2021 Toyota Camry vs. 2021 Toyota Avalon: Worth the Upgrade?

2021 Toyota Camry side view (top) 2021 Toyota Avalon side view (bottom)
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Camry vs. Avalon: Which Toyota Sedan Is Right for You?

The midsize 2021 Toyota Camry and the large 2021 Toyota Avalon are very similar in many ways. Only a few inches separate these sedans in wheelbase and overall length. Moreover, for practical purposes, they come similarly equipped – though there are a few exceptions.

The current Camry generation dates back to the 2018 model year. It’s much improved over the previous generation thanks to its stronger engines, better fuel economy, sharper handling, and up-to-date infotainment technology. In addition, every new Camry comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, and an entire suite of advanced safety systems. Toyota also added all-wheel drive as an option beginning in 2020, and 2021 models come with a larger 9-inch touch screen as standard equipment.

The Avalon fares well in a segment with few remaining competitors. Large cars have fallen out of favor in the U.S., due in large part to the popularity of SUVs. Toyota completely redesigned the Avalon for 2019, making it more competitive and appealing with improved horsepower, better gas mileage, and long list of standard and available features. The 2021 Avalon gets Android Auto for the first time, as well as available all-wheel drive. Still, it’s suffering from dismal sales, so you may be able to find a solid bargain at your local dealership.

We’ve used the information in our individual reviews and rankings to compare the Camry and Avalon in 10 categories car shoppers prioritize most. These include price, safety, predicted reliability, fuel economy, performance, technology, and more. In the end, we declare an overall winner. Regardless of the results, you can use the information to help determine which Toyota sedan performs best in the categories you prioritize most.

Please note that we update our scores and rankings periodically as new data and expert research become available. As a result, scores and category winners shown in this article may differ from the scores in our individual reviews and rankings.

Continue reading to learn which Toyota sedan wins this head-to-head battle.

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