Get a Grip: Toyota’s AWD Sedans


From wintery conditions to dirt and muddy roads, AWD allows drivers to venture off the beaten path—literally.

By shifting power between the front and back wheels, all-wheel drive enhances traction control as a type of four-wheel drive system, and though it’s typically only offered on SUVs, Toyota is now offering it on two of their most popular sedans; the Camry, America’s best-selling sedan for over 17 years, and the Avalon, Toyota’s flagship sedan.

The Toyota-developed Dynamic Torque Control AWD system will be available as a standalone option for the Camry LE, XLE, SE and XSE grades and on Avalon XLE and Limited grades. These are the first Camrys in 21 years to include AWD and the first-ever Avalons.

Performance capabilities for both the Camry AWD and Avalon AWD are as follows:

  • Both the Camry AWD and Avalon AWD offer a high-efficiency 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine and an 8-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission
  • Most Camry AWD grades have 202 horsepower
  • Camry XSE AWD and both Avalon AWD grades have 205 horsepower with dual exhaust
  • Camry EPS-estimated fuel economies are 25/34/29 for the LE and SE and 25/34/28 for the XLE and XSE.

But these AWD sedans are being praised for more than just their performance.

Smart AWD

The Dynamic Torque Control AWD system was developed by Toyota to provide effective traction in inclement and slippery weather while minimizing the drag on fuel economy that’s usually associated with AWD. In the Camry and Avalon AWD sedans, this system can direct up to 50% of engine torque to the rear wheels to provide stability, but can also easily disengage when not needed and re-engage when needed.

Toyota Safety Sense-P

All 2020 Camry and Avalon models come standard with a suite of cutting-edge active safety systems called Toyota Safety Sense-P. This includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Automatic High Beams. Also available on both models is Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross Traffic Braking and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and comes standard on the Avalon. Star Safety

All 2020 Camry and Avalon models come equipped with a standard backup camera, have 10 standard airbags, and Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology.

American Made

Both the Camry AWD and the Avalon AWD are the only models of North America that are developed and assembled in the U.S.

Adventure Starts Here

Ready to get behind the wheel of a Toyota AWD vehicle? Whether to gear up for an off-road summer adventure or get ready for the wintery roads ahead, visit Toyota of Portland today to test drive AWD vehicles like the Camry, RAV4, Highlander, and more or shop online from the comfort of your home at




March 24, 2020
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