2019 Toyota Avalon

Performance


MSRP
$35,650
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2019 Toyota Avalon Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 7.9

The 2019 Toyota Avalon prioritizes comfort over sportiness, but that doesn't mean it's just a boatlike cruiser. The ride is smooth, but the Avalon stays composed around turns. The engine provides plenty of power, and fuel economy ratings stand slightly above those of many rivals.

  • "Things are sharper; it's more stable on turn-in, the ride is a hair more refined and the cabin feels more isolated. The added power is nice as well; it helps the Avalon feel luxurious since you get easy power in both the gas and hybrid versions. But the changes don't suddenly make the Avalon into as sporty a machine as its exterior suggests." -- Cars.com
  • "Keeping in mind that the previous-generation Toyota Avalon was no slouch, it follows that the ride comfort and braking performance on this latest version -- while perfectly effective -- won't shock you. Steering feel and response, however, are exceptional, and this, combined with a new multilink rear suspension and stiffer suspension components, make driving the Avalon on 'interesting' roads much more satisfying." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "For all its upgrades, the automaker put just as much R&D dollars into how the Avalon drives as it did into how the vehicle looks." -- New York Daily News

Acceleration and Power

The redesigned Avalon comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 301 horsepower. It's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. You aren't going to be thrown back in your seat when you hit the gas, but the Avalon accelerates relatively quickly, and the engine has enough power to move this large car fairly easily.

The 2019 Avalon gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Those are good ratings for a large sedan; most class rivals trail the Avalon's ratings by 1 or 2 mpg.

  • "The V6 engine has ample power, with a gentle onset of acceleration that makes it responsive and befitting a luxury sedan. Once underway, passing power is readily available, accompanied by an exhaust growl that might seem initially out of place in an Avalon. The eight-speed transmission delivers crisp, timely shifts." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The 2019 Avalon feels like it has the right amount of power for a vehicle of this size -- not enough to overwhelm, but enough to get the job done. Acceleration is good and, more importantly, smooth. The 8-speed automatic and the V6 work well together with imperceptibly smooth shifts and whisper-quiet operation at highway speeds." -- CNET
  • The standard engine is Toyota's tried-and-true 3.5-liter V6 paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. … Avalon buyers will be happy with the engine's power, transmission logic and throttle calibration." -- Edmunds

Handling and Braking

Front-wheel drive comes standard in the Avalon. This Toyota rides smoothly and makes a great daily driver or road trip vehicle. It's not a sports sedan by any means, but the Avalon handles winding roads well for a large car. You can choose between up to four driving modes that alter driving dynamics: Eco, Normal, Sport, and Sport+, the last of which is only available in the Touring trim.

  • "Handling precision was improved for the XLE and Limited (every Avalon benefits from a stiffer structure, thicker stabilizer bars and a lower center of gravity), but comfort remains the priority and the new suspension setup yields a suppler ride. Supple it most certainly is, yet floaty it doesn't seem to be." -- Autoblog
  • "… the result is a more agile sedan that can be enjoyable to drive, an impression reinforced by the well-weighted steering." -- Consumer Reports
  • "It's still a large, luxurious sedan that is more at home gliding down endless boulevards in silent comfort than storming up twisty mountain grades. That isn't to say the Avalon stumbles over itself if you ask for a little extra on adventurous roads. On the contrary, the big four-door feels fairly buttoned-down at higher speeds, and the Touring's adaptive suspension dampers further reduce body roll, and not at the expense of ride comfort either. … On that note, comfort is still the name of the game in this class, and the 2019 Avalon delivers. Our test car in Touring trim featured the largest wheels available, but road imperfections did not jostle the composed sedan." -- Edmunds
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