Customers who feel as though the Toyota Camry and Avalon are the type of cars that simply “blend in” will be interested to know that Toyota Racing Development (TRD) has made them a bit more special.
The two models are based on the Camry SE and Avalon XSE, respectively, and feature a bunch of track-inspired upgrades along with new sets of wheels and sporty interior trim.
Both sedans are powered by the same 3.5-liter DOHC V6 that puts out 301 HP and is coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission with a Sport Mode and paddle shifters and has been fitted with a TRD-tuned cat-back dual exhaust system, resulting in a throatier idle and acceleration sound.
Toyota Camry TRD
The Camry TRD comes with matte black 19-inch alloy wheels that are a half-inch wider yet 3.1 lbs (1.4 kg) lighter than the ones on the XSE. TRD also added stiffer coil springs and front/rear sway bars for increased roll stiffness, as well as a new set of shock absorbers.
The exterior sports a gloss black front grille with sport mesh insert and black exterior badging. Customers can choose between three two-tone colors, named Supersonic Red, Windchill Pearl and Celestial Silver Metallic, and Midnight Black Metallic.
Inside there are a lot of red accents to go with the Black Sport SofTex-trimmed front seats, red-stitched TRD embroidered headrests, leather-wrapped steering wheel and red seatbelts. Completing the visual makeover is the custom shift knob with an embossed TRD logo, the TRD floor and trunk mats and a TRD MID visual start-up.
The Camry TRD goes on sale this month with an MSRP of $31,040.
Toyota Avalon TRD
The TRD version of the Avalon is already on sale and can be purchased in either Supersonic Red, Windchill Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic, or Midnight Black Metallic. It costs $42,300 and also features Black Sport SofTex-trimmed heated front seats with Ultra-suede inserts and red accents, TRD-embroidered headrests, red stitching on the steering wheel, red seatbelts, custom shift knob and floor/trunk mats.
Its exterior is distinguished by matte black 19-inch wheels, a stainless steel TRD exhaust tips and red pinstriping on the aero body elements.