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2021 Toyota Camry TRD Sedan Review: Features, Price, Performance, Interiors, And Rivals Compared

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A. Suresh

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November 23, 2020 at 03:40 AM

A fit for family sedan with a racing pedigree is what the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD is. The 2021 Camry TRD now remains largely unchanged with its 301 hp 3.5L V6 performance-tuned engine leading the way. With the only changes including the standardization of safety features and a new exterior color shade, prices for the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD start at an MSRP of $32,185. The release date of the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD is set for sometime around the End of 2020.

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From the team that brought us the legendary Supra to the affordable pocket-rocket Toyota 86, expectations were soaring high on Toyota to deliver upfront. In comes, the 2020 Camry TRD, and Oh Boy! Have they delivered it. So with the car still afresh, don’t go about expecting major changes to the 2021 model year, as with the same potent 301 hp 3.5L V6 engine, the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD may very well be a complete carryover model, albeit some minuscule changes. With the release date set for the End of 2020, prices of the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD begin at an MSRP of $32,185.


Know more about the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD


Based on the sophisticated TNGA-K platform, and just like its TRD SUV siblings, work has been done to make the Camry TRD's V6 powered engine more refined instead of giving it a major bump in power. Apart from the potent engine choice, there are various apparent attention to details that sets the Camry TRD apart from everything else in this segment. Visually, the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD's superficial exterior looks are enough to make you weak in the knees, with features like the gloss black front grille, red TRD badging, and stainless steel TRD exhaust tips. The interior of the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD also gets the specialized TRD treatment, which includes Black Sport SofTex trimmed front seats and a new dynamic and responsive infotainment system.

2021 Toyota Camry TRD

Model Specs

Price Range (MSRP) $32,185
Release Date End of 2020
Engine 3.5L Naturally-Aspirated V6
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain FWD
Colors 9 colors available- Midnight Black/ Ice Edge with Two-Tone Midnight Black Roof/ Wind Chill Pearl with Two-Tone Midnight Black Roof
Changes
  • Specially tuned TRD cat-back dual exhaust system
  • New added standard safety features
  • Black Sport SofTex trimmed front seats
  • New Ice Edge with Two-Tone Midnight Black Roof exterior shade

The Safety front also takes a turn for the better, as the 2021 Camry TRD now includes upgraded standard features such as the Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert amongst others. Camry was always referred to as an urban yet boring transportation device. So, it was imperative for everyone to see what the TRD (Toyota Racing Development) team in the Camry TRD had come up with, and so to prove its worth, the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD goes up against the likes of Honda Accord Sport, also Mazda’s Mazda6, and the Nissan Altima.

What are the Trims and features on offer with the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD?

Toyota Camry TRD comes as a standalone trim variant. It is not only tuned-up on the engine and performance front but also on the feature aspects of the car. From a scintillating Supersonic Red exterior color shade to the supposedly aerodynamic body kit, this specific trim stands apart from the rest of the Camry lineup in a big way. With a starting price of $32,185 MSRP, the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD offers one of the best price-to-power ratios of any car in this segment. Powertrain duties of the 2021 TRD are taken care of by a 301 hp V6 engine, along with an 8-speed automatic transmission unit. It comes standard in an FWD setup.

Model

2021 Toyota Camry TRD

MSRP (FWD)

$32,185

Key Features

19-inch alloy wheels with red-painted calipers

 

Catback Dual Exhaust

 

Single-zone automatic climate control with air filter

 

Integrated backup camera with projected path

 

Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

  Aluminum sport pedals

It not only is the most powerful car in the Camry lineup, but also the most feature-packed car of the lot. Nevertheless, what makes it the best out there, is the performance-enhancing package that the 2021 Camry TRD can be had with, which includes features from summer tires to large yet efficient front brake rotors. Now despite a major portion of the feature list is carried forward unscathed into 2021, we still recommend you to go for the TRD variant, as it certainly delivers on the value for money front for sure.

How does the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD Sedan fare on the Engine and Performance front?

Motivating the still stereotypical 2021 Toyota Camry TRD will be the same powerful 3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6 engine, punching out a maximum of 301 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. This is the only Camry that can be elucidated to be slightly sporty.  So for a recipe that works perfectly fine, we won’t see a direly needed update in the near future. And the reports that have been doing the rounds recently adhere to suggest the same.

It packs more than enough dedication to perform your everyday chores around the city and then some more. In the handling department, we can expect to be blessed finally with a Camry in 2021, that is neither boring enough to drive or rogue enough to not be able to tame the power down. Although we can expect the Camry TRD to be tweaked a bit on the softer side for the suspension setup. Overall, a pliant exhilarating beast is what it is.

Models

2021 Toyota Camry TRD

2021 Honda Accord Sport

2021 Mazda6 Grand Touring

2021 Nissan Altima SR VC-Turbo

MSRP

$32,185 

$27,230

$30,025

$30,650

Engine

3.5L NA V6

2.0liter turbo I-4

2.5-liter turbo I-4

2.0-liter turbo I-4

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

10-Speed Automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Continuously variable-speed automatic

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Power

301 hp @ 6600 RPM

252 hp @ 6500 RPM

227 hp @ 5000 RPM

248 hp @ 5600 RPM

Torque

267 lb-ft. @ 4700 RPM

273 lb-ft. @ 1500 RPM

310 lb-ft. @ 2500 RPM

273 lb-ft. @ 1600 RPM

Mazda6's with its relatively bigger-sized turbocharged mill produces a rather measly 227 hp for the $30,000 price-tag. Well, it may be enough for the daily commutes but it will fall back while not giving you the inspired and enthralling driving experience that you yearn for so much, for which altogether the V6 in the CamryTRD is the perfect candidate for the job.

How fast is the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD from 0-60 MPH?

The fiesty 2021 Camry TRD will do the 0-60 MPH dash in an expected 5.5 seconds. It is purely built for performance enthusiasts who seriously can’t get enough of the extra power they possess under their right foot. The purely unabashed performance figures are because of the potent partnership between the V6 engine and the quick-shifting 8-speed shiftable automatic.

The 2021 Camry TRD feels a lot more eager to get off the line, and then even maintain that across the rev range. On the highway too, the 2021 Camry TRD feels like a capable sedan, nevertheless, one would have expected a launch control in the performance-oriented Camry TRD, as the 301 hp FWD Camry TRD struggle off the line for traction.

Models

2021 Toyota Camry TRD (Expected)

2021 Honda Accord Sport (Expected)

2021 Mazda6 Grand Touring (Expected)

2021 Nissan Altima SR VC-Turbo (Expected)

0-60 MPH

5.5 secs 6.4 secs 6.4 secs 6.0 secs

Top Speed

116 MPH

116 MPH

149 MPH

130 MPH

Now despite the 2021 Camry TRD being the heaviest car of the lot, it still manages to deliver the fastest figures out there. Whereas, Mazda6, on the other hand, even with its segment-best torque figures, still manages to come out at the bottom, solely because it has its heft to blame.

What MPG figures are delivered by the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD Sedan?

As the same 3.5L V6 makes it’s way into the 2021 Camry as well, it’s better to not expect anything major when it comes to fuel-economy terms. With 22 MPG on the city and 31 MPG on the highway, it surely stands out to be the weakest aspect of the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD. But thankfully, it does come with a decent-sized fuel tank to let you travel long distances all the while without frequently stopping at the gas station. This pushes it relatively ahead of most of the rivals. Moreover, if you're not much of a performance purist rather would want to opt for a car that is decent in terms of fuel economy, then there is always the hybrid version of Camry, which is sure to pack in much better figures.

Model

2021 Toyota Camry TRD

2021 Honda Accord Sport

2021 Mazda6 Grand Touring

2021 Nissan Altima SR VC-Turbo

MPG (city)

22

22

23

25

MPG (highway)

31

32

31

34

MPG (combined)

25

26

26

29

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

15.8

14.8

16.4

16.2

Range (City/Hwy) (miles)

348 / 490

326 / 474

377 / 508

405 / 551

The V6 motor with the standard FWD drivetrain does prove to be a slight hindrance in this fuel-economy aspect for the 2021 Camry TRD. Nissan’s Altima does exceedingly well here, with it turning up a combined 29 miles to the gallon, and moreover which is also graced with one of the biggest fuel-tanks in the segment.


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What are the changes made on the Interior front of the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD?

Unfortunately, not much. It still will pack the racing red styling cues on the interior. Although, the styling cues on the inside are enough to remind you that you are not seated in a regular Camry, rather a 301 hp V6 beast. The 2021 Toyota Camry TRD will still feature a distinctive Y-shaped structure for the center console, which was a welcome addition for the year 2020 and still seems fresh in the 2021 Camry TRD. Sporty TRD embroidered seats in the Camry are rather comfortable enough and as its a Toyota, it can seat up to 5 adults with ease.

Gloss-black trims backed with slight metallic accents all over the dashboard give it a premium feel. Now, one wouldn’t want to buy a Toyota, if it does not cater to the utilitarian need that has for far so long being expected out of the brand. The Camry TRD with 15.1 cu. ft of cargo space takes care of that too which is respectable. Overall, the cabin is spacious and airy, and we expect the same pleasurable driving experience to be carried forward for next year.

Model

2021 Toyota Camry TRD

2021 Honda Accord Sport

2021 Mazda6 Grand Touring

2021 Nissan Altima SR VC-Turbo

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.3/57.7/42.1

37.5/58.3/42.3

37.4/55.9/42.2

38.0/58.2/43.8

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.0/55.7/38.0

37.2/56.5/40.4

37.1/55.1/38.7

36.7/57.1/35.2

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

15.1

16.7

14.7

15.4

Rear-space for passengers is adequate in the Mazda6, but that fairly takes away from the cargo room. Honda Accord, on the other hand, shows its might and years of experience by giving its customers the most spacious rear seats in the segment. 

What are the changes made on the Exterior front of the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD?

With its exterior looks still uber-fresh, it is better to expect the car to make its way into to the year 2021 untouched. Toyota, won’t be looking to derail from its segment-winning recipe any time sooner. Structurally, the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD, with all its cuts, creases, stooped down body panels will remain the same. Now contrary to popular belief, the exterior might have an uncanny resemblance to the basic Toyota Camry, but don’t be fooled by that, as the 2021 Camry TRD will have a persona of its own. 

Sharp LEDs with sleek side profiles give you a sporty and polarising look. Dimension-wise, the 2021 Camry TRD, might shed a few pounds here and there, but other than that, it’s going to be the same. Now, it being a sporty version, one expects the car to be stooped down considerably, but the 5.7-inch ground clearance is at best to overcome a small speed breaker, which again does not work in its favor.

Model

2021 Toyota Camry TRD

2021 Honda Accord Sport

2021 Mazda6 Grand Touring

2021 Nissan Altima SR VC-Turbo

Curb Weight(lbs.)

3575

3208

3437

3425

Length(in)

194.6

192.2

192.7

192.9

Width(in)

73.1

73.3

72.4

72.9

Height(in)

56.3

57.1

57.1

56.8

Ground clearance(in)

5.7

5.5

6.5

6.5

Wheelbase(in)

111.2

111.4

111.4

111.2

Mazda is slightly on the heavier side of the spectrum, and that is evident when it is being thrashed around corners at high speeds. Nissan Altima, on the other hand, has the longest dimensions in this segment, and hence it translates that into the interiors as well.

What are the Safety features on offer in the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD?

The Toyota Camry TRD should largely stay buttoned-down on the safety front for the year 2021. Not that it was not safe back then. The 2020 Toyota Camry TRD came equipped with a respectable array of safety and driver assistance features that inspired the driver to push the car to its limits. Toyota has always been known to make safe cars, and the NHTSA's 5-star rating for its crashworthiness stands testament to that very fact. With no official reports regarding any new addition to the list, it will largely be a carryover model in this aspect.

Some of the safety features are-

  • Pre-Collision System with pedestrian detection
  • Full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control
  • LATCH
  • Lane departure alert with steering assist

What’s the Release date of the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD Sedan and should you wait for it?

Similar to the release date of the basic Camry, we believe the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD version to come out on sale somewhere around late 2020, with a price tag of $32,185. The 2021 Toyota Camry TRD will surely be a genuinely quick car with its very own competent driving dynamics, without forfeiting on the comfort part of the Camry.

But, when it comes to the extent of changes that show up in the 2021 version, there is literally nothing till now, as the reports suggest because it’s still fresh off its launch in 2020. So, in the end, it wouldn’t be a noble idea to wait for the 2021 Camry TRD, rather just go for the 2020 model year.


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2021 Toyota Camry TRD FAQs:

How fast is the Toyota Camry TRD?

Toyota Camry TRD can hustle from 0-60 MPH in 5.5 seconds, all the while achieving a maximum top speed of 135 mph.

How many Camry TRD were made?

Toyota has time and again stated that the Camry TRD will be limited production performance-enhanced vehicle amounting up to fewer than 6,000 units.

Is the Toyota Camry TRD worth it?

Yes, it is totally worth it, as, for a price of under $35,000, you get a stylish looking car, with a superb powertrain in the form of a V6 engine, dynamic riding capabilities and an aggressive-sounding exhaust system to yearn for.

Is the Toyota Camry TRD reliable?

Toyota has always been known for their reliability quotient, and the famed Camry TRD has enjoyed a large part of that reliability factor as well. According to reports, Toyota Camry has got a perfect 5 out of 5 rating a number of times, when it comes to the reliability front.

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