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Four-Cylinder vs V6: Which 2021 Toyota Camry Engine Should You Get?

Let’s not beat about the bush. You want to know if you should get the 2021 Toyota Camry with a four-cylinder or V6 engine.

Here are four reasons to help you decide which engine to get in your 2021 Toyota Camry.


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4 Four-cylinder vs V6 Differences

There are lots of differences between Camry turbo-four and the V6. We’ve narrowed it down to four of the biggest differences between the two. They are:

  • Horsepower and Torque
  • Fuel Economy
  • Power Delivery
  • Price and AWD Availability

Horsepower and Torque

The turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder engine produces up to 206 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. While these are impressive numbers for a four-cylinder engine, they’re lower than the V6. The 3.5L V6 puts out 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque.

Fuel Economy

While the turbo-four has lower power and torque than the V6, it has better fuel economy. Depending on the model and drivetrain, the 2.5L four-cylinder can get up to 28/39/32 mpg. The V6 tops out at 22/31/25 mpg.

Power Delivery

One of the problems with turbocharges is turbo lag. And while many newer vehicles like the 2021 Toyota Camry have minimized turbo lag, it still exists. Turbocharged engines also tend to lose a little oomph in the high RPM range. Since the V6 is naturally aspirated, it has clean, consistent power delivery across the RPM spectrum.

Price and AWD Availability

The turbocharged four-cylinder Camry is cheaper than the V6 one, no matter the drivetrain. For instance, the XSE FWD trim starts at $30,420; the XSE AWD trim starts at $31,820. The XSE V6 FWD option—which is otherwise identical to the turbo-four XSE FWD—starts at $35,545. Notably, the V6 is only available with FWD, unlike the turbo-four which comes in either FWD or AWD.

Interested in a 2021 Camry?

If you’d like to learn more about the 2021 Camry, give Apple Valley Toyota a call. We can fill you in on all sorts things, like available features, vehicle specs, financing incentives, and more.