The 2021 Toyota Camry XSE Gets a Rad Red Interior

If you want the feel of being in a Toyota Supra without the $50,000 price tag, do I have the car for you. The 2021 Toyota Supra is well-known at this point for (not BMW things) being a fantastic entry-level sports car. However, what if you’re looking to go a little more entry-level? Like $20,000 entry-level? Then you, my friend, need a 2021 Toyota Camry XSE with a red interior.

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I’ve driven a lot of Toyota Camry’s. In a past, much more boring and under-paid life, I rented them constantly. The Camry is a fantastic car, but I always found it a bit lacking. Taking itself too seriously. Now, the brand from Japan has solved that issue, to a degree. The Camry is by no means fun to drive, but hey, at least now it looks fun.

Nearly every 2021 Toyota Camry XSE I’ve seen is grey, silver, or black. After all, they are the quintessential rental car. However, the exciting new red interior means you get that splash of fun in your super-serious economy commuter car. And yes, I am including the TRD Camry in that assessment. Go-fast bits do not always a fun car make.

Even super-serious Toyota needs to have some fun

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However, the 2021 Toyota Camry XSE and its red interior do show that Toyota is willing to let its collective hair down every once in a while. I’d say the option of the red leather (it’s not leather) easily adds an extra 10 hp to the wheels. So maybe go-fast bits do make a fun car, at least to a certain extent. Regardless, the option adds some real continuity to Toyota’s lineup.

After all, even if you can’t afford the brilliant new 2022 Toyota GR 86, or the “Zupra”, you can still have some fun in a Toyota. This is also a piece of age-old marketing wizardry. The logic being, if you buy a Camry and spec it “sporty” with the red interior, you’ve now got something else with a red interior to aspire to. Then, in a few years when you’ve made some more coin, Toyota wants you to come back and get that Supra with red seats that you’ve always wanted.

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A silver and a white Toyota Camry on a dealership lot on an overcast day
Boring colors on new Toyota Camry’s | Yichuan Cao via Getty Images

Bearing that in mind, it’s important to remember that all this great interior color does is add some fun to the Camry experience. You’ll get no real appreciable gain from it, but that shouldn’t matter. The Camry is America’s favorite sedan for a reason. It’s an amazing car at a fantastic price. Even specced-out models will stay under $40,000. Then, thanks to that clever marketing, Toyota now has you hooked on those red seats. Congratulations, you’ve been hypnotized into wanting a Supra with red seats. All part of the Toyota Master Plan.