With a very successful first three years of its eighth-generation, the Toyota Camry is expected to enter into its 2021 model year somewhere later down this year. With significant updates for the 2020 model, the 2021 Toyota Camry is expected to undergo very minimal changes over the 2020 model.

A midsize premium family sedan that is bold and classy and has ruled its segment right since its inception. Yes, we are talking about none else than the Toyota Camry. Because of its consistent “value” proposition, the Camry has been a benchmark in its class and a safe choice for millions of customers across the globe. Even after undergoing several changes over the years, it always retained its core attributes. Above all, its Toyota badge always ensured customers of optimum reliability. Today, the 2020 Toyota Camry is as elegant, comfortable, and efficient as it was two decades ago. 

2021 Toyota Camry will be a carry-forward model

In the automobile corridors, you are never perfect though. The only major complaint that Camry always faced was its controversially conservative styling and lackluster driveability. However, the grouses were beautifully confronted with the Camry’s eighth-gen redesign unveiled in 2018. The new-gen Camry now had a stylish and timeless look and was without a doubt more comfortable and premium than ever before. Most importantly, it now had reworked mechanics and aerodynamics along with new chassis which resulted in much more discipline on the road. 

2021 Toyota Camry looks sport and agile

New and major additions were added to the lineup over the years especially in 2020 with an all-new TRD trim and optional AWD. With significant changes under its belt in the last 2-3 years, Toyota is expected to unveil the 2021 Toyota Camry somewhere later this year for the 2020 model year. However, the 2021 Camry is expected to have almost no or minimal changes. With that being said let's have a close look at what the 2021 Camry could bring to the table.

Trims and Prices

Because of the recent enhancement in 2020 with the new TRD model, any reshuffle in the 2021 Toyota Camry trim-levels is very unlikely. The 2021 Camry shall continue to offer its five basic trims namely; L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE along with the Camry Hybrid and all-new TRD. However, we do expect a slight bump in the prices with the base “L” summing up around $25,000.

Engine and Transmission

With no probable changes, the 2021 Toyota Camry shall still throw open its pleasurable and versatile powertrain options. It's standard 203 hp naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine is smooth and adequately powered to carry out most of its buyer's everyday tasks. The same engine pairs with an electric motor delivering a combined 208 hp and an incredible fuel-efficiency making this the perfect daily driver for those who want to make their daily commutes as frugal as possible.

2021 Toyota Camry with the V6 engine is fun to drive

The available 301 hp V6 motor ensures enough thrust to complement your highway hustles, the V6 in fact is powerful enough to gain some serious momentum and with the improved chassis dynamics of the 8th generation, the Camry is takes shape of a seriously quick commuter. With either of the engines, the Camry seems never short of power and each trim seems to pack the exact number of horses required. It's popular 8-speed automatic works like a charm with smooth and precision-crafted shifts. 

Models

2021 Toyota Camry

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Mazda 6 

Base MSRP

$25,000 (est)

$23,870

$24,100

$24,100

Engine

2.5 Liter Inline-4

1.5 Liter Turbocharged Inline-4

2.5 Liter Inline-4

2.5 Liter Inline-4

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

CVT

CVT

6-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

203 hp @ 6600 rpm

192 hp @ 5500 rpm

188 hp @ 6000 rpm

187 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque (ft-lbs @ rpm)

184 ft-lbs. @ 5000 rpm

192 ft-lbs. @ 1600 rpm

180 ft-lbs. @ 3600 rpm

186 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

Though the Camry feels adequately powered and energetic enough, its rivals like the Honda Accord and Mazda 6 offer more enthusiasm. Thanks to the Camry’s more relaxed and efficiency tuned powertrain. Its rivals on the other hand carry a more balanced powertrain along with enhanced aerodynamics. Where the Camry uses a powerful V6, its still no match for the Mazda 6's driving dynamics.

Fuel Economy and MPG Figures

Who doesn’t know that Camry’s are one of the most frugal things on the roads? For the very same reason, you would probably want to buy one. Complying with the same strong legacy, the 2020 Camry delivers 29 mpg in the city, 41 on the highway and 34 combined. With no possible changes, the 2021 Toyota Camry shall also churn out similar numbers with utmost grace. The figures are for the 2.5-liter gasoline engine though. The Camry Hybrid comfortably pushes those numbers beyond 50.

Models

2021 Toyota Camry (est)

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Mazda 6

MPG (city)

29

30

28

26

MPG (highway)

41

38

39

35

MPG (combined)

34

33

32

29

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

14.5

14.8

16.2

16.4

Range (city/highway/combined)

420.5/594.5

444.0/562.4

453.6/631.8

426.4/574.0

Among its rivals, the Accord and Altima do get close but they are not just as good as the Camry as far as efficiency is concerned. Notable is also the fact that the Camry is also the most powerful in the lot. Riding on its strong efficiency, the Camry could also do a long driving range, despite the smallest fuel tank among its competition. The Nissan Altima though offers the longest run once filled to the neck. Thanks to its best in class fuel tank size.

Design and Exterior Highlights

There are not going to be any exterior changes on the 2021 Toyota Camry most probably. Even there's no need of refreshing the graceful legend. It's large, it wears a classic and timeless skin that looks really premium. The Camry has a road presence that none of its rivals have for sure. Look up close and you will be bewildered by its strong and muscular body creases on the hood as well as the sides. A long and sleek profile along with standard 18’ inch rims further add to its bold and premium quotient. The sleek lights both at the rear and the back along with the large gaping grille at the front add a blend of aggression and style into it. 

the 8th generation Camry looks a lot sportier than its predecessors

Overall, the eighth-gen Camry is an ultimate expression of exquisite craftsmanship within a price bracket of $25-$30k. Yes, it does have a sense of traditionality in it but it's not boring at all. It has enough style and aggression to make it as relevant as a fresh product even today. Thankfully, 2021 shall appease us with all the aforementioned signatures. However, we do expect some mild rework with the front and rear bumpers for an updated appeal. Some new paint schemes and rims wouldn't be a surprise even 

Model

2021 Toyota Camry (est)

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Mazda 6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3340

3199

3265

3437

Length (in.)

192.7 

192.2

192.9

192.7 

Width (in.)

72.4

73.3

72.9

72.4

Height (in.)

56.9

57.1

56.8

57.1

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.7

N/A

N/A

6.5

Wheelbase (in.)

111.2

111.4

111.2

111.4

Its rivals on the other hand do try to imitate the Camry’s character but the Camry does things like a Camry. With a greater lineage toward fashion and style, its rivals like the Nissan Altima and Mazda 6 miss out the Camry’s class and presence. The Honda Accord does get close to the Camry’s exquisiteness, but that too seems more like a flamboyant modern thing. Though the Accord does go head-to-head with the Camry in almost every aspect and even in terms of exterior presence and elegance. However, just like the other rivals, the new-gen Accord tries to be more on the trendy side compared to the Camry’s timeless attributes. 

Interior, Seating, and cargo

There's barely anything that one would wish to change on the inside of an eighth-generation Camry. Probably that's why there are the least expectancies of any interior changes in the 2021 Toyota Camry. Afterall why fix it if it ain’t broken? The 2021 Camry would still overwhelm you with its available two-tone, plush and spacious interiors. A simplistic dash, soft-touch materials on most contact surfaces along with wooden and silver accents all around look very premium and upscale. 

2021 Toyota Camry a well laid out and practical interior

Ample room at both the benches, unobtrusive pillars, large windshield alone with a panoramic sunroof ensures optimum airiness inside the cabin. There is also no dearth of creature comforts at all in the eighth-gen Camry. It offers heated and power-adjustable front seats, climate control, 9-speaker JBL audio, leather upholstery, and many more necessities. Most of the goodies that one could possibly wish for from this particular segment, the Camry delivers.

Models

2021 Toyota Camry (est)

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Mazda 6

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.3/57.7/42.1

37.5/58.3/42.3

38.0/58.2/43.8

37.4/55.9/42.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.0/55.7/38.0

37.2/56.5/40.4

36.7/57.1/35.2

37.1/55.1/38.7

Even the Camry’s competitors are not too far behind in terms of cabin feel. Surprisingly though, while the Camry has best in class front and rear headroom, it falls behind its rivals in terms of legroom at both the benches. That being said, you would never feel cramped inside a Camry for sure, unless you have some NBA alignment. Also, all the cars in the competition do have somewhat equivalent levels of serenity but its the classic opulence of the Camry that stands apart. 

Infotainment and Connectivity

On the infotainment front, the 2021 Toyota Camry might feature some updates that would be more than welcoming. The 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment screen that is available only with the higher trims of the 2020 Camry could become standard fitment with the launch of the 2021 Camry. At first, the system seems fairly simple and easy to use, but the rivals in the segment have better integration of the system as well as seemingly intuitive.

The 8-inch infotainment in the Toyota Camry might not be the best-in-class but it gets the job done

It's not the first time that a Toyota infotainment system has fallen behind its competition, the problem remains that the system isn't as well laid out in terms of its user interface, but Toyota has been addressing this issue steadily and at least important features like Apple Car Play and Android Auto have made their way into this system which is a big improvement.

Apart from that, a premium sound system over the available 9-speaker JBL would also be welcoming. Occasional lags in the infotainment’s responses could also be fixed in the 2021 model. Apart from these, there is not much that the present 2020 Camry’s infotainment system leaves to be desired. 

Safety Features and Ratings

One of the strongest reasons that one buys a Camry is its incredible safety and reliability. With a healthy suite of advanced standard features and a new rigid TNGA architecture, the eighth-gen 2020 Camry enjoys top grades in safety tests. Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS and 5 Star rating from NHTSA are strong testimonies to the peace of mind which the Camry ensures.

No doubt it would not lose out on its traditional virtue even in its 2021 model. For the new model year though, we do expect some more entries in the standard safety features list. Some of the highlighted safety equipment of the 2020 Toyota Camry are listed below:

  • Lane departure warning accident avoidance system
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes
  • Blindspot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system
  • Pre and post-collision safety system
  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Automatic high beam headlights
  • 10 Airbags
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Remote anti-theft alarm system

Verdict

The Toyota Camry is a great machine that offers a versatile package that is rich with comfort, luxury, and class. It has a timeless design that gives it a distinguished presence on the roads. It is very comfortable on the move and is also loaded with all the modern premium amenities. It now also drives and handles well and has an optional V6 and AWD as well. Most importantly, it's one of the most efficient sedans you can get without breaking the bank. You can never go wrong with the decision of buying a Toyota Camry.

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FAQs

Is the Toyota Camry a good car?

The Toyota Camry is certainly one of the best cars on the roads. At its price and class, it beautifully delivers on all its expectations. Its premium looks classy and timeless, handles well, is spacious on the inside, and is also very frugal. Importantly, it assures you with Toyota’s unmatched safety and reliability standards. What else do you need from a midsize family sedan? 

How much should I pay for a 2020 Toyota Camry?

The 2020 Toyota Camry range starts at $24,425 for the base “L” and ticks all the way up to $30,005 for the XSE. The prices are for the standard models with the 2.5-liter engine. With trims compatible with the 3.5-liter V6 and AWD, add $5,125 for the V6 and $1,400 for the AWD system. Over these you can further garnish your Camry with a plethora of available options. The 2020 Camry TRD is priced at $31,170 and the Camry Hybrid ranges from $28,430 - $32,730.

Which is the best Toyota Camry model to buy?

With its overall character and aspirations, the 2020 Toyota Camry XLE with the 2.5-liter engine seems the most value for money pick. At the price point of $29,455, the XLE offers the best that the Camry has to offer with respect to comfort, features, and efficiency.