It was sunny and I decided to go for a drive. The summit was cut off, the highway was destroyed, and I was inspired by NASCAR’s brothers and sisters, like a tightly controlled sports car. The car also appears to have a variety of ground effects and aerial tricks. Stand down and your ears will be fine. I had to look at the window sticker to realize that I was beating a Toyota Camry. For God’s sake, a Toyota Camry! Who’s going to bang?
Try to make it clear in your mind that this beautiful car has both “Camry” and “TRD”, which means the development of Toyota Racing Cars. In fact, it’s not a NASCAR driver, but it certainly looks like one. Camry TRD shares its basic sporty style with the XSE version – metallic black roof and aggressive dashboard – with the XSE version, but takes full advantage of the car with the front splitter, side skirt, wing spoiler and rear diffuser. They actually enhance high-speed stability. Further styling enhancements include glossy black grille, red brake calipers, and TRD exhaust tips.
Like a proper racing car, the interior is a little sparse, but continues the theme of TRD. I like the thick leather wrapped steering wheel with red stitching and super support sports seats with fabric inserts, red accents, and red stitched TRD embroidered headrests. The red seat belt flashes with a bright safety smile. The zigzag dashboard with a large touch screen, metal trim, and red stitching adds a bit of movement to the Starship.
As Toyota Camry expected, everything was fine. The touch screen connects the device via apple CarPlay, Android auto and 4G Wi Fi to directly control the audio system. Evoke your latest desires on Amazon Alexa. Proper volume and adjusting knob increase convenience. There’s an 800W JBL sound system, but our car doesn’t have one. I also want a head up display and heated seats, but they are also illegal. Fortunately, safety is a key priority with a host of standard equipment: pedestrian detection, Adaptive Radar cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assistance, blind spot monitor and rear intersection traffic alert.
What the car really needs is two turbochargers, but they’re not on the menu either. Instead, it has a 3.5-liter V6 engine on the front wheels and an 8-speed direct shift automatic transmission that delivers 310 horsepower and 267 LBF ft of torque. There is no manual option, so click on the paddle to switch. Through the double exhaust system of cat back, it sings like a happy Banshee symphony. Settle down to reach 21 / 31 miles / gallon of city / highway.
How Toyota’s engineers turned grandma’s car into a track champion is worth studying. The reflective steering wheel and wheels, which seem to cross every road feature, are extremely opposite and I think it will be a boring Plush box with an over deformed shape. No, thicker underbody support increases torsional stiffness, and redesigned coil springs reduce the car by 0.6 inches to improve its responsiveness. Stiffer springs and wobble bars can resist body roll, while TRD shock absorbers, light alloy wheels and larger brake rotors all provide support. Once you find the groove in the car, you want to drive all night.
With the emergence of crossover cars, medium-sized cars are declining sharply. However, Toyota has shown how to turn a family car into a very attractive driving car, and the car’s styling is seriously inadequate. Most importantly, it remains a solid, reliable Camry in mind. Although the base Camry starts at $24425, our TRD reaches $33090 in value packaging. Competitors include Nissan Altima Sr, Kia K5 GT, Honda Accord sport and Subaru Legacy sport.