2021 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE First Test: Its Own Thing

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 11:00

It seems that nearly every review of the Chevrolet Camaro compares it to the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, and with good reason—these three nameplates are historic foes going back 50 years. Well, Constant Reader, that won’t happen today, because the subject of this test is the four-cylinder 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE, an endangered species that combines the Camaro’s smallest engine with the SS model’s suspension.

Truth be told, a read of the spec sheet had us thinking that this Camaro’s natural enemies might be sport compacts like the Hyundai Veloster N and Volkswagen Golf R. Its 275-hp 2.0-liter turbo I-4, six-speed manual, and emphasis on handling over tire-smoking power would put it in the ballpark, we thought, but a couple weeks of real-world driving disavowed us of this notion. The Camaro 1LE has a very different character than a hot hatch. But it also has a very different character than the brawnier Camaros we’ve driven. We came away with likes, dislikes, a lot of respect—and a newfound notion that a Camaro equipped like this one really is its own unique thing.

First, a little more about the Camaro 1LE. This is a track performance package that combines FE3 suspension components from the V-8-powered SS with four-piston Brembo front brakes, a mechanical limited-slip differential, a 3.27:1 final drive ratio, a short-throw shifter, and coolers for the engine oil, transmission, and rear differential. The V-6 Camaro 1LE also gets an extended engine cooling system and dual-mode exhaust. The 1LE’s exterior elements include a black hood, black lightweight wheels, Goodyear Eagle F1 run-flat summer tires, and (strangely) RS badging.

Turbo Four Is Small But Potent

As mentioned, our Camaro 1LE had the 2.0-liter turbo engine, which is the Camaro’s smallest but not exactly its least potent. Although the 3.6 liter V-6 beats it on horsepower, with 335 to the 2.0T’s 275, the four-cylinder’s 295 lb-ft out-torques the six by 11 lb-ft. That said, the 2.0T is slower to 60 mph than either the V-8 (4.1 seconds with an automatic transmission) or the V-6 (5.0 flat with a manual). But a 5.6-second 0–60 time means the 2.0T hardly needs to apologize for its small displacement.

We found we could get quicker acceleration times by launching ourselves (revving to 4,000 rpm before dropping the clutch) rather than using launch mode. The no-lift-shift feature—in which you can keep the accelerator pinned to the floor while you shift gears, and the ECU will keep the revs where they need to be—proved to be a big help, as did the racing-style shift indicator on the head-up display.

One quirk of the four-cylinder Camaro 1LE is its ridiculously tall gearing. Sixth gear is so high that it literally lugs the engine at 65 mph. Short of investing in a new gearbox, we suppose Chevrolet could fit a shorter final drive and improve the Camaro’s sprinting ability, but then you’d run out of revs in first gear way too quickly. The gear spread and speed ranges feel perfect just the way they are, so we can live with a sixth gear that is only for cruising on superhighways. We rarely shifted above fifth and still managed better than 20 mpg.

1LE Means This Camaro Can Handle

But the 1LE is all about handling, and it was out on our favorite twisty roads that our affection for this particular Camaro really blossomed—and the differences between it and our favorite hot hatchbacks started to emerge. A good sport compact attacks the curves with a big, stupid grin, but the Camaro wears the concentrated grimace of a professional. It’s not joyless, just focused.

Like a good hot hatch, the Camaro’s limits are high but accessible. It grips with heroic tenacity, though we were amused to note that on the skidpad, it was grippier in right turns (1.03 g average) than left turns (0.98 g average), something left-to-right weight distribution (49.9/50.1 percent) doesn’t seem to explain—especially with the driver further loading the left side. Out on the open road, if you get cute and try to provoke the Camaro 1LE, it’ll let go in an instant, especially if the tires are cold—but the telepathic connection between driver and car is so good that you’ll likely have it gathered up just as quickly.

One of the key arguments in favor of the four-cylinder 1LE over other Camaro models is reduced weight on the nose, though we’re not sure there’s much real-world difference. Our test car weighed precisely 100 pounds less than the last V-6 manual Camaro we tested, but front/rear weight distribution was identical at 52%/48%. It’s a different story compared to the V-8, which carries 54 percent of its weight on the front wheels.

But whatever conversations are happening between the Camaro 1LE and Sir Isaac Newton, what the driver experiences is some kind of magic. Turn-in is buttery-smooth, and once in the curves the feedback from the steering is wonderful, with the front tires serving as your eyes and ears on the road surface. Rolling out of a turn, the steering does its best to guide you back to straight and true as you experience another benefit of the four-cylinder engine: You can open the throttle wide with no worries of the rear tires breaking loose and introducing an unwanted variable into your driving equation. Drag race with the V-8, but if your ideal road is curvy rather than straight, the 2.0T is the engine you want.

That is, most of the time.

Here’s the problem: As much as we enjoyed, liked, and admired the four-cylinder Camaro 1LE on the curvy roads, it wasn’t the fun-loving daily driver we were hoping for.

We all know the Camaro’s built-in foibles: terrible outward visibility, awkward ingress and egress (exacerbated by our test car’s $1,595 Recaro bucket seats), a strictly theoretical back seat, and a pint-sized trunk. That’s not what we’re talking about. And although it’s easy to bag on the Camaro’s cabin, we can’t fault the ergonomics, driving position, or control layout. The touchscreen infotainment system is straightforward and easy to learn, and we love the climate controls—the idea of turning the chrome rings surrounding the vents into temperature controls is pure Joe Cool genius.

Our problem is that, unlike our favorite hot hatchbacks, the day-to-day driving experience is a bit, well, bleak. The 1LE isn’t offered with an automatic transmission, which we love—but even for die-hard stick-shifters like us, the Camaro’s heavy clutch and intractable shifter crowd the line between cheer and chore.

Sound, or lack thereof

But the turbo Camaro’s worst sin is its awful engine note. We know that a four-cylinder engine can’t generate the deep rumble of a V-8, but with this 2.0T, it’s as if GM’s engineers didn’t even try to make it sound good. Below 4,500 rpm all it can manage is an insipid, uninspired buzz that is too characterless to be called flatulent. Seriously, we cannot overstate how awful this engine sounds. We attempted to convey this to a car-enthusiast friend who expressed disbelief that any engine could sound as bad as we described—until we took him for a ride.

It’s only in the top 1,000 rpm or so of its rev range that the Camaro’s engine shows some aural promise, but given the flat torque characteristics and tall gearing, there’s rarely any reason to rev it into the stratosphere. Come on, Chevrolet—Honda has been building awesome-sounding four-cylinders for decades. Even the Hyundai Veloster N makes better noises. We’re giving you detention until you can work out how to make this thing sound like what it is—an honest-to-goodness performance engine.

Herein lies our one major issue with the four-cylinder Camaro 1LE: Not to keep dragging Hyundai into this, but the Veloster N is good fun whether you’re tearing up the curves or running your kids to school. The Camaro is great when it’s running hard, but we want it to be that much fun all of the time.

Would that make it a better car? It would be a more engaging one, to be sure, but perhaps that isn’t what Chevrolet had in mind. The 1LE is, after all, meant to be a track package. What the four-cylinder Camaro 1LE does best is prove that the Camaro is truly a multitalented vehicle. It’s not just a muscle car, and it’s not quite a sport compact. Instead, the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Turbo is truly its own thing—and that thing is pretty darn talented.

UPDATE: As we prepared this story for publication, we got word that Chevrolet is planning to discontinue the four- and six-cylinder versions of the 1LE for the 2022 model year. We want to go on record as saying, “Boo, hiss.” It isn’t without flaws, but the four-cylinder 1LE is a terrific car—a terrifically unique car—and it deserves a stay of execution.

2021 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE Specifications BASE PRICE $31,195 PRICE AS TESTED $39,480 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe ENGINE 2.0L/275-hp/295-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,414 lb (52/48%) WHEELBASE 110.7 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 188.3 x 74.7 x 53.1 in 0-60 MPH 5.6 sec QUARTER MILE 14.2 sec @ 96.7 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 104 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 1.01 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.5 sec @ 0.76 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 19/29/22 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 177/116 kWh/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.86 lb/mile

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Blackstone offers £1.2bn to buy St Modwen

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 10:45
Blackstone has made a £1.2bn offer to buy St Modwen as the US investor looks to increase its exposure to the booming UK industrial and logistics real estate market.
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Riverstone in talks for schemes worth £500m

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 01:00
Later-living developer launches sales of apartments in Kensington and Fulham.
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Demeroutis criticises ‘dinosaurs’ for failing to cut carbon emissions

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 01:00
FORE Partnership’s Basil Demeroutis has hit out at the real estate industry’s “dinosaurs” for failing to take action on the climate crisis.
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Things Are Wheelie Getting Out of Hand: Chevy Steering Wheel Thefts on the Rise

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 23:15

Imagine waking up, downing your coffee, and stumbling out to your Chevrolet Equinox or Malibu only to find that the entire steering wheel is missing. According to a report from Detroit TV station WJBK-FOX2, that’s precisely what happened to a couple of dozen residents of the Detroit suburb of Eastleigh. (The missing steering wheels, that is—we’re speculating about the coffee and the early-morning stumbling.)

Apparently, this is a new twist on the classic old crime of airbag theft. The National Insurance Crime Bureau notes that approximately 50,000 airbags go walking every year. Thieves sell the stolen airbags to less-than-scrupulous shops who prefer to pay $250–$300 to the villains rather than a $1,000 or more to a dealer. Pandemic-related shortages have made airbags scarce, hence the new urgency to steal them.

A good steering wheel lock, such as The Club, can make airbag theft more difficult, but apparently, these Michigan robbers have found a way around that: Steal the entire steering wheel after first breaking in through the rear-side window, which apparently doesn’t trigger the alarm.

Of course, this way sucks for the hapless victim, because not only is your car not drivable (or, at least, a heck of a lot less drivable), but the repair is more expensive—assuming you can get the repair done at all because, if you haven’t heard, there’s an airbag shortage.

What can you do, besides not drive a Chevy? Park in a garage or under lights, or at least park near a camera so you’ll have video of the scoundrel who breaks into it. If you’re a die-hard GM fan, wait for the release of the Cruise Origin, which has no steering wheel to steal. Oh, and if you need an airbag, please don’t buy one off eBay or Craigslist, because chances are you’re getting it from one of these scuzzbucket thieves.

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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Next Gen NASCAR Racer Takes on More Realism

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 22:15

Like Toyota, which pulled the sheet off its new Camry Cup car, Chevy is sharing images and details of its latest Camaro NASCAR racer. As before, the NASCAR Cup Series Camaro wears ZL1 branding—a nod to the 650-hp Camaro model of the same name you can walk into a dealership and buy today. As with other Next Gen NASCAR designs, the new Camaro Cup car now looks a lot more like those ZL1s at Chevrolet dealerships nationwide.

Chevy’s NASCAR entrant wears a newly symmetrical body (previously, NASCAR racers’ bodies were asymmetrical, optimized for a life spent turning left), and rides on more modern chassis bits. The rear suspension is now an independent design, and the steering is handled by a rack and pinion setup; you’ll also notice the wheels are much larger than before—they’ve jumped in diameter from 15 inches to 18 and wear less chubby looking (thus more normal-appearing) tires—and are now made from lighter aluminum, not steel.

As much as Chevy touts these improvements as more closely tying the NASCAR racer to the production Camaro ZL1, the bow-tie brand’s NASCAR entry really shares the majority of its important bits with other Next Gen racers, including those from Ford and Toyota. Granted, since most modern cars share these modern component designs, Chevrolet isn’t exactly being hyperbolic. Thing is, NASCAR racers, until now, have been archaic beasts, with solid rear axles and four-speed manual transmissions.

The latest Cup cars now use a sequentially shifted transaxle. There are also way more aerodynamic aids all over these vehicles’ bodies. Underneath, the Camaro ZL1 is equipped with a smooth underbody and a diffuser, while even deeper within the bodywork hides bolt-on front and rear clips that are said to improve post-crash repairability.

It’ll be a fun NASCAR season with every manufacturer entering a Next Gen competitor. All will be starting effectively from scratch, trying to gain familiarity with the new aerodynamics and mechanicals while trying to, of course, win. We’re almost as excited to watch the action as we are to see the cars, which now look markedly more like real vehicles than before, bringing NASCAR spiritually closer to its opening days, when production-based V-8-powered full-size American sedans duked it out.

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The Citroën My Ami Cargo Is a Very Weird—and Very French—Delivery Vehicle

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 21:15

Ford is gearing up to kick off sales of its electric E-Transit van, a full-size delivery vehicle that in its longest and tallest format can swallow almost two of Citroën’s My Ami Cargo delivery vehicles. We are making this apples-to-elephants comparison because of the delightful contrast in recent EV cargo vehicle news. The Ami (in high-capacity passenger format, with room for two!) is about to make its debut in the United States as a rideshare rental in Washington D.C. and Portland, Oregon; the massive E-Transit begins public testing later this summer. Meanwhile, in France, the ridiculously tiny Ami is being pressed into delivery duty.

The My Ami Cargo offers a surprisingly capacious 14.0 cubic feet of cargo space in the place where the passenger seat used to be—roughly 2.8 percent of the largest E-Transit’s cargo volume. Still, compared to a couple of subcompact sedans’ trunks, the cargo space within the My Ami Cargo is fairly impressive: The 2021 Kia Rio sedan packs 13.7 cubes, while the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 only has 12.4 in its cargo hold.

The cargo area is thoughtfully constructed. There’s a vertical partition to separate the driver from the area previously reserved for a passenger, as well as a modular shelf that transforms into an ersatz work desk (it can also be removed to accommodate very tall items). A locking rear compartment stores small, valuable items out of sight.

It’s easy to laugh at the notion the Ami is large enough, even in France, to effectively transport cargo. Still, this little Citroën EV is large enough to carry a handful of small boxes or a few bunches of fresh flowers for delivery around an urban center. Citroën also points out that some workers frequently bounce between worksites without needing to carry a lot of tools—a worksite supervisor might just make the rounds with a laptop, some documents, and a hardhat. Or imagine a mobile locksmith working out of the center of a dense city. The Ami is more versatile and safer than, say, a scooter in those circumstances.

Like the regular Ami, the Cargo musters just over 8 hp from its electric powertrain and tops out at 28 mph. The 6-kWh battery provides around 46 miles of range (on the European cycle) and needs just three hours to fully recharge on a Level 2 charger. More importantly, the Ami Cargo is cheap as chips: $8,905—before local incentives—at today’s exchange rates. American companies are working on EV delivery vehicles in earnest. We doubt any My Ami Cargos are set to start running deliveries for the likes of Amazon around American towns, but we also wouldn’t rule it out.

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The Rossmӧnster Overland Baja Truck Camper Replaces the Pickup Bed Entirely

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 18:05

Post-pandemic adventurers, control yourselves. Behold, the Rossmӧnster Overland Baja truck camper, one heck of a cool looking off-grid camper that happens to come with a name suitable for shouting from the mountain tops. Cue the Ricola cough drops commercials.

The “Ross” in Rossmӧnster comes from Ross Williamson, the founder of the company and mastermind behind the Baja. Rather than the scary creature that hides in closets (made scarier by umlauts), mӧnster in Rossmӧnster refers to “mӧnster” in the Swedish language, meaning “to design and create artistically, simply, and skillfully,” according to the website.

In 2015, Rossmӧnster Vans started building custom vans out of its shop in Longmont, Colorado, suited for adventuring and overlanding. Next, Rossmӧnster Rentals, launched in 2019 and also run out of the Longmont location, provides opportunities for people to rent Rossmӧnster Sprinter 4x4s, VW Vanagons, Promaster Cities, and (now) pickup-truck-based campers.

Most recently, Rossmӧnster Overland launched in 2021 with its first truck camper model, the Baja. Broadening from its van-life focus to include truck campers was a natural expansion since the truck market is huge and there seems to be tons of demand for off-grid camper setups like the Baja. Not a spur-of-the-moment idea, the Baja project took about a year to fully develop and test.

The base truck for the Rossmӧnster Baja is a 2019 and newer half-ton or heavy duty truck with a 6.5-foot bed. That means a Ford F-150, Ford F-250, Ram 2500, Chevy 2500HD, and GMC Sierra 2500HD all work. Many truck bed campers utilize trucks equipped with long beds, but notice that the Baja is not a traditional in-bed truck camper that attaches to the factory truck bed. It’s not a slide-in camper, either. Instead, the camper replaces the whole bed, seamlessly continuing the cab’s body lines throughout the length of the camper so that it still looks like the bed could be there. Notice how the back of the camper overhangs beyond the length of bed, adding additional room.

Since the Baja camper replaces the bed, the whole setup more resembles an RV with its connected cab and living space. There’s an insulated pass-through from the cab of the truck into the camper, which can be closed via a roll down insulated partition that seals off the camper to reduce noise while driving. The camper also can be entered directly through its rear door.

Besides the pass-through, Rossmӧnster says the truck cab remains largely untouched and retains four factory seats. As for the rest of the truck, Rossmӧnster adds custom front and rear bumpers, Baja Designs fog lights, a Warn winch, upgraded rear air bag suspension, and front and rear locking differentials.

The custom composite Baja truck camper shell is inlaid with a Baja Designs LED light bar. Electric actuators control the rear door, while a 400-watt Zamp solar setup, customizable exterior rear storage racks, a Fiamma awning, and a custom MAXTRAX table mount round out some of the exterior highlights.

The hard shell top of the Rossmӧnster Baja truck camper pops up, adding over a foot of additional height. This feature keeps the camper compact and more fuel efficient while driving but more spacious, less dungeon-like while camping. The extended top uncovers a bounty of side and front windows that allow for a healthy amount of natural light to enter.

The Rossmӧnster Baja truck camper has three layout options that sleep 2 to 4 people. There’s a Queen-size bed with a fancy Tochta mattress and elegant skylight. It features multiple lighting zones, a 30-gallon fresh water tank, Cruise 85 Isotherm stainless fridge/freezer combo, True Induction cooktop, Ruvati workstation sink, exterior hot water shower, Rixen hydronic heat/hot water system, and Victron power system (3000-watt inverter, 400 Ah lithium battery bank, and Bluetooth battery monitor). An AC unit, water filtration system, and onboard air compressor are a few of the items on the upgrade list.

The Rossmӧnster Overland Baja starts at $175,000 (which includes the truck), a detail that may keep this dream rig locked tightly in dreamland. That’s an outrageous price tag when contrasted to the run-of-the-mill slide-in truck bed camper or used toy hauler, but right on par when you consider other luxurious, niche expedition vehicles (think EarthRoamer, a super-sized truck camper). These lightweight, compact off-grid setups are inherently expensive. Despite this healthy price tag, the crew at Rossmӧnster doesn’t seem bored, as the next available build slot is August 2021. The build itself takes about four weeks. If you’re interested and not currently rich, hey, maybe cross your fingers and think to-the-moon thoughts about your crypto investments…

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Bond Wolfe launches bumper May catalogue

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 17:12
Bond Wolfe has unveiled a bumper 236-lot catalogue of residential and commercial lots for its next livestreamed auction sale on 19 May.
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Gated development in Kent tops BidX1 May catalogue

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 17:09
A 16-home residential development in Chatham, Kent is the top value lot in BidX1’s catalogue for its 26 May auction.
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Review update: 2021 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring charges up luxury SUV hill

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 17:00
The 2021 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring plug-in hybrid is a luxury three-row crossover SUV that doubles as a mirror. It reflects Lincoln in its present condition, but also forecasts the next iteration of Lincoln while upholding the pillars of Ford’s luxury brand. An electrified 494-hp powertrain joins a stately design and emphasis on comfort...
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Patrizia offloads Friars Square shopping centre

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 16:47
Buckinghamshire County Council has acquired Patrizia’s Friars Square shopping centre for £13m.
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Grant awarded for Braintree business park

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 16:39
Real estate consultancy firm Red Loft has won a bid for a £7m grant from Braintree District Council (BDC) to fund a new enterprise centre in the Essex area.
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2021 Lincoln Aviator PHEV review, 2021 Genesis GV80 revisited, Tesla to lose millions: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 16:37
Review update: 2021 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring charges up luxury SUV hill The luxury three-row crossover SUV comes as a plug-in hybrid with a 21-mile electric range and all the creature comforts. 2022 Audi R8 review The sleek supercar from Audi earns a 5.8 TCC Rating. From Motor Authority: Review update: 2021 Genesis GV80 is a budget Benz...
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Margate’s former casino let to skincare brand

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 16:01
High end skincare brand Haeckels has taken over the former Genting Casino in Margate.
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Industrial and retail investments star at Acuitus’ May sale

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 15:56
Industrial lots and shopping centres are in high demand from private investors, illustrated from the latest results from Acuitus’ auction this week.
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Torus Group unveils flagship later-living scheme in St Helens

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 15:07
North West regeneration group Torus has launched its flagship £13m later-living project in St Helens, Merseyside.
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Fire engulfs Glasgow resi development

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 15:03
A proposed residential development in Glasgow city centre was consumed by a large fire yesterday.
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What’s the Best 2021 Toyota Camry Trim? Here’s Our Guide

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 15:00

The Toyota Camry is a bona fide legend when it comes to affordable, reliable, drama-free transportation, and especially in the case of the current model, even the base trim comes well equipped. But what if you want a more stylish exterior, a few luxury touches, and the best driver assist features Toyota has to offer? The Japanese automaker provides five basic trims to choose from, and we’re here to spell out exactly what those trims get you. Shall we?

2021 Toyota Camry LE

At around $26,000, the base Camry LE provides few frills but just about everything you need. Notably, Toyota includes all of its essential driver assist features—limited speed range adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, lane keep assist with lane tracing, automatic high-beams, road sign assist, and rear-seat reminder are all standard.

The entry-level Camry also features LED headlights and daytime running lights, LED taillights with black accents, and a dark gray front grille. Camry LE models ride on 19-inch wheels and sport color-matched side mirrors and door handles.

Inside, you get fabric upholstery with an eight-way power driver’s seat and six-way manual passenger seat. Auto up/down functionality is included for all four windows. The base infotainment setup is a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus six-speaker audio, and a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display is also standard.

2021 Toyota Camry SE

The Camry SE, priced at around $27,500, gets you all the same features as the LE plus some sporty touches. (Toyota breaks down the Camry lineup into two pillars—traditional luxury and sporty—with the former using “LE” in the name and the latter getting “SE.”) The SE’s LED headlights gain black accents, and styling benefits from a black front grille with sport mesh insert plus sport side rocker panels. There’s also a body-color rear spoiler, and the LE’s single-exit exhaust gains a new finisher with dual chrome tips.

While not luxurious, the interior provides a few niceties. Open the door, and you’ll find the base model’s fabric upholstery replaced with leatherette. The SE adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, too, and single-zone automatic climate control.

If you’re feeling dark, the Camry SE Nightshade provides blacked-out trim to differentiate itself from the standard SE. This special edition adds black side mirrors, black window trim, black door handles, a black rear spoiler, and black Camry badging.

2021 Toyota Camry XLE

Think of the XLE trim as a non-sporty base model with several extra luxury and convenience features (like an LE Xtra, or plus). And a much higher price: This model is a little shy of $31,000. There’s a bright metallic grille up front, 18-inch wheels, heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators, door handles with touch sensor locking and unlocking, plus keyless entry.

You’ll notice most of the changes once you step inside. Just on the seating front, the XLE adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power passenger’s seat, and adjustable rear headrests. Dual-zone automatic climate control with rear-seat vents is also included. Other luxe touches include wood-tone interior trim, ambient interior lighting, a 7.0-inch instrument cluster display, and a 9.0-inch infotainment setup.

There are driving improvements, too. The XLE adds improved stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, an electric parking brake, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and dynamic guidelines for the standard backup camera. XLE models also feature a drive mode switch that allows drivers to choose between Eco, Normal, and Sport.

Buyers have an additional powertrain option with the XLE. Whereas the LE and SE are offered in four-cylinder FWD and four-cylinder AWD configurations (as well as a hybrid setup), the XLE can be had with any of those options or Toyota’s 306-hp V-6. If you opt for the more powerful engine, you’ll also get a JBL nine-speaker premium audio system, a panoramic moonroof, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, and a 10-inch head-up display.

2021 Toyota Camry XSE

Starting at around $31,400, the Camry XSE combines most of the luxury features of the XLE (upgraded interior, extra safety features, keyless entry, etc.) with the sporty aesthetic of the SE. Instead of the XLE’s 18-inch wheels, though, the XSE rides on 19s. Up front you’ll notice the same gloss black grille as the SE, and the profile shows off the XSE’s sport side rocker panels. The rear displays a dual-exit exhaust system with quad chrome tips. Interior touches include the SE’s leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters (the XLE lacks paddles), and patterned metal trim in place of the XLE’s wood-tone trim.

Opting for a Camry XSE V-6 adds all the same niceties as the six-cylinder XLE. That means the upgraded audio system, big moonroof, head-up display, and illuminated vanity mirrors are all included.

2021 Toyota Camry TRD

Essentially, the Camry TRD (Toyota Racing Development) is a more sport-focused Nightshade SE with the V-6 as standard. It lacks most of the luxury touches of the XLE and XSE, but it’s the least expensive way to score the Camry’s most powerful engine. Prices start at around $33,000.

The TRD is visually differentiated from the rest of the range with black heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators, black window trim, matte black wheel center caps with the TRD logo, a TRD rear spoiler, and a red TRD badge. A TRD cat-back dual exhaust changes up the soundtrack a bit, too.

The TRD’s interior is dressed up in red. There’s a TRD instrument cluster with red accents, red contrast stitching throughout the cabin, and TRD floor mats with red detailing. You’ll also notice a fixed rear seat (instead of the 60/40 split in other trims) and aluminum sport pedals.

So Which 2021 Toyota Camry Model Is Best?

Our money would probably go toward a Camry SE. Toyota includes all the crucial safety features with the entry-level LE, but we appreciate the SE’s design flourishes, leatherette upholstery, and automatic climate control. If you have a little more cash to spend, go for an XSE to score the upgraded infotainment system, improved driver assist tech, and better interior materials.

2021 Toyota Camry Trims:

  • LE
  • SE
  • XLE
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South East office market take-up down in Q1

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 15:00
Take-up in the South East office market edged down in the first quarter of this year, despite being bolstered by Three’s deal for new space in Reading.
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