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2020 Toyota Camry's Subaru-Fighting AWD System Is a $1,400 Extra

All-wheel-drive Camry production starts in March

We recently put the all-wheel-drive 2020 Toyota Camry through its paces in the snow, where it impressed us with its all-weather capability.  The Camry's all-wheel-drive system sends up to 50 percent of the engine's power to the rear wheels when slip is detected, and according to technical director Frank Markus, the traction advantage Toyota's all-wheel-drive system adds is immediately noticeable. No doubt, the option will come in handy to Camry buyers located in areas with slippery weather conditions.

The Camry shares its all-wheel-drive system with the RAV4 compact crossover. While the system is a $1,400 option on Camry LE, SE, XLE, XSE, and Nightshade models, it's limited strictly to vehicles equipped with Toyota's 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Want the Camry's optional V-6 and all-wheel drive? Tough luck, because you can't have it.

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The LE trim is the least expensive way to have yourself a Camry with four driven wheels, and it starts at $27,325. If you want to hop into something a little sportier, you can opt for the SE all-wheel-drive trim, which starts at $28,525. That's significantly less than the Camry TRD we tested earlier this year that cost a whopping $5,300 more than its SE counterpart.

The Camry XLE, XSE, and Nightshade will start at $31,810, $32,360, and $29,225, respectively. For now, Toyota sedan shoppers in search of all-wheel-drive are limited to the mid-size Camry. Nevertheless, Toyota plans to offer the bigger Avalon with all-wheel-drive later in the year.