The Toyota Camry and Avalon are getting all-wheel drive courtesy of the RAV4

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November 13, 2019 07:00 AM

The Toyota Camry and Avalon are getting all-wheel drive courtesy of the RAV4

Both cars share the RAV4 4-cylinder engine and drivetrain, and will be on sale in 2020.

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Toyota is offering two new all-wheel-drive sedans starting next spring.

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Toyota is offering two new all-wheel-drive sedans starting next spring.

Toyota is introducing all-wheel-drive Camry and Avalon models; it’s the first AWD Camry since 1991 (the AllTrac!!) and the first Avalon so equipped, period. The AWD system, developed in-house, is called Dynamic Torque Control and is available as a standalone option for Camry LE, XLE, SE and XSE trims and Avalon XLE and Limited trims.
Toyota says part of its reasoning for offering the option is that market demand for AWD has increased thanks largely to SUVs and crossovers’ popularity while sedan customers have had fewer choices.

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Both cars use a 2.5-liter DOHC four and eight-speed automatic transmission. Most Camrys have 202 hp while the Camry XSE and both Avalons have 205 hp with dual exhaust. The engine and AWD system come from Toyota’s new-for-2019 RAV4 and can direct up to 50 percent of the torque to the rear wheels if the fronts slip. When you don’t need AWD, the system can disconnect the rear axle for better fuel mileage. The Camry, Avalon and RAV4 also all ride on the Toyota New Global Architecture, or TNGA, platform. Toyota says even with the AWD rear differential the trunk floor height is the same as in the FWD versions.
The AWD Camry is a 2020 model and arrives in dealers next spring while the Avalon is a 2021 and goes on sale next fall. We’ll see the AWD Camry in the metal at the LA Auto Show next week, so stay tuned.

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