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2020 Toyota Camry vs. 2020 Toyota Avalon: What’s the Difference?

2020 Toyota Camry VS 2020 Toyota Avalon
  • The 2020 Toyota Camry is a midsize sedan, and the 2020 Toyota Avalon is a full-size model.
  • The Avalon is more expensive than the Camry, but it’s bigger and more luxurious.
  • The Camry and the Avalon each have a frugal hybrid option and a sporty TRD trim.

There’s a lot of talk about how sedans aren’t popular anymore as the crossover craze continues. It might be true that traditional 4-door cars aren’t as popular as they used to be, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any good options on the market. Toyota has shown a commitment to sedans, and among its fantastic offerings are the midsize Camry and the full-size Avalon.

Let’s take a look at the differences and similarities between these family-friendly sedans.


One of the main differences between the Camry and the Avalon is size. The Camry is a midsize sedan, and the Avalon is in the full-size class. The Avalon is about 4 inches longer and 1 inch wider than the Camry. See the 2020 Toyota Camry models for sale near you

As for styling, the cars speak a similar design language but have distinct looks. Historically, these nameplates have a reputation for having a bit of a sedate look, but no one can accuse these cars of looking boring in 2020. Each car now has a TRD trim, which is new for 2020, and it gives these practical sedans a decidedly sporty look. See the 2020 Toyota Avalon models for sale near you


Because the Avalon is bigger than the Camry, it has more interior space. Both sedans are quite family-friendly and can comfortably seat four adults, but the Avalon is a bit roomier and a nicer place to be. If you’re planning on using the middle back seat regularly, your passengers will appreciate the Avalon’s extra space. The Avalon’s trunk is also slightly bigger than the Camry’s.

The Camry has a nicely designed interior, but the Avalon takes it a step further and has luxurious aspirations. The Avalon is like a budget-friendly alternative to similarly sized luxury cars, providing a roomy, well-designed and well-appointed interior at a competitive price tag. The Camry’s lower trims aren’t as nice on the inside, but the Camry is more affordable and has a nice interior for its price point.


Both cars have standard front-wheel drive, but the Camry is available all-wheel drive, an all-new feature for 2020. If AWD is a must-have, the Camry has the advantage.

The base engine in the Camry is an inline four. You can upgrade to a strong V6, which is the standard engine in the Avalon. Both cars have a very similar hybrid powertrain available, too.

2020 Toyota Camry Engines

  • 2.5-liter inline-four; 203 horsepower, 184 lb-ft of torque; up to 29 mpg city/41 mpg hwy
  • 3.5-liter V6; 301 hp, 267 lb-ft of torque; 22 mpg city/33 mpg hwy
  • 2.5-liter hybrid inline-four; 208 hp; up to 51 mpg city/53 mpg hwy

2020 Toyota Avalon Engines

  • 3.5-liter V6; 301 hp, 267 lb-ft of torque; 22 mpg city/32 mpg hwy
  • 2.5-liter hybrid inline-four; 215 hp; up to 43 mpg city/44 mpg hwy

The Camry is the more efficient choice, but remember that the Avalon is a bigger car than the Camry. It’s also worth noting that the fuel economy of the standard V6 in the Avalon is quite good and almost identical to fuel economy of the Camry’s upgraded V6. Both hybrids are among the most efficient in their respective classes.


Both sedans come extremely well equipped with safety and driver assistance technology on every trim. Every trim on either car features the Toyota Safety Sense P safety tech suite, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert with steering assist, dynamic radar cruise control and automatic high beams.

As for infotainment technology, the Camry comes standard with a 7-in infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and it’s upgradable to an 8-in unit with more features. Every Avalon has a 9-in infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, but there’s no Android Auto support on the Avalon.


The 2020 Toyota Camry is more affordable than the 2020 Toyota Avalon by a considerable margin. The Camry has a starting MSRP of $24,425, and the Avalon starts at $35,875. The Avalon is more expensive not only because it’s bigger, but because it’s also a more luxurious car. A fully loaded Avalon Hybrid Limited gets into the mid-$40,000 range. The most expensive Camry trim is the XSE V6, which starts at $35,130 — less than the base price of the Avalon.


There’s no question that the Avalon is bigger and nicer than the Camry, but this comparison comes down to a question of value. The Avalon is a great budget alternative to a real luxury car, but the Camry is arguably the better value, as you can get a really nice one that’s more affordable than a base Avalon while getting the same punchy V6 engine. You can’t go wrong with either of these sedans — the right one for you depends on your priorities. If you’re not sure, give them both a test drive while you’re at your Toyota dealer. Find a Toyota Camry for sale or Find a Toyota Avalon for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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