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8.7

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Toyota Avalon Review

The 2017 Toyota Avalon ranks near the top of the large car class. It has a capable engine, a balanced ride, and a luxurious interior with a wealth of advanced features.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent, proven V6 engine
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Premium, high-tech cabin
  • Plenty of standard advanced safety features
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto options

2017 Toyota Avalon Overview

Is the 2017 Toyota Avalon a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Toyota Avalon is an all-around great car. With its powerful V6 engine and composed handling, the Avalon is one of the top picks for performance in the class. The interior abounds with upscale materials that you would only expect from a car with a much higher price tag. This Toyota also has an above-average predicted reliability rating and good safety scores. However, one gripe is that the Toyota Avalon lacks Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, which some rivals offer.  

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 33 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 2017 Toyota Avalon?

Our site has 200-plus listings for the 2017 Toyota Avalon, with prices ranging from $19,300 to $33,000. The average list price is $24,700, making it one of the most affordable used large cars from 2017. Exact prices vary depending on the model you choose and its condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Toyota Avalon Cost to Own?

The 2017 Toyota Avalon’s five-year estimated cost for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs is about $25,300. The Chevrolet Impala has similar five-year estimated costs of $25,500.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Model?

The 2019 Toyota Avalon’s starting price is about $10,800 higher than the average list price of the 2017 model. Toyota redesigned the Avalon for the 2019 model year, giving it updated styling, 33 more horsepower, and slightly better fuel economy than the outgoing model. The 2019 Avalon also has more standard safety features – such as blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert – and new features like a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, a head-up display, a surround-view camera, and rear cross traffic alert with automatic braking. If you can afford it, the 2019 model is the way to go. If you can't, the 2017 Avalon is still a great vehicle that will not disappoint.

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You won’t find any new large cars for close to the used 2017 Avalon’s average price. Even the lowest-priced examples start at around $28,000. However, there are many desirable and roomy options in the midsize car class. Some have starting prices that are a few thousand dollars lower than the 2017 Avalon’s average price.

The 2018 Ford Fusion ($22,215) has roomy seats in both rows, and it offers just as much trunk space as the Avalon. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard in the Fusion, but the 2017 Avalon doesn’t even offer these features. Another great option is the 2018 Toyota Camry ($23,645), which is the Avalon’s smaller sibling. The Camry comes with plenty of standard safety features, a straightforward infotainment system with smartphone integration, a zippy engine, and great fuel-efficiency. 

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Avalon Is Best?

The 2017 Avalon is part of a generation that spans the 2013 through 2018 model years. Older models will save you money, but the 2017 Avalon’s numerous standard safety features make it the one to buy.

A rearview camera is the only standard driver assistance feature in 2015 and 2016 Avalon models. While those earlier models are available with additional safety features, you could end up spending a good amount of money and time looking for a model that has them. If driver assistance features like automatic braking and adaptive cruise control are important to you, buying the 2017 model is the easiest way to get most of them.  

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Toyota Avalon?

The 2017 Avalon and its hybrid counterpart (the 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid) have above-average predicted reliability ratings of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Toyota Avalon Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Toyota Avalon has one recall for an improperly inflated spare tire. Make sure a dealer has performed all applicable recall repairs before you buy any vehicle.

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Which Used Toyota Avalon Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Avalon comes in five trims: XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring, and Limited. With the base Toyota Avalon XLE’s abundance of standard technology and safety features, most shoppers won’t feel the need to spend more on upper trims. Proximity key, remote start, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, a USB port, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, and leather upholstery are just some of its standard features. It also comes with advanced driver assistance features like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

The Toyota Avalon XLE Plus adds a nine-speaker stereo and a moonroof. The Toyota Avalon XLE Premium comes with wireless device charging, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and memory settings for the driver’s seat and sideview mirrors. The Toyota Avalon Touring gets you upgraded interior appointments like woodgrain trim and premium leather upholstery, as well as a smoother suspension. The Toyota Avalon Limited adds HID headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, tri-zone automatic climate control, perforated leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, Toyota Safety Connect, and an 11-speaker JBL audio system.

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Certified Pre-Owned Toyota Avalon Warranty

You might also want to consider buying a certified pre-owned Toyota. 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 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.

Compared to other affordable brands, Toyota has one of the better CPO programs in the industry, according to our research. Still, a few automakers like Chevrolet and GMC may provide more benefits and services than Toyota.

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How Safe Is the Avalon?

The 2017 Toyota Avalon performed well in crash tests, though a few other large cars have slightly better scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Avalon a Top Safety Pick+, the organization’s highest award. It also earned perfect scores across the board in five IIHS crash tests. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing, the 2017 Avalon received a perfect five-star overall safety rating, as well as five stars in the side crash test. It received four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests.

Standard safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, high-beam assist, and adaptive cruise control. Toyota Safety Connect is also available. This system can locate your vehicle if it becomes stolen, contact roadside assistance, and notify emergency services.

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2017 Toyota Avalon Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Avalon or 2017 Toyota Camry?

The midsize Toyota Camry is essentially a smaller and more budget-friendly version of the Avalon. Both are top-ranking cars in their respective classes. They have roomy seats, comfortable rides, and strong crash test results. The Toyota Camry has the advantage of a lower average price, better fuel economy, and a perfect predicted reliability rating. The Avalon offers a stronger engine and a much nicer cabin, with an abundance of high-tech standard features that are optional in the Camry. Additionally, the Avalon’s larger dimensions give it a bit more passenger and cargo space than the Camry. While you’d likely spend more on the Avalon, its long list of standard features and upscale interior appointments make it more appealing than the Camry.  

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Avalon or 2017 Kia Cadenza?

The Kia Cadenza is the only car in the class to earn perfect scores for both predicted reliability and safety, which are standout achievements for a used car. Both cars are attractive options for shoppers who want an upscale, feature-rich car. The Cadenza comes loaded with technology features – including a few that the Avalon doesn’t offer – like a hand’s-free smart trunk, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Still, the Avalon has the edge when it comes to safety features, as the Cadenza only comes standard with a rearview camera. With its powerful engine and balanced handling, the Avalon also has the performance advantage. The Cadenza’s strong safety and predicted reliability ratings may provide more peace of mind, but the Avalon is the better value.

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Avalon or 2017 Nissan Maxima?

If you want to have some fun behind the wheel, the Nissan Maxima is one of your best options in the large car class. It has a powerful V6 engine, and its suspension provides a great balance of comfort and agility. The Maxima also has an upscale cabin and a few notable standard features, including dual dashboard displays, Apple CarPlay, and a NissanConnect touch-screen infotainment system. However, the Maxima has cramped rear seats and less cargo space than other cars in the class. If comfort is a top priority, go with the Avalon.  

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2017 Avalon Performance

How Does the 2017 Toyota Avalon Drive?

The Avalon’s 268-horsepower V6 engine is plenty powerful, delivering smooth and brisk acceleration from a stop. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. This Toyota feels steady through turns, with firm steering and little body lean. Putting the Avalon in Sport mode gives it even better agility.

Does the 2017 Toyota Avalon Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Avalon gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class. For better fuel economy, check out the Toyota Avalon Hybrid (reviewed separately), which returns class-leading gas mileage.

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2017 Avalon Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Avalon Seat?

The 2017 Avalon seats five on standard leather upholstery. Power-adjustable and heated front seats are standard. Upgraded leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are available. The front seats offer good support, and the roomy back seats have more than enough head- and legroom for most adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Toyota Avalon?

The Avalon has two full sets of LATCH connectors on the second-row outboard seats. There's an additional upper tether on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Avalon the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

2017 Toyota Avalon Features

Standard amenities include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key, and Toyota's Entune infotainment system, which features an eight-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, a USB port, voice recognition, HD Radio, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, and Siri Eyes Free. Available upgrades include a nine-speaker audio system, an 11-speaker JBL audio system, a moonroof, wireless device charging, and tri-zone automatic climate control.

Audio and climate controls are straightforward. While the available wireless charging feature might sound appealing to technology enthusiasts, charging your device’s battery takes too long.

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2017 Toyota Avalon Dimensions

Toyota Avalon Cargo Space

With 16 cubic feet of space, the Avalon’s trunk is a bit smaller than what most large cars offer.  Still, the Avalon’s trunk has a wide, low opening for easy loading.

2017 Avalon Length and Weight

The 2017 Avalon is 16.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,461 to 3,538 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Toyota Avalon Built?

Toyota manufactured the 2017 Avalon in Kentucky.

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