THERE is no denying Australia and the Central Coast’s love for the Toyota Camry, and in this case the Ascent Hybrid. For 27 years it has dominated the mid-size sedan market and has prided itself on its value promise and bulletproof reliability.
The 2021 Toyota Camry Ascent Hybrid improves on the already tried and tested formula, delivering a more modernised offering than we’ve ever seen before.
Aesthetically it’s genuinely stunning.
The timid style Camry we all remember growing up around has been left behind in favour of a more aggressive and sporty style. With an updated grille and bumper, the Camry keeps the modern shape, with some additional sporty touches.
Everything from the bulging hood, aggressive lines, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and sporty bumpers screams style, a sentence this author never thought he’d say about a Camry.
The sharp styling isn’t limited to the exterior either. The Camry’s interior is a beautiful combination of stylish and functional, pairing soft and hard plastics, and pleather. There is a particularly premium feel to the interior, the second you step in.
The build quality is top notch.
Flimsy, squeaky and rattily buttons and panels have no place here. Everything in the Camry feels like it could survive a nuclear blast. The seats are comfortable yet supportive, and the steering wheel houses everything you need.
We easily beat the 4.7-litres/100km advertised rate, achieving 4.4-litres/100km in mix of freeway and city driving.
Our test vehicle was supplied by Toyota Australia.