The 2020 Toyota Camry offers a choice between a four-cylinder or V6 engine. (Manufacturer photo)

The 2020 Toyota Camry offers a choice between a four-cylinder or V6 engine. (Manufacturer photo)

2020 Toyota Camry roster has a TRD version and all-wheel drive

The midsize sedan’s new lineup ranges from racy to rain-worthy models and everything in between.

Toyota’s Camry midsize sedan is a juggernaut of the automotive industry, racking up sales numbers in the millions over the years.

Like most sedans, Camry has taken a hit from the tremendous popularity of SUVs, but it is still very much alive and selling in 2020, snazzily designed and delivering excellent fuel economy, comfort, safety and reliability.

A new Camry TRD model (Toyota Racing Development) joined the roster this year, souped up with a V6 engine, sport-tuned and brawnier underpinnings, exterior and interior embellishments, and other accoutrements associated with higher performance.

Pre-existing members of the Camry lineup are the L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE trim levels. There is also a Camry Hybrid, generally covered as a separate model in Toyota consumer information.

The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 203 horsepower, used in L, LE, and SE models. An optional 3.5-liter V6, available only in XLE and XSE models, and standard in the TRD, generates 301 horsepower. Both engines are combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Four-cylinder models have the better fuel economy, with the Camry L the best of the bunch: 29 mpg city, 41 mpg highway, and 34 mpg combined. Next in line are the LE and SE at 28/39/32 mpg. XLE and XSE get 27/38/31. With a V6 under the hood, the XLE’s numbers are 22/33/26 and the XSE’s are 22/32/26. The TRD rates 22/31/25 mpg.

All-wheel drive reduces fuel economy ratings a bit. For example, a four-cylinder XSE with AWD is rated 25/34/28 mpg.

Front-wheel drive is standard on all 2020 Camrys. All-wheel drive is newly available for 2020, but only on LE and SE models, or XLE and XSE models equipped with the four-cylinder engine. The extra charge for AWD is $1,400.

Toyota’s Entune touchscreen infotainment system is standard in every 2020 Camry. The TRD interior is shown here. (Manufacturer photo)

Toyota’s Entune touchscreen infotainment system is standard in every 2020 Camry. The TRD interior is shown here. (Manufacturer photo)

Including a $995 destination charge, pricing for the 2020 Camry starts at $25,420 for the base L model. Beginning with Toyota’s inherent reliability, it has a good list of standard features including LED headlights with automatic high beams, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with six speakers, SiriusXM satellite radio, voice command, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, Wi-Fi, a USB port, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning system, and lane keeping assist. Cloth front seats have six-way adjustability, and the driver’s seat includes power lumbar support.

I drove the XSE model with a four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. Its $38,579 total price included options adding up to $6,179. If I had to economize the test car I’d start by scrubbing the $2,375 Driver Assist package. It added ventilation to the front seats, a bird’s eye view camera, a sonar detection system with rear cross traffic braking, and the 10-inch head-up display I kept in Off mode because I’m an HUD hater.

A couple of the least expensive options on the list were the actual favorites: $150 for a heated steering wheel, and $259 for rubber floor mats and trunk liner. They could be bundled into a Rural Snohomish County Preferred Fall and Winter Package.

The four-cylinder engine didn’t make me yearn for the V6. It was no disappointment at all, and the AWD was wonderful to have for the extra traction it delivered during a week of rain-soaked roadways.

The new 2020 Toyota Camry TRD model has a lowered ride height, brawny underpinnings, and a model-specific exhaust system. (Manufacturer photo)

The new 2020 Toyota Camry TRD model has a lowered ride height, brawny underpinnings, and a model-specific exhaust system. (Manufacturer photo)


Base price, including destination charge: $32,400

Price as driven: $38,579

Mary Lowry is an independent automotive writer who lives in Snohomish County. She is a member of the Motor Press Guild, and a member and past president of the Northwest Automotive Press Association. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturers as a one-week loan for review purposes only. In no way do the manufacturers control the content of the reviews.

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