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Toyota Camry gets new XSE grade, roster of mid-cycle updates for 2021
The eighth generation of the Toyota Camry has been on sale since 2017. The 2021 Toyota Camry will feature a host of upgrades including new safety features, fresh infotainment technology, and a different face.
For 2021, the Camry will be offered in 17 different varieties. Seventeen. Different trim levels are available depending on the buyer's engine and drivetrain choice. The list of trim levels includes LE, XLE, SE, SE Nightshade, XSE, and TRD. The Camry L grade has been discontinued.
Camry XSE with the hybrid powertrain is new for the 2021 model year. It is positioned as a more premium version of the Camry SE Hybrid trim level, without the level of sportiness of the Camry TRD.
The three available power plants include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 3.5-liter V6, and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine. The smaller gasoline-powered engine achieves 203 horsepower (202 horsepower in AWD variants) and 184 pound-feet of torque. The V6 gets 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid system has a total output of 208 horsepower.
There are a few exceptions, however. The Camry XSE gets 206 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque as well as a dual-exhaust outlet. It's XSE AWD counterpart gets 205 horsepower.
The gasoline engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission while the hybrid as a six-speed auto.
The V6 is offered in Camry XLE, XSE, and TRD models. The Four-cylinder with front- or all-wheel drive comes in Camry LE, XLE, SE, SE Nightshade, and XSE variants. Hybrid buyers can choose from the Camry LE, XLE, SE, or XSE.
The Camry LE and XLE will be better differentiated from Camry SE and XSE models for 2021. This is a similar design approach as in the Avalon lineup. The gas-powered LE also gets new 17-inch alloy wheels while the XLE gets redesigned 18-inch alloys.
The Camry TRD sees its Blue Streak Metallic paint option replaced by the Blueprint color. Additionally, that model has an exclusive color - Ice Edge, which is paired with a two-tone Midnight Black Metallic roof. Camry XSE is now available in a two-tone Supersonic Red paint scheme with Midnight Black Metallic roof.
The in-cabin tech of the Camry remains pretty much the same as the 2020 model. However, models now come with either a 7.0- or 9.0-inch infotainment touch screen that is similar to the one in the Toyota RAV4. It has smartphone-like capabilities and customization options as well as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa capability.
As for looks, Toyota has slightly updated the interior with new dashboard and trim appointments that vary by trim level as well as an available herringbone seat pattern for Camry XLE.
Additionally, Toyota has upped the ante on the popular Camry TRD, giving it standard blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert technologies as well as heated exterior mirrors. Those two safety technologies are now standalone options on Camry LE, SE, and SE Nighshade. They are standard elsewhere.
All models adopt Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ as standard equipment.
The 2021 Toyota Camry goes on sale later this year.