Toyota optimized Camry formula for 2021 with small but numerous changes, after the conspicuous additions of the TRD suspension and all-wheel drive in 2020. The 2021 model has abandoned the basic L trim and added a XSE trim that combined the SE’s sportier looks, suspension and steering with some of the XLE’s premium interior features. Several upholstery had revised front dashboards so they could be distinct, for those keeping track of the Camry design. And Toyota has added its latest Toyota Safety Sense driving assistance suite, with access to features such as adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, lane centering, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high beam and rear seat reminder.
The big news for 2022 is that Toyota will be making the Nightshade package available Camry Hybrid; previously, it could only be had on non-hybrid finishes. Nightshade dresses the window trim, badges, door handles, mirror caps and shark fin antenna in black and sets the sedan to 18-inch black alloys. Prices for 2022 for the normal and hybrid ranges, along with price differentials from 2021 prices at launch after the $ 1,075 destination tax, are:
- LE: $ 26,370 ($ 250)
- SE: $ 27,910 ($ 275)
- SE Nightshade: $ 28,610 ($ 275)
- XL: $ 31,120 ($ 100)
- XSE: $ 31,670 ($ 100)
- TRD V6: $ 33,435 ($ 100)
- XLE V6: $ 36,245 ($ 100)
- XSE V6: $ 36,795 ($ 100)
- LE Hybrid: $ 28,445 ($ 110)
- SE hybrid: $ 29,990 ($ 130)
- SE Nightshade: $ 30,690 (New for 2022)
- Hybrid XLE: $ 33,345 ($ 100)
- Hybrid XSE: $ 33,895 ($ 100)
Elsewhere in the range, the LE and XLE have their front panels redesigned to look different from the honeycomb grille with ventilation inserts on the SE and XSE. Ice Edge external color which had been exclusive to the TRD V6 can now be purchased for the LE, SE and XSE finishes, that color that replaces the disappearing Galactic Water. The new exclusive color for the TRD V6 is Calvary Blue with a black roof. All trim levels except the TRD V6 get the two-zone climate control standard, the TRD V6 attaching to the three-zone controls. LE and SE finishes have heated side mirrors as standard.
Each Camry gets Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, an upgrade over the previous suite with features like support for intersections, detection of an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian when turning left, and emergency steering assistance to perform controlled inputs when avoiding a vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist. The adaptive cruise control system has also been improved, automatically accelerating when the driver activates the turn signal and turns the steering wheel to overtake a slower vehicle.
The powertrain options don’t change. There is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with around 203 horsepower and 184 foot-pounds of torque depending on whether the trim is equipped with all-wheel drive and single or dual exhaust, a 3.5-liter V6 with 301 hp and 267 lb-ft, ea hybrid powertrain based around the 2.5-liter with a total system power of 208 hp. Standard mills go through an eight-speed automatic, hybrids use a CVT that mimics a six-speed car depending on the trim.