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8.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Toyota Avalon Review

The 2015 Toyota Avalon does most everything well, and thus sits near the top of the large car class. It features above-average predicted reliability; a spacious, comfortable interior; and high marks for safety.

Pros & Cons

  • Top-notch interior
  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Balanced ride

 

  • Small cargo area for the segment

 

2015 Toyota Avalon Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota Avalon a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Toyota Avalon is a good used car. It has a powerful V6 engine and plenty of room in the cabin for adults in both the front and the back. The interior has high-quality materials. Almost any large car shopper would be happy with its mix of power, reliability, and comfort.

Used 2015 Toyota Avalon Performance and Interior

The 2015 Toyota Avalon comes standard with a 268-horsepower V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Together, they move the car up to speed quickly and enable easy highway passing. The Avalon balances a comfortable ride with little body lean when cornering. This four-door sedan also has responsive steering and rides quietly at speed. According to the EPA, the 2015 Avalon gets 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is good for the large car class.

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The 2015 Toyota Avalon seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats. Ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are available. The Avalon has spacious, comfortable front seats. There are complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, as well as a middle-seat tether anchor.

Standard equipment in the Avalon includes dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, and an eight-speaker Entune audio system with a 6.1-inch touch-screen display. Available features include an 11-speaker JBL sound system, navigation with a 7-inch touch screen, a wireless phone charging system, and the Entune App Suite, which provides access to smartphone apps like Pandora internet radio. The touch controls for audio and climate settings respond quickly and are simple to use. The wireless charging system works – though slowly.

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Used 2015 Toyota Avalon Prices

The price of a used 2015 Toyota Avalon ranges from about $22,200 for the base XLE trim to around $27,500 for the top-of-the-line Limited trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our own opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 26 professional reviews for this 2015 Toyota Avalon overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota Avalon?

The 2015 Avalon has a predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five. While a score of three is considered average for the automotive industry as a whole, a score of 3.5 is more typical within the large car class.

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How Safe Is the Avalon?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Avalon a Top Safety Pick and awarded it the top rating of Good in all conducted crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded it five out of five stars overall. It earned four stars for the frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars for the side crash test.

Standard active safety equipment includes a rearview camera. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert.

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Should I Consider Another Used Avalon?

The 2015 Toyota Avalon is part of the car’s fourth generation, which launched for the 2013 model year and includes the 2017 Avalon. You might consider buying a 2014 Avalon to save some money, but you won’t get the 2015’s updated eight-speaker Entune audio system or paddle shifters.

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Which Used Toyota Avalon Is Right for Me?

The Avalon comes in five trim levels: XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring, XLE Touring Sport Edition, and Limited. The 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is reviewed separately. The base XLE features dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a USB port, satellite radio and an eight-speaker Entune audio system. The XLE Premium trim adds a power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade, keyless entry on the front doors, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The XLE Touring model includes navigation, the Entune app suite, and position memory for the driver’s seat. The XLE Touring Sport Edition includes high intensity headlights with an auto on/off feature and LED daytime running lights, leather-trimmed heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support, and a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat. The Limited trim offers heated, auto-dimming, power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators and puddle lights; tri-zone automatic climate control; an Entune stereo system with 7.1-inch touch screen; leather-trimmed multi-stage heated and ventilated front seats; a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat; and heated rear seats. The XLE Touring trim is well-appointed with many comfort features and should be a good choice for most consumers.

Even with its outstanding predicted reliability, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned Avalon. 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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2015 Toyota Avalon and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Avalon or 2015 Chevrolet Impala?

The 2015 Chevrolet Impala and the Avalon share luxurious, roomy interiors and composed handling. The Impala has a larger trunk than the Avalon, but the Toyota has a better predicted reliability score. The Impala has a standard four-cylinder engine that is no match for the Avalon’s base V6. However, the Chevy’s available V6 tops the Toyota’s. If you’re buying the base model, go with the Avalon and its more powerful V6. The V6-powered Impala is the Avalon’s rival; the choice is a toss-up.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Avalon or 2015 Buick LaCrosse?

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse, like the Avalon, offers a good mixture of comfy interiors, decent road performance, and good safety scores. The choice will come down to the small differences, and which ones matter more to you. The LaCrosse does well in reliability, but not as well as the Avalon. The Buick also has a stronger V6 engine, but notably lower fuel economy ratings (3 mpg less in the city and 2 mpg less on the highway). Up front, the Toyota has more legroom, while the Buick offers more space for rear-seat passengers. The Avalon has a much larger trunk than the LaCrosse (16 cubic feet versus 10.8).

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Avalon or 2015 Lexus ES?

The 2015 Lexus ES might be a tempting choice. The average starting price for a base ES is some $5,000 over the Avalon, but the ES has more standard features, like a sunroof, hands-free communication, and better front passenger seats. However, the luxury midsize Lexus has a smaller passenger cabin. The two models share the same V6 engine and handling characteristics. Unless you crave a Lexus nameplate, the Avalon is the better choice.

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