Toyota Offers AWD Sedans

Toyota Offers AWD Sedans

By Lustine Toyota

While a ton of other companies are abandoning the sedan segment entirely, Toyota continues to make the segment stronger with new variants of its best-selling sedans. Most of the United States experience some unusual weather throughout the year, and because of this, Toyota is launching all-wheel-drive versions of the Camry and Avalon. The new all-wheel-drive systems are designed to give drivers a better grip on the road. It marks the first all-wheel-drive Camry since 1991 and the first-ever for the Avalon. This particular all-wheel-drive system is specific for Toyota and will be a standalone option for the Camry LE, XLE, SE, and XSE, as well as the Avalon XLE and Limited. Continue reading for more information on this new all-wheel-drive system.

About the All-Wheel-Drive

Both the Avalon and the Camry AWD come with a highly-efficient 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that matches to an eight-speed direct-shift automatic transmission. Most Camry AWD trims come with 205 horsepower, while the Camry AWD XSE and the Avalon AWD upgrades get 205 horsepower through a dual exhaust. This new all-wheel-drive system balanced with added traction with exemplary fuel efficiency. Most car buyers see "all-wheel-drive" as one central thing, but there are a ton of all-wheel-drive models on the market. The AWD system in both the Camry and the Avalon is a Dynamic Torque Control system that provides impressive traction for challenging weather while minimizing the drag on fuel economy while sending engine torque to the rear wheels. When AWD isn't needed, such as on the highway, the electromagnetic coupling on the front of the rear-drive axle disengages from the propeller shaft to provides you with a better fuel economy. The system is designed to reengage immediately, with the operation being transparent to the driver and passengers. The AWD system on the Camry and Avalon mimics the FWD counterparts in passenger space, ride comfort, and vehicle agility.

An American Effort

While neither the Camry or the Avalon were designed to have all-wheel-drive, due to the demand of the market, the engineering team at Toyota Motor North American Research and Development in Michigan developed the AWD system. The flexibility of the team at Toyota New Global Architecture allowed them to develop the AWD versions in-house to improve the efficacy. The TNGA has spent years bringing together new approaches to engineering, design, production, and materials. What the North-American only Camry and Avalon show is that individual Toyota's can use the TNGA seeks to tailor its vehicles to meet market needs. Adapting the AWD system drivetrain the Camry and Avalon require floor structure modifications, plus the use of an electronic parking brake and a unique saddle-side fuel tank. Consumers can also expect that the Camry and Avalon AWD will provide a similar ride and handling characteristics as FWD models with more traction capability.

Features and Options

The Camry AWD models will be available in the Spring of 2020. All AWD Camry's have an optional Cold Weather Group, which comes with heated seats and mirrors on the SE, mirrors, and a heated steering wheel on the SE, and a heated steering wheel on the XLE and XSE. All other standard features from the other trims carry over to AWD versions, including Toyota Audio multimedia systems with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa. As for the Avalon, the AWD versions will be released in 2021, and both the XLE and Limited AWD trims will get a standard heated steering wheel while all the other standard and optional systems carry over from the other FWD versions. Both the Camry and the Avalon AWD versions come with Toyota Safety Sense with its cutting edge safety systems such as a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, and automatic high beams. A blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert is optional on the Camry and standard on the Avalon, while intelligent clearance sonar and rear cross-traffic braking are optional on both models.

About Lustine Toyota

There are many reasons why our loyal customers come back to Lustine Toyota. For starters, we are an award-winning dealership for both our sales and our service as we have won the President's Award as well as the Excellent Award for Customer Satisfaction for the work done in our Service Department. Our sales staff is friendly and professional, and it's our job to provide you with all the information needed so that you can make an educated decision for your next Toyota vehicle. Each month, we gain new and happy customers from Prince William County as well as Fredericksburg, Stafford, Fairfax, and Manassas. Once the AWD Camry and Avalon are released, you will be able to get them here at Lustine Toyota! Until then, feel free to browse our complete new inventory!

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