2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid first drive review: A hard formula to mess up

It may not be the most exciting car on the planet, but the Toyota Camry Hybrid is absolutely excellent for its intended purpose. It is comfortable, efficient and adequately equipped with modern creature comforts. For 2021, a flatter of nonessential updates slightly refines the formula, making it a contextually excellent vehicle.

New technology, but also not

The most immediately noticeable upgrade in 2021 is the Toyota Camry Hybrid with the addition of a new “floating” screen that turns a set into a dashboard. The entire middle of the dashboard has been redesigned to accommodate this new display, which measures 9 inches on my hybrid XLE tester, although the lower trims do with only 7 inches. Either way, it’s prominent, and the new look still packs the same physical buttons for climate control, which is easy to access and use with too much distraction. Charging occurs via multiple USB ports, but only one smartphone below the dashboard is capable of running mirroring; The Armrest has USB-A and USB-C ports for charging purposes.

While the screen may be new, Entune There is no software on it. This is the same familiar user interface found in every modern Toyota, and this is what we’ve been privy to over the years. This is not a poor response by any stretch, with sufficient response time and both Apple carplay And Android AutoIn addition to Amazon Alexa integration, as well as an embedded naval system that looks outdated but works fine. However, no one needed to tell Toyota that when you start making bigger screens, you It is possible Wanting to upgrade the resolution, because everything on my tester’s performance is just upgraded, and as a result, hella pixelated.

Image quality is not the best in other ways, either. The head-up display that comes on the high-end trims is surprisingly blurred, enough so that it becomes a distraction. The backup camera is clearly among the worst offered across the industry, with an image so grainy (and blown away, given the screen size) that the details simply disappear in fuzz. Oddly enough, the small color display between the gauges is crisp and incredibly easy to read at a glance. I did not get.

However, what most buyers will appreciate is the upgraded Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 Plus system, which is standard on every Camry. Although I don’t feel like testing better pedestrian and cyclist detection, nor a left-turn detection system that prevents me from crawling at an intersection at the wrong time, it’s a solid peace of mind that They are there. The adaptive cruise is updated, and I like that it now accelerates during a lane change, but active lane keeping assist is entirely too heavy-handed, like it is Update 2021 lexus that i recently went. However, leave that bit idle, and it is smooth highway sailing, so long as you can keep your vehicle in the center.

New look, but also not

The 2021 Toyota Camry has updated the styling. Can you tell Neither me. If you’re curious, the Kushner LE and XLE models get new wheels, rolling 18-inch aftermarket, which look sufficiently luxury-oriented on my tester. This hybrid also shakes off a new internal herringbone seat pattern, which looks really business, even if it is on the subtle side. The Sportier SE and XSE variants get some low facia tweaks.

Bus. This is a Camry. More often than not, people are buying it because it is a good family car. Sure, the lower grill is a bit larger, but the entire shebung looks beautiful enough to pass the muster in the vest line.

Spontaneous hybrid power

The powertrain of the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid remains unchanged for this year, and is good, as it is already stellar. Under the hood is a 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated inline-four that combines with a pair of motor-generators to produce 208 horsepower. While he may not sound all that much for a midsize sedan like this, if I need to shoot the gap when I turn on the fast road, there is a good amount of get-up-and-go. Once it’s up to speed, it’s about balancing the throttle to maintain efficiency, something that’s easy to do with the large ol power gauge on the right. No matter how much driving force I say, however, the Camry Hybrid responds with smooth delivery.

It may not be a great idea to have a Camry at all, but it is very difficult to beat the ride quality at this price.

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The body is tied in this way. In fact, it is very close to the ride quality of the Lexus, with gentle sponge tuning that turns harsh roads into soft undulations. The XLE is a luxury-themed trim, and on the road, it helps keep occupants comfortable. Sure, it’s a little nautical in twist, but if you want flatness, you’ll spring for the Camry TRD.

The Camry Hybrid’s ride is not only comfortably comfortable, it’s efficient to boot. The EPA rates the 2021 Camry Hybrid XLE at 44 miles per gallon city, 47 mpg highway and 46 mpg combined. My right leg is clearly government-approved, as I earn about that in each category, maybe 1 or 2 mpg less, but some of that is attributed to Michigan’s drivers, um, a spritly type Can.

Down to brass bowl

The 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid is good, but that’s because the current generation of Toyota Camry Hybrid has always been good. It is comfortable, efficient, and more affordable than before, with my range-topping XLE trim giving a $ 33,165 price tag, down $ 560 from the year before. Include the fact that buyers get more bang for their buck than they did last year, and this car makes for an opportunity that is much harder to pass up.

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