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2014 Toyota Avalon Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2014 Toyota Avalon was new.


Interior: 8.3

Automotive journalists agree that the 2014 Toyota Avalon’s interior is beautifully made from top-notch materials. They say that the Avalon has spacious and comfortable seating for five occupants, and that there are a lot of standard features for the class. Critics also appreciate the Avalon’s user-friendly capacitive buttons, which are accompanied by knobs and buttons.

  • "The 2014 Toyota Avalon offers perhaps the finest cabin in its class, with first-rate materials, user-friendly controls and impressive fit and finish." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The redesigned interior represents a massive upgrade. Leather upholstery covers the seats in every Avalon, and a vinyl-wrapped dashboard gives the appearance of real hide." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "A subtle but distinctive element is the beautiful done-by-hand stitching that distinguishes the dashboard and seats. It's the kind of thoughtful touch that reinforces the owner's purchase decision every time he or she opens the door." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)
  • "Inside, there's a new interior aesthetic that is very high-tech and high-design. Capacitive controls on the floating center stack, which pushes the audio and climate controls into easy reach from the steering wheel, lend a futuristic look and surprisingly do not suck." -- CNET (2013)


The 2014 Avalon seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats. Heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are available. Test drivers write that the Avalon has very spacious and comfortable front seats, and that the rear seats are comfortable and have plenty of leg- and headroom.

  • "There's plenty of stretch-out room for all five passengers, but the front thrones deserve special mention - they're among the most comfortable we've ever experienced, although it was worth noting that the light ‘almond’ shade of our tester's leather was beginning to show some wear." -- Left Lane News
  • "In terms of comfort the rear-seat passengers are treated to an abundance of legroom and headroom." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Riders will find that the rear seat remains large and comfortable, though; Toyota believes it's spacious enough to test the waters of the livery market with the new model (orders accepted for black cars only, please)." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Toyota Avalon comes standard with a backup camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start and a Display Audio system, which includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, eight speakers, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, an auxiliary input and a USB port. Options include blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, an 11-speaker JBL sound system, navigation, satellite radio and the Entune App Suite, which syncs with your smartphone to provide access to apps like Pandora Internet radio.

The Avalon doesn’t have traditional buttons for its audio and climate controls. Instead, these systems are controlled by capacitive touch buttons, like those you might find on a smartphone. Automotive journalists think the Avalon’s capacitive buttons respond quickly to touch and are easy to use, unlike the capacitive buttons in competing cars like the Ford Taurus. Some critics note that the Avalon includes traditional buttons, knobs and steering wheel controls alongside the capacitive buttons, which they say make the Avalon’s interior controls easier to operate. Others write that the optional 11-speaker JBL sound system has good sound quality, though a few note that it can make the door panels rattle. Finally, some complain that the Entune App Suite can be frustrating to set up because you have to install an app on your phone, sign up for an account and always have an active cellular data connection to use the features.

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  • "And, unlike the Ford Taurus, the Avalon's capacitive touch switches for the audio and climate-control functions are responsive and straightforward." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Yes, the Avalon uses the same capacitive touch buttons on its dashboard that we've grumbled about in some rivals, but intuitive steering wheel controls, traditional volume and tuning knobs and a smattering of ‘real’ buttons help. Moreover, the capacitive touch buttons feature small depressions to guide drivers without having to taking their eyes from the road." -- Left Lane News
  • "Getting started with Entune is a hassle, since you have to install an app on your phone and register for an account; plus, you always need an active data connection to use it. In addition, the car has to be parked to access many of the apps (many of which you probably already have installed on your smartphone)." -- Edmunds
  • "At the top is an 11-speaker JBL Synthesis system that uses an external amplifier and a pair of powered subwoofers. This system sounded pretty good during my road testing, but I noticed a rattling coming from the door panels in our test car." -- CNET (2013)


The 2014 Avalon has 16 cubic feet of trunk space, which is slightly less than you’ll find in the Chrysler 300 and Ford Taurus. Some reviewers are impressed with the amount of space in the Avalon’s trunk.

  • "This roofline disguises the trunk's hugeness (16.0 cu ft in the V-6 models and 14.0 in the Hybrid), but the roomy backseat is obvious from afar." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

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