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2021 Toyota Avalon TRD defies expectations

You wouldn't expect a sedate cruiser like the Avalon to be hiding some performance chops, yet here we are.

Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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Toyota's normcore veneer splits every so often, letting weird stuff out of the woodwork, like a skunkworks Prius rally car or a Yaris with way too much horsepower.

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One such car that is bound to elicit a double take from most anyone is the 2021 Avalon TRD. 

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I have no idea who this car is for, but I'm glad it exists.

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While a few key upgrades to the Avalon TRD would really wake it up in my opinion, I'm not so sure the price would be able to handle it. 

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As it is, the 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD starts at $43,870, including $995 for destination and handling.

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That puts it above every single other Avalon trim, save for the tippy-tippy-top Limited Hybrid.

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Considering you can get a Dodge Charger with a 485-hp V8 (and a superior infotainment system) for nearly the same scratch, you have to really want the Avalon TRD to make a strong financial case.

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But if sporty-ish Japanese sedans are your bag, then the 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD will certainly scratch your itch.

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It may not leap forth in a way that truly separates it from the rest of the Avalon crowd, but it's a fun four-door that bucks the notion that Avalons are basically shepherds carrying grandma from Boca Raton to the Pearly Gates.

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Keep scrolling to check out even more pictures of the 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD.

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