The Best New Toyota Models Shouldn’t Surprise You

by Gabrielle DeSantis

There’s no denying that Toyota has a solid reputation for performance, practicality, and reliability. The brand has also earned itself plenty of accolades. In fact, U.S. News tapped four Toyota models as the Best Cars for the Money. It also awarded the automaker with four 2021 Best Cars For Families accolades. Most recently, U.S. News highlighted the best new Toyota models. Let’s talk about some of the most popular new Toyota models that made the list.

Some of the best Toyota models are new SUVs

While Toyota’s 2021 lineup offers everything from sedans to pickups, sports cars, hybrids, and even a minivan, models like the 2021 Toyota RAV4 and the RAV4 Hybrid make up some of the best new Toyota models. Both new SUVs earned an 8.0 overall score, which is nothing short of impressive. According to U.S. News, the RAV4 Hybrid also won its Best Hybrid and Electric SUV for the Money award for 2021. As for the gas-powered RAV4? It received U.S. News’ Best Compact SUV for Families Award in 2021.

If the RAV4 isn’t quite your style, U.S. News also included the 2021 Toyota Highlander and the Highlander Hybrid among its picks for the best new Toyota models. While the Highlander SUV earned a 7.8 overall score, the Highlander Hybrid SUV secured a slightly higher overall score of 8.0 out of 10. Though, the difference in ratings isn’t too surprising. As it turns out, the Highlander Hybrid was tapped as the Best Hybrid and Electric SUV for Families in 2021.

The 2021 Sienna is the best new Toyota for families

2021 Toyota Sienna | Toyota

This year’s new Toyota lineup offers no shortage of vehicles to choose from. That’s especially true when it comes to car shoppers in the market for the best family car. That should make it no surprise that the 2021 Toyota Sienna made U.S. News’ list of the best new Toyota models. After all, it did earn itself an 8.3 overall score.

But a high overall score isn’t all that the 2021 Sienna has going for it. According to U.S. News, the new Toyota Sienna offers up plenty of interior space, along with seating for up to eight passengers. It’s also comfortable enough to drive daily and comes well-stocked with the latest tech. 

This year’s model comes standard with plenty of driver-assist safety features, too, including a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing assist, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, and road sign assist. With so many standard driver-assist safety features to its name, it’s no surprise that this year’s model is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. 

The 2021 Toyota Supra is a new luxury sports car

Toyota’s 2021 lineup features a new luxury sports car, too, the 2021 Toyota Supra. U.S. News even tapped it as one of the best new Toyota models. Though, U.S. News had plenty of reasons to do so. This year’s new Supra earned itself an 8.3 overall score and outranks new luxury sports cars like the 2021 Jaguar F-Type, Acura NSX, and the BMW Z4. Naturally, that’s not all the 2021 Supra has going for it.

According to U.S. News, the new Supra offers “punchy acceleration, agile handling, and quick steering.” Its interior is as stylish as it is comfortable too. And when it comes to cargo space? The 2021 Toyota Supra offers up a surprising amount of trunk space. Further, this year’s model is available with several enticing features, including integrated navigation, a heads-up display, and Qi wireless smartphone charging. 

The 2021 Toyota Camry is the best new Toyota model

A black 2021 Toyota Camry parked, the 2021 Toyota Camry is one of the best new Toyota models
2021 Toyota Camry | Toyota

While the 2021 Supra may be a blast to drive, it’s not the most practical vehicle that Toyota has to offer. Fortunately, the 2021 Toyota Camry and the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid were also included in U.S. News’ list of the best new Toyota models. Both new sedans earned an 8.4 overall score. The 2021 Toyota Camry was also tapped as the 2021 Best Midsize Car for the Money.

As for which Toyota Camry model is the best pick of the two? It all comes down to what you’re looking for. While both vehicles offer plenty of power under the hood, along with a spacious interior, and several standard driver-assistance features, it’s the Toyota Camry Hybrid that’s remarkably fuel-efficient. In fact, the Camry Hybrid delivers an EPA-estimated 51 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway, and, compared to the average new car, will save you up to $4,000 in fuel costs over five years. That’s definitely nothing to scoff at.

What is the best Toyota to buy?

If you’re shopping for a new car and are after the best of the best, you really can’t go wrong with a new Toyota. To determine which model is the best Toyota to buy, we recommend asking yourself what you’re looking for in your next car. If it’s a fuel-efficient sedan that you’re after, consider the 2021 Camry Hybrid. And if you’d prefer a new SUV? Try taking the 2021 Highlander or the 2021 RAV4 out for a test drive.

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