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2017 Toyota Avalon Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Toyota Avalon was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.6

Critics are impressed with the 2017 Toyota Avalon's attractive cabin. It boasts high-grade materials and solid build quality, rivaling that of luxury brands. Unlike some rivals, the base model of the Avalon uses the same quality materials found in the upper trims.

Seating is comfortable, with plenty of room in the back, even for taller passengers. Instruments and controls work well, though a few features – like the touch-sensitive climate controls and available wireless smartphone charging bay – could use a few more tweaks. The Avalon's trunk is about average for the class, with enough room to fit a full complement of luggage for your vacation.

  • "The 2017 Toyota Avalon sedan offers perhaps the finest cabin in its class, with first-rate materials, user-friendly controls and impressive fit and finish. The general design is the same regardless of trim level, which only sweetens the Avalon's attractive $34,000 starting price." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… soft-touch leather adorns most surfaces, and tasteful styling touches are present throughout." -- Edmunds
  • "The quality of the materials also satisfies." -- Autotrader (2016)

Seating

The five-seat Avalon comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. For car seat installation, the Avalon includes complete sets of anchors on both outboard rear seats and a tether-only connection for the middle seat. Although most types of child seats fit easily, some are difficult to connect, or they require the front seat to slide all the way forward, which cuts into passenger room.

Available seating amenities include 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, and memory positions for the driver's seat and sideview mirrors.

As you may expect from a large car, the Avalon's cabin offers ample space for passengers. Rear seats are particularly accommodating – even for taller folks – despite the car's sleek roofline. Seats are supportive and ergonomic, rather than overly padded.

  • "As with most cars in this class, the Avalon's rear seat is quite roomy." -- Edmunds
  • "The Avalon's interior is as roomy and comfortable as some large luxury models, and even tall passengers will find the rear seats to be quite accommodating." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In our interior evaluation, we immediately noticed that the Avalon's front seats are no longer flat and soft like your favorite easy chair. Toyota has added real contours this time, and there are even modest side bolsters to keep you planted in corners. The sloping roofline still leaves enough headroom for 6-footers in the back, and the copious legroom might satisfy even the 7-foot segment." -- Autotrader (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features include dual-zone climate control, proximity key, a rearview camera, and Toyota's Entune infotainment system, which includes an eight-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, a USB port, voice recognition, HD Radio, Bluetooth for both audio streaming and phone calls, and Siri Eyes Free. Standard safety features include forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, high-beam assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Optional equipment includes a nine-speaker audio system, an 11-speaker JBL audio system, a moonroof, a built-in garage door opener, wireless smartphone charging capability, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and tri-zone automatic climate control. The Limited trim comes with Toyota Safety Connect, which can contact roadside assistance, notify emergency services, and locate your Avalon if it’s stolen.

The Avalon's Entune infotainment system is easy to use. It has an uncomplicated menu structure that makes carrying out audio functions a breeze, and it responds quickly to touch inputs. Climate controls rely on touch-sensitive buttons (as opposed to traditional buttons and knobs) that are designed to work even if you have gloves on or if you have long fingernails. However, the buttons are a bit on the small side. The XLE Premium trim adds a wireless smartphone charging system, but it is slow to charge. The Avalon's impressive list of safety tech makes it more competitive against other large cars.

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  • "The Avalon's navigation and infotainment systems are logical and easy to use, and the standard driver assists and safety equipment are formidable. … The Avalon's capacitive-touch switches for the audio and climate-control functions are responsive and straightforward." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Most controls are straightforward, although the high-tech IntelliTouch buttons on the center stack may require an adjustment period. Toyota says they're responsive to gloved fingers and long fingernails, but the jury's out on their small size and similar appearance at a glance. On the bright side, the gauges are Lexus-like in their crispness and clarity." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • The front section of the center console acts as a convenient 'eBin,' with power cords passing through a sliding panel for two cell phones and auxiliary and USB connections. This area is also home to the available Qi wireless charging system. We like its convenience, but it doesn't charge very quickly." -- Edmunds (2016)

Cargo

At 16 cubic feet, the Avalon's trunk is about average for a large car. By comparison, the Ford Taurus offers 20.1 cubic feet. The Avalon's trunk opening is rather wide, and you won't have to hoist your cargo very high to get it in. All models come with a power-operated trunk. Also, the cabin has ample small-item storage compartments, making it easy to tuck things away when you need to.

  • "… its wide opening and low liftover height make it easy to load heavy bags. The cabin also offers plenty of small item storage." -- Edmunds
  • "Trunk space in the regular Avalon has improved significantly, measuring a competitive 16 cu ft. versus the outgoing trunk's subpar 14.4 cu ft." -- Autotrader (2016)

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