The sedan categories of cars may be going out of phase but the Toyota Camry 2020 might be the best executive Camry that the company has ever produced.
It comes in three powertrain options: there’s a fuel-efficient four-cylinder, a potent V-6, and an eco-friendly hybrid.
Although the Toyota Camry has a compliant ride and proficient handling, it lags in performance behind the sportier and turbocharged rivals such as the Honda Accord or the Mazda 6. There’s also plentiful standard driver-assistance technology, including forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning.
The 2020 edition is a sequel to the 2019 edition so what’s new?
The big change for 2020 is the performance-oriented Camry outfitted by Toyota Racing Development (TRD).
The new Camry rides on returned dampers supported by stiffer springs that lower the ride height by 0.6 inch. Beefier anti-roll bars, additional chassis bracing, and wider lightweight wheels wrapped in summer rubber prepare the Camry TRD for the Old Country Buffet 500.
The front brake rotors increase in diameter by 0.9 inch and are clamped by dual-piston calipers, and there’s a TRD-specific exhaust system to sound the part. The exterior is complemented by a unique aerodynamic body kit, and the interior is dressed in red to complete the look. Previously unavailable, Android Auto capability is now standard in all Camry models.
The fuel-efficient four-cylinder is alluring, but our brains need stimulation and driving a refrigerator isn’t going to cut it. Our inner Kyle Busch says to try the new Camry TRD, so that’s exactly what we’d do.
Not only is it the cheapest way to get the 301-hp V-6, it bundles the lengthy list of performance-enhancing options mentioned above. Though it forgoes creature comforts such as a leather interior, navigation, and driver-assistance features, it undercuts the V-6–powered Camry XSE by almost $4000.
The Toyota Camry 2020 TRD starts at $31,995.
The standard four-cylinder engine pairs with a silky eight-speed automatic, but its acceleration numbers are disappointing. A less powerful version of that engine works with a battery and two electric motors to power the Camry hybrid, which is no more exciting to drive than the base powertrain. The real gem of this lineup is the velvety 301-hp V-6 that’s available in the XLE and XSE models.