2021 Toyota Avalon TRD - Re-Driven Review - Biennial Menacing

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD - Re-Driven Review - Biennial Menacing
2021 Toyota Avalon TRD: Big T's big V-6 powered Q-Ship appropriately colored Ice Edge

ENTHUSIAST DEVELOPMENT: The automotive metaphor for the quest for a magical Arthurian sword is to be no more. Often colored as a refined barge tuned exclusively for septuagenerians and a Lexus ES pretender, after 28 years the Toyota Avalon sedan is slated to depart this earthly world.

SHORT LIFE: Two short years ago the Japanese automaker's in-house skunk works did go to work on a menacing tune of Avalon. Complementing a near NASCAR bodied Camry V-6 TRD, a 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD was also released and then sampled by Roadblazing.com. More recently an Ice Edge (putty grey) 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD was dropped off. Then unbeknownst to this outlet, it would spell the end of the TRD trim, with the entire model's demise scheduled for the following year. Consider this Re-Driven Review a eulogy for the only large Toyota sedan which attracted some quadragenarians.

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD Driving Hits:

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD: in Ice Edge
2021 Toyota Avalon TRD: in Ice Edge
  • 301 horsepower, 268 pound-feet torque DOHC gas V-6 = same as with non hybrid, non AWD Avalons
  • 6-speed automatic torque converter planetary transaxle
  • Steering wheel dorsal paddle shifting and Sport Plus drive mode yields crisp snap.
  • 25 combined miles per gallon, 490 miles highway range
  • TRD exhaust = genuine, from idle rumble to authoritative throat clearing at WOT
2021 Toyota Avalon TRD: in Ice Edge
2021 Toyota Avalon TRD: in Ice Edge
  • ABS torque vectoring
  • 4 x Drive modes = Eco / Normal / Sport / Sport Plus
  • Fully independent suspension with rapid but everyday livable damping
  • Stabilizer bars F/R = 27 mm = Avalon Touring
  • Spring rates (TRD) = +44 / +67 % vs. Avalon Touring
  • Higher steering effort weighting
  • 0.6" inches lower than Avalon Touring
  • Front disc brakes: 2-piston sliding calipers, +0.9" vs. Avalon Touring
  • Michelin MXM Green V-rated M+S 235/40 tires fitted to 19" TRD matte black alloy wheels make for touring with less float
  • Assembly with tight tolerances and premium materials knocks on door of entry luxury sedans

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD Driving Misses:

  • Hard fuel cutoff prior to redline in Sport Plus manumatic mode
  • Lacks Camry's TRD's summer tires and attendant greater dry cornering & braking grip
  • No front limited slip differential, means burn-out attempts set off VDC
  • Steering ratio no quicker than Avalon Touring
  • Lacks Avalon Touring's electronic variable dampers
  • Lacks an all-wheel drive option
  • Highway mirror wind noise

What It Has Got:

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD: in Ice Edge
2021 Toyota Avalon TRD: in Ice Edge
  • Pricing: from $43,870 (incl. destination) for a 8-speed automatic 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD
    • As tested 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD , optioned with Premium Audio & Navigation priced at $46,297
  • A long, low slung profile, yet sinewy fendered and rear quartered large family sedan
  • Accommodates 5 generously proportioned adults magnanimously
  • Wide aperture trunk expands via 60/40% split folding 2nd Row seatbacks
  • Robust assembly, premium soft touch materials and precision controls
  • Comprehensive standard feature set
    • Approach keyless entry, push button ignition; 2-zone automatic climate control;
    • LED headlights & taillights, delay windshield wipers
    • Auto dimming rear view mirror, heated wing mirrors
    • Heated & ventilated 8-way power front, w/ driver's 4-way lumbar +2-position memory
    • ELD twin analog gauges; 7.0" TFT trip & settings display;
    • 9.0" tri-pane touch media display; Bluetooth phone connection, SMS messaging
    • 8 speaker 320 watt CD + streaming audio
    • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay phone projection; native SMS messaging; USB-C x 4
    • Entune 3.0 complimentary apps
  • Subscription Services
    • Sirius XM; Wi-Fi (by Verizon)
    • Safety Connect, Service Connect + Remote Connect
  • Comprehensive safety features & ratings
      • IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus
      • Driver assist tech (standard)
        • Safety Sense P: Pedestrian & vehicle collision avoidance braking, blind spot & rear cross traffic warning, lane keep assist, fully adaptive cruise control, rear camera
        • 10.0" Heads-Up Display (optional)
        • 360° Surround camera; Perimeter camera scan; Sonar fore and aft park warning (optional)
  • 3 years / 36,000 miles bumper to bumper, 5 years / 60,000 miles powertrain warranties, 2 years / 25,000 mile scheduled maintenance
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD: cockpit
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD: cockpit
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

Options on tested 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD:

  • Heated power adjust steering wheel, heated rear seats
  • Native GPS cloud-based + HDD navigation, enhanced voice commands + guidance
    • Destination search & Dynamic Points of Interest search
  • JBL 1200 watt, 14-speaker audio; Qi inductive charging pad; Homelink remote garage control
  • Power Moonroof

What It Has Not (or Not Preferred):

  • Only red seat belts & contrast seat stitching & metal pedals distinguish from other Avalon interiors
  • Trunk lining felt flimsy & cardboard walls thin
  • Center stack buttons nano sized
  • Media display target of sunwash

Standout Feature(s) 2021 TOYOTA AVALON TRD :

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD: in Ice Edge
2021 Toyota Avalon TRD: in Ice Edge
  • TRD specific exterior
    • "Darth Vader" gloss black exterior trim including oversized full height lattice maw grille, black + red striped body side spats, trunk lid spoiler, side mirror caps
    • TRD lower fascia front splitter and rear diffuser
    • TRD 7-tuning fork spoke matte black 19" wheels
    • TRD badge, trunk-lid lower right
  • TRD specific cabin
    • Aluminum pedals
    • Red seatbelts
    • Red stitched leather tilt/ telescoping steering wheel
    • Red stitched and laced leatherette + micro-suede seats w/ embossed front head-rests
    • Red floor mat & trunk mat piping

Roadblazing.com Says: Muscle car effects on stolid large family sedan remain redundant in world with Camry. Snap one up while you can.

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD - Quick Spin Review
UMBRELLA NAME RAISES EXPECTATIONS: whenever TRD, the abbreviation for Toyota Racing Development is appendaged to a production Toyota street vehicle model. Except that in 2015, TRD stopped marketing superchargers, their only bolt-on power enhancements. As for tuning the brand’s most recent sports car the A80 2020 Supra, Toyota relies on