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Toyota’s 2021 lineup sees new tech fitted across the board, plus a new trim or two

Toyota’s 2021 lineup sees new tech fitted across the board, plus a new trim or two
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Toyota pulled the wraps off its 2021 model lineup mid-September, and while Driving has already looked at the new Sienna minivan, Venza Hybrid and outrageous RAV4 Prime with its 302-horsepower hybrid system, here’s how the rest of the portfolio shakes out.

One of the simpler, but more effective changes rolling out for 2021 is that nearly all Toyota models will finally work with Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay.

Both apps will be standard where offered. It’s a small move, but with the fines for using a hand-held device becoming truly onerous, it’s a welcome one.

Next up is Remote Connect. It’s an app that allows the owner to start/stop the engine when it is paired with an automatic transmission; lock/unlock the doors; it warns if the windows or moonroof is left open; gives the last stored location of the car; and shows the fuel level and distance to empty, to list a few of the functions. It also gives a “health” report on the car, details a warning light, and tells when maintenance is due.

Toyota adds ‘Lunar Rock’ paint and Trail Editions to its trucks and SUVs

The latest Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) system is also being rolled out — TSS 2.5+ now includes pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, full-speed dynamic radar cruise control, lane-departure alert and lane-tracing assist. When the cruise is set, the latter uses the lane markings to keep the vehicle centered in its lane and at a pre-set distance behind the car ahead.

Also included with the latest TSS system is left-turn intersection assist. It warns of an oncoming vehicle and pedestrians crossing the intersection when making a left turn. The system also gives emergency steering assist if a pedestrian lies in the vehicle’s path.

The 2021 Toyota Avalon Limited AWD Toyota

As for the models, the Avalon Limited will now be available with a 205-hp four-cylinder engine that works with all-wheel-drive. It also gets a heated steering wheel on the XSE trim, and remote services and Android Auto as standard equipment on all trims.

The Camry and Camry Hybrid both receive a mid-life refresh. The two get new front-end styling, reworked taillights and wheel designs, along with an available nine-inch tablet-like infotainment screen. TSS 2.5+ is standard, as is Android Auto. The Nightshade AWD model adds blacked-out trim, badging and 18-inch wheels to the refreshed look. The Camry XSE Hybrid joins the model list for the first time. It gets a sportier drive without giving up on luxury — along with leather upholstery comes a two-tone paint job, gloss-black 19-inch wheels, and smoked LED headlights and taillights.

The 2021 Toyota Avalon Limited AWD Toyota

The Corolla sedan now has the Apex Edition. It brings a sport-tuned suspension, sport-tuned exhaust, 18-inch wheels and a body kit. The Corolla hatchback counters with the Special Edition — 18-inch wheels and a bolder body kit that includes black bumpers, side skirts, and roof spoiler.

The GR Supra sees the most changes and will now be available with two engine choices. The GR Supra 2.0 comes with a 2.0L turbo-four (yes, the same engine that powers many BMW products). In this case, it’s good for 255 hp, 295 foot-pounds of torque, and a run to 96 kilometres an hour of 5.0 seconds.

The 2021 Toyota GR Supra A91 Edition Toyota

The second is the GR Supra 3.0 and its 3.0L turbo-six — it now makes 382 hp, which is up from last year’s 335 hp, and it gets three-lb.-ft. bump in the torque number. The power boost cuts the run to 96 km/h to 3.9 seconds, which is two-tenths faster than before. The 3.0 model also gets a re-tuned adaptive suspension, a front cross-car brace and Supra-badged calipers. The GR Supra A91 Edition features exclusive Refraction Blue paint, a carbon-fibre lip spoiler, and matte-black wheels. Sadly, Supra’s ties to BMW means it will be one of the few 2021 Toyotas that will not work with Android Auto.

The Prius and Prius Prime get a seven-inch touch screen that works with Android Auto, new wheels, and blind-spot monitoring now becomes as part of the Prime Upgrade package. It also gets TSS 2.0. This version of Toyota’s safety package includes pre-collision with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, lane trace assist, auto high-beams and full-speed dynamic cruise control. The C-HR also gets TSS 2.0 along with a blacked-out Nightshade Edition.

The 2021 Toyota GR Supra 2.0 Toyota

After a full redesign for 2020, the Highlander gets the new XSE model — a $2,300 premium. It arrives with 20-inch wheels, sharper front and rear fascias, and dual exhaust pipes along with smoked headlights and taillights. The TTS 2.5+ is standard on both the Highlander and Highlander Hybrid.

Finally, on the truck side, the 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra get a new Trail package. Tacoma also receives its own variation of the Nightshade package.
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