Why the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD Is Underrated

Toyota produces some of the most reliable vehicles on the market. The Toyota Camry TRD is Toyota’s way of bringing style and performance to the Camry nameplate. The mid-size sedan is most known for its cozy interior and great fuel economy. The TRD takes things up a notch and turns the Camry into an affordable sport sedan that is fun to drive. Here are some fun facts that are often overlooked regarding the underrated Toyota Camry TRD.

Is the Camry TRD fast?

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The 2021 Toyota Camry TRD makes 301 horsepower with its 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine. The Camry TRD is faster than competitors like the Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata. It is swift for a mid-size car.

The Toyota Camry TRD exemplifies the edge that Toyota Racing Development (TRD) models have over standard models. NASCAR has even used the 2021 Camry TRD. The 2021 Toyota Camry TRD is underrated because Toyota models aren’t normally considered when consumers think of speedy cars.

Toyota sedan base engines are rarely exciting. The TRD trim has successfully reinvigorated the Camry and made it a force of nature by boosting its horsepower by a whopping 93 horses. Another reason that the Toyota Camry TRD is underrated because the uninformed consumer would never expect so much power from a Camry.

How much does the Camry TRD cost?

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The 2021 Toyota Camry TRD starts at $32,260. The Camry TRD costs $7,215 more than the base model. This extra $7,215 gets owners an upgrade from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to the TRD’s 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine. The TRD package also includes TRD track-tuned front and rear coil springs, stabilizer bars and shock absorbers. It also features a TRD Gloss Black pedestal rear spoiler.

The Camry TRD package features dual exhaust with polished stainless steel tips. The sport front seats include red stitching and fabric inserts. A JBL audio system is optional with nine speakers for $1,585. The Camry TRD also features a two-inch larger touchscreen at nine inches.

The 2021 Toyota Camry TRD comes in three different extreiror colors. All interiors are black with red fabric. In comparison, the 2021 Honda Accord’s highest level trim, the Touring trim’s supercharged engine only makes 252 horsepower. The Camry TRD is faster and frankly more sporty-looking than the Accord. The real kicker is that the Camry is more affordable by at least $4000+ (more than enough to throw that JBL audio system into your new Camry TRD).

Want power? Buy a Camry

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The Toyota Camry was never known for having the most impressive powertain in its vehicle class. In fact, Toyota Camry owners have often had to trade speed for affordability and comfort. The 2021 Toyota Camry TRD does it all.

According to Roadshow by CNET, it combines the Camry’s existing comfort, affordability and smooth ride with almost 100 extra horses and the superior styling of the Toyota Racing Development division. The beauty of the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD is no one expected such a speedy, fun Camry. Underrated and definitely not overpriced, Toyota’s Camry TRD model is worth checking out for driving enthusiasts looking for a little oomph in their mide-size sedan.

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