Toyota is in the process of gradually expanding its all-wheel drive (AWD) capabilities throughout its fleet and the newest member to receive it is the 2020 Toyota Camry. While crossovers and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are still in high demand for their AWD capabilities, many people still prefer the size and functionality of a traditional sedan. The introduction of AWD into this line of popular and trusted sedans gives consumers yet another reason to turn to the Camry when searching for a vehicle that can best suit their busy lifestyles. If your curiosity is piqued, keep on reading – we here at Westbury Toyota have put together a quick, comprehensive overview of what you can expect from the 2020 AWD Camry.
For the first time in 18 years, the Camry will be available with AWD. Previously this was only available during the late 80’s and early 90’s with the Camry All-Trac. Since then, the Camry has only been front-wheel drive (FWD). The new AWD is available on the LE, XLE, SE, and XSE trims. All-wheel drive in the Camry will offer the sedan previously unavailable traction and stability, similar to that found in SUVs.
Because the Camry is manufactured at Toyota’s Kentucky plant, it benefits from Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. This made the process of giving the Camry AWD easier: The Dynamic Torque Control System was developed in-house by Toyota and is borrowed from the RAV4, explains Michael Simari of Top Driver. Depending on circumstances, it can also divert as much as 50 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels. When AWD isn’t needed, the system decouples itself from the rear wheels, which in turn helps to conserve fuel.
The AWD Camry will only be available with one engine: A 2.5 liter (L) 4-cylinder gasoline engine that’s paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine is capable of putting out an impressive 202 horsepower (hp), explains Adrian Padeanu of Motor 1, and 205 hp in the Camry XSE trim (along with a pair of exhaust tips). While the Camry’s optional 305 hp V6 engine isn’t available with 4-wheel drive (4WD) just yet, it has not been written out entirely.
There were additional modifications necessary to adapt the Camry to an AWD system, including:
Because this new drivetrain makes the Camry more inclement weather worthy than the regular Camry, the new AWD Camry has an available Cold Weather Package that has a few key differences based on trim selection. With the LE, you will get heated mirrors and front seats while on the SE you get both of those features as well as a heated steering wheel. Both the XLE and XSE trims come with the heated steering wheel as the heated mirrors and seats are standard in the base package.
There are plenty of people who have been awaiting the return of AWD to the Camry and now that it’s here, there’s no better time to look into owning one. Those of us here at Westbury Toyota share the excitement and are more than happy to share all the details about the 2020 sedan that will have traction capabilities fit to rival that of the Highlander or the RAV4. If this is the moment you have been waiting for, be sure to pay us a visit so we can go over all the buying and leasing options for the 2020 Toyota Camry.