New Car Alert: 2020 Camry TRD, Avalon TRD

Camry and Avalon get the full TRD treatment

November 20, 2018


Toyota Racing Development (TRD) has a long history of tricking out Toyota’s production trucks and SUVs. But now, TRD is just as strong a competitor on the tracks of NASCAR as it’s been in the deserts of Baja.
 
As such, it’s high time Toyota applied some of those lessons learned to its passenger cars. And with the just-unveiled 2020 Camry TRD and Avalon TRD, it's done just that.






How do they drive?
 
Better than everyone thinks. Here’s why:
 
  • Both are powered by Toyota’s renowned 301 horsepower DOHC 3.5-liter V6 engine mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission with sport mode and paddle shifters.
  • Numerous suspension tweaks firm up the ride and tighten the handling, such as thicker underbody braces, unique coil springs and specially tuned shock absorbers.
  • Front brakes have been beefed up with 12.9-inch diameter rotors and dual-piston calipers. 
Double Barrel -- Both Avalon TRD (above) and Camry TRD get a specially tuned cat-back dual exhaust.

But, how do they look?
 
I mean, just look at these photos. Want more info? Fine.
 
Wheel Deal -- Matte black alloy wheels are wider yet lighter than those on the respective XSE grades.
 
Sleek Geek -- Calty-designed aero body parts like front splitter,  side skirt rear deck spoiler and rear diffuser help increase downforce.
 
We've Got Badges -- Exterior garnishes include red pinstriping, red painted brake calipers, polished chrome TRD exhaust tips and red TRD badging.
 
Redline Rush -- Red accents abound inside the cabin, from the black sport SofTex-trimmed heated front seats (Avalon only) to the headrests, steering wheel and seatbelts.
 
Higher Gear -- Oh, and you'll find the TRD logo embossed on the shift knob and floor and trunk mats.

Who’s going to buy them?
 
Folks who feel compelled to make the prudent choice when it comes to buying a vehicle, yet secretly crave a bit of an adrenaline rush during their daily commutes.
 
When do they go on sale?
 
Look for these 2020 model year vehicles to start showing up in Toyota dealerships next fall.
 
Tell me something I don’t know.
 
These new grades aren’t merely style without substance. Track-tuned means exactly that. TRD engineers developed both vehicles’ driving characteristics through extensive testing at the Toyota Arizona Proving Ground and the Higashi-Fuji Proving Ground in Japan.
 
Where can I learn more?
 


By Dan Miller

 

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