Let's face it: sedans and other four-doors cars aren't exactly the best-selling automobiles on the market today. With SUVs and crossovers now being the more popular choice, the good old four-door has (figuratively) taken the back seat in terms of sales.
But that doesn't mean they can't look cooler than their high-riding brethren. Take for example Toyota USA who recently revealed the refreshed Camry and Avalon. Featuring a more sculpted look, along with sportier extras inside and out, the midsize and full-size sedans look utterly cool for the 2021 model year.
But what is perhaps the most striking version of all the sedans are the XSE variants. Starting with the Camry, it gets a sporty front bumper complete with black accents, mesh inserts, and a massive front grille. It is then complemented by a sleek set of 19-inch matte-black alloy wheels.
Prefer a bigger four-door sedan? There's also the 2021 Avalon XSE Nightshade which looks way meaner than the Camry. It has a two-tone paint job wherein the black roof is paired with colors like Supersonic Red and Midnight Edge. Like the Camry, special 19-inch matte-black alloy wheels complete the full-size sedan's sportier looks.
Want your big sedan with some TRD goodies? There are the sportier TRD editions available for both models. Not only does it get a more discerning exterior design, but the two cars also get a TRD-tuned suspension package. It gets stiffer coil springs, thicker sway bars, unique TRD dampers, and lower ride height. Braking power on the two sedans was also given attention as the front brakes now come with bigger 12.9-inch rotors with dual-piston calipers for faster deceleration.
Under the hood, both the Camry and Avalon XSE models are available with either a V6 or hybrid powertrain. First up is the 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6. It puts out a healthy 301 PS and 362 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Next is the more efficient Toyota Hybrid System. It consists of a 2.5-liter Dynamic Force inline-four that is paired to an electric motor. The result is a total system output of 208 PS and 220 Nm of torque. Instead of an automatic gearbox, the hybrid version has a CVT with six-simulated gear ratios for manual mode.
We can only wish Toyota offers these versions outside the US since these two cars are built in Kentucky. Still, it would be nice if the Thai market (where we get our Camry) makes a similar model, complete with suspension upgrades.
The Camry and Avalon may be viewed as cars for the older generation, but for those that prefer a big sedan with sleek looks, along with all the toys they could ever wish for, the 2021 Camry and Avalon are the way to go.