The fifth-generation Avalon boasted a fresh new look for the 2019 model year, and for 2020, that look gets even better with the performance-oriented Avalon TRD. This new trim expands on the already well-equipped, 301-horsepower XSE grade with some serious sport-tuned upgrades. And with production capped at just 2,600 units, this full-size performance sedan is truly special. So let's find out how Avalon TRD differs from the rest.
Avalon TRD distinguishes itself with exterior trim and accents that make it instantly recognizable as a force to be reckoned with. Its piano-black, red-pinstriped aero kit consists of a two-piece front splitter and side skirts, as well as a rear lip spoiler. This unique kit is designed to help increase downforce for improved vehicle stability, in addition to providing the appearance of a lower, more aggressive stance. There's also a rear diffuser, which accentuates Avalon TRD's unique cat-back exhaust.
This new dual exhaust consists of 4-inch polished stainless steel tips and higher-flow mufflers. As a result, Avalon TRD produces a throatier sound both at idle and acceleration. Other blacked-out exterior accents include housing for LED headlights, side mirror caps, window trim, Toyota badge and nameplate lettering, as well as red TRD badging to establish that this is not your standard Avalon.
Avalon TRD's cabin features red accents throughout, along with red stitching on the premium leather-trimmed steering wheel, shift knob, instrument panel and floor mats, which feature the TRD logo. And right above the driver's side floor mats are aluminum support pedals, which have a sleek look and premium feel. Once seated in, buckle up with Avalon TRD's red seatbelts and put Avalon TRD into Drive with the TRD-embossed shift knob before hitting the road.
WHEELS & BRAKES
Avalon TRD sits on 19-inch matte-black alloy wheels, which are wider and lighter than the wheels on Avalon XSE. This difference in weight results in reduced unsprung mass, enhancing turning response on reducing rotating mass. And behind these multi-split-spoke wheels are beefier front brakes. Avalon TRD's larger, 12.9 inch front rotors and dual-piston, red-painted calipers provide increased braking performance
To help Avalon stay planted, TRD coil springs lower ride height by 0.6 inches, while also increasing front and rear roll stiffness. To maintain on-road ride quality, TRD-tuned front and rear shocks help improve vehicle body control. Meanwhile, stiffer front and rear sway bars increase roll stiffness for flatter and more confident cornering. Lastly, a thicker three-piece underbody brace makes Avalon TRD more agile by reducing bodyflex to allow the suspension to work effectively.
1. This floor mat was designed specifically for use in your model and model year vehicle and SHOULD NOT be used in any other vehicle. To avoid potential interference with pedal operation, each mat must be secured with its fasteners. Do not install a floor mat on top of an existing floor mat. 2. Softex is a potential registered trademark of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. 3. 19-in. performance tires are often expected to experience greater tire wear than conventional tires. Tire life may be substantially less than mileage expectancy, depending on living conditions.