2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid Sedan Review: Range, Charging Time, Trims, Features, And Rivals Comparison

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Aaron Smith 

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July 13, 2020  at 5:25 AM

The 2021 Toyota Camry is the Japanese Automakers mid-sized offering in the highly competitive family sedan segment. The Camry sits right above the brand's best-selling Corolla in their lineup and for the 2021 model year, the Camry Hybrid is relatively unchanged and continues to offer a best-in-class fuel economy of 52 MPG combined.

The Toyota Camry Hybrid was always known as a car that packed in both the uber-cool features of a premium sedan and also the fuel efficiency of a hybrid powertrain. It straightaway triumphs all the cars in this segment in terms of outright practicality. Moreover, with the news addition of the AWD setup to the Camry models, the 2021 Toyota Camry will be competing against the Ford Fusion, the Kia Optima, and the sales chart-topper the Honda Accord.

What's New:

  • Addition of AWD as standard
  • Updated hybrid powertrain
  • 7-speed torque converter transmission

What’s new in the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid Sedan?

The 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid has barely set its foot on the market, and Toyota has already announced its lineup for the year 2021. All three variants of the Camry, the Base Sedan, the TRD model, and the Hybrid version are set to make a comeback for the year 2021, with their own little vestige kits from 2020, rather than pack in newer upgrades. The changes which we are certainly sure of will show its way into the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid are the optional AWD setup will be made standard on from now on all Camry models, the regular Camry continues to make use of the 2.5-Liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. There is also an option for those who want more power in their car Camry offers the XLE and XSE trims with a zesty V6 engine. Both engines come mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Certain minute interior upgrades, the details of which have not been published as of yet. So with this in mind, we can very well expect the price to rise up a bit, if not exceedingly high.

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid will get a new AWD platform

There is also an option for those who want more power in their car Camry offers the XLE and XSE trims with a zesty V6 engine. Both engines come mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Certain minute interior upgrades, the details of which have not been published as of yet. So with this in mind, we can very well expect the price to rise up a bit, if not exceedingly high.

What kind of engine can we expect in the 2021 Camry Hybrid Sedan?

For the 2021 model year, Toyota will continue to outfit the Camry with its tried and tested hybrid setup. It will continue to feature the same 2.5L engine paired with an electric motor which will be good for 208 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. With the addition of the electric motor, one would imagine this to be quiet a torque monster, but on the contrary, this upcoming Hybrid Camry is far from it, in fact, it sits at the very bottom of the stats list with the least amount of torque in its segment which can be felt when trying to get a proper launch off the line and as far as the transmission is concerned, it isn't the best either as Toyota has decided to stick with their good old CVT gearbox which might be more efficient but is far less enjoyable. We can expect the 2021 Camry hybrid to come up with a 7-speed torque converter automatic to make up for the performance deficit. One other note-worthy addition is the inclusion of the AWD setup as standard rather than it being optional before. Nevertheless, for daily city runs, the Camry hybrid makes for a compelling case provided you aren't looking for a fast or fun-to-drive car, then it makes for a perfectly enjoyable and comfortable commuter.

Models

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE (Expected)

2020 Honda Accord Hybrid*

2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE*

2020 Kia Optima Hybrid EX*

MSRP

$29,000 (estd.)

$25470

$28000

$29310

Engine

2.5L I4

2.0L I4

2.0L I4

2.0L I4

Transmission

CVT

CVT

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Horsepower

208 hp

@5700 rpm

212 hp

@6200 rpm

188 hp

@6000 rpm

192 hp

@6000 rpm

Torque

163 lb-ft

@3600 rpm

232 lb-ft

@3500 rpm

129 lb-ft

@4000 rpm

271 lb-ft

@1770 rpm

The Toyota Camry hybrid is set to do the 0-60 MPH dash in a quoted 7.4 seconds, same as before. The acceleration figures are an added bonus, as out on the freeway, climbing onto 3-digit speeds and merging onto the highway is a healthy sport for the car. Coming to the handling part, we direly expect the superb handling char\achteristics of the Camry to be carried forward as well. It adds in more pep to the daily drive, as the engine feels lively on the stretched road or on corners. The suspension no matter the road maintains its composure making the ride much more inspiring. Honda has a pretty brute image when it comes to competing with the rest of the segment. With its 2.0L engine punching out 212 hp, it is the most powerful of the lot. Kia Optima’s astonishing torque figure helps it clench in the 0-60 MPH time at a much better time than the rest.

What MPG figures can you expect from the 2021 Camry Hybrid Sedan?

This is where the hybrid-powered Camry comes into its own. With 51 MPG in the city and 53 MPG on the highway, you couldn’t ask for better MPG figures from the Camry. So for the 2021 model year, with no change in the powertrain department whatsoever, the MPG figures will also remain the same. The 88 kW electric motor backed with the 2.5L engine gives an astonishing range figure of 673 miles in the city which is extremely good considering the segment.

Model

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE (Expected)

2020 Honda Accord Hybrid*

2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE*

2020 Kia Optima Hybrid EX*

MPG (city)

51

48

43

40

MPG (highway)

53

47

41

45

MPG (combined)

52

48

42

42

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

13.2

12.8

14.0

15.9

Range (city/highway) (miles)

673/700

614/602

602/574

636/716

The 2021 Toyota Camry hybrid might even see a bigger fuel tank being brought in to complete the frugal nature of the car. Out on the highway, Kia Optima proves to be a more efficient hybrid with its 716-mile range and would require less frequent stops at the charging stations. Honda Accord, on the other hand, despite having a smaller fuel tank, is competent enough in providing a better overall range on a full tank.

What can you expect from the 2021 Camry Hybrid’s interior?

There is no new word as to what upgrades are to be a part of the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Apart from the leather seats that are standard from now instead of being optional earlier, and an expected increase in the size of the infotainment setup, it’s best not to expect anything more from Toyota, as they’d want to carry forward the same segment-leading recipe forward. With leather upholstery, passengers can surely witness themselves to be seated in the lap of luxury. With enough room for 5 average adults, it is also neither too claustrophobic inside. With plenty of adjustment options for the seats, you can never be too comfortable inside the Camry. 

2021 Toyota Camry will feature a 7-inch infotainment system

A few more contrasting color trims on the interior space are set to bless us for the year 2021. Toyota has always followed a no-nonsense minimalist approach to the interior. The Y-shape inspired center stack will continue to have the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment set up with all the latest nitty-gritty features-list. Utility-wise too, it’s not our average-sized sedan, rather it very well enters into the premium department in this aspect. Furthermore, we don’t expect to see an increase in the 15.1 cu.ft cargo space.

Models

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE (Expected)

2020 Honda Accord Hybrid*

2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE*

2020 Kia Optima Hybrid EX*

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

38.3/57.7/42.1

39.5/58.3/42.3

39.2/57.8/44.3

39.8/58.1/45.5

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.6/55.7/38.0

37.3/56.6/40.4

37.8/56.9/38.3

37.8/56.4/35.6

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

15.1

16.7

12.0

13.4

The Camry Hybrid offers quiet a comfortable cabin overall but if you want to get the maximum utility and want to make the best use of every square inch of your car space, you’d be better off opting for the Honda Accord, with the best-in-class rear seating space and cargo room. Ford and Kia, cater more toward the average-sized sedan needs and hence sit at the bottom of the comparison table in the respect.

2021 Toyota Camry Infotainment and Connectivity:

Just like most other elements, the infotainment system in the 2021 Camry Hybrid will be carried over unchanged from the outgoing model. That means that this Camry comes equipped with the familiar 7-inch infotainment system as standard and the 8-inch infotainment setup can be had as an option. Both the systems get essential features like Bluetooth connectivity, Satellite Radio, and even Apple Car Play and Android Auto Connectivity. The Instrument Cluster is also equipped with a 4.3-inch driver display that can display vehicle-related stats such as MPG figures and even power delivery and battery consumption which can help you optimize your driving style and help you achieve the best [possible efficiency. Overall the system is easy to use and the infotainment controls are simple enough to operate and has virtually no learning curve to it. The quality and features could have been improved but overall its a perfectly acceptable solution for a vehicle in this segment.

What exterior changes should you expect from the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid Sedan?

Coming to te 2021 Toyota Camry hybrid exteriors, the slight updates that are set to be brought in, won’t be a total departure from the conventional Camry design. For people looking for a much sportier version, they can opt for the Camry TRD model, which takes the design language up a notch with its sport design cues. Similar to basic Camry, the 2021 hybrid version will also feature LED daytime running lights, 19-inch alloy wheels, and a standard moonroof which was optional earlier. Chrome accents that are so prominent on the car will certainly give it a more premium feel.

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid has the highest ground clearance in its segment

Now despite the 88 kW electric motor, the Camry is still on the lighter side of the spectrum in terms of its curb weight. 192.1 inches of length translates to better cabin space. All-in-all the 2021 Toyota Camry hybrid will expectedly retain all of its dimensions from the 2020 model year. The recent redesign has given it a striking appearance and it looks sportier. The Camry is an instant eyeball grabber and gets a good street presence. While the dimensions are small and apt for seating 5 people.

Model

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE (Expected)

2020 Honda Accord Hybrid*

2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE*

2020 Kia Optima Hybrid EX*

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3472

3386

3668

3496

Length (in.)

192.1

192.2

191.8

191.1

Width (in.)

72.4

73.3

72.9

73.2

Height (in.)

56.9

57.1

58.0

57.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.7

5.8

5.5

5.1

Wheelbase (in.)

111.2

111.4

112.2

110.4

Track Width (in.) F/R

63.0/63.2

63.0/63.4

62.3/62.0

63.5/63.8

The Camry also has a much better ground clearance compared to its peers, being almost the same size. The wheelbase of the Camry is an attraction as it opens up a lot of room on the inside. Kia Optima will outright fall short in terms of outright space in the interior, which is down to it having the smallest wheelbase in the segment. Moreover, the 5.1 -inch ground clearance is also the least in this segment. Greater dimensions of the Camry make it increasingly hard for the driver to maneuver it around jam-packed city streets.

Will the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid Sedan be worth my time and money?

The whole of the 2021 Toyota Camry lineup including the Hybrid version of it will arrive on the US shores somewhere around late 2020, with an expected MSRP of $29,000. The midsize sedan will pack in the same powertrain and feature-list both in the interior and safety department, albeit a few minor tweaks here and there, that in no way justify waiting for the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid till the end of the year. But then, the whole report as to the extent of changes that might show up is yet to be published. So this conundrum of which to choose, solely depends on the customer, although as of recent reports, we’d recommend the 2020 Toyota Camry hybrid model.

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2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid FAQs:

Does the new Camry get good gas mileage?
Yes, the Camry gets 29 mpg city and 41 mpg highway.

Can I get a red interior on the new Camry?
Yes, you can! The Camry XSE has an available Adrenaline Red Leather interior that looks stunning! The TRD model includes red seat belts and accents throughout the interior but the main seat color is black.

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