune has many wireless features and applications available on popular smartphones with modern smart vehicles and functions on both Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa and Android Auto. All Camry models have a 7- or 9-inch touchscreen.
Higher models have Toyota Audio Plus and perform Connected Services tests such as Secure Connect (one year), Service Connect (10 year trial), and Remote Connect (one Year). WiFi Connect allows up to five mobile devices to connect using 4G LTE during a 3-month, 2-gigabyte trial.