2022 Toyota Camry TRD
The TRD treatment was first applied to the Camry back in 2020, and we really liked what Toyota did to this benchmark midsize family sedan. But, a lot has happened in the auto world in the last two years, so we’re back to see if we still have feelings.
It’s still driven by a 3.5-liter V6, rated at 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, sent to the front wheels through an 8-speed automatic. A TRD catback exhaust is included for a little extra flair, but the whole experience, from engine to transmission, remains quiet and smooth.
It sits about half an inch lower thanks to the TRD shocks and springs, with new stabilizer bars for extra cornering prowess. The lower stance matched with the bespoke aero treatment across the front, side and rear, means you’ll need to be a bit more mindful of bumps and curbs-- still, it doesn’t quite flirt with impracticality.
Other race-mod changes include the gloss black spoiler and 19-inch matte black wheels; the latter of which shield red brake calipers. The cabin continues the theme with red accents, from seatbelts to stitching. The standard 7-inch or available 9-inch infotainment is paired off with plenty of physical controls, making for an “easy to live with” sporty experience.
And that might just be the best way to summarize the Camry TRD: underneath its boy-racer wrappings is an honest, livable commuter. With a starting price of around $34,000, it might be great for those who want something a little spicier without sacrificing Camry practicality.
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