2018 L.A. Auto Show: Top Cars

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Toyota Avalon TRD
The Avalon TRD is based on the XSE trim and sports a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 301 horsepower. With a sport-tuned cat-back dual exhaust the Avalon gets a bit more roar at idle as well as under acceleration. Handling is improved with thicker underbody braces for increased torsional rigidity and unique coil springs that lower the vehicle by 0.6 inches for a reduced center of gravity. Specially tuned shock absorbers help improve body control and handling. The front brakes are larger with 12.9-inch diameter rotors and dual-piston calipers, compared to 12.0-inch rotors and single piston calipers found on XSE grades. The Avalon TRD will go on sale in the fall of next year as a 2020 model.

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