Toyota hyped up the release of the newest version of the Toyota Avalon lineup, the 2020 Avalon TRD, months ago and left us wondering what it would actually be. Today, all those questions are answered, as Toyota has finally released all the details on the new 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD, and they are a bit of a letdown.
Sure, no one ever expected Toyota to release legitimate performance versions of its two volume-selling family haulers, given it can’t even get the 86 right, but this is depressing. The Toyota Avalon TRD will come standard with the same 301-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine as the XSE trim. In true waste-of-performance-parts fashion, the Avalon TRD does get a throaty-sounding cat-back exhaust system that does zero for performance.
The only place there are any performance updates are in the undercarriage where TRD dropped its center of gravity by 0.6 inches with coil springs, installed stiffer chassis braces, and installed new coil springs, sway bars, and TRD-tuned shocks to increase roll stiffness by 44 percent in the front and 67 percent in the rear. It also adds 19-by-8.5-inch wheels that are 18 pounds lighter, 12.9-inch front rotors squeezed by two-piston calipers, and 12-inch rear rotors gripped by single-piston calipers.
On the outside, the Avalon TRD will at least look the performance part with a TRD aero kit that includes a front spoiler, side skirts and a rear diffuser, a black grille with sport mesh insert, and black exterior badges.
Inside, the Avalon TRD gains 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.
The 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD will be available in four colors – Supersonic Red, Windchill Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic and Midnight Black Metallic – and will start from $42,300. As much as I like to lament the Avalon TRD for its lack of performance upgrades, I must admit that it still looks dang good.