2020 Toyota Camry And 2021 Avalon All-Wheel Drive Models Are Launched

2020 Toyota Camry AWD
2020 Toyota Camry AWD. Credit: Toyota
We now have the fuel economy numbers for the new 2020 Toyota Camry with all-wheel drive due out this spring. The lineup achieves 28 or 29 mpgs city/highway combined depending on the model. The new AWD Camry will be the first Camry with all-wheel drive since 1991. It will be followed by the first-ever all-wheel drive Avalon that will arrive as a 2021 model next fall.

AWD System

The AWD system is based on the one used in the RAV4. It can direct up to 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, in response to acceleration from a start or slippage at the front wheels.

Neither sedan was designed with all-wheel drive in mind so Toyota engineers had to make some modifications to add the feature. All-wheel drive adds just 165 pounds over the Camry FWD. The Avalon AWD weight is similar to that of its FWD V6 siblings. Toyota says both AWD models match their FWD counterparts in passenger space, trunk room, ride comfort, cabin quietness and vehicle agility.


Both the Camry AWD and Avalon AWD are equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine teamed with an 8-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission. Most Camry AWD grades have 202-horsepower, while the Camry XSE AWD and both Avalon AWD grades have 205-hp with dual exhaust.

2021 Toyota Avalon
2021 Toyota Avalon Limited AWD. Credit: Toyota


All-wheel drive will be available as a standalone option for the Camry LE, XLE, SE and XSE grades and on Avalon XLE and Limited grades.

The 2020 Camry AWD arrives in early spring. All AWD grades can get an optional Cold-Weather Package, which adds heated seats and mirrors on the LE, heated seats, mirrors and steering wheel on the SE, and heated steering wheel on the XLE and XSE.

2020 Toyota Camry
2020 Toyota Camry XSE AWD. Credit: Toyota

The 2021 Avalon AWD will go on-sale next fall. Both XLE and Limited AWD grades will receive a standard heated steering wheel while other standard and optional features carryover from the FWD versions.

Both models are assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. Toyota previously offered an AWD Camry in 1988-1991, called the AllTrac.
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