2019 Toyota Avalon

Interior


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2019 Toyota Avalon Interior Review

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Interior: 8.3

The 2019 Toyota Avalon manages to improve on what was already one of the nicest interiors in the class before this year's redesign. The cabin is attractive and features plenty of premium materials. The seats are roomy and comfortable, and the trunk provides a solid amount of space. The Avalon has plenty of active safety features, and its infotainment system is relatively easy to use, though it does lag at times.

  • "The interior sees an increase in style and quality over what already exceeded its competitors in both measures." -- Autoblog
  • "The spacious cabin has an upscale feel, featuring soft materials with intricate stitching and attractive open-pore wood trim. The leather upholstery on our sample vehicles is more supple than what's found in most mainstream brand models." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Materials and overall interior quality are strengths of all Avalons, from the XLE to the Limited. Limited models are better outfitted with new open-pore wood trim pieces and some very supple leather … that wouldn't be out of place in a luxury sedan. But even the more modestly equipped XLE has nicely wrapped leatherette (imitation leather) seats, while the XSE and Touring add suede inserts. It felt the part of a premium sedan to me, even on lower grades." -- Cars.com

Seating

The Avalon seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, and power-adjustable front seats. Leatherette and suede upholstery, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

The Avalon's front seats are easy to climb in and out of, and they're comfortable to boot. The rear seats have plenty of space for adults, and you won't feel cramped in the back, even on longer drives.

  • "The front seats are pleasantly comfortable, with little side bolstering for easy entry and exit and four-way lumbar adjustment on the Limited and Touring models. There's excellent legroom all around and more than enough headroom in the back. Headroom in the front is decent, though taller drivers may find their hair brushing the headliner if you select a trim with the sunroof." -- Edmunds
  • "We also pleasure in the roominess of the cabin -- Toyota claims best-in-class room for your shoulders, knees and noggin -- and the first-class feel of the materials anywhere our hands or fingers landed." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The stretched wheelbase gives backseat passengers extra legroom, not that it needed it. It's a seriously large backseat with plenty of legroom and headroom. The backseat is a place I could spend a few hours comfortably, and there are even two USB ports (five total in the car) on the back of the center storage bin to keep my phone topped off." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Standard tech features in the Avalon include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, push-button start, an eight-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and the Entune infotainment system with a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Siri Eyes Free. Available features include a moonroof, wireless device charging, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, and navigation.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and the Toyota Safety Sense Plus suite of features, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Available active safety features include a head-up display, a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic braking.

As part of the redesign, the 2019 Avalon becomes the first Toyota vehicle to feature Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, though it still doesn't offer Android Auto. That's a nice addition to the Entune infotainment system, which is fairly easy to use. However, the touch screen responds slowly to inputs at times, and the available navigation leaves a lot to be desired.

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  • The software overhaul makes Entune much easier to use and understand, but it's still not my favorite tech suite on the road. Responsiveness could still use some sharpening -- the lag after a tap is still just perceptible. And while Apple CarPlay [gives] iOS users an easy software alternative, Android users are left out due to a lack of Android Auto compatibility." -- CNET
  • The 2018 model … had a poor multimedia experience, and now there's a larger standard 9-inch touchscreen that's mounted in a better position with newly standard Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity. The outgoing model had a weirdly shaped wireless charging tray that wouldn't fit larger phones, and now there's a bigger tray that even accommodated my giant Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (with a case on it as well). She'll also be happy to know that the weird, touch-sensitive climate controls that didn't work when wearing certain gloves has been banished, replaced by good, old-fashioned physical controls. I still have my own issues with the multimedia system. Toyota's optional native navigation is a mess with old-looking graphics and a lack of intuitive structure. It took two of us a few minutes to figure out how to turn off the navigation route we were on and enter a new one." -- Cars.com
  • "The new Avalon makes a few great leaps forward in in-car entertainment, starting with five USB ports. Toyota's Entune system is now up to speed with Apple CarPlay as standard -- the company is 'still in negotiations' regarding Android Auto. … A clean-sounding 8-speaker audio setup comes standard on XLE and XSE models with a superb 14-speaker JBL system on Avalon Limited and Touring models (optional on the others)." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The fully redesigned Avalon provides 16.09 cubic feet of trunk space. That's about average for the class, though it's well behind the class leaders in trunk space. The rear seats fold down, giving you the flexibility to haul larger items.

  • Cargo room in the trunk area isn't as expansive as the Avalon's exterior size would suggest. … But the seats now do fold down to store longer items, and on hybrid models the battery has been moved so it has the same cargo dimensions as the gas vehicle." -- Cars.com

 

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