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2014 Toyota Avalon Review

The 2014 Toyota Avalon offers terrific reliability, a great balance of power and efficiency, and a luxury-grade interior. However, connecting your smartphone to the infotainment system can be difficult.

Pros & Cons

  • Premium, well-built interior
  • Smooth performance
  • Excellent V6 fuel economy
  • Outstanding reliability rating


  • Difficult to connect smartphone
  • Pricier than some rivals


Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Toyota Avalon's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Large Cars category. It was the winner of our 2017 Best Used Cars for Teens award and a finalist for our 2014 Best Large Car for the Money award and and a finalist for our 2014 Best Large Car for Families award. Currently the Toyota Avalon has a score of 9.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
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2014 Toyota Avalon Overview

Is the 2014 Toyota Avalon a Good Used Car?

Few used large cars give you such good value for the money. Although it’s pricier than many of its rivals, the Avalon earns high reliability ratings.

Though the Toyota Avalon isn’t as powerful as some of its rivals, acceleration from its V6 is brisk. The standard six-speed automatic transmission’s quick shifts help make the most out of the 268 horsepower. It returns 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is above-average for a large car. For even better mileage, check out the Avalon Hybrid, which we review separately. Ride quality is a high point, as is handling ability.

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There’s no shortage of high-end materials or seating space in the 2014 Avalon. It comes standard with leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, and seating for five. The Avalon’s rear seats are particularly roomy and comfortable. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection in the middle seat.

Standard features include dual zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker audio system, a 6.1-inch touch screen, a USB port, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a proximity key, and push-button start. Look for available features like a moonroof, navigation, and an 11-speaker JBL audio system, which makes great sound. The Avalon’s touch-sensitive audio and climate controls work well, but pairing your smartphone using the available integrated smartphone app can be a challenge.

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Used 2014 Toyota Avalon Prices

The price of a used 2014 Toyota Avalon ranges from about $19,800 for a base XLE model to around $23,500 for an Avalon Limited. The price will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Toyota Avalon?

The 2014 Toyota Avalon earned the highest reliability rating possible from J.D. Power and Associates, besting many of its rivals.

How Safe Is the Avalon?

The 2014 Avalon performed well in crash tests, earning five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also received the highest score of Good in four of the five crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

A rearview camera comes standard. XLE Touring models have blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. The Limited trim comes with Toyota Safety Connect, which will notify emergency services or summon roadside assistance in the event of an accident. Some Limited models have forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams.

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Should I Consider Another Used Avalon?

The 2014 Avalon is part of the car’s fourth generation, which runs from the 2013 through 2017 model years. A 2013 model could save you some money, but a rearview camera doesn’t come standard. The 2015 Avalon has an updated audio system and paddle shifters. Surprisingly, it will likely cost you less than the 2014 model.

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Which Used Toyota Avalon Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Avalon comes in four trims: XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring, and Limited. The XLE Touring offers the best balance of features and price. Building on the base model, the XLE Touring comes with satellite radio, navigation, smartphone connectivity for apps like Pandora, driver’s seat position memory, a moonroof, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

A certified pre-owned Avalon may suit you best. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 24 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We’ve researched 24 data points in order to help you make the best car buying decision possible. This data includes reliability scores, crash tests, expert reviews, and fuel economy estimates.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars for a decade, and we have more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to giving helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and the advertising on our site is handled by an outside team.

2014 Toyota Avalon and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Avalon or 2014 Toyota Camry?

The Toyota Camry offers much of what the Avalon does at a lower price. The Camry’s standard four-cylinder engine is spry and saves you more money at the pump than the Avalon’s standard V6. The Avalon's V6 is available in some Camry models. Both offer similar passenger and trunk space. Toyota added a rearview camera to the Camry’s standard equipment halfway through the 2014 model year. A rearview camera comes standard in all 2014 Avalons.

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Avalon or 2014 Buick LaCrosse?

A properly equipped Buick LaCrosse gives the Avalon a run for its money. Both have stellar reliability ratings from J.D. Power and Associates. Compared to the Avalon, the LaCrosse’s standard four-cylinder mild-hybrid powertrain (which features aspects of a hybrid engine) is more efficient but less powerful. The LaCrosse’s optional V6 is more powerful than the Avalon’s, but you’ll pay about $250 more for gas each year. The Avalon has a larger trunk and more standard features, including leather upholstery and a proximity key with push-button start. However, the LaCrosse costs thousands less than a comparable Avalon.

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Avalon or 2014 Lexus ES?

The 2014 Lexus ES is built on the Avalon platform. A shared powertrain affords them both ample power, exceptional reliability ratings, and refined performance. Because you’ll likely save several thousand dollars by going with the Avalon, it makes the better choice. What’s more, the Avalon gives you standard leather upholstery, heated seats, and a larger trunk.

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