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AMA Alert: What Do You Want to Know About the Toyota Camry TRD, 2020 Corolla and More?



Toyota is prepping to debut not one, not two, but five new models at the LA Auto Show next week and if you have questions about any of the big debuts, we’ll ask them to Toyota on your behalf.

Wednesday, Nov. 28 will be the world premiere of the Camry and Avalon TRD models, the 2020 Corolla, a Corolla Hybrid and what appears to be an all-wheel drive Prius.

Just after the debut, AutoGuide.com’s VP of Content, Colum Wood, will host a Facebook Live with Toyota North America’s Group Vice President and General Manager Jack Hollis.
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I've got a question....will the Camry TRD get any performance upgrades or are we stuck with painted calipers and a different spoiler?
 

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I've got a question....will the Camry TRD get any performance upgrades or are we stuck with painted calipers and a different spoiler?
The TRD packages, in addition to the cosmetics, normally include suspension upgrades and sometimes a performance exhaust system.
The 1st Gen TRD Tundra got upgraded Bilstein shocks with LSD and 265 series tires instead of 245's.
Engines and drivelines are generally standard issue.

I would expect a TRD Camry or Avalon to have heavier sway bars and a firmer suspension... would not expect performance adders.
 

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My only issue with the Camry/Avalon TRD is that I can't give up my 08 Camry that has been good to me since my mom bought it. If I did buy a new Camry or Avalon, I would still keep my Camry.
 

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The TRD packages, in addition to the cosmetics, normally include suspension upgrades and sometimes a performance exhaust system.
The 1st Gen TRD Tundra got upgraded Bilstein shocks with LSD and 265 series tires instead of 245's.
Engines and drivelines are generally standard issue.

I would expect a TRD Camry or Avalon to have heavier sway bars and a firmer suspension... would not expect performance adders.
So this is normal for TRD? The "Racing Development" team only changes a few components and throws on different badging and we're supposed to get excited for that? It just feels like such a let down.
 

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So this is normal for TRD? The "Racing Development" team only changes a few components and throws on different badging and we're supposed to get excited for that? It just feels like such a let down.
That's typical.
I've never seen a TRD edition with an actual performance difference. It is simply a cosmetic and handling package.
That doesn't mean it's worthless... It may cost a little more than DIY, but it's a way to get an upgraded suspension with a factory warranty, and in the case of the trucks, it's the only way to get limited slip.


At least they actually have something that improves the suspension... the SET/Gulf States "XP" or "X-Pro" packages are 100% cosmetic bolt-ons, and you'll play hell to get warranty service on one of the custom items outside of SET/GS territory.

But honestly, what do you expect? This package is going onto the V6, which runs 300hp out of the box. They aren't going to blow reliability out the window with a supercharger, particularly since the TRD upgrades are normally only a couple thousand. The biggest performance improvements available in the V6 Camry/Avalon is going to be in improved handling. They are plenty quick already. Heck, it's a 3.5l V6 with more HP than my '03 4.7 Tundra had.
 

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But honestly, what do you expect? This package is going onto the V6, which runs 300hp out of the box. They aren't going to blow reliability out the window with a supercharger, particularly since the TRD upgrades are normally only a couple thousand. The biggest performance improvements available in the V6 Camry/Avalon is going to be in improved handling. They are plenty quick already. Heck, it's a 3.5l V6 with more HP than my '03 4.7 Tundra had.
Would it be asking to much to have a Camry that was quicker than a Accord? With less HP and more torque, that Accord is just as fast.


I'm new to Toyota. I just got the V6 XSE last year and I love that car. When I heard that there was a TRD Camry coming in 2020, I think my expectations exceeded reality.
 

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Would it be asking to much to have a Camry that was quicker than a Accord? With less HP and more torque, that Accord is just as fast.


I'm new to Toyota. I just got the V6 XSE last year and I love that car. When I heard that there was a TRD Camry coming in 2020, I think my expectations exceeded reality.
Accord vs Camry, "same class", different cars. Sometimes all you really need is better suspension components to be faster.
 

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Accord vs Camry, "same class", different cars. Sometimes all you really need is better suspension components to be faster.
Bingo.
HP is how fast you hit the wall.
Torque is how far you take the wall with you.

But both mean less when there are a few S-curves thrown in. Acceleration is good for pulling hard out of a corner.
Superior handling allows you to carry more speed into and through the corner, so you don't need the acceleration to pull out.
 

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