2019 Toyota Avalon

Buyer's Guide

Exhilaration is not a word we're used to associating with big Toyota sedans, especially not the Avalon, the brand's flagship and a car that has never been aimed at any driver seeking anything close to exhilaration.

Still, here we are. It's no coincidence the all-new Avalon is riding on the coattails of the redesigned Camry launched last year; both cars share a new platform that debuted with the Camry and Toyota says imbues this car with the same tighter handling and chassis responses it promised in the Camry. Despite that, we'd still hardly call the Camry exciting and don't expect the Avalon to be any more so.

But the look is certainly more daring, so there's that, at least. If extroverted styling works for Lexus (it certainly doesn't seem to be slowing down their sales) then perhaps upscale shoppers who prefer the Toyota brand will go for it, too.

Toyota apparently has more faith in the large sedan segment than Ford and Chevrolet: in spring 2018 Ford announced a plan to cut all car models from its range save the Mustang, leaving showrooms stocked with nearly naught but SUVs, crossovers and pickups; meanwhile, Chevrolet still sells the Impala, but barely, after a few years of no notable updates.

With this latest redesign, the Avalon gets a new 3.5L V6 engine making 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, increases of 10 and 17, respectively. The uprated motor comes mated to an also-new eight-speed automatic transmission, a team Toyota says delivers more power and better fuel economy than the outgoing engine and its six-speed transmission.

Standard technology includes a 7.0-inch digital display between a pair of analogue gauges that shows vehicle information and will display navigation instructions. Avalon can also be optioned with a 10.0-inch head-up display, and comes standard with wireless smartphone charging and five USB power ports.

The Toyota Safety Sense P active safety suite is standard, bring a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.

On offer for audiophiles is a 14-speaker, 1,200-watt JBL stereo with surround sound that places speakers throughout the car's interior, taking advantage of what we expect will be a very serene cabin.

Toyota also says the Avalon has a new exhaust that amps up engine noise in sport drive mode and also benefits from artificial sound enhancement to provide a more engaging drive experience.

The Avalon comes in XSE (a new model designation) and Limited trims, the latter being notable for a "cognac" interior treatment that looks quite sharp.

2019 Toyota Avalon Specifications

There are 2 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $42,790 MSRP
9.3
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
301 hp @6600 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Sedan
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
XSE Auto $42,790 5 Sedan
XSE Auto 301 hp @6600 rpm 267 ft-lb @4700 rpm 8-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
XSE Auto 195.9" 72.8" 56.5" 113"
XSE Auto
XSE Auto N/A
XSE Auto
XSE Auto
Limited Auto $47,790 5 Sedan
Limited Auto 301 hp @6600 rpm 267 ft-lb @4700 rpm 8-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
Limited Auto 195.9" 72.8" 56.5" 113"
Limited Auto
Limited Auto Leather Seats
Limited Auto
Limited Auto

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Owner Reviews: 2019 Toyota / Avalon

Average Rating

2005 Toyota Avalon

by Henwy on 11-08-2012
The Avalon series is the best
The Avalon series from Toyota is one of the best cars that i've driven throughout my 6 years of driving. I had a 1995 Toyota Avalon in green as my first car, and I kept going back and getting another Avalon after.

I may be a 24 year old male driver and the Avalon may not be a fitting image for me. I will still recommend the Avalon to them, it will change the way you view luxury at an affordable price.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2006 Toyota Avalon

by far on 11-05-2012
excellent car
this car is a great drive, great for a family. it has an attractive interior and exterior. it's a bigger car, making things like parking a bit akward, but thats my only complaint
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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1997 Toyota Avalon

Trim: XLS
by Rock-Solid on 11-01-2012
Older Toyota Avalon ( 1997 )
These cars rock. Very dependable, with decent features and now you can buy them super cheap. When Toyota says 80% of the cars they sold in the past 20 years are on the road, this is part of how they did it. It is a bit of a grampa car, but for the $ it can't be beat for reliability and comfort.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
5/5
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