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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Toyota Avalon ranked #1 in Large Cars. Currently the Toyota Avalon has a score of 8.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 20 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.6
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: TBD

2019 Toyota Avalon Review

The completely redesigned 2019 Toyota Avalon earns one of the top spots in our large car rankings because it's a well-rounded sedan with few obvious flaws.

Pros & Cons

  • Expansive seats
  • Lots of driver assistance features
  • Cushioned ride
  • Upscale interior
  • High base price
  • Infotainment system can be slow to respond

Is the Toyota Avalon a Good Car?

Yes, the Toyota Avalon is a good car. It gets good gas mileage, has a fairly powerful engine, handles well, and delivers a smooth ride. Inside, it's upscale and spacious, and it offers a litany of active safety features. The Avalon doesn't have any major flaws; it just doesn't lead the class in some areas.

Should I Buy the Toyota Avalon?

The Avalon has a higher starting price than most rivals do, but it brings a lot more to the table. And at higher trim levels, the price gap disappears. So while it's worth your time to look around, the Avalon is a great buying choice. If you check out other options, the Chevrolet Impala, Kia Cadenza, and Toyota Camry are good places to start.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota Avalon?

Toyota redesigned the Avalon for the 2019 model year, making it the first edition of the new Avalon generation. The 2019 model has 33 more horsepower and gets slightly better mpg ratings than the 2018 model. The trunk is a hair bigger in the new model, and the 2019 Avalon has more standard features than the outgoing model (including blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert). It also offers features you couldn't get in previous Avalons, like a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, a head-up display, a surround-view camera, and rear cross traffic braking.

It is possible for you to save money by shopping for a used Avalon, but you won't get the benefits of the vehicle's redesign. If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Avalon review to help you decide if you can live without the 2019 model's extra features and additional power.

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How Much Does the Toyota Avalon Cost?

The Avalon carries a base price of $35,500. That's higher than the starting price of most class rivals. For the top-level Avalon trims – the Limited and Touring – you're looking at a starting price around $42,000. That's in line with many large cars' top-trim prices.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

Toyota Avalon Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Avalon or Toyota Camry?

Like the Avalon, the Toyota Camry was recently redesigned. Though it's only a midsize car, the Camry provides nearly as much room for passengers and cargo as the Avalon. Both provide well-built interiors and offer plenty of driver assistance technology. They also both offer a 301-horsepower V6 engine, though the Camry's base engine is a 203-horsepower four-cylinder. With the four-cylinder, the Camry gets much better gas mileage than the Avalon. With the V6, the Camry feels almost playful. The Avalon is a really good car but so is the Camry, which has a base price that's roughly $12,000 less than the Avalon's. Because of that, we recommend the Camry.

Which Is Better: Toyota Avalon or Nissan Maxima?

The Nissan Maxima carries a base price that's about $2,200 less than the Avalon's, but that's the Maxima's only real advantage here. The Toyota gets slightly better fuel economy and has a much more spacious interior. The Avalon also has a bigger trunk and many more standard and available features than the Maxima.

Which Is Better: Toyota Avalon or Kia Cadenza?

The Kia Cadenza is one of the Avalon's top challengers in the large car class. It costs a little less than the Avalon (about $3,200 when comparing starting prices) and still provides a luxurious, spacious cabin. While many driver assistance features are available for the Cadenza, several of them come standard in the Avalon. The Toyota also has a more powerful and fuel-efficient engine. These two cars are close, but the Avalon edges out the Cadenza.

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Avalon Interior

How Many People Does the Avalon Seat?

The Avalon seats five, and it does so with ease. Both rows have plenty of headroom and legroom for adults. The front seats are comfortable, and the rear seats remain supportive on long drives.

Avalon and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors.

Avalon Interior Quality

Few rivals can match the Avalon's interior quality. The cabin looks great, and high-quality materials cover almost every surface of the interior.

Avalon Cargo Space

The Avalon provides just over 16 cubic feet of trunk space. Many competitors have trunks of similar size. Those 16 cubes give you enough room for about a dozen shopping bags, and the rear seats fold down in case you want to haul larger items.

Avalon Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Avalon include Bluetooth, five USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and the Entune infotainment system with a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Siri Eyes Free. Available features include a moonroof, wireless device charging, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, and navigation.

The Entune infotainment system is generally easy to use and features mostly intuitive menu layouts. The available navigation system feels outdated, however, and the touch screen responds slowly to inputs at times. On the bright side, for the first time ever, the 2019 Avalon comes with Apple CarPlay (still no Android Auto, though).

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Avalon Performance

Avalon Engine: Sufficiently Swift

The Avalon's 301-horsepower V6 provides plenty of power to move this large sedan. It accelerates reasonably quickly off the line and on the highway, and the engine never feels overmatched moving this Toyota's bulk.

Avalon Gas Mileage: It's No Hybrid, but it's No Gas Guzzler Either

The 2019 Avalon gets 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Many class rivals get slightly worse fuel economy. Compared to large cars like the Nissan Maxima and Kia Cadenza, you'll save at least $150 per year on gas by driving the Avalon.

Avalon Ride and Handling: Nothing to Sneeze At

Comfort is the priority in this sedan, and the Avalon delivers, providing a smooth ride in nearly every situation. This car isn't just a straight-line cruiser, however; and while some rivals are more athletic, the Avalon capably handles winding roads.

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Avalon Reliability

Is the Toyota Avalon Reliable?

The 2019 Toyota Avalon does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Toyota Avalon Warranty

Toyota backs the Avalon with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Many other large cars have similar warranty terms.

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Avalon Safety

Avalon Crash Test Results

The 2019 Avalon has not yet been put through crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Avalon Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and the Toyota Safety Sense Plus suite of features, which include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Available active safety features include a head-up display, a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic braking.

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Which Toyota Avalon Model Is Right for Me?

There are four Avalon trims to choose from: XLE, XSE, Limited, and Touring. All models come with a 301-horsepower V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive.

Nobody would blame you for sticking with the Avalon XLE (the base trim), which comes well-equipped and has a great interior. If you want a few more features, however, you should step up to the Avalon Limited, which comes with a number of comfort and convenience upgrades and offers more driver assistance features than the lower trims.

Toyota Avalon XLE

The Avalon XLE has a base price of $35,500. Standard features include leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and the Entune infotainment system with a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Siri Eyes Free.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and the Toyota Safety Sense Plus suite of features, which include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Available features in the XLE include a moonroof, wireless device charging, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, and an upgraded Entune infotainment system with navigation.

Toyota Avalon XSE

The Avalon XSE has sportier styling than other trims in the lineup, and it starts at $38,000. In addition to the XLE's standard features, the XSE comes with a moonroof, leatherette and suede upholstery, and wireless device charging. You can add a 14-speaker JBL audio system and navigation.

Toyota Avalon Limited

The Avalon Limited starts at $41,800. The Limited comes with leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, and navigation.

You can add the Advanced Safety package, which includes a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic braking.

Toyota Avalon Touring

The Avalon Touring has a starting price of $42,200. The Touring comes standard with pretty much the same features as the Limited, though the Touring has leatherette and suede upholstery and features some different styling touches and trim materials. Like the Limited, the Touring offers the Advanced Safety package.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

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The Final Call

The redesigned 2019 Toyota Avalon deserves its spot near the top of our large car rankings. The Avalon delivers a terrific ride, solid performance, and a well-built interior. Few other cars in the class are as well-rounded as this Toyota, and it's a great buying choice for anyone looking for a new large sedan.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2019 Toyota Avalon improves upon its predecessor with additional features, better fuel efficiency and a more responsive chassis. Its high-class cabin looks and feels as nice as some entry-level Lexus products without the luxury-car price tag. All things considered, the Avalon is undoubtedly one of the best sedans in the full-size market." -- Edmunds
  • "If the 2019 Toyota Avalon isn't fit enough to survive, then the entire full-size sedan species is doomed to extinction. It's really simple as that, because as the new-and-improved replacement for a car that was already well-entrenched as the segment benchmark, it stands the best chance of coaxing customers away from an onslaught of SUVs and similarly priced smaller sedans with fancier badges. Perhaps it could even snag a few people not yet old enough to collect Social Security." -- Autoblog
  • "The new model is objectively better in almost every way. It's more spacious, more comfortable and more pleasing to drive, whether you're looking for comfort from the Limited model or a more engaged Touring model's ride. Toyota has even overhauled its Entune infotainment and made most of its advanced safety technology standard across the lineup. If you're in the market for a large-mid size sedan, the 2019 Toyota Avalon is an excellent choice." -- CNET

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: August 24, 2018

Improving Demand: Overall in 2018, sales of the Toyota Avalon have increased by 12.6 percent compared to the same period in 2017. However, it’s still being outsold by class rivals like the Chevy Impala and Chrysler 300 by about 30 percent each.

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