When Toyota announced a performance-oriented Camry TRD was on the way, many people – myself included – were blinded by the thought of a turbocharged Camry hauling ass to a ballet recital. Well, luckily, I tempered my expectation because the details are in on the 2020 Camry TRD, and they are pretty much “meh.”
It all starts with Toyota doing precisely jack squat to enhance the 3.5-liter V-6 engine’s performance, leaving it at 301 horsepower. Yes, this is a slick engine that does well in straight-line acceleration, but it is primed for some boost. Instead of adding to its power, TRD did like any good teenage wannabe and slapped a cat-bac exhaust on it and called it a day. Yeah, it’ll likely have a throatier sound, but not a spec of extra power.
Where TRD did most of its work was in the undercarriage. Here, TRD lowered the Camry’s center of gravity by 0.6 inches with coil springs and stiffened the chassis with upgraded braces, sway bars, and TRD-tuned shocks. In all, these chassis upgrades add up to roll stiffness increases of 44 percent in the front and 67 percent in the rear. TRD also added 3.1-pound-lighter 19-by-8.5-inch matte-black wheels, 12.9-inch front rotors with red two-piston calipers, and 12-inch rear rotors with single-piston calipers.
The Camry TRD will look the part with TRD aerodynamic kit that adds a front spoiler, side skirts, a rear diffuser and a rear trunk-lid spoiler, a black grille with sport mesh insert, and black exterior badges.
The 2020 Camry TRD’s cabin boasts black sport SofTex seats with Ultra-Suede inserts and red accents, red-stitched TRD headrests, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching, a TRD-logo shift knob, and TRD floor and trunk mats. It will also get a slick TRD splash screen on the driver-information center screen.
The 2020 Toyota Camry TRD will be available in four colors: Supersonic Red, Windchill Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic, and Midnight Black Metallic. Its pricing will start from $31,040, which makes the TRD a $5,240 premium over the Camry SE it is based on. Considering all the visual and chassis upgrades the Camry TRD has, that price isn’t half bad.