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Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.2
Safety: 9.6
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2019 Toyota Avalon Review

The fully redesigned 2019 Toyota Avalon ranks in the top half of the large car class. It has a roomy, upscale cabin and a long list of driver assistance features, and it earns an excellent safety score.

Pros & Cons

  • Expansive seats
  • Lots of driver assistance features
  • Cushioned ride
  • Upscale interior
  • Perfect safety scores
  • 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 offers a relatively strong engine, composed handling, and a cushioned ride. Inside, you'll enjoy its spacious seats and attractive styling. The Avalon is also big on safety, offering an impressive number of driver assistance features and earning an excellent safety score. The Avalon doesn't have any glaring weaknesses, but a few rivals offer a little more appeal with lower starting prices and better infotainment systems.

We named the Avalon our 2019 Best Large Car for Families because it has the best combination of cargo and passenger space, safety and reliability ratings, positive reviews from automotive journalists, and available family-friendly features in the class. It was also named a finalist for our 2019 Best Large Car for the Money award.

Should I Buy the Toyota Avalon?

The Avalon has a higher base price than most rivals, but it's worth the money. At higher trim levels, the price gap is negligible. So while it's worth considering other cars, the Avalon is a great choice, especially considering its long list of standard features. Before you sign on the dotted line, check out alternatives like the Chevrolet Impala, Kia Cadenza, and Toyota Camry.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota Avalon?

Toyota completely redesigned the Avalon for 2019. It has 33 more horsepower and gets slightly better gas mileage than the 2018 model. The new Avalon also has a larger trunk and 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, including a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, and rear cross traffic braking.

You could save money by purchasing for a used Avalon, but you won't get the benefits that come with the model'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 $35,650. 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 of around $42,350. That's in line with the top-trim prices of many large cars.

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Toyota Avalon Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Avalon or Toyota Camry?

The Toyota Camry is the Avalon's midsize car sibling, and like the Avalon, it was recently redesigned. Despite its midsize status, the Camry has nearly as much cabin and trunk space as the Avalon. Both cars have quality interiors and offer plenty of driver assistance features. The Camry comes with a 203-horsepower four-cylinder engine, and it's available with the same 301-horsepower V6 in the Avalon. With the four-cylinder, the Camry gets much higher fuel economy estimates than the Avalon. When equipped with the V6, the Camry is more fun to drive. The Avalon is a good car but so is the Camry, which costs about $12,000 less than the Avalon.

Which Is Better: Toyota Avalon or Nissan Maxima?

The Nissan Maxima has a starting price that's about $2,200 lower than the Avalon's, but that's the Maxima's only major advantage here. The Toyota gets slightly better fuel economy and has much more interior space. The Avalon also has a larger 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 competitors in the segment. It carries a lower starting price than the Avalon by about $3,200, and it still has an upscale, roomy cabin. Although the Cadenza is available with a number of driver assistance features, many of them come standard in the Avalon. The Toyota also has a stronger engine that returns better gas mileage. These two cars are neck and neck, but the Cadenza bests the Avalon, mostly thanks to its predicted reliability rating being slightly better.

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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 on the rear seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system a top rating of Good for its ease of use. 

Avalon Interior Quality

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

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 a navigation system.

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, but there's still no Android Auto.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is 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 earns an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five 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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2019 Avalon a Top Safety Pick+, giving it the highest rating of Good in every area tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Avalon an overall rating of five out of five stars. It earned five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests.

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 includes 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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2019 Toyota Avalon Dimensions

The Toyota Avalon is 16.25 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,560 to 3,704 pounds. 

Where Was the 2019 Toyota Avalon Built?

Toyota builds the Avalon in Kentucky.

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, which comes well-equipped for a base trim. 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 $35,650. Standard features include synthetic leather 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 includes 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 $38,150. In addition to the XLE's standard features, the XSE comes with a moonroof, synthetic leather 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 $41,950. It comes with genuine 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 parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic braking.

Toyota Avalon Touring

The Avalon Touring has a starting price of $42,350. The Touring comes standard with a similar list of features as the Limited, though the Touring has synthetic leather 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 ranks among the best in our large car class. It has a cushioned ride, solid handling, a great safety score, and a well-constructed cabin. Few rivals offer as much all-around appeal as the Avalon, so it's a great option, though it's a little on the pricey side for the class.

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: October 4, 2019

Falling Sales: The Avalon was fully redesigned for 2019, but shoppers have yet to show much interest. While it’s selling in the middle of the large car segment, dealerships have moved 15.8 percent fewer Avalon models to date this year relative to 2018. 

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