Toyota Camry SL Hybrid Sedan 2021 Review

Since it was first launched 10 years ago, the Camry Hybrid has been an outstanding success with over 70% of Camry sales in 2019 being the Hybrid version. One drive and it’s easy to see why.

2021 Toyota Camry SL Hybrid profileToyota updated the Camry in March this year with enhanced safety features, bolder grill design, larger and more functional touchscreen, revised dash and connectivity.

2021 Toyota Camry SL Hybrid economy

Powered by the 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain that combines with twin electric generators that deliver a maximum 160kW. Driven just like a normal car the Camry also delivers outstanding fuel economy as we managed 5.0L/100K over the two weeks drove it.

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SL model features include heated and cooled front seats, electric boot opening, head-up display, , panoramic roof, and view monitor and a nine-speaker JBL®7 audio system.

2021 Toyota Camry SL (hybrid).

To me all electric cars make very limited sense, their limitations outweigh the benefits. However hybrids make a huge amount of sense. They require no change to driver habits, have outstanding fuel economy, and no range anxiety.

Camry SL Hybrid is priced from $46,990 plus the usual costs.

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What is good?

  • Economy with no range anxiety
  • Value for money
  • Surprisingly good dynamics

What is not so good?

  • Bluetooth can be sketchy
  • Space Saver spare tyre
  • No AWD version

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 2021 Toyota Camry SL Hybrid rear

Model   

Toyota Camry SL Hybrid   

Model Price $46,990 MLP*
Engine 2.5L 4 Cyl  Hybrid
Drivetrain CVT 6 Step manual mode, FWD
Power 131kW @ 5,700rpm 160kW max
Torque 221Nm @ 3600-5200rpm
Safety Five Star ANCAP (2017)
CO2 Emissions 103 g/km
Economy ADR 4.5 L/100km
Servicing 12 Months / 15,000 km  Service Plan
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. roadside assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

 

Overall Rating    

 

86/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 8
Fit for Purpose 9
Technology/Connectivity 9
Styling/ Appeal 8
Value for Money 9

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2021 Toyota Camry SL Hybrid
  • 9/10
    Behind the Wheel - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Equipment - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Performance - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Ride and Handling - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Practicality - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Technology/Connectivity - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Styling/Appeal - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Value for Money - 9/10
8.6/10

Summary

To me all electric cars make very limited sense, their limitations outweigh the benefits. However hybrids make a huge amount of sense. They require no change to driver habits, have outstanding fuel economy, and no range anxiety.

Camry SL Hybrid is priced from $46,990 plus the usual costs.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.