When automakers announce the official pricing for new releases, customers are often notified of increases in the retail price of the vehicles. Rarely do we get news of an upcoming model that is cheaper than its predecessor, especially when they are packed with new features.
However, this is exactly what’s in store for interested buyers of the 2021 Toyota Camry hybrid.
According to the official pricing released by Toyota, the hybrid variant of the upcoming sedan gets a starting price of $28,265, inclusive of the mandatory $995 destination charge for the base trim. It’s cheaper by as much as $1,160 than the 2020 version.
The SE trim gets a price reduction of $1,345 for a retail price of $29,780, followed by the XLE trim whose $560 reduction brings the retail price down to $33,165. Finally, the all-new XSE trim for 2021 starts at $33,715.
On top of the price reduction on the hybrid models, customers looking to purchase the new Camry are also treated to a number of tech updates. This includes the addition of Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 Plus, making the sedan the first Toyota model to get the much-improved driver assistance systems.
The Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 Plus comes with a forward collision warning that can now identify cyclists and pedestrians during the day and even in low-light situations. It also has an intersection support feature that detects oncoming traffic when the driver makes a left turn and engages the brakes to prevent possible collision. The adaptive cruise control has been updated, too, while the emergency steering assist technology can now handle last-minute wheel sawing to effectively avoid pedestrians and other vehicles. Completing the suite is a rear-seat reminder that is also new for 2021.
However, the price reduction is only limited to hybrid models. Gas-powered Camry sedans are getting the same features as their hybrid counterparts, albeit with a slight price bump, except for the entry-level Camry LE that retains its $25,965 starting price.
The Camry TRD gets a $33,180 price tag, while the non-TRD inline-four models with front-wheel-drive are priced at $31,415. An all-wheel-drive layout is also available with an additional $1,400 charge, while the V6 models top the price range at $36,540 for the XSE model.
Toyota is set to begin production of the 2021 Camry this October and dealers are expected to get their first batch of samples not long after.