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Toyota thinks you want a track-ready Camry and Avalon

Toyota is now selling the Camry TRD and Avalon TRD.

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As the Twitterati likes to say, "TRD all things!" And, as if to answer the question no one was asking, Toyota has debuted a Camry and Avalon with track-ready performance and styling.

TRD, which stands for Toyota Racing Development, has lended its name and equipment to the 2020 Toyota Camry and 2020 Toyota Avalon sedans giving them a series of modifications including:

  • A TRD-tuned cat-back dual exhaust
  • Thicker underbody braces
  • Unique coil springs
  • Specially tuned shock absorbers
  • Lighter 19 x 8.5-inch matte black alloy wheels
  • Larger front brakes with 12.9-inch diameter rotors and dual-piston calipers
  • Active Cornering Assist
  • An aerodynamic body kit, which includes the front splitter, side aero skirts, trunk lid spoiler, and rear diffuser
  • Red pinstriping, red-painted brake calipers, and red TRD badging

2020 Toyota Camry TRD

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Toyota has modified the Camry and developed the new 2020 Toyota Camry TRD.

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

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Toyota is now selling a performance-focused variant of its Avalon, the 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD.

2020 Toyota Camry TRD

Both models are powered by Toyota's strong 301-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with sport mode and paddle shifters.They also come standard with Toyota Safety Sense-P, a suite of driver assistance technologies.2020 Toyota Camry TRDThe 2020 Camry TRD rides on Bridgestone Potenza 235/40R19 summer tires.

In addition to its other modifications, it has a gloss black front grille with sport mesh insert and black exterior badging. The Camry is available in Supersonic Red, Windchill Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic, and Midnight Black Metallic paint jobs and comes with polished steel TRD exhaust tips.

Inside, the Camry has Black Sport SofTex-trimmed front seats with fabric inserts, red accents, and red-stitched TRD embroidered headrests. The car's leather-wrapped steering wheel also has red stitching, and its seatbelts are red. Its shift knob with an embossed TRD logo, and it has unique TRD floor and trunk mats, and a TRD MID visual start up.

The 2020 Toyota Camry TRD has an MSRP of $31,040.

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

The 2020 Avalon TRD rides on matte-black 19 x 8.5-inch alloy wheels paired with Michelin 235/40R19 all-weather tires, making it 18-pounds lighter than the 19-inch wheels on the Avalon XSE. It also has stainless steel TRD exhaust tips and red pinstriping. The car comes in Supersonic Red, Windchill Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic and Midnight Black Metallic paint jobs.

Like the Camry, the Avalon TRD has Black Sport SofTex-trimmed heated front seats with Ultra-suede inserts and red accents. Its interior is fitted with red-stitched TRD-embroidered headrests, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching, red seatbelts, a shift knob with an embossed TRD logo and red stitching, and unique TRD floor and trunk mats.

The 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD has an MSRP of $42,300.

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The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is a fresh edition for the company's lineup.

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One of Toyota's most efficient cars is getting the blackout treatment. Like other Nightshade editions Toyota puts out, the 2022 Prius Nightshade has all the requisite black accents while maintaining its heralded powertrain.

The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is available in front- and all-wheel drive. Buyers can add the treatment to Prius L Eco, LE, LE AWD-e, XLE, XLE AWD-e and Limited grades. It comes in the buyer's choice of Midnight Black Metallic, Super White, or Silver Metallic paint job. Front-wheel drive models ride on standard 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels while AWD-e cars get 15-inchers with black insert and lug nuts.

The exterior of the car also gets black headlight accents, mirror caps, door handles, color keyed rear deck spoiler and shark fin antenna.

2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade

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Each of the models is powered by the Prius's 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, which is paired with two electric motors. A continuously variable transmission is standard. All-wheel drive models get an EPA-estimated 51 mpg in the city, 47 mpg on the highway, and 49 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive versions do a slightly better 54 mpg in the city, 50 mpg on the highway, and 52 mpg combined.

Inside there are standard SofTex-trimmed trimmed, heated, power adjustable front seats and a SofTex-trimmed heated steering wheel and semi-gloss black center console. A 7-inch infotainment touch screen is standard, as is a six-speaker JBL sound system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa come on every model, as are an auxiliary jack, three USB ports, a wireless phone charger, and one 12-volt outlet.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is standard and includes a pre-collision system with low-light pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, bicyclist detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and road sign assist.

All Prius models come with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Toyota's hybrid battery warranty is for 10 years or 150,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date, whichever occurs first. The hybrid system warranty is for eight years or 100,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date.

This latest member of the Nightshade family means that there are 11 Nightshade editions in Toyota's stable. The Prius is the first hybrid to get the treatment.

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The new version of the Toyota Tundra will be revealed soon

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A new Toyota Tundra is finally one the way. With its current version more than long in the tooth, the forthcoming 2022 Toyota Tundra is poised to be a breath of fresh air into the Japanese automaker’s stable. Toyota has released a short video of the front end of the model to aid in building excitement for its launch.

The redesigned 2022 Tundra has long been rumored and heavily speculated about. The new full-size pickup truck is expected to take design cues from the recently-revealed Toyota Hilux. Expect the new Tundra to be bigger than the last, flowing in the footsteps of the GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ford F-150 redesigns over the last few years.

Whether or not the truck has a bigger bed, additional cabin configurations, and more towing capacity than the currrent model has yet to be revealed. Those things would be beneficial to help the truck compete against its biggest competition.

The biggest variable that has yet to be revealed is the truck’s powertrain and drivetrain. Toyota is big on hybrid technology so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the truck be offered with at least one hybrid engine for buyers to choose from. Expect it to be available in two-wheel drive and possibly come with four- or all-wheel drive as an option. A variety of drive modes are likely.

The current Toyota trucks lineup features totally different interiors than what you’ll find in their smaller cars and SUVs. Expect the interior of the Toyota Tundra to set a precedent for what we might see in a future Sequoia cabin.

The to-be-revealed technology on the Tundra will also give us an idea of what to expect from future Toyota vehicles. With Ford adding BlueCruise and GMC getting GM’s Super Cruise tech in the coming months, Toyota could easily and quickly find themselves behind the eight ball.

It is likely that Toyota will load up the new Tundra with a suite of safety technology just like it does every other model in its lineup. This could include blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, lane-centering assist, and rear cross traffic alert.

Toyota plans to reveal the 2022 Tundra soon. Stay tuned for more information.

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