Ask a colored-in-the-wool car jury his opinion about Toyota Camry or Toyota Avalon, and you can hear a lot of…
Ask a colored-in-the-wool car jury his opinion about Toyota Camry or Toyota Avalon, and you can hear a lot of feelings from “It’s good” to “It’s pretty decent.” These two cars traditionally fall on the trade protection side of the risk spectrum, but a new TRD trim hides all the predetermined terms.
Toyota has presented the 2020 Camry TRD and 2020 Avalon TRD. Both vehicles have been injected with some really interesting pieces of kit, whether it’s aesthetics or performance. Yes, that’s right – these upgrades are not about looking lonely, and I think it’s quite swelling. With that being said, definitely factor into the equation, so we start with Camry, clearly the savages of the parties.
It’s hard to watch Camry TRD and not pulled straight to the back end. Out there, there is one of the wildest wings that ever reached a Toyota factory. A new body kit adds an aggressive front end, side skull and rear diffuser, all of which are claimed to be beneficial for high speed stability. The front grid is a unique one that will not be found on any other trim. The red lipstick, the brake calipers and the brands round outwards.
Camry TRD also gets a new set of 1
9-inch dull black alloy wheels that are 3.1 pounds brighter than the wheels on the XSE trim. Bridgestone Potenza summer tires (235 / 40R19) are also standard. The two-color getup you see here is standard, whether you specify the car in red, white or silver, the only three colors offered.
Inside there are black sports seats plated in synthetic leather with fabric inserts. Red accents are abound, including embroidered headrests. Red seams extend to the leather cover steering wheel, and the gear lever has a TRD logo embossed into it. Hell, even seat belts are red.
But, as said, only a part of it looks. The Camry TRD gets stiffer fleet springs that take the car 0.6 inches closer to the terra firma. Sway bars are beefier, stiffening the car by 44 percent ahead and 67 percent back. New TRD bumps are also gone there and behind the front wheels are a set of 12.9-inch brakes, almost an entire inch bigger than the XSE trim stops.
Underneath the hood is Toyota’s 3.5-liter V6. While it still makes 301 horsepower and friends at the same eight speed automatic as usual, it will sound a little smack thanks to a TRD double exhaust gas that replaces the standard pipe from the catalysts all the way to the outlet pipes.
Toyota can loosen its tie a little, but it’s still Toyota. Thus, the same upgrades you saw on Camry above, on Avalon with some changes. On the aesthetic front, it means 19 inch black black wheels, aggressive aero painted black, red detail on all sides and plenty of TRD marking.
The story is the same inside – the chairs are black synthetic leather with embroidered headrests and red accents, and the seat belts are as red as possible. The infotainment systems for both TRD models also get a special home screen, only if your passengers do not fully realize how much sport has been injected into the darn case.
The performance bites are also included for driving on the Avalon TRD. The lower body is thicker, the driving height is 0.6 inches lower, and the suspension has been thoroughly revised for improved driving dynamics. The brakes are bigger, and there is a higher exhaust system available for V6. Safety systems, including autobrake, are standard on both cars.
Toyota’s two new TRD models are sold in the fall. The availability will be limited, and the pricing has not yet been published.
: Toyota’s latest Camry is already doing a pretty good job of decaying stereotypes.
: If you can get past the grid, the rest is quite beautiful.