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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

2020 Toyota Camry TRD back rear wing spoiler

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

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD interior seats stitching logo

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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 Supra finally gets a manual transmission for 2023.

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After an almost nonstop chorus of enthusiasts and journalists asking for a manual transmission in the new Supra, Toyota has gone and done it. The car will get an available six-speed manual transmission that will be available on both variants of the GR Supra 3.0, plus a limited-edition model on the U.S. market next year.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTToyota had to modify the car's interior for the new gearbox. Toyota

The A91-MT Edition Supra will be limited to 500 units, and gets two exterior colors with an exclusive Cognac leather interior. All 2023 Supras come with a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that makes 382 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. Toyota says the six-speed manual has been specially tuned to work with the car's engine, and notes that it modified an existing transmission housing to come up with the design. The gearbox's final drive ratio is shortened to improve response and take-off.

Toyota had to modify the car's interior to accommodate a gearshift lever, so the iDrive controller and other buttons had to be relocated. The automaker says that it focused on the feeling of shifting, from the weight of the knob to the ergonomics and location of the component.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTThe limited-edition A91-MT trim gets an exclusive cognac leather interior.Toyota

A Supra with a manual gearbox is reason to celebrate, but availability is limited to the top Supra 3.0. The "base" Supra 2.0 won't get the transmission. Toyota says pricing and other information will be available later this year.

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Refreshed luxury crossover

2022 Lexus NX earns Top Safety Pick +

The 2022 NX earned a Top Safety Pick + award.

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The redesigned 2022 Lexus NX just got its crash test scores, and they're strong. The new crossover picked up a Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the agency's top award. It's the NX's fourth consecutive Top Safety Pick + award, and before that the vehicle earned Top Safety Picks.

2022 Lexus NXThe NX has picked up top awards for several years in a row. Lexus

The 2022 NX picked up top scores in testing, earning a "Good" rating in all crash-test categories, a "Good" score for headlights, "Superior" scores for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention, and a "Good+" score for LATCH system ease of use. Though the 2021 model also picked up a Top Safety Pick + award, it scored lower for its car seat anchors.

Lexus offers the new NX with a whopping four propulsion options, including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 203 horsepower, a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 275 horsepower, a 2.5-liter hybrid with 239 horsepower and a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 302 horsepower. The two gas engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive, while the two hybrids both get all-wheel drive.

2022 Lexus NXLexus offers the NX with four powertrain options. Lexus

Pricing for the 2022 NX starts at $39,025 for the base NX250. Moving up the line, the NX350h starts at $42,125 and the NX450h+ starts at $56,725.

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