Friday, February 3, 2023
News Toyota Introduces New Trims And Safety Technologies For The 2021 Camry, Corolla...

Toyota Introduces New Trims And Safety Technologies For The 2021 Camry, Corolla And Avalon

For 2021, Toyota "sportifies" its popular Corolla, the flagship Avalon and introduces the Camry XSE hybrid.


  • The Avalon gains a Nightshade Edition.

  • The Corolla adds an Apex Edition for driving enthusiasts.

  • The Camry earns Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ driver-assist technologies.


Cars, as opposed to only SUVs, are alive and well at Toyota. For the 2021 model year, Toyota has spruced up the Corolla, Camry, and Avalon with sportier traits as part of new trims or special editions.

2020 Toyota Camry To Get All-Wheel Drive, 2021 Avalon Too

The 2021 Toyota Camry will get updated technology. Included are new floating infotainment displays measuring 7- or 9 inches. Safety-wise, this Camry will be the first to debut Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ which revolves around existing active safety features that have been enhanced. For example, the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection can detect not only the vehicle ahead but also a preceding bicyclist in the daytime and even a preceding pedestrian in low-light conditions.

2021 Toyota Camry XSE Hybrid | Photo: Toyota

As for styling, the Camry gets updated front fascias that further distinguishes the luxurious “L” series from the Sporty “S” cars. The cabin will get new interior trim for a more sophisticated look. The XLE will get a textured herringbone seat pattern for an extra dose of luxury.

The new Camry XSE Hybrid will be the sportiest iteration of one of the most efficient midsize sedans in the segment. Along with the visual upgrades, it will also feature paddle shifters that mimic the functionality of a 6-speed automatic transmission.

2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition | Photo: Toyota

The 2021 Corolla gets numerous upgrades too including Android Auto compatibility, extra airbags in the rear, and a number of safety features such as blind-spot monitoring are more readily available.

The cool Apex Edition, limited to 6,000 units in the US (150 in Canada), will be an option on the Corolla SE and XSE. Of the 6,000, only 120 will be equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission while all the others will get the Dynamic Shift CVT simulated 10-speed Sequential Shiftmatic gears controlled via paddle shifters. The Apex package will include 18-inch wheels, specifically tuned steering, an aerodynamic black body kit complete with bronze accents, front and rear spoilers, fog light covers, side moldings, rear diffuser, and a 3.5-inch stainless steel exhaust tip. It will also offer a unique track-tuned suspension with coil springs that lower the vehicle by 0.6 inches, and solid stabilizer bars. Toyota isn’t kidding.

2021 Toyota Avalon Nightshade Edition | Photo: Toyota

Finally, the 2021 Avalon, on top of a few upgrades such as USB-c charging ports, Android Auto compatibility, and Connected Services by Toyota, a Nightshade Edition comes to life based on the XSE (US only). The package adds black 19-inch alloy wheels, black window trim and door handles, and a black shark fin antenna, on top of the XSE’s black grille, mirror caps, rear spoiler, and name badges. The Avalon XSE Nightshade is available in conjunction with the Midnight Black Metallic, Wind Chill Pearl, and Celestial Silver Metallic exterior colors.

2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition | Photo: Toyota

2021 Toyota Avalon Nightshade Edition | Photo: Toyota

2021 Toyota Camry XSE Hybrid | Photo: Toyota

Trending Now

Volvo is Planning its Largest Revamp in Over 10 years

The company wants to add at least six electric vehicles by 2026. New electric versions of the S60, S90, XC40, XC60 and XC90...

The Volkswagen ID.4 will feature in Marvel’s “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania”

A partnership with Marvel Studios will also see custom content and a red-carpet appearance for the ID.4. The car will be the superhero’s...

MINI 2023 Lineup: Models And Changes Overview

The MINI Clubman is no longer available in Canada. Simplified equipment group lineups across the model line. New colours, new features, and of...

Volkswagen Could Build its Next Battery Factory in Ontario

The automaker has already signed an agreement with the federal government. Other sites in North America are still being considered. This will be...

Bankruptcy: the sunset happened too soon for Lightyear

The company had only assembled about a dozen cars. The court approved the request of the operating company responsible for the production of...
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.