2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

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2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: April 14, 2020
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With steep decline in sales of sedans, manufacturers are trying every trick in the book to ramp up the same. Toyota wants to get the same result from it’s biggest sedan- The Avalon and hence roped in their TRD (Toyota Racing Development) division for their help and expertise. First revealed in November 2018, the 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD is the first ever Avalon to be developed by Toyota, in tandem with the TRD division.

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Long List of Standard Driver Aids

Superb Ride Quality

Excellent Noise Insulation inside the Cabin

Upgraded Suspension and Brakes improves Handling Dynamics significantly


No Power Bump from the Standard Avalon

No Android Auto

Not available in RWD/AWD configurations

What's New?

The 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD is the 1st time that an Avalon has got the TRD treatment, so it’s a brand new Sedan from Toyota.


vehicle bio

base price



4dr Sedan

passenger capacity




engine type


211 cu.in.


301 hp @ 6600 rpm


267 lbs.-ft. @ 4700 rpm


8 speed automatic


frame type


suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar



113 in.


195.9 in.


72.8 in.


55.9 in.

curb weight

3638 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.


passenger volume

102.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.1 cu ft.

fuel economy


22/25/31 mpg

ev range

347.6 mi.

highway range

489.8 mi.


basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

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Celestial Silver Metallic

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Engine And Performance


Fuel Economy








Trims and Configurations


2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Base


301 hp @ 6600 rpm
Regular unleaded
25 combined


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $42,375 MSRP (22/25/31) 301 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed ECT-i Direct-Shift Automatic front wheel drive 5

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While the Avalon TRD doesn’t see any bump in Power and Torque, you do get TRD Tuned Coil Springs, Shocks and Under Braces that lowers the center of gravity and the height of the Avalon by 0.6 inches and increases the Torsional Rigidity as well. Talking of the Visual changes, you get Bigger Front Brakes with Red Brake Calipers on both ends, Rear Diffuser, Cat Black Dual Exhausts and 19” Wheels for added visual appeal and a feel of driving a Sports Sedan. You do get some TRD specific improvements on the inside that includes the like of TRD badges on the Seats, Red Stitching on Gear Stick and Seats and lot more.

With all these upgrades, you would expect the pricing of the 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD to rival the likes of AMG’s or the Quadrifoglio’s and so on. Surprisingly though, Toyota has managed to keep the pricing of the TRD, lower than the Standard Avalon’s Top of the line Touring trim, at just $42,300. With pricing like this, the Avalon TRD, takes on the likes of the Spectacular Alfa Romeo Giulia, The Big American Cadillac XTS and the Avalon’s own Sister Car- The Lexus ES 350 F Sport.

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD front view
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD rear view



Engine and Performance


Fuel Economy






2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Features


The 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD is available in just the Single TRD trim. However, despite being the Sportier version of the Standard Avalon, the TRD version doesn’t skip on Equipment and packs in most of the bells and whistles that you would find in the higher trims of the Standard Avalon. You still get a 9” Touchscreen Infotainment System with an 8 Speaker Audio system that supports Apple Car Play and Amazon Alexa. However, Android users will be left disappointed as Toyota hasn’t still announced the integration of the same in their infotainment systems.


Avalon TRD


$ 42,300

Key Features

TRD piano-black front splitters, side aero skirts and rear diffuser with red pinstriping


LED reflector headlights with smoked chrome bezels and on/off feature and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with auto on/off feature


19” TRD matte-black alloy wheels and Piano Black Rear Spoiler


TRD cat-back dual exhaust with polished stainless steel tips with Intake Sound Generator


12.9” Front Brake Rotors with Red Painted Front and Rear Calipers


Black leather shift knob with red stitching, TRD Logo and Aluminum Pedal Covers

Any specific recommendations on what configurations to choose?

The Avalon TRD comes loaded to the brim with a host of convenience and connectivity features but those who want more can opt for a Premium JBL Audio Package with Factory Navigation by paying an extra $1,760 over the MSRP.

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Engine and Performance


All trims of the 2020 Avalon are powered by the 3.5 liter V6, which produces a class-leading horsepower of 301 hp and maximum torque of 267 lbs.-ft. at 4700 rpm. The same goes for the TRD as well. Toyota has not fiddled with the Engine of the Avalon and instead, focused more on shedding weight and adding additional aerodynamic and suspension updates to the same. The Engine has good refinement levels and offers a decent grunt in the city.

Toyota has decided to go with an 8-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive for the TRD as well. The shifting of the gearbox is fairly smooth and will not give you any room for excuse. The Engine feels eager for overtakes out on the Motorway and the 8 Speed Automatic is quick enough to respond to the Driver’s demands.

One big difference between the Avalon TRD and the Standard Avalon comes from the fact that the TRD comes with Cat-Black Dual Exhausts and Intake Sound Generator that adds to the oratory drama of driving the Avalon TRD.


Toyota Avalon TRD FWD

Cadillac XTS FWD*

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti RWD*

Lexus ES 350 F Sport FWD


$ 42,300





3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 Cylinder

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain FWD FWD RWD FWD


8 Speed Automatic

6 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)





Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)





*2019 Model Year figures being used for reference purposes only

Cadillac takes the numbers game in terms of the power figures when you stack it against its rivals. The Lexus comes in second in this respect and the Avalon falls short by just 1hp. The Alfa comes with the least power but trumps the others by offering the most torque at a significantly lower RPM.

How fast is the Avalon TRD?

While Toyota has made no Engine changes to the Avalon TRD, the reduction in the unsprung weight by 18 pounds over the standard Avalon and upgraded aerodynamics and chassis, has resulted in sub-6-second 0-60mph timings for the TRD. Toyota says, this has been made possible with the use of lightweight matte-black wheels, reduction in the body height and use of thicker underbody braces for additional torsional rigidity.

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Acceleration

While we don’t have the quarter-mile figures yet, we expect the TRD to be faster than the ES 350 F, courtesy of lower weight. In the real world, the Avalon TRD feels slightly peppier to drive than the standard Avalon but you do feel the absence of some extra horses.


Toyota Avalon TRD FWD

Cadillac XTS FWD*

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti RWD*

Lexus ES 350 F Sport FWD

0-60 MPH (sec)





Quarter Mile (sec)





Top Speed (MPH) 130 N/A 149 131


3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 Cylinder

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

Emission (Tons/Year of CO2 Emissions @ 15kMi/Year)





**Based on Estimates

Speaking of rivals, the Turbocharged Alfa manages to smoke its rivals in both the 60MPH and the Quarter Mile runs. The Japanese Duo of the Lexus and the Toyota, manage to somewhat keep pace with the Alfa, while the big Caddy, just struggles to maintain pace with the others just because of its heft.

What about the braking performance then?

One of the biggest talking points and upgrades that the Avalon TRD gets over the standard Avalon is in the braking department. The Avalon TRD gets Power-assisted ventilated 12.9-in. front disc brakes with dual-piston calipers and solid 11.06-in. rear disc brakes with hydraulic brake boosters. Adding to the visual appeal are the red-painted front and rear calipers, while the unique brake booster and pedal stiffness tuning, adds to the braking experience and feel. Electronically Controlled Braking (ECB) system and Star Safety System, furthermore inspire confidence in braking without much fuss.

While we don’t have the exact stopping distance for the Avalon TRD, we expect the braking distance of the Avalon TRD to be the lowest, owing to its weight shedding job and bigger brake rotors. Braking performance ranks as one of the best in the segment and you won’t find many flaws, with the same.


Toyota Avalon TRD FWD

Cadillac XTS FWD*

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti RWD*

Lexus ES 350 F Sport FWD

Brake Rotors Front (in)





Brake Rotors Rear (in)





Curb Weight (lbs)





60-0 MPH (ft)





The Lexus ES 350 F Sport, stays true to it’s F Sport credentials by being the best in terms of braking distances. The Cadillac follows the Lexus next, while the surprisingly light Alfa, falls short of the rest.

How good is it on the Handling front? 

Toyota wanted to ensure that the Avalon TRD, rides and handles like a Sporty sedan and hence, they developed the TRD after conducting several tests at its Arizona Proving Ground, TMC Higashi-Fuji Proving Ground in Japan and MotorSport Ranch in Texas. Toyota has made changes to the Chassis as well that includes the use of thicker underbody braces for additional torsional rigidity. Toyota has also stiffened the Chassis and the body has been also lowered by 0.6” making for a much lower center of gravity than the standard Avalon. Finally, Toyota added stickier 19” Matte-finished rims and 12.9” Brake Rotors to the TRD for that added grip and braking confidence as well.

How do these all affect the sedan you ask? Well, the Avalon TRD feels certainly more confident on the corners than it’s sibling, the Avalon and the lower ride height, adds to the sporty character as well. The Decklid Spoiler and the Rear Diffusers, not only add to the visual drama but ensures that the TRD feels a tad bit sportier to drive than the Avalon as well. The Suspension doesn’t throw you out of place while moving through a bump at city speeds but you will feel them, at higher speeds though. Handling is precise and the steering is direct in terms of the feedback it offers. The Active cornering assist, adds braking to the inner wheels while taking the corners hard, hence allowing for added stability and traction on the tarmac.

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Fuel Economy


With the rising Fuel Costs and rapidly depleting resources, customers are now focused on MPG figures more than ever before. Thankfully, the 2020 Toyota Avalon, doesn’t disappoint in this respect as it manages to return a healthy 26MPG overall, courtesy of a lightweight chassis and an efficient motor. Out on the highway, the Avalon manages an amazing 32MPG and on the city, you can expect around 22 MPG. The 14.5 Gallon Fuel Tank, however, reduces the overall driving range when compared to the Avalon’s rivals.


Toyota Avalon TRD FWD

Cadillac XTS FWD*

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti RWD*

Lexus ES 350 F Sport FWD

MPG (City)





MPG (Highway)





MPG (Combined)





Fuel Capacity (Gallons)





Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)





It’s a level playing field when you take into count, the range offered by all the vehicles being compared here. In terms of numbers, it’s the Alfa that takes the lead in the city MPG figures while the Avalon comes as the best in the Highway section.

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Interior

While there aren’t big changes in the interiors of the Avalon TRD over the standard Avalon, stepping inside the inside of the same will make you feel that you are in a sporty sedan. The Interiors are mostly covered with a Black theme but accentuated with red accents. The headrests get the TRD logo embossed on them and red stitching on the seats. The Steering and the Gear Knobs get the same treatment as well and that’s the only differentiation that Toyota engineers could provide to the Avalon TRD.

There aren't big changes in the interior of 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

In terms of comfort, the TRD retains the same levels of Comfort as the standard Avalon, despite all the performance updates. The Sport SofTex Seats offer good levels of bolstering and will not tire out people, who wish to do long-distance touring on their Avalons. The Cabin feels premium on the whole with good quality of materials being used. The Seats offer Heating functionality on the front and can be power adjusted, to suit the needs of the occupants.


Toyota Avalon TRD FWD

Cadillac XTS FWD*

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti RWD*

Lexus ES 350 F Sport FWD

Seating Capacity





Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)





Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)





There is also no shortage of storing options. Apart from the standard glove box, there is another additional space underneath the driver's hand rest. Avalon can easily fit in five passengers. The cabin is very spacious with ample head and leg space. Seats are perforated which accounts for good ventilation.

How feature-loaded is it on the inside?

Despite being a performance-oriented and sporty sedan, the 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD, offers all the bells and whistles that you'd expect of a Toyota flagship, albeit in a sportier avatar. Here are few of those nifty but useful features

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter and rear-seat vents
  • Softex Trimmed Seats with 8-way power adjustment for the front seats
  • 60/40 Split-folding rear seats
  • Tilt/telescopic premium leather steering wheel with red stitching and steering mounted controls
  • Black leather shift knob with red stitching and debossed TRD logo
  • Aluminum Pedal Covers
  • 4 USB 2.0 Charge Ports with 1 12V Auxiliary Power outlet
  • Rear Window Defogger with Timer
  • Power windows with 4-window auto up/down, jam protection and retained-power features
  • Frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror and HomeLink universal transceiver

How good is the Infotainment system?

Toyota has had this tendency of being late to the party when it comes to offering the latest in terms of connectivity and entertainment part. Sadly enough, such is the case with the Avalon TRD as well. Don't get us wrong here as Toyota is bundling a lot of features in the Infotainment section of the Avalon but sadly, it is skipping some modern-day necessities like Android Auto. The infotainment system looks good to the eyes and has been very well placed and positioned. however, we aren't big fans of the lag that this system has on offer and the overall intuitiveness on offer. Speaking of the features on offer, here is a list of the few nifty ones

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD infotainment display
  • Qi Charging Wireless Charging Pad
  • Integrated Backup Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • 7” TFT MID with Customizable Settings
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot with Siri Eyes Free
  • Bluetooth hands-Free telephony and music streaming
  • Voice Recognition with USB 2.0 Media port
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • 9” Touchscreen Infotainment System with Apple Car Play, Amazon Alexa connectivity
  • SiriusXM/HD Radio with Bluetooth and USB 2.0 Connectivity

Is the Avalon TRD, as good as the other Toyota's on the Cargo front?

To some extent, Yes. The Avalon makes good use of its size and manages to offer a good 16.1 cu.ft. Of storage capacity in the trunk. Inside the Cabin, you have a decent amount of cubby holes that can contain a lot of your stuff, including phones, keys or even watches or any other nifty stuff. The 60/40 Split-folding seats manage to increase the cargo capacity of the Avalon by a decent margin as well.


Toyota Avalon TRD FWD

Cadillac XTS FWD*

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti RWD*

Lexus ES 350 F Sport FWD

Cargo Capacity (ft3)





Comparing the Avalon TRD to its rivals will give you an idea of Toyota's focus on the practicality aspect of the Avalon TRD. The Cadillac XTS manages to take the top spot in terms of the cargo capacity on offer and beats the Lexus-Toyota duo by a small margin. The Alfa sadly has the least space to offer in terms of the Cargo capacity but that can be blamed to its smaller proportions than the other sedans compared here.

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD steering
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD steering
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Back Rest
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Back Rest
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD interior
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD interior
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Feature
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Feature
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Infotainment
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Infotainment

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Exterior


Quite different to be honest. Stand in front of the 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD and you will immediately notice the fact that it ain’t just another Avalon. Designed by Toyota Calty Design Research, the Avalon TRD comes with a lot of upgrades on the outside as compared to the standard car, that aren’t only cosmetic but functional as well. The Piano Black front splitter, side skirts, and rear diffusor along with the larger front brake discs with red calipers, instantly differentiate the TRD from the standard Avalon. The Black-Cat Dual Exhausts enhances the sporty appeal of the TRD as well. The Big 19” Matte-Black Alloys, not only contribute to the weight reduction of the TRD but enhances the grip of the same as well.

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Exterior Design

In terms of dimensions, the Avalon TRD remains identical to the standard car, except for one big change- Reduced ride height by 0.6”. This has been made possible by the use of TRD-tuned coil springs, shocks and under braces.


Toyota Avalon TRD FWD

Cadillac XTS FWD*

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti RWD*

Lexus ES 350 F Sport FWD

Curb Weight (lbs)





Length (in)





Width (in)





Height (in)





Ground Clearance (in)





Wheelbase (in)





While the Japanese duo fo the Lexus and the Toyota and the compact Alfa, are similar in terms of their weights, it's the big American Cadillac that stays put to its name. The XTS is the heaviest, tallest, longest and widest of all sedans compared here. This makes it the most spacious of them all but also, makes for the Sedan that you have to be most careful about while tackling the busy city streets. The Alfa has the most compact proportions here and is the easiest to live within crowded spaces. Lexus and Toyota have similar dimensions and won't cause a headache to their owners in terms of the ease of movement in the city or at tight parking spaces.

Any Eye-catching features?

Well, yes. While there aren’t many changes on the inside of the Avalon TRD when compared to the standard Avalon, the Exteriors are a different story altogether. There are quite a lot of visual changes that will ensure that the Avalon TRD stays put to its TRD name and differentiate itself, from the standard Avalon. Here is the list of features that can be found standard on the Avalon TRD.

  • LED reflector headlights with smoked chrome bezels and on/off feature with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with auto on/off feature and LED Taillights
  • Red Brake Callipers
  • TRD piano-black front splitters, side aero skirts and rear diffuser with red pinstriping
  • Piano-black heated power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind-spot warning indicators
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade
  • 19” TRD matte-black alloy wheels
  • TRD piano-black rear spoiler
  • TRD cat-back dual exhaust with polished stainless steel tips with Intake Sound Generator
  • Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD side view
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD side view
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD rear
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD rear
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Side View
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Side View

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Safety


Toyota takes the safety of its cars very seriously and comes loaded with lots of active as well as passive safety features. The Avalon TRD is the sportier version of the Avalon but despite that, Toyota has bundled plenty of features in the TRD as standard. The safety features are not trim specific and comes standard across all trims.

  • Cross-traffic alert (rear)
  • Ten airbags
  • Lane departure warning activates steering
  • 3-point seat belts for all seating positions
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) includes lower anchors on outboard rear seats
  • Child-protector rear door locks and power window lockout control
  • Energy-absorbing collapsible steering column
  • Front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Collision warning system activates at low speed
  • Electronic traction control
  • Electronic brake distribution
  • Head-up display
  • Surround-view camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rear cross-traffic braking

While the Avalon TRD is yet to be tested for crash ratings by the IIHS and the NHTSA, we do expect it to lie in the same range as the standard Avalon, considering both the sedans are somewhat similar in structure.

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Competition

Toyota Avalon TRD vs. Cadillac XTS

The Cadillac XTS is the American Way of Imagining a big size sedan. The XTS is big in terms of size, interior room, power, features and yes, Price as well. The Cadillac comes loaded with luxuries on the inside and feels premium as well. However, on closer inspection, you would feel like the Build is not at par as the Japanese counterpart of the Caddy. The Avalon, on the other hand, is smaller than the Cadillac, in terms of dimensions but has a similar amount of space on the inside. The Avalon comes with a better build than the Caddy and will stand the test of time, quite easily. The Avalon is $4,000 cheaper than the Caddy as well and all things considered, a better buy than the same as well.

2020 Cadillac XTS

Toyota Avalon TRD vs. Alfa Romeo Giulia

People who buy the Giulia, don’t buy the Giulia but buy it for sheer emotion. The Giulia is one of the gateways to the Brand that is Alfa Romeo. When stacked against the Avalon TRD, the Giulia feels more agile to drive, is faster as well and offers superb MPG figures. Prices are impressive too with the base Alfa being $3,000 cheaper than the TRD. However, long term reliability of Alfas is known to be not the best and when pit against the Toyota, the Alfa certainly doesn’t have a chance. The Avalon comes with a lot more space than the Alfa as well and will be the one, that will win the long term race. However, just for the sheer feel and emotion, you won’t be disappointed about buying the Giulia.

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

Toyota Avalon TRD vs. Lexus ES 350 F Sport

The Lexus ES 350 F Sport is the direct Arch Rival to Avalon TRD. The ES 350 F Sport shares the same engine as the Avalon and a lot of many parts as well. There is very less to differentiate when choosing between the Toyota and the Lexus. The Lexus has a bit more drama on its exteriors than the Toyota, which feels a bit understated when compared against the Lexus. On the inside, the Lexus is a tad bit premium in feel than the Avalon and that can be only noticed by people with great observation skills. The big difference comes in the pricing. The Lexus is $2,000 expensive than the Avalon TRD and is a good buy if you are planning to enter the world of Lexus’. Other than that, you won't go wrong with the Avalon TRD.

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport


2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Final Verdict

The 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD is the first Avalon, to get the TRD badge and despite no improvement to the Motor, TRD has done a good job with the standard Avalon. With the lowered Body, Chassis and Brake updates and some exterior enhancements, the Avalon TRD, does look sporty in the flesh and feels the same while driving as well. However, is it worth 42 grand? Well, looking at the competition and what they have to offer, you do have some better driving cars or feature-laden cars than the TRD. But, as an overall package and with Toyota’s reliability, the Avalon TRD does justify that investment pretty well.

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The best sedan of 2020 goes to Avalon

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Toyota Avalon is a wonderful sedan under 50k and TRD trim is even better.












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"The best sedan of 2020 goes to Avalon"

Avalon is no doubt the best sedan I've driven till now and not only in terms of power but handling as well. The built of Avalon is huge and I didn't at first expect it provide smooth handling experience. I'm glad I was wrong. I don't feel I'm driving a 3 and a half ton sedan while negotiating a corner.
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