2020 Toyota Camry TRD and Avalon TRD first drive: Pieces of flair

The problem, as I see it, with both the Camry and the late V6 Honda Accord, was that the chassis couldn’t match the power output. You feel all this “go” without crisp handling, a stiff chassis or strong brakes.
With Toyota’s TRD upgrades, most of those problems are solved.
Both the Camry TRD and Avalon TRD get a TRD-tuned cat-back exhaust, thicker underbody braces, unique springs that lower both cars by 0.6 inch, specially tuned shocks and bigger front brakes (from 12 inches on the standard Camry to 12.9 inches.) Brake performance was tuned as well, and Toyota also added Active Cornering Assist, which brakes the inner wheels around corners, reducing understeer. You also get two-piston front calipers as opposed to single-piston jobs. The alloy wheels are wider by a half-inch and lighter than the wheels on the non-TRD cars.
As for looks, TRD buyers get the aforementioned new wheels with red logos, a new front splitter, side aero skirts, trunklid spoiler, grille and rear diffuser. A new red called supersonic is now offered too. The Camry TRD goes on sale this month for $31,040. The Avalon TRD is out now for a base price of $42,300.