Toyota is keen to improve on-road performance for most of its models. The Toyota Racing Development (TRD) division is the department tasked with this responsibility. The division has given us quite some surprises in the past but for this one, few saw it coming. TRD has surprised us all by giving the Camry and Avalon sedans a “TRD” treatment. As a result, both the 2020 Toyota Camry TRD and 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD sedans are sportier and aerodynamic. This article focuses on the Camry TRD; the Avalon TRD is discussed separately.
2020 Toyota Camry TRD Exterior
At first glance, one easily spots the visual differences between regular Camry sedans with the new 2020 Toyota Camry TRD. Among others, the Camry’s wild wing sets the model apart from its siblings; it is, in fact, the most “insane” wing to adorn a factory Toyota ever. The model’s glossy front black grille that features a sports mesh insert is also unique for the model and will not be offered in any other Camry trim. A more aggressive front splitter, rear diffuser, and side skirts form a part of the model’s new body kit. The new body kit enhances the model’s stability when cruising at high speeds. At the rear, there are also new, TRD-branded polished stainless steel exhaust tips. Other features include red brake calipers, pinstripes, and TRD logos around the exterior.
The 2020 Toyota Camry TRD rides on new, 19-inch matte black alloy wheels that Toyota says are 3.1 pounds lighter compared to those on the Camry XSE. The wheels are wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza (235/40R19) summer tires.
Buyers will choose from Windchill Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, and Supersonic Red exterior color finishes.
Inside the cabin, there are a number of new upgrades; they include aggressively bolstered front seats with suede inserts whose headrests are embroidered with “TRD” nametags. The Camry TRD’s steering wheel is wrapped in leather and has a red contrast stitching. Toyota also features red seatbelts, TRD graphics on the driver’s screen display during startup, TRD logos on the shifter, trunk mat, and floor mats to ensure no passenger mistakes the Camry TRD for a regular Camry.
Engine and performance
Under the hood, there are no notable changes; the Camry TRD retains the 3.5 L, V-6 mill that delivers 301 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. Power is conveyed to the front wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The note from the engine is louder thanks to the addition of a TRD catback exhaust system. Although the TRD is not faster than before, you will surely hear it zooming past.
The Camry TRD also gets beefier sway bars that improve the car’s stiffness by 44% and 67% at the front and rear respectively, stiffer coil springs, TRD shocks, and 12.9-inch brakes for the front wheels. These join aerodynamic elements that include a front splitter, trunk lid spoiler, side aero skirts, and a rear diffuser. The new additions enhance the vehicle’s stability even at higher speed.
Price and release date
To get the 2020 Toyota Camry TRD, you have to wait until next year in the fall. Toyota has not communicated official prices of the model but we expect the car to carry an MSRP of approximately $40,000. The car will be available in limited numbers.