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Sure, SUVs and pickup trucks are among the most popular new cars on the market today. But, not everyone is after a hulking SUV or brawny new truck. For some, a new sedan will do just fine. And why not? After all, plenty of new sedans offer the perfect balance of fuel efficiency, passenger and cargo space, safety features, and even interior amenities. That’s especially true of the 2021 Toyota Camry, which recently landed the top spot on Consumer Reports’ list of the best new sedans of 2021 you can buy right now. 

Consumer Reports gave the new Toyota Camry a near-perfect score

A black 2021 Toyota Camry driving, the Camry is the best sedan of 2021
2021 Toyota Camry | Toyota

There’s no beating around the bush here. Consumer Reports is a big fan of the 2021 Toyota Camry. In fact, the organization gave this year’s model a near-perfect overall score. With an 88 overall score, the new Toyota Camry was able to outrank competitors like the 2021 Toyota Avalon, Subaru Legacy, and even the Honda Accord as the best sedan of 2021.

But the 2021 Toyota Camry didn’t just earn a near-perfect overall score. Consumer Reports also gave this year’s Camry an 86/100 in road tests. Additionally, the organization gave this year’s Camry a five out of five predicted reliability rating and a four out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating. Altogether, those scores are hard to argue with.

“The Camry offers sleeker styling, but it’s the improved fuel economy and handling, plus standard advanced safety systems, that distinguish it among the crowd of midsized sedans.”

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The new Toyota Camry is among the most fuel-efficient cars of 2021

Now, there are a few reasons that Consumer Reports tapped the new Toyota Camry as the best sedan of 2021. First, the Toyota Camry is among the most fuel-efficient cars of 2021. In fact, when equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, this year’s Camry delivers an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Opt for a Camry with all-wheel drive and those numbers shift to an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

And if those numbers don’t quite do it for you? You’ll be pleased to know that the Camry is available as a hybrid sedan. Its hybrid powertrain is pretty thrifty too. In fact, according to the EPA, the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid delivers an EPA-estimated 51 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway.  According to the EPA, those numbers can save you up to $4,250 in fuel costs over five years of ownership. 

The best sedan of 2021 is here to put your safety first

The 2021 Toyota Camry isn’t just one of the most fuel-efficient cars of 2021. It’s also one of the safest. All models are standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, which includes safety features like a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, lane tracing assist, road sign assist, and dynamic radar cruise control. The 2021 Toyota Camry is also available with a blindspot monitor with rear-cross traffic alerts.

With so many standard safety features to its name, it should come as no surprise that the 2021 Toyota Camry’s crash-test ratings are pretty impressive. While the NHTSA gave this year’s model a five-star overall safety rating, the IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick+. Though, such high marks aren’t all that unusual for the Camry. In fact, this sedan has been among the safest new cars for years

The new Toyota offers no shortage of interior space and features

2021 Toyota Camry Interior
2021 Toyota Camry Interior | Toyota

The 2021 Toyota Camry makes nary a compromise when it comes to space too. In fact, its spacious interior is one of the many reasons why Consumer Reports tapped it as the best sedan of 2021. In fact, its interior is not only comfortable but also boasts a maximum of 57.7/55.7 inches of shoulder room, 38.3/38.0 inches of headroom, 55.4/54.7 inches of hip room, and 42.1/38.0 inches of legroom. It also offers up 15.1 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.

And when it comes to interior features? The 2021 Toyota Camry knows just how to please. In fact, this year’s new Toyota Camry model comes standard with features like a 4.2-inch multi-information display, fabric-trimmed seats, and a 7-inch touchscreen display featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, and WiFi Connect. Also available are tech-savvy features like Qi wireless device charging, a premium audio system, and navigation. 

Is the 2021 Toyota Camry the best sedan of 2021?

There’s no denying that the 2021 Toyota Camry has a lot going for it. After all, it did snag the top spot on Consumer Reports’ list of the best sedans of 2021. But does that mean this year’s Camry is the best sedan for satisfying all of your daily driving needs? To find out, we recommend taking this year’s model out for a test drive.