5 Weird Toyota Trim Levels You Can Buy Right Now

Yes, Toyota does make a spoiler-clad Prius that pays homage to 2020. Or would you prefer Darth Vader's Sequoia?

Jonathan Miller

Toyota builds impressive, well-built cars that make their reputation on being profoundly reliable. But there's a flipside to that; for the most part, Toyotas are seldom the sexiest or newest option in any category.

Toyota has developed a tendency to counter that by jazzing things up with special trim packages that boast appearance and feature upgrades. Some, like the Tundra Trail Edition, make sense. Others are a bit odd, especially for such a giant, serious carmaker — though not entirely without charm.

Here are the five weirdest trim levels Toyota wants to sell you in 2021.

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Toyota Prius 2020 Edition

Toyota announced the Prius 2020 Edition far enough into 2020 to realize it would be problematic. Making things extra-confusing, the 2020 edition was developed for the 2021 model year.

Toyota also chose to celebrated the Prius’s 20th anniversary in the most un-Prius-like way possible: by adding menacing blacked-out detailing and a spoiler. All that said...it is probably the best-looking Prius you can buy.

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Toyota Camry TRD

The Camry may be the most sensible, practical car one can buy. So of course, Toyota gave it an antithetical TRD trim boasting hyper-aggressive styling and a giant spoiler.

Sure, it gets some special TRD chassis turning, and it’s the cheapest way to land the Camry’s 301-hp V6. But it’s still very much a Camry. So you get to spend your entire ownership explaining how your hot-looking sedan is secretly the most mundane car on the road.

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Toyota Corolla Apex Edition

Toyota has indeed created a limited-edition Corolla — which, given the car's ubiquity, feels like an oxymoron. And an “Apex” edition referencing track glory feels like an even bigger one.

The trim offers a track-tuned lowered suspension and a six-speed manual...but only for 120 buyers. The other 5,880 Apex Editions get a CVT. But fret not, it’s a “dynamic shift CVT” that can mimic rowing through 10 gears. That's more than an F1 car has...but still, you're driving a 169-hp Corolla.

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The 11 Pieces of Gear You Absolutely Need for Car Camping

Car camping makes getting away easy as pie. These items will make it even tastier.

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Toyota Avalon TRD

The Avalon — a non-luxury full-sized sedan — feels very much out of place in today's new car market. And that goes double for the TD version.

Unlike the boy racer Camry TRD, the Avalon TRD is a premium trim — the most expensive non-hybrid model you can buy. The styling and spoiler look extra_ridiculous on a definitively non-sporty sedan.

That aside...it all kind of works, at least with a very specific subset of the population: dads. My dad loved it; my father-in-law thought it was cool; and it’s the Avalon that I, a father of two, would buy.

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Toyota Sequoia Nightshade

Toyota offers the Nightshade treatment on 10 different vehicles, if you’re into that sort of thing. But putting the trendiest modern black detailing package on the 13-plus-year-old, decidedly-not-sinister Sequoia for added "sizzle" feels especially discordant. Keep in mind, anyone who buys it opted to pay for Darth Vader style instead of leveling up to the TRD Pro.

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Toyota Dealers Believe the New Tundra Will Crush the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500

Toyota dealers are getting new details about the 2022 Toyota Tundra — and, reportedly, they're pumped.

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