Consumer Reports Confirms the Toyota Camry Is Still the Midsize Sedan to Beat

The Toyota Camry has had a successful history, and that trend continues in 2021. That’s because the Camry has been a safe, reliable, and affordable car for a long time. Here’s a look at this midsize sedan’s continued dominance in its segment. 

Toyota dominates Consumer Reports’ list

Consumer Reports recently released its list of the 10 best cars of the year, and, unsurprisingly, Asian automakers dominated the list. They make nine of those 10 cars. The lone exception is the Tesla Model 3. The brands that created the nine other models are Toyota, Honda, Kia, Subaru, Mazda, and Lexus. 

However, the automaker with the strongest showing overall is Toyota. When it comes to sedans, it dominates Consumer Reports’ list. Toyota has the best small sedan with the Corolla, the best midsize sedan with the Camry, and the best hybrid sedan with the Prius. The only sedan category Toyota didn’t win is electric sedan, thanks to Tesla.

And, of course, because Toyota also owns Lexus, it’s fair to say the automaker represents four of the 10 best cars of 2021 on Consumer Reports’ list. For reference, CR says the Lexus RX is the best midsize SUV.

Why the 2021 Toyota Camry is so successful

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Consumers and reviewers alike love the Camry, but Consumer Reports says Toyota has made some timely upgrades to the 2021 model. For example, for folks who want or need all-wheel drive, the new Camry offers it as an option. That builds on the sedan’s already impressive specs.

CR says in its full review of the Camry that it’s “one of the quickest” sedans in its class. This is largely due to its standard 2.5-liter inline-four engine that gets just over 200 hp. That standard engine allows the Camry to go from 0 to 60 mph in under eight seconds. That’s pretty quick for an affordable midsize sedan equipped with other great standard features.

And that’s the real selling point of the Camry. Like any other Toyota model, it’s extremely reliable and safe, thanks to its suite of standard advanced safety features. Furthermore, it’s fuel-efficient, getting 32 mpg overall, CR says. And despite offering all of those great standard features, the Camry starts around a reasonable $25,000.

An overview of the 2021 Camry

Along with excellent crash test ratings, one of the best things about the Camry is its driver assists via Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+. This suite provides the usual features that most Camry owners already know, such as adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning. However, for 2021, it has some new features, including low-light pedestrian detection and daytime bicyclist detection.

Toyota also made some upgrades to the Camry’s infotainment system. Though a 7.0-inch touchscreen is still standard, it now offers a larger, 9.0-inch touchscreen as an option. And as far as options go, the Camry has plenty that will suit various consumers’ needs.

For example, a hybrid model gets 47 mpg overall. Consumer Reports says the Camry hybrid has the best fuel efficiency of all the other midsize hybrid sedans. For drivers with a need for speed, the Camry offers a 3.5-liter V6 engine. This powerful, “punchy” V6 harnesses just over 300 hp, Consumer Reports says.