STATUS: TRD performance model added for 2020 - The current Avalon remains a close relative to the Toyota Camry, but provides a bit more room and a lot more luxury. Usually considered a cushy cruiser, the Avalon for 2020 takes an usual offramp into the sporting world with a new TRD (Toyota Racing Development) model. It comes with character-changing sport-suspension tuning that lowers the center of gravity and increases hustle around corners. You'll also get a less-restrictive exhaust system, larger front brake rotors, wider wheels (matte black) and aero body bits. The TRD gets the same 301-horsepowers V-6 as other Avalons, however, and the same eight-speed automatic transmission that routes power to the front wheels. The Avalon comes with as many as four driver settings, depending on the trim level, that vary the response of the transmission, throttle and steering. The available hybrid system consists of a four-cylinder and two electric motors that produce 215 net horsepower. With the battery pack stored beneath the rear cushion, the 60/40 seatback can be folded flat for increased stowage. A continuously variable transmission comes with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters to control six simulated gears.
Base price (incl. destination): $36,750
Type: Midsize sedan
Engines: (h.p.): 3.5-liter V-6 (301); 2.5-liter I-4 with electric motors (215, net)
Transmissions: Eight-speed automatic; continuously variable (hybrid)
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 22/32/25 (V-6); 43/44/44 (hybrid)
Base weight (lb.): 3,600