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2015 Toyota Avalon Review

The 2015 Toyota Avalon ranks in the top half of the large car class. It earns praise for its classy cabin and impressive performance. However, it has below-average trunk space, and though its safety scores are good, they are below the class average.

Pros & Cons

  • Top-notch interior
  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Balanced ride
  • Small cargo area for the segment


Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Toyota Avalon's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Large Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2015 Best Large Car for the Money award and a finalist for our 2015 Best Large Car for Families award. Currently the Toyota Avalon has a score of 8.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 30 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Toyota Avalon Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota Avalon a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Toyota Avalon is a good large car. The cabin features high-end materials and attractive styling, as well as a good number of standard features. It delivers good performance, thanks to a powerful V6 engine, a comfortable ride, and responsive steering. It’s an appealing car overall, but you may wish for more trunk space.

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Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 30 Toyota Avalon reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Toyota Avalon?

There are more than 900 listings for the 2015 Toyota Avalon on our site, with an average list price of $21,900. Prices range from $17,000 to $26,000, and they vary depending on the vehicle’s trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Toyota Avalon Cost to Own?

Five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 Avalon come to about $24,520, which is less than what most class rivals will cost you.  

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Toyota Avalon?

The 2019 Toyota Avalon has a base price of $35,500. While you could save a considerable amount of money with the 2015 Avalon, the 2019 model is fully redesigned, and it includes several significant upgrades. Compared to the 2015 model, the 2019 has a stronger engine with slightly better gas mileage, as well as more standard safety features like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. The new Avalon is also available with some technology that you won’t find in the 2015 model, such as a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, a head-up display, and a surround-view parking camera. If your budget can bear it, go with the fully redesigned 2019 Avalon.

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There are no new large cars that are comparable in price to a 2015 Avalon, since the lowest-priced model starts at about $27,800. If you don’t mind sacrificing some interior and trunk space, you should take a look at the midsize car class. The 2018 Mazda6 retails for $21,950 and has exciting handling, powerful engines, and a handsome interior with comfortable, supportive seats. Additionally, its trunk is only about 1 cubic foot smaller than the Avalon’s.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Avalon Is Best?

The 2015 Toyota Avalon is part of a generation that launched for 2013 and concluded with the 2018 model. The 2014 Avalon gained a standard rearview camera, while the 2015 model received paddle shifters and an upgraded infotainment system. For 2016, Toyota added a larger touch screen to the Avalon’s standard features list. We recommend the 2017 model, which includes standard safety features like automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. There were no major changes for 2018.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota Avalon?

The 2015 Avalon has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That’s slightly below the class average but about average for the automotive market.

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2015 Toyota Avalon Recalls

As of this writing, there is one reported recall for the 2015 Avalon. The pre-collision system may brake unexpectedly. Make sure that this issue is addressed before purchasing this model.

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Which Used Toyota Avalon Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Avalon has five trim levels: XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring, XLE Touring Sport Edition, and Limited. The base Avalon XLE is a good choice for many drivers, and it comes with a good number of standard features. These include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a USB port, satellite radio, and an eight-speaker Entune audio system. The Avalon XLE Premium only adds a power tilt-and-slide moonroof with a sliding sunshade and proximity keyless entry for the front doors.

The Avalon XLE Touring model is where technology buffs should start. This trim features navigation, the Entune app suite, and position memory for the driver’s seat. The XLE Touring Sport Edition includes high intensity headlights, leather upholstery, 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 Avalon Limited trim is available with the most technology and comfort features, including tri-zone automatic climate control, an Entune stereo system with a 7-inch touch screen, multi-stage heated and ventilated front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, and heated rear seats. This trim also comes with heated, power exterior mirrors with turn signal indicators and puddle lights.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Avalon?

The 2015 Avalon earned an overall rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Avalon a 2015 Top Safety Pick, which is the institute’s second-highest accolade. The Avalon received the top rating of Good in all five crash tests conducted.

A rearview camera is standard in the 2015 Avalon, and adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert are available.

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2015 Toyota Avalon Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 Lexus ES is the Avalon’s more sophisticated sibling. The two have a lot in common, including the same powertrain and upscale, comfortable cabins. However, the average list price of a 2015 ES is $3,700 more than that of the Avalon. If that fits your budget, the ES is the way to go. The ES comes with Siri Eyes Free (voice recognition with iPhone connectivity) and a 7-inch screen that’s larger than the Avalon’s. The Lexus also has a higher reliability rating than the Toyota, and it maintains better cornering grip. Finally, despite being a luxury midsize car, the ES provides plenty of space in the front and rear seats, and its trunk capacity is less than 1 cubic foot smaller than the Avalon’s.

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

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse is among the top-ranking members of the large car class, and it’s generally a better car than the Avalon. The LaCrosse leads the class in reliability, with a perfect rating of five out five from J.D. Power. It also has slightly better safety ratings than the Avalon. The LaCrosse also has a lower average list price than the Avalon. Unless you prefer the Avalon’s composed handling to the LaCrosse’s plush ride, the Buick is the superior option.

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2015 Toyota Avalon Performance

How Does the 2015 Toyota Avalon Drive?

The 2015 Toyota Avalon has a 268-horsepower V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. This quiet engine is more than capable of quickly reaching highway speeds without struggle. The ride is comfortable, and the steering is responsive, but there is some body lean around corners.

Does the 2015 Toyota Avalon Get Good Gas Mileage?

The EPA estimates that the 2015 Avalon gets 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which are good ratings for a large car.

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2015 Toyota Avalon Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Toyota Avalon Seat?

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. Up front, the seats are supportive and comfortable, and the back seats provide ample head- and legroom.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Toyota Avalon?

There are complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether anchor on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use.

2015 Toyota Avalon Features

The 2015 Avalon comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, and an eight-speaker Entune audio system with a 6.1-inch touch screen. Available features include an 11-speaker JBL sound system, a wireless phone charging system, navigation, and a 7-inch touch screen with the Entune App Suite, which provides access to smartphone apps like Pandora internet radio.

The touch controls for audio and climate functions are straightforward and responsive. The wireless charging system takes quite a while to fully charge a device.

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2015 Toyota Avalon Dimensions

Toyota Avalon Cargo Space

The 2015 Avalon has 16 cubic feet of trunk space, which is less room than what most large cars provide. However, the Avalon’s wide, low opening can easily accommodate sizeable items.

2015 Avalon Length and Weight

The 2015 Toyota Avalon is almost 16.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,461 to 3,538 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Toyota Avalon Built?

Toyota assembled the 2015 Avalon in Kentucky.

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