2021 Toyota Camry TRD review: Flash with some performance sizzle

The Toyota Camry TRD surely appears to be sporty. Jon Wong/Roadshow Forgive me, but I

The Toyota Camry TRD surely appears to be sporty.

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Forgive me, but I couldn’t assistance but in the beginning be skeptical about the Toyota Camry TRD. Granted, the latest-generation Camry is unquestionably the most aggressive-looking just one to day and Toyota has been generating headway in making additional partaking automobiles with items like the Supra. But a performance variation of the Camry? Really?


  • Silky V6
  • Sporty handling
  • Great appears to be

You should not Like

  • Flat front seats
  • Mushy brake pedal
  • Sluggish infotainment display response

A lot more visible flash

To give the Camry TRD additional frame of mind, Toyota’s designers formulated a system kit that provides a black grille with mesh insert, front splitter, side aero skirts, trunk wing and rear diffuser. If all those aren’t enough to notify other motorists on the street that they aren’t dealing with a regular operate-of-the-mill Camry, then the pink TRD badges will make it distinct as working day. The whole deal rides on trick 19-inch matte-end black wheels.

I have to say, this Camry TRD features some styling aptitude and frame of mind. The front stop appears to be a great deal aggressive, and all the black TRD system extras contrast nicely with my take a look at car’s Ice Edge paint. The whole matter operates well with the Midnight Black roof for an impactful two-tone appearance.

Inside of, the TRD exclusives include things like black SofTex-trimmed seats, a leather-based-wrapped steering wheel, pink contrast stitching, a TRD change knob, TRD gauges, pink seat belts, TRD ground mats and aluminum pedals. I do would like Toyota would have gone just one stage even further and beef up the front seat side bolsters. As is, there is some assist there, but a little additional would be appreciated to keep riders better nestled in area.

The rest of the Camry’s interior is on par with everything in the midsize sedan course. The components are wonderful with most key surfaces wrapped and switched, even though the challenging plastics are nicely concluded. Passenger room in both rows is generous and there are several slots and cubbies to stash things up front. Sadly, men and women in the back will have to make do with out local weather vents, a heart armrest or electric power details. Trunk room steps in at a roomy fifteen.1 cubic ft but carrying extended things in the TRD will be tough due to the fact the 2nd-row seat backs do not fold down due to the fact of a V-brace set up powering for added system stiffening. 

Current technological know-how

Like just about every 2021 Camry, the TRD receives a new floating touchscreen infotainment display that places the controls a tad nearer to passengers, and will help minimize glare on the reasonably small seven-inch display. Buttons and knobs flanking the display enable effortless obtain to the normally applied menus and stereo changes, even though the touchscreen’s structure is effortless to navigate. Sadly, the procedure has a obvious hold off when changing concerning menus.

A floating infotainment display is new for 2021.

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Conventional functions include things like a 6-pace audio procedure, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot and both Apple CarPlay and Android Car connectivity. If you are an audiophile, you can option out your Camry TRD with a 9-speaker JBL audio procedure for an added $1,585.

On the energetic protection front, the TRD gains regular blind-location checking and rear cross-traffic notify for 2021 in addition to an improved Toyota Security Sense 2.5 Additionally deal. Ahead-collision warning can now decide up bicyclists and is better at detecting pedestrians in reduced-light-weight scenarios. Adaptive cruise management, computerized unexpected emergency braking, lane-departure warning and street indicator aid are also provided.

A better performer

Determination arrives from a silky 3.5-liter V6 pumping out 301 horsepower and 267 pound-ft of torque. As rivals have abandoned 6-pot engines in favor of turbocharged fours, I applaud Toyota’s decision to adhere with a 6 for its seamless and linear electric power supply. Throttle response is snappy at idea-in and reduced-stop torque is appropriate, however surely not as muscular as pressure-induced I4s in rival automobiles. From the middle of the rev assortment to the six,800rpm redline, however, the V6 pulls forcefully and seems sweet, emitting a amazingly fantastic midrange growl by means of a TRD cat-back exhaust. 

The Camry’s V6 is a easy 301 horsepower operator.

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An 8-pace computerized transmission routes electric power to the Camry’s front wheels and goes about its work in a seamless manner. Gear variations are constantly well-timed and there is zero hesitation to go down a cog or two when you require to get shifting. If you want to use the large steering wheel-mounted paddles to manually orchestrate the gears, they are amazingly responsive to downshift commands. Actions for upshifts is additional erratic, however — swift to reply at instances and hesitant at many others.

When pushed normally, the TRD’s drivetrain returns an EPA-approximated 22 mpg in the town and 31 mpg on the freeway. In combined driving, I noticed twenty five mpg, matching the EPA’s merged fuel financial state rating.

The Camry TRD’s most significant variations come in the chassis office. Thicker underbody and aforementioned rear seat bracing boosts the sedan’s torsional rigidity. A suspension overhaul brings distinctive shock absorbers, stiffer springs, a 50 percent-inch lessen trip top and even larger antiroll bars. Perch all of that on 19-inch Michelin Primacy MXM4 all-season tires and you have by yourself a tidy handler.

Even larger front brakes are just one of the TRD’s lots of performance enhancements.

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At corner flip-in, the TRD’s system squats a little bit and confidently corners better than any Camry I’ve at any time pushed. You can find enough grip and composure to have a fairly fantastic time powering the wheel. Of class, pushing the Camry challenging success in the front stop washing out in a gradual manner. The trade-off to the firmer chassis is a small minimize in trip comfort and ease. Impacts from bumps are felt additional than a regular Camry, but are in no way violent or uncomfortable. The improvement group did an amazing task balancing performance and trip quality right here.

The brakes are also upgraded — and not only with pink paint on the front calipers. The TRD’s front clampers are two-piston models as an alternative of single-piston stoppers on non-TRD Camrys, and they clamp down on bigger 12.9-inch rotors (up from 12). They are sturdy, scrubbing off pace in a hurry, however firmer pedal comments is on my would like checklist. The steering is direct enough and acceptably weighted, despite a small useless location on heart.

This 2021 Toyota Camry TRD pictured right here will charge you $34,312.

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How I might spec it

The Camry TRD begins at $33,285, such as $1,025 for place. As for me, I might start off by checking the box for the two-tone Ice Edge paint and Midnight Black Metallic roof like my tester. It appears to be wonderful and is truly worth the $500 upcharge. Considering that I get pleasure from my tunes, I might also get the $1,585 JBL audio procedure to have some thing better than the regular 6-speaker setup. And at last, $129 to give rear passengers effortless obtain to a pair of USB ports is a no-brainer, bringing the bottom line of my ideal Toyota to $35,499. Which is additional than my $34,312 tester, but I experience the few further niceties are truly worth it.

A additional entertaining Camry

Compared to the base auto, the Camry TRD is unquestionably a sharper specimen. The system kit is not garish, doing enough to visually pump this sedan up, even though the additional boisterous exhaust and better handling reflexes supply a push working experience that is without a doubt additional enjoyable. There is, nonetheless, area for advancement — some tinkering to the steering and brakes would even further amp up this Camry. All factors viewed as, nonetheless, the TRD is a enjoyable shock.