The Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry is a car that has been around for the longest time. It has been a mainstay in the Toyota lineup and represents the entry-level luxury car that every buyer wants. It is comfortable, features the latest in technology, and comes with good performance.
The car is the right one to pick when it comes to being in the budget-friendly territory. The Toyota Camry is already a great package. What does the Nightshade trim bring? What does it add?
A new addition to the Nightshade family
The Toyota Nightshade lineup is already full. There are over ten cars in the stable that get a Nightshade trim and the 2021 Toyota Camry Nightshade is the latest in that lineup. The Nightshade trim enhances the look of the car. Adding blacked-out details to give the car an almost phantom look and feel.
Bold design with a bolder black outline
The Toyota Camry has always been a classy car to look at. You will never feel the budget factor when you look at it and with the Nightshade trim, the car looks far bolder. The car comes with the typical long nose and racy edges that give the sedan a sporty look. The aggression factor of the 2021 Toyota Camry Nightshade is apparent here.
The blacked-out details elevate the look of the car. You get blacked-out details everywhere. The 18-inch alloy wheels are in all black, and so is the huge front grille. The latter also gets a sports grille giving the car a meaner look. You also get Bi-LED combo lights with black accents. Towards the back, you get a blacked-out spoiler and badge along with chrome exhaust tips to enhance the look of the car ever so slightly. Black is a significant color on this car and it looks amazing in all three color options. Whether you choose the white, silver, or black for your 2021 Toyota Camry Nightshade, the trim brings out a darker more aggressive side to the car.
Comfortable interiors with a tinge of dark colors
The interiors of the Toyota Camry have always been the highlight of the car. You get a luxurious car that lends the car a very upmarket feeling. The seats are supple and the dash and door trims look very chic. For the 2021 Toyota Camry Nightshade, the interiors look even better. You get an interior with very dark trim and piano black accents everywhere. The silver door handle gives the car a nice contrast.
For the seating, you get Toyota’s proprietary SoftTex, which is an alternative to leather. The dual-tone black and grey go very well with the look of the cabin. On the dashboard, you get digital as well as analog dials. You also get a 7-inch infotainment system with a 6-speaker sound system. You also get ample head and legroom in the car.
The standard engine with a superb power delivery
The Toyota Camry never won any awards for performance and the story is no different for the 2021 Toyota Camry Nightshade. As the Nightshade trim comes only as standard on the SE model and not for the V6 TRD model, buyers will miss out on a little more performance. Regardless, the 2021 Toyota Camry Nightshade comes with plenty of power. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine doles out a respectable 202-bhp. The maximum torque is 182 lb-ft at 4400RPM. You get a good power delivery thanks to the all-wheel-drive system on the car.
While those seeking more performance will inevitably have to turn to the TRD model. It is not as though the SE is a slouch. The Nightshade trim does offer some respite to buyers with enhanced looks while on the road. You do get a very good pickup and smooth ride thanks to the all-wheel drive. The car also feels more planted each time you step down on the pedal. The car feels terrific while on the highway. The sports-tuned suspension feels like a wonderful addition to the car. The ride is not the quietest though and you can surely hear the engine grunt a little as you move up the rev range.
The 8-speed automatic transmission means that you do not have to worry a bit about the gear changes, traffic, or slogging around in city conditions. If you want full control, you will also get paddle shifters to help you get the best out of the all-wheel drive.
Latest safety features
Being a car made for 2021, the 2021 Toyota Camry Nightshade comes with the company’s proprietary Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+. This name is an amalgamation of all the features found in a Toyota. You get a pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with a steering assist, a road sign assist, cruise control that relies on a dynamic radar system, and an automatic high beam system. You can also opt for a blind spot monitoring system which will set you back a little upwards of 1200$.
The 2021 Toyota Camry Nightshade Final Verdict
The 2021 Toyota Camry Nightshade is a car meant to be looked at. We don’t often make statements like these for budget cars but the Nightshade trim adds to the already menacing appeal of the Toyota Camry. The car’s aggressive stance, the bodywork, the design, and all the sculpted parts are enhanced by the blacked-out look. The Camry was already a fierce-looking car and the nightshade looks even more ferocious.
The car will not win you awards for performance, comfort, or technological upgrades. If you want a bigger touchscreen, heated seats, more options, and perhaps even better performance, you have to go higher up the ladder. However, you will not get the nightshade trim on any of those cars.
It is a balance that Toyota has carefully played, you cannot get the performance and the looks in the same car. We think that those that are willing to forgo the slight addition to the performance, will be happy with the 2021 Toyota Camry Nightshade. It fit comfortably on a budget and you get a car that simply looks stunning on a bright sunny day.