These two cars the definition of the direction Toyota has decided to go with latest card production and that is fearlessness. Before the latest 2018 Camry the guy that was doing most of the developing of the car was the engineer but now it has changed, now it is the designer and it definitely shows with the sexy looks the Camry and Avalon TRD have. 2020 Toyota Camry TRD and Avalon TRD …..
The outside of the cars
Toyota is now developing cars with this motto in mind: safe, fun, simple and concise. And the once boring beige Avalon and Camry aren’t boring at all anymore. The two cars complete aerodynamic makeover, a whole new body kit, which includes a new front splitter, side skirts, a rear diffuser and even a trunk spoiler.
Both cars received all those changes and pretty much the same way but the front grilles differ from one another, the Camry has a shiny, glossy black grille and huge openings that highlight the sportiness of the car that Toyota wants to show off.
The inside of the cars
In both cars Toyota wanted to bring out some red details inside the car cabins, like the stitching being red. You can find it on the dash, on the gear lever, on the floor, on the wheel and on the seats and it all looks good, but I wanted to see something more, a bit more out of the ordinary.
Performance and engine – 2020 Toyota Camry TRD and Avalon TRD
Finally we get to see some improvements to the performance of these cars, and they were based around models with a 301 horsepower, 3.5-liter, V-6 engine. I know you can’t really imagine the Camry and Avalon going onto a racing track, but both of them were tested on the Toyota Arizona Proving Ground, MotorSport Ranch and TMC Higashi-Fuji Proving Ground which is located in Japan. 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Price
These cars definitely aren’t just about the looks, as I’ve mentioned before these cars use the most powerful V-6 engine which you can find in the Lexus IS 350 F Sport. The Camry XSE goes from zero to 60 in 5.7 and the TRD variant probably doesn’t do much better, a tenth of a second or so. The cars have been lowered by 0.6 inches which means it has a lower center of gravity with 19-inch wheels and stickier tires which all adds to the sporty theme it has going.
Even the 2019 Toyota Avalon is expensive, it starts at $35,500 which means the TRD variant will be quite higher in price. In my honest opinion it should probably go for a bit more than $40,000. While the Camry is a bit cheaper, but considering all that was added to the performance and design and not to mention the TRD badge, it should easily go over $36,000.
If we look at the rivals the Camry has in that price and performance range it would first be the Chevrolet Malibu, which doesn’t even have a V-6, it does have a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine with 250 horsepower, but still not V-6. The second one is the Hyundai Sonata, which is another car that rivals the Camry but doesn’t have a V-6 that is now clearly the Camry TRD’s best trait. The Sonata has a 2.0-liter, 245 horsepower, turbocharged engine, again the Camry beats it out.
When it comes to the competition the Avalon TRD has it comes down to the 2018 Buick Lacrosse and Nissan Maxima. The Buick doesn’t match the Avalon’s performance since it’s more of a luxurious cruiser but it does have a V-6 engine. It started a bit more than $44,000 and I doubt the Avalon’s price will be that high.
The 2019 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition is probably the biggest competition to the Avalon. It is a much sleeker looking car with a sporty touch. It packs a 300 horsepower, 3.5-liter, V6 engine just like the Avalon, even the black wheels match and starts at $40k while the Avalon will be a tad higher.
All in all, these two cars have improved on almost all fronts and Toyota showed us that they can make and design cars that aren’t boring, proving Akio Toyoda’s words from two years ago.