2020 Toyota Camry Road Test and Review

The Toyota Camry was not only the very best-selling mid-size sedan within the U.S. in 2019. It had been America’s top-selling vehicle that’s not really a pickup or perhaps an Sports utility vehicle. Apart from a longstanding status for dependability and cost, one way the 2020 Camry attracts a lot of buyers is its broad model selection. Beginning using the fundamental Camry L at $25,380 and topping by helping cover their the Lexus-like Camry XSE V6 at $36,085 (all such as the mandatory $955 destination charge), Toyota offers greater than a dozen trim quantity of a four-door sedan, including three hybrid models.

New for 2020 are a couple of additional Camry variations. The very first time, all-wheel drive can be obtained being an option in most Camry trims using the standard four-cylinder engine aside from the bottom L.

All-Wheel-Drive

This season, Toyota is getting the all-weather, all-road driving confidence of-wheel-drive for an expanded roster of models, such as the Prius, Avalon, and Camry. Within the Camry, AWD gives Toyota one to contend with the Subaru Legacy and also the recently minted AWD form of the Nissan Altima. The machine now offered within the 2020 Camry is really a easy one, dubbed Dynamic Torque Control AWD. It’s exactly the same system used for quite some time in lower trim quantity of a RAV4, utilizing a mechanical driveshaft and coupler to provide drive torque to some rear differential and equally to each one of the rear wheels. It defaults to front-wheel drive once the system detects that AWD isn’t required to maintain traction and works whatsoever speeds

The machine operates seamlessly and instantly, delivering traction via all wheels without any driver participation needed. There’s, however, a 3-4 mpg stop by gas mileage when compared to equivalent front-drive Camry trim.

New TRD Model

It’s unlikely that most Camry proprietors every considered their sober sedan needed more rear wing. But that’s precisely what 2020 Camry TRD buyers get having a not-too-subtle pedestal-mounted rear spoiler, full package with ground-effect rockers, more aggressive front and back fascias, and exclusive flat-black 19-inch alloy wheels. It’s a good enough transformation that some Subaru WRX and Social Si motorists may steal a furtive glance.

Developed with track input, the TRD rolls with extra underbody bracing, bigger front brakes, shorter and stiffer coil springs, beefier anti-roll bars, TRD-tuned gas shocks, and available summer time-only tires. Ride height is reduced by .6 inches for any more aggressive ride stance minimizing center of gravity. Special black-out exterior trim with red TRD badges, big-bore chrome-tipped cat-back dual exhaust, and red-colored brake calipers give this Camry a ready-to-rumble look. Close your vision (not while driving) and in line with the ride motions, quick turn-in, and exhaust purr, you can imagine yourself inside a German sports sedan. An uplifting two-tone paint plan having a gloss-black roof can also be on the TRD Camry.

Velvety V6

All the major Camry competitors — such as the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Chevrolet Malibu, and Subaru Legacy — have dropped six-cylinder engines using their powertrain lineups in support of turbocharged four-cylinders. But new Camry TRD comes standard with Toyota’s direct-injected, 301-hp 3.5-liter V6. The engine can also be offered around the Camry XLE and XSE models and it is distributed to the Lexus ES 350 and RX 350. Utilizing a Direct Shift eight-speed step-shift automatic, the Camry V6 can scoot to 60 miles per hour from rest in only under 6 seconds flat, with higher throttle response for overtaking on two-lane highways and merging onto high-speed freeways along with a velvety exhaust note as well.

Only 6 percent of recent Camrys come outfitted with this particular engine. Environmental protection agency estimates are 22 mpg city/31-33 mpg highway/25-26 mpg combined. Within the Camry, it operates on regular unleaded fuel.

Modern Interior

Having a dramatic horizontal dash design that sweeps in to the doorways and diagonally cut center stack and asymmetrical floor console design that may be fit for any Lexus or Audi, the Camry combines a driver-focused cockpit with upscale, soft-touch materials and trim obtainable in Tiger Eye wood, embossed mesh, layered wood, or textured metal.

The seats are very well contoured and fairly firm yet comfortable for lengthy journeys, obtainable in cloth, SofTex microfiber, or quilted or ventilated leather. The wealthy interior color scheme — including names like Macadamia, Ash, and Cockpit Red — exudes premium sedan plushness in a mainstream sedan cost.

Up-to-Date Infotainment

The large news for 2020 is adding Android Auto mobile phone mirroring to Apple CarPlay and Amazon . com Alexa compatibility towards the Camry’s standard equipment list. It’s incorporated in most 2020 Camry infotainment systems, such as the base unit using its 7-inch touchscreen, six-speaker AM/FM, SiriusXM, hands-free phone connectivity and Bluetooth music streaming, as well as in-vehicle Wi-Fi. The XLE and XSE models upgrade for an 8-inch touchscreen with HD radio along with a CD player, as the XSE V6 and XLE V6 bring a nine-speaker JBL premium sound system. Navigation is definitely an option within the XLE and XSE.

The great factor about all Camry infotainment systems is the simplicity of use. The touchscreen is at easy achieve of both driver and front passenger, while large analog knobs for volume and tuning and simple-to-access hard shortcut buttons flank the screen.

Drive Modes

All gasoline-powered Camry models offer a range of driver-selectable drive modes. Eco offers a more gradual throttle response under most driving situations and upshifts to greater gears earlier to help keep engine revs lower, thus saving fuel. Sport brings a far more responsive throttle, later transmission upshifts with simpler downshifts, and greater steering effort at highway speeds. Within the default Normal mode, well, the vehicle drives just like a Camry.

Interestingly, the standard mode can also be the very best drive mode option for most driving within the performance-oriented Camry TRD model. In Normal mode, the TRD had crisp throttle response and lively steering, and were able to return an observed 28 mpg out and about. Eco mode tended to accept fun from remaining in front of traffic, while Sport mode made the steering too stiff and gas mileage less thrifty.

Safety Internet

Just like other mainstream midsize sedans, the 2020 Camry is outfitted having a generous variety of standard safety technology. Apart from 10 standard airbags, all Camry models include the Toyota Safety Sense P package, including adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, a lane-departure alert with mild steering assist, along with a pre-collision system with pedestrian recognition and automatic emergency braking. A backup camera with trajectory lines can also be standard.

A no cost three-year subscription to Toyota Safety Connect gives proprietors automatic collision notification, emergency assistance, a stolen vehicle locator, and roadside assistance. Blind-place and rear cross-traffic monitoring will also be standard on XSE and XLE models, and optional on other trims except the TRD. An optional driver’s assistance package around the XSE and XLE includes upgrading for an overhead bird’s-eye-view parking camera, a mind-up display, and intelligent clearance sonar parking help with rear cross-traffic braking.

Full Selection

Pickups, crossovers, and sport-utilities may be flying off showroom floors, nevertheless the Toyota Camry four-door sedan remains hugely popular. In 2019, U.S. sales in the Camry exceeded individuals of BMW models, cars, and SUVs combined.

With the aid of all-wheel drive as well as the all-weather, all-road confidence it delivers — specifically in regions of the united states which have the snow and ice of winter — Toyota is searching to slow defections to SUVs. Toyota expects that around 15 % of 2020 Camrys purchased will probably be outfitted wonderful-wheel drive. With regards to surprisingly lively and fun-to-drive TRD Camry, who states all mid-size sport sedans have to be premium-priced European choices?