Toyota is expanding its offerings of all-wheel-drive passenger cars by adding the drivetrain option to the 2020 Camry and the 2021 Avalon. The company’s popular Prius hybrid received optional all-wheel drive for the 2019 model year.
The new AWD system allows for up to half of that torque to be used for the rear wheels if the front wheels slip or are buried in heavy snow. The V6 Camry will not be offered with AWD.
A majority of Camrys come powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four with 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Dynamic Torque Control AWD remains disengaged when not needed, to improve fuel economy. When the system detects slippage, an electromagnetic coupling hooks up in an instant to send as much as 50 percent of the torque to the rear wheels. The extra equipment adds 165 pounds to the AWD Camry compared to the front-driver, while some trickery in the first-ever Avalon AWD allowed it to retain “weight similar to FWD V6 siblings.”
The 2020 Toyota Camry AWD will arrive at dealers next spring, with all grades to be offered with 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. The new Toyota Avalon AWD will be offered as model year 2021, launching later in the fall of 2020.