2020 Toyota Camry in Warwick RI
Although it was redesigned just two years ago, the Toyota Camry is commanding attention for a few noteworthy reasons in the 2020 model year. The biggest piece of news is the introduction of the TRD (Toyota Racing Development) trim level, a somewhat unexpected addition to a sedan that has always been known as a comfortable and reliable commuting car. The TRD trim adds elements of track-inspired fun and increased power at the top of the Camry lineup. While this tried-and-true four-door remains the reliable model we’ve all come to know and love, it returns with a little more flair this model year and also offers Android Auto capability for the first time.
Trims and Powertrains
The ‘20 Camry comes in six trim levels: L, LE, SE (which also comes as a limited Nightshade Edition), XLE, XSE, and TRD. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine for all trims except the TRD produces 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque and gets matched up with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The TRD is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes a spirited 301 horses and 267 lb.-ft. of torque; it’s joined to the same eight-speed AT as the others, but it also gets paddle shifters for more control of the gears. This engine is also optional with the XLE and XSE versions, and all trims are driven by the front wheels.
Comfort and Convenience
The L comes with power exterior mirrors, remote keyless entry, a rearview camera, and layered-wood interior trim. Upgrading to the LE provides a power-adjustable driver’s seat and a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat. If you want more amenities, you can add the optional heated power outside mirrors with turn signals, sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded rearview camera with dynamic gridlines, push-button ignition, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and LED rear-seat lights. The SE gets a spoiler, automatic climate control (single-zone), sport SofTex-trimmed front seats, and mesh interior trim. The Nightshade Edition is only different in that it comes with black exterior accents.
With the XLE, those optional features from the LE come standard on top of LED headlights and taillights, leather-trimmed heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a drive mode select feature, ambient interior lighting, and an electronic parking brake. Optional for this trim are a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, and a 360-degree camera system. The XSE adds a sport mesh front grille, dual chrome exhausts, and textured metal interior trim. The truly sporty TRD gets the aforementioned paddle shifters plus sport tuning, larger brake rotors and sport calipers, a stiffer suspension, special wider and lighter black alloy wheels, and a rear spoiler. It also receives trim-specific interior treatment: some black exterior accents, TRD embroidery, SofTex-trimmed front seats with red seatbelts and stitching, TRD headrests, a black leather shift knob with red stitching and TRD logo, and TRD floor mats.
Safety and Technology
The L, LE, SE, and TRD each receive an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a USB port, Bluetooth capabilities, satellite radio, and a six-speaker audio system; the LE, SE, and TRD all get an additional USB port. On the XLE and XSE, an 8-inch touchscreen is introduced along with voice recognition controls (optional for the LE). Optional for the SE, XLE and XSE is a premium nine-speaker JBL audio system and integrated navigation system.
The L, LE, and SE come with the nicely equipped standard version of the Toyota Safety Sense driver-assist suite (pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control). A blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert is optional for the LE and SE. The XLE and XSE get the blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert along with full-speed range dynamic cruise control; intelligent clearance sonar with rear cross-traffic braking is optional on those trims. The TRD receives the same equipment from the SE but with full-speed range dynamic cruise control.