The name Toyota does not automatically excite people. Despite the return Superman 2020 sports cars, these brands are now mainly known for reliability and safety. These are important factors to ensure car buyers' certainty, but other brands have done better [especially Hyundai] in improving the drivability of their product lineup. To counteract this feeling, Toyota shifted its performance division, Toyota Motorsports Development, to a large car in 2020. Camry with Avalon Both have added TRD trim for the new model year, with the goal of adding some necessary Pixar style to both models and the entire brand.

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Camry TRD slot between Camry's SE four-cylinder and XSE V-6 interior, equipped with SE-level equipment, and the larger 3.5-liter V-6 engine found in XSE; a bit of a split between these two sports trim Difference. TRD is equipped with 19-inch black alloy wheels, bright black front grille, aerodynamic body kit and eye-catching rear spoiler, which is very easy to choose. It is available in white, red or silver paint, all with black roof and trim, or all black monochrome.

In addition, real performance upgrades have been made to match its boy racing look, including thicker underbody support, stiffer springs and swing bars, new shock absorbers, larger brakes and summer tires. The car is also lowered by 0.6 inches, which lowers the center of gravity and makes it look more aggressive. In case you do n’t see Camry coming, the TRD dual exhaust system on the back ensures you at least listen it.

I tested the car in Los Angeles and Fred Meier,'s director of Washington, D.C., tested the car at the other end of the country, and since then, we have thoughts and thoughts about the Camry TRD Cross-strait exchanges were held. Could mean for the whole Toyota

Huang Bourne: We can give a brief introduction, but first I just want to know briefly: Do you like it? Other than that, do you like the "normal" version of Camry?

Fred Meier: The short answer is, I like it. I also like the reliable Camry with a reasonably sporty mid-range model that can compete with the sporty mid-level kids of other mid-size cars, such as Honda Accord Sport 2.0-liter turbocharger and Mazda 6 Big tour 2.5T. Also, I've always liked the Toyota V-6, and TRD is now the cheapest way to mount it on a Camry. In addition, the performance improvements of the TRD-enhanced suspension and braking-are indeed important. Feeling tight and controllable, unlike the awkward feeling of a civilian Camry.

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Although the seats need more support, the interior of the TRD also looks great. Even though the tail may be too far away from the footsteps [though that is a very large trunk handle], the look is interesting. I hope TRD is better than regular Camry because it improves performance and because it will never be mistaken for Mom's Camry, although I hope TRD provides more convenient features.

body weight: I like wings! If you want to strengthen your car like this, I don't mind showing it in style. As for the remaining changes, my sales are not high. I have no doubt what Toyota does with the car's suspension system; the ride is significantly stiffer, and it can run from one corner to the other with greater stability. But my short answer is No This is because in addition to these performance improvements, Toyota also missed the opportunity to do some work on the powertrain. The V-6 can provide enough power [301 horsepower], but as we pointed out in other Toyota cars with the same engine, it is to maintain the engine because it runs on the Atkinson cycle most of the time Time in the power range to improve efficiency. What makes the gearbox problem even more serious is the gearbox, which feels slow [even with the steering wheel paddle switch] and doesn't want to maintain enough gear to help you. Insufficient throttle response will prevent the car from moving forward, and I am not sure if it is necessary to sacrifice the quality of the ride to achieve a small and medium improvement in overall performance.

FM: I have no problem with the V-6-of course, 400 hp will be better than 300 hp, but this is not realistic for this car. After a full day of constantly surging small turbocharged engines, reinstalling the large V-6 [with extra TRD exhaust sound] is a treat. I don't agree with ride-hailing fines; TRDs are stronger, but not harsh on city streets in Washington, D.C., and highways in rough.

However, I disagree with your other criticisms. The gearbox's high gear and barely shifting functions are inherited by the ordinary Camry, and the paddles are not really a manual mode-the gear you choose is the topmost, but even at the corner, it can Play your part. The same poor steering seems to be standard on Camry. Sport mode speeds up throttle response, but it doesn't help the transmission.

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But I come back here is a more interesting Camry and a want Kia Stinger.

body weight: Of course it is more interesting, but at what cost? I struggle with the value proposition of this car. it is at SE and XSEHowever, it still insists on SE-class features, while adding a price of $ 5,000 to the V-6, suspension upgrades and sporty appearance. I may not need heated seats like you do in California, but I still like them for occasional temperature drops. My test car is priced at $ 32,920 [including Destination cost], Although you still have impressive safety features [this is true on almost all Toyota cars today], it comes at a price.

In the rest of the classes, there seems to be a lack of vehicles for driving pleasure. Rumors of the Hyundai Sonata N-line coming soon may solve this problem, as the recent performance improvements of Hyundai Motor in such as Veloster with Elantra GT. But I don't think the Camry TRD fills this gap.

FM: I like the red paint for my extra cost, which keeps my labels the same. But I think you will get value at a moderately moderate price-it depends on your value. The V-6 XSE has more features, but there is no chassis upgrade, and the price is more than $ 3,000; the regular four-danger SE is about much smaller than the TRD, and a lot of Not too interesting. What confuses me more is that Toyota will not let me spend more money on more features-heated seats, blind spot warning systems, dual-zone climate control and larger media displays [to name just four]. Anyone who buys a lightweight Camry sedan on the market really wants to have no rear seat vents, USB or even a folding armrest?

body weight: What I want to say is that the Camry TRD makes more sense to me than the Avalon TRD launched by Toyota in 2020. AvalonTRD is more helpless when cornering, slower and more expensive. This pair of cars is the only non-SUV or truck Toyota in the current model year that has received TRD-specific trim levels. Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition launched in 2019], but considering that Toyota also has two sports cars, it is interesting that the racing team chased the larger car first. Do you think Toyota is working to achieve TRD adjustment?

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FM: This is a conservative company, but adventure. Toyota's leadership has been saying it for several years, and it wants to give the lineup even more praise, making it the vehicle you want, not just a safe choice. They want to expand the TRD label. In this case, these cars make sense. And, in addition to Camry, they need some way to squeeze the juice. Did they spend real money for a good redesign? Based on the advantages of Camry, TRD is slightly lighter. It will Already second After my list corolla -After redesign, it finally has a nice interior and a new sports hatchback version. The TRD version will take advantage of Corolla. I don't think this is applicable to Avalon. Although the appearance of Avalon is very bad, the performance is slightly improved, and other features have not really increased the core attraction of Avalon. This will be a large, Spacious and comfortable cruiser. If anything, I think the hybrid Avalon is a better choice on this subject-as is comfort and good mileage.

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body weight: Is this risky? I think this is a very safe choice. Toyota may actually produce its own sports car. Lean money doesn't make money. Toyota works with other companies to buy sports cars and tries to hedge investments by cutting levels. Changes in these levels of adjustment changes in the powertrain that we all agree on. Adding some corpses did not give them a lot of street credibility.

Toyota's roadmap is more like what Hyundai has done over the past few years on the Veloster N and its upcoming N Line model, which has a larger engine and other performance improvements. Before Toyota produces its own sports car, or at least a turbocharged four-cylinder [or V-6 for that matter] that doesn't feel like a transmission lingering in the mud. Measures.

FM: These days, it's a risk to just spend money on improving cars rather than hatching a new SUV. The same goes for a sports car. I hope Toyota will continue to do more work on the gearbox and steering adjustment of the car.

body weight: So we all. Hope Toyota can make a real Corolla hatchback TRD, and we can test and re-run next year!'s editorial department is your source for car news and reviews. In accordance with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers do not accept gifts or free travel from car manufacturers. The editorial department is separate from's advertising, sales, and sponsored content department.

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