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2018 Toyota Avalon Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Toyota Avalon was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.5

The interior is a high point for the 2018 Toyota Avalon. Its seats are spacious and relaxing, with plenty of room to stretch out in both the front and the back. The technology is user-friendly and includes a nice array of infotainment perks and safety systems as part of the base model. Materials are luxury-grade, and trunk space is about average.

  • "Take the badge off an Avalon, and you might think you're in a Lexus, Toyota's luxury brand. In addition to its velvety V6 and hushed ride, the Avalon coddles with leather interior, heated front seats and nice touches like wood-grain interior trim." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A big effort to improve materials quality and modernize the Avalon is obvious. Depending on trim level, soft-touch leather adorns most surfaces, and tasteful styling touches are present throughout." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "The quality of the materials also satisfies." -- Autotrader (2016)

Seating

The five-seat Avalon comes standard 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. Seating upgrades include premium and perforated leather seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat.

The Avalon's seats are particularly comfortable, and its cabin is spacious enough for larger travelers to relax in either the front or back.

For child safety seats, the Avalon comes with two sets of lower anchors and three individual tether anchors. For the most part, it's easy to clip a car seat into the hardware, though you will have to reach deep into the seat cushion for the lower anchors.

  • "Roominess is most apparent in the rear, where passengers have 39.2 inches of legroom, over an inch more than the Camry. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, and the armrest between driver and passenger provides good separation." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "When evaluating the interior, 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 to the current model, 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 (2017)
  • "As with most cars in this class, the Avalon's rear seat is quite roomy." -- Edmunds (2017)

Interior Features

The Avalon comes with dual-zone climate control, a proximity key, and remote start. Standard infotainment features consist of Toyota's Entune interface, a 7-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker audio system, navigation, satellite radio, a USB port, voice recognition, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free. Every model also comes with a rearview camera, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

Optional features include tri-zone automatic climate control, the Entune App Suite (for advanced smartphone integration), a moonroof, a nine-speaker audio system, wireless charging for enabled phones, an 11-speaker JBL audio system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

The infotainment system is easy to use (after a brief introductory period) and features a crisp display. The buttons adjacent to the display screen are capacitive (touch sensitive) and designed to receive inputs even when you're wearing gloves.

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  • "The flush, angular central display and capacitive touch switches look high-tech, but are mercifully quite easy to use." -- 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. The quality of the materials also satisfies." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • 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

The Avalon’s trunk space measures 16 cubic feet, which is about average for large cars. It's easy to load things in the rear of the Avalon, thanks to its wide and low opening. A power trunk lid is standard.

  • "At 16 cubic feet, the Avalon's trunk is huge." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cavernous trunk offers 16 cubic feet of space, and its wide opening and low liftover height make it easy to load heavy bags." -- Edmunds (2017)

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