Sedans & Coupes

Toyota Camry TRD vs. Dodge Charger SXT

The Toyota Camry and Dodge Charger both appeal as a roomy family car. These two family sedans are both affordable and practical in their own right. The Camry has long been known to offer safety and impressive gas mileage. Plus, its reliability can’t be touched. The Charger holds a reputation as a performance sedan offering all the practicality of a four-door sedan without sacrificing in the pony department.

white 2020 Toyota Camry TRD family sedan with performance specs
2020 Toyota Camry TRD | Toyota Media

2020 family sedans

Each of these sedans are available in a variety of trim levels. The 2020 Toyota Camry offers a wide variety of options including a $24,425 entry level option––according to Edmunds. The 2020 Camry has both 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engine options. The 4-cylinder Camry made the list for Edmunds’ Best Gas Mileage Cars for 2020.

MotorTrend reports all-wheel drive is now an option for the Toyota Camry for $1,400––a new feature for 2020. The Toyota Camry tops out in the XLE and XSE trims equipped with the 301 horsepower V6 engine. These models start at $34,580 and $35,130 respectively.

2020 Dodge Charger SXT GT AWD family sedan
2020 Dodge Charger SXT GT AWD | Dodge

The Dodge Charger is known for its range-topping trims with robust V8 options that boast ludicrous power. The 2020 Charger Scat Pack Wide Body option features a 285 horsepower V8 engine and starts at $46,495, according to Edmunds. Plus, there’s the SRT Hellcat Wide Body trim with its obviously-necessary 707 horsepower V8 for a modest $69,995.

Maybe you feel your family doesn’t need the Scat Pack or the Hellcat Charger. If so, Car and Driver notes that the 292 horsepower V6 still packs heat. The 2020 Dodge Charger starts for under 30 grand and even in the base model is fun to drive with a healthy list of standard amenities.

The 2020 Toyota Camry TRD

The Toyota Camry TRD is an exciting new edition to the current Camry generation. Car and Driver says today’s generation is the “best it’s ever been,” in fact. The TRD option for the 2020 Camry comes standard with the 301 horsepower V6 engine. If you want to drive away in a 2020 Toyota Camry TRD it’ll cost at least $31,170, according to Edmunds.

red Toyota Camry trd on the track
2020 Toyota Camry TRD | Toyota Media

TRD is an acronym for Toyota Racing Development, in case you’re new to the party. The TRD team gave the Camry specialized suspension components. Plus, you can opt for stickier summer performance tires which won’t add anything to the final cost. However, the 2020 Camry TRD misses the mark a bit in terms of some important practical features.

“Though it forgoes creature comforts such as a leather interior, navigation, and driver-assistance features, it undercuts the V-6–powered Camry XSE by almost $4000.”

Car and Driver

Additionally, there is a V-brace for additional chassis strength and durability behind the back seat. So, you’ll lose the folding capability of the rear seats. Additionally, the new-for-2020 $1,400 AWD option is only available on the LE, SE, XLE, and XSE trims. However, it’s only available pair with the 2.5 liter 4-cylinder powertrain, according to MotorTrend.

2020 Toyota Camry TRD side
2020 Toyota Camry TRD | Toyota

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The 2020 Dodge Charger SXT

The 2020 Dodge Charger’s SXT model is the Charger lineup’s entry level configuration, according to Edmunds. One of its defining features––and its primary edge over the Toyota Camry TRD––is the AWD availability we see as an option on the Charger SXT model. It’s guzzles more gas than the Camry, but those who opt for the Charger seldom seem concerned.

The 292 horsepower V6 engine is a little behind the Camry TRD’s V6 horsepower output, but its 260 pound-feet of torque (a bit more with all-wheel drive) does just fine. Its price point is nearly identical to the TRD trim Camry at $31,390. Plus, Car and Driver’s review notes that the 2020 Charger SXT family sedan “was remarkably balanced when cornering.”

2018 Dodge Charger is on display at the 110th Annual Chicago Auto Show
The Dodge Charger | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

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With similar pricing, it’s worth mentioning that between the two 2020 family sedans, the 2020 Dodge Charger SXT has more standard features such as a power-adjustable driver’s seat entry, keyless entry and ignition, and the Uconnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

If you want an affordable performance-oriented family sedan and reliability and gas milage are high on your list, go with the 2020 Toyota Camry TRD. If more standard tech and a more muscular body style are your thing, go with the 2020 Dodge Charger SXT.