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2020 Toyota Avalon TRD: A slightly more aggressive sedan

The Avalon might have a reputation for stodginess, but Toyota Racing Development hopes to change all that.

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Emme Hall
I love two-seater, RWD convertibles and own a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata for pavement fun and a lifted 2001 Miata for pre-running. I race air-cooled Volkswagens in desert races like the Mint 400 and the Baja 1000. I have won the Rebelle Rally, seven-day navigational challenge, twice and I am the only driver to compete in an EV, the Rivian R1T.
Emme Hall
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The Toyota Avalon gets a new trim for 2020 courtesy of Toyota Racing Development.

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The Avalon TRD moves away from its stodgy image with stiffer springs and bigger front and rear roll bars.

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As with the Camry TRD, the Avalon also gets upgraded shocks and is lowered by a little more than half an inch.

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Though tires are a half-inch wider, drivers will have to be content with Michelin Primacy all-season rubber.

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The Avalon gets an aero package all around, with a little spoiler out back.

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Toyota calls its brake-based torque vectoring system Active Cornering Assist. It brakes the inside wheel to help the car rotate through a turn. 

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The Avalon TRD still sports the naturally aspirated, 3.5-liter V6, making 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque as found on other trims. However, the added cat-back exhaust adds a nice growl.

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Power gets down to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Apple CarPlay can be had on the Avalon TRD, but Android Auto users are left in the cold.

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The 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD will cost $42,300, not including destination. Keep scrolling for more photos. 

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