Full-size sedans are a dying breed, especially in the United States. As more car buyers opt for SUVs as the family vehicle of choice, the sales of full-size sedans have plummeted. In response, many automakers discontinued their full-size sedans. Examples include the Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera, Kia Cadenza, and Chevrolet Impala. Now, Toyota follows suit with the discontinuation of the Avalon after the 2022 model year. However, the high-performance Toyota Avalon TRD model will have a second life on the collectors market. As a collectible, it will be worth a lot of money.
Why will the Toyota Avalon TRD be a good collector car?
Why will the Toyota Avalon be worth a lot of money as a collector car? It’s because of its rarity, as detailed by CarBuzz. The value of collectibles is partially determined by their rarity – and the rarer an item, the higher the value.
In 2018, Toyota unveiled the sporty, high-performance TRD versions of the Avalon and Camry. It’s a bit of a mystery why Toyota would give the sporty TRD treatment to mainstream family sedans. With such an unconventional combination, the Avalon TRD did not sell very well. Up until November 2021, Toyota sold only 3,852 units of the Avalon TRD. This includes the 2020 and 2021 model years. The Avalon TRD is not available for the 2022 model year, but Toyota continues to sell the Camry TRD.
Toyota Avalon TRD: Rare as a Ferrari 458 Speciale
CarBuzz made an unusual comparison to highlight the rarity of the Toyota Avalon TRD and give credence to its high value as a collector car. The 3,852-unit sales total of the Avalon TRD is similar to that of the 3,499-unit sales total of the Ferrari 458 Speciale. As a limited production supercar, the value of a Ferrari 458 Speciale sells for hundreds of thousands of dollars over the original price on the used car collectible market.
The Avalon TRD comes nowhere close to matching the overall quality and performance of the Ferrari 458 Speciale. Likewise, it won’t command as high a price as a collector car. However, you can expect the Avalon TRD to be worth a lot of money as collectible, especially compared to the standard Avalon model.
Unique features in the Toyota Avalon TRD
Despite the unusual move of Toyota giving the TRD treatment to a mainstream sedan, the Avalon TRD has some appealing qualities. Unique features in the Avalon TRD include a TRD gloss-black rear spoiler, 19-inch TRD matte-black alloy wheels, stiffer front and rear swaybars, firmer coil springs, a cat-back exhaust, and a gloss-black grille. Notable interior features in the Avalon TRD include aluminum interior trim with red stitched accents, black floor mats with a red “AVALON TRD” logo, and a shift knob with red stitching and an embossed TRD logo.
In addition to the rarity of the Toyota Avalon TRD, the unique features will help make it a good collector car in the future. One can only speculate on the potential value of Avalon TRD, but it will be worth a lot of money, making it a good investment opportunity.