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Archive for the ‘Toyota Avalon’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Toyota Avalon – Driven

First unveiled in 1994 at the Chicago Auto Show, a total of four generations have come and gone for Toyota’s large, mid-size, flagship sedan, also known as the Avalon. Now, following a debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the Avalon enters its fifth generation, and it’s bringing fresh exterior styling, a brand-new interior, tons of technology and equipment, and both a V-6 and hybrid four-cylinder powertrain, all in the name of resurrecting the beleaguered sedan segment. The question is – is it any good? To find out, Toyota flew me down to Del Mar in San Diego, CA, to give it a try.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Avalon – Driven

First unveiled in 1994 at the Chicago Auto Show, a total of four generations have come and gone for Toyota’s large, mid-size, flagship sedan, also known as the Avalon. Now, following a debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the Avalon enters its fifth generation, and it’s bringing fresh exterior styling, a brand-new interior, tons of technology and equipment, and both a V-6 and hybrid four-cylinder powertrain, all in the name of resurrecting the beleaguered sedan segment. The question is – is it any good? To find out, Toyota flew me down to Del Mar in San Diego, CA, to give it a try.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Toyota Avalon.

PostHeaderIcon 2019 Toyota Avalon: First Drive Impressions

The sedan segment has taken some pretty big hits over the last few years, regularly losing ground to the ever-popular SUV and crossover body styles. But while overall sales are down, some automakers are sticking it out with fresh new four-doors in the hopes that customers will once again see the light. Toyota is one such automaker, and the latest 2019 Avalon is a great reason to go against the grain.

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PostHeaderIcon The Adaptive Suspension On The 2019 Toyota Avalon Works Wonders

In the race to pack in as many gadgets and features as possible on new vehicles, automakers are gravitating towards adaptive suspension systems as a means to bridge the gap between sporty handling and a comfortable ride. It’s not always an easy balance to find, which means these systems are usually relegated to pricey models from Europe – unless you’re talking about the 2019 Toyota Avalon, that is.

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PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Has Some Surprising Punch

Toyota recently gave me an opportunity to drive the latest fifth-generation Avalon mid-size sedan, and suffice to say, I was impressed. There’s a lot to like about this “attainable premium” four-door, but the thing that really grabbed me was what happened when I put my foot down while behind the wheel of the hybrid model.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Avalon

First introduced in 1994, the Toyota Avalon is the Japanese brand’s full-size sedan offering, seeing sales in North America, Puerto Rico, and the Middle East. Since its debut at the Chicago Auto Show back in the ’90s, a total of four generations have come and gone, and now, there’s a brand-new fifth-gen heading for the dealer lots. First making the scene at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the 2019 Avalon is framed as “attainable premium,” or “mid-premium,” and Toyota hopes it’ll entice customers with an upscale, comfortable four-door package that won’t break the bank. Truth be told, the sedan bodystyle (especially full-size sedans) can be a hard sell these days, as consumers usually fulfill their seating-for-five requirements with some kind of high-riding SUV or crossover. Despite this, Toyota is confident the 2019 Avalon will be an exception to the rule thanks to its extensive list of upgrades, which include a variety of luxurious touches and technology enhancements that almost lend it a feeling of “Germaness” on the surface. Dig deeper, though, and you’ll find the Avalon stays true to its Japanese roots, with unique charactersitics throughout, as well as a hybrid option for those looking for extra dollars saved at the pump.

The new Avalon will go on sale later this spring, but until then, read on for the details.

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Exterior

  • Larger front grille
  • Greater aero efficiency
  • LED lighting elements front to back
  • Wheel sizing between 17 and 19 inches
  • Extra paint options
  • Bigger exterior dimensions

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“In a bid to make the 2019 Avalon give off those upscale, premium vibes, Toyota started with the way it's styled”

In a bid to make the 2019 Avalon give off those upscale, premium vibes, Toyota started with the way it’s styled. Indeed, this new sedan looks quite a bit different than the four-door that came before, so let’s dive into the specifics.

The first thing to jump out can be found on the front end of the car, or rather, it’s the entire front end of the car. Of course, I’m talking about the grille, which sees a considerable size increase over the fourth-generation’s primary intake. And that’s saying something, because the old grille was already rather large. By contrast, the grille in the 2019 model year Avalon is downright astronomical in scope, dominating the entire nose of the car with a single unending black mesh insert.


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“The grille in the 2019 model year Avalon is downright astronomical in scope, dominating the entire nose of the car with a single unending black mesh insert.”

Toyota says the front end prioritizes “aerodynamic efficiency, cooling, and pedestrian protection,” but we can’t see anything beyond that insanely big grille. Of course, styling is always a subjective thing, and we’ll take a striking, off-the-wall design over something boring any day of the week, so it’s really up to the individual to decide if it works or not.

Make it past the grille without accidentally falling in or getting lost, and you’ll find slim vertical side intakes in the corners of the bumper, features which Toyota assert are actually functional for aero efficiency purposes. The overhangs are now shorter as well, while the headlight housings are crisp and more geometric, offering three individual reflectors – one for the daytime running lights, one for the low beams, and the third for the high beams. There are also adaptive cornering lamps for better visibility around turns, and available LED elements for the main beams, plus dynamic turn signals for an extra splash of lighting coolness. Up top, an aluminum hood takes a little extra weight off the nose.

Moving to the car’s flanks, we find a dual set of character lines, on higher and one lower, both of which add to the car’s visual beefiness. Wheel sizing ranges between 17 and 19 inches, with a selection of interesting designs to choose from. In back, there’s an unbroken 3D “aero fin” style design for the taillights, once again employing LEDs for the lighting element. There’s also a subtle trailing trunk spoiler offered, depending on the trim level.


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“All told, the updates make the Avalon appear fresh and upscale, doing away with the rounded look of the older model in favor of sharper edges that remind us of a Lexus.”

All told, the updates make the Avalon appear fresh and upscale, doing away with the rounded look of the older model in favor of sharper edges and elements that remind us a bit of what Toyota’s design team is doing in the Lexus camp. The updates make the Avalon more aero-efficient as well, reducing the coefficient of drag to 0.27 from the previous model’s 0.28. And that’s always a good thing, and should be expected coming from the same company that makes the highly aero-efficient Prius.

While most of the Avalon line looks pretty much identical, there are a few small coloring and styling differences that help to differentiate between the various trim levels. For example, with XLE and Touring models get gray and chrome for the grille, while the XSE and Touring get piano black. New exterior colors for the 2019 model year include Opulent Amber and Harbor Grey Metallic, while the rest of the paint options include Celestial Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, and Parisian Night Pearl. Toyota also added two new colors from outside the model line, offering up Wind Chill Pearl and Ruby Flare Pearl to round it off.

Finally, per tradition for a luxury-oriented model like the Avalon, the exterior dimensions are longer, wider, and lower this time around, measuring in at 113 inches for the wheelbase, 196 inches for the overall length, 72.8 inches for the overall width, and 56.5 inches for the overall height.


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2019 Toyota Avalon Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 113 inches
Overall Length 196 inches
Overall Width 72.8 inches
Overall Height 56.5 inches

Interior

  • Rear cabin extended by 7 inches
  • Fresh interior layout
  • Much more premium feeling
  • Loads of soft-touch materials
  • WiFi hot spot and Qi wireless charging
  • Optional Yamaha wood and aluminum trim
  • 9-inch infotainment screen
  • Apple CarPlay as standard (finally!)
  • Engine Sound Enhancement pumped into the cabin
  • Toyota Safety Sense as standard

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“Of course, those bigger dimensions outside the car translate into larger dimensions inside as well”

Of course, those bigger dimensions outside the car translate into larger dimensions inside as well. Toyota says the rear cabin was extended by 7 inches, and that the Avalon now boasts a trio of segment-best interior measurements, including the most shoulder room (57.1 inches), the most legroom (up to 40.4 inches), and the most headroom (up to 37.5 inches).

The layout also changed, and now looks far more upscale than it did before. The center console is now a cohesive, single unit, sweeping upwards from the central tunnel and over the dash. Typically, we don’t like the look of a stand-up infotainment screen, as it usually looks tacked on (and tacky, too). This, however, is different. We like how the design leads the eye vertically into the central tunnel or up and into the windshield – nice choice there, Toyota.


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“Typically, we don't like the look of a stand-up infotainment screen, as it usually looks tacked on (and tacky, too). This, however, is different.”

The 2019 Avalon’s quilted door trim also looks like it could have been made at Mercedes, and there was a redesign for the steering wheel as well, although the changes there are much more minor. Passengers might also notice that the side glass was lengthened, which should certainly help to expand the sense of spaciousness when sitting inside the cabin.

One of the best features of the Avalon is the plethora of soft-touch materials added throughout the passenger space. These include “Ultrasuede” and leather, and come complemented by trim made from brushed metal, piano black metal, and satin chrome. There’s also available Yamaha wood and aluminum, if you’re feeling saucy.

On the infotainment front, that large digital screen in the center of the dash measures in at 9 inches corner to corner, while a 7-inch display in the gauge cluster provides readouts on navigation info, safety system info, and the like. Higher trims get a 10-inch heads-up display and a high-end JBL stereo.

Standard spec throws in the Entune 3.0 infotainment platform, a WiFi hotspot, Qi wireless device charging, and Toyota remote connect for smartphone support, as well as Amazon Alexa connectivity and standard Apple CarPlay. That last bit is of particular importance, as Toyota has been reluctant to get on the Apple CarPlay bus for some time now, so we’re quite happy to see it listed as a feature on the latest Avalon.


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“We're rather happy to see Apple CarPlay make it onboard, as Toyota has been reluctant to adopt the system for quite some time now. While minor, it's part of several improvements that make the Avalon that much better for 2019.”

There’s also digital Engine Sound Enhancement thanks to an Intake Sound Generator that gives the powertrain some interesting aural feedback when you put your foot down. And yeah, we’re gonna count that as an infotainment feature, because really, it’s just there to make you smile a little more when accelerating hard. A cheap thrill, maybe, but hey, who are we to judge?

Those seated in the back will enjoy the rear USB ports and optional rear seat warmers, not to mention the increased space already discussed above.

Finally, the 2019 Avalon comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) suite of technology, which includes stuff like pre-collision warning and braking, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and a pedestrian detection system.

Drivetrain

  • 3.5-liter V-6 projected to make 300 horsepower
  • V-6 mates to new eight-speed automatic transmission
  • New hybrid set-up with 2.5-liter ’four and 650-volt electric motor
  • Hybrid mates to CVT with paddle shifters
  • FWD across the line

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“Making the go in the 2019 Toyota Avalon is once again a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, however, this time around the powerplant is “new,” making more power and returning better mpg”

Making the go in the 2019 Toyota Avalon is once again a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, however, this time around the powerplant is “new,” making more power and returning better mpg thanks to features such as the revamped D-4S direct injection fueling system, and an updated variable valve system. Exact output figures have yet to be released, but for now, we know the outgoing Avalon makes 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. That said, the new V-6 makes about 300 horses and 270 pound-feet of torque in the Camry, so expect figures somewhere in that ballpark. A new eight-speed transmission now routes the output to the front axle exclusively, replacing the older model’s six-speed unit.

Alternatively, buyers can get theirs with hybrid motivation. If you prefer this greener solution, you’ll find the V-6 ditched in favor of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 650-volt electric motor, all of which connects to a continuously variable transmission for motivation at the front axle. Toyota boasts the Avalon is the only “full hybrid” in the segment, and eco buyers will also enjoy the hybrid’s Sport mode, which adds a dose of extra electrified oomph to help you get that last parking spot at Whole Foods. There are even steering wheel-mounted paddles for a more hands-on approach to wrangling the CVT.

Chassis And Handling

  • New architecture underneath
  • Fully independent suspension
  • Optional adaptive components
  • Stiffer suspension tuning

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“The 2019 Avalon uses a multi-link set-up that allows for a wider track and a lower center of gravity”

In addition to the new look, new interior, new gear, and new engine lineup, the 2019 Toyota Avalon also comes with fresh underpinnings, or the TNGA-K (Toyota New Global Architecture K) platform to be exact. Created specifically to cater to the demands of sedans, TNGA K is used on the present-day Toyota Camry and Lexus ES. The Lexus RX SUV also uses the platform.

As for the suspension, the 2019 Avalon uses a multi-link set-up that allows for a wider track and a lower center of gravity. The fresh suspension also offers the option for adaptive variable components, which is a first for the brand. Finally, the tuning for the 2019 model year introduces stiffer settings all the way around, all in the name of making the Avalon more interesting to drive. Thing is, we’re not really looking to flog this large sedan in some mountain pass. This is a cruiser, no doubt about it, but either way, we appreciate Toyota looking into new ways of making it more exciting.

Prices


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The 2019 Avalon
was designed in the U.S. and will be built here as well, with an on-sale date set for later this spring. Pricing is thus far unannounced, but with the current model starting at $33,500, we wouldn’t expect a huge jump in MSRP.

Customers will have four individual trim levels to choose from. These include the “sportier” XSE and Touring, as well as the more luxury-focused XLE and Limited. All four will get the previously mentioned V-6 powerplant, while the hybrid will only be offered on the XLE, Limited, and XSE trims.

Competition

Chrysler 300


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While far more understated than the grille-tastic Toyota Avalon, the Chrysler 300 still has all the essentials of a large, semi-luxurious sedan. The interior gets plenty of soft-touch materials and niceties, plus tech features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, while the engine options include the base model’s 3.6-liter V-6 making 292 horsepower, plus a top-trim 5.7-liter V-8 making 363 horsepower. RWD is standard, while AWD is optional. And with pricing starting at just $28,995, there’s plenty of leeway to dig into the options list, if you want.

Read our full review on the 2018 Chrysler 300.

Nissan Maxima


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Of the three sedans listed here, we think the Nissan is the best-looking option of the bunch, grabbing eyeballs thanks to its attractive two-tier V-motion grille and sharp styling features front to back. Things look good inside as well, where NVH levels are low and soft-touch materials abound, plus Apple CarPlay comes as standard and there’s more than a few safety technologies as well. Providing the power is a 3.5-liter V-6, which produces as much as 300 horsepower and mates with a CVT connected to the front axle. Pricing starts at $33,270.

Read our full review of the 2017 Nissan Maxima.

Conclusion


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With terminally waning popularity and a variety of competitors to steal away sales, the new fifth-generation Avalon has its work cut out for it. However, all the upgrades make a ton of sense – the sharper styling reminds us of a Lexus, while the interior layout is a huge improvement over the outgoing model. Then we have the extra gear and more powerful engine, plus the addition of a hybrid model to the lineup, all of which will do well to expand the model’s desirability considerably.

Of the few remaining large sedans out there, we’d argue the Avalon is one of the better options. Whether or not it’s got what it takes to secure a buy in the face of overwhelming SUV and crossover popularity, well, that remains to be seen.

Now, about that front grille…

  • Leave it
    • * Holy front grille, Batman
    • * Sedans not as popular as they used to be
    • * Lots of competition

References

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PostHeaderIcon The New Toyota Avalon Is Basically A Grille On Wheels

I remember when Lexus first came out with its enormous “spindle grille” feature, thinking to myself “well, that won’t last very long.” Now, here we are some seven years later, and the ginormous intake hasn’t receded in the slightest. In fact, it’s actually growing, and not just in size, either. The rest of Toyota’s lineup seems to be infected with enlarged grille syndrome, as is evidenced by the recently debuted 2019 Avalon that just dropped at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

This grille is simply massive. It stretches between the ends of the bumper like one of those giant rubber dam things that dentists use for root canals. The whole front end of the car is basically grille. Don’t get me wrong – I’ll take a strikingly assertive, arguably ugly design over something boring any day of the week. But I can’t help but take a step back and shake my head when I see this thing, like I just walked into the world’s biggest ball of twine or something. I mean, what the hell is the point.

Granted, the styling actually does its job, as it certainly makes the Toyota stand out from the crowd. Indeed, just one glance is more than enough to confirm the car’s origin. However, I’m worried scientists will start pointing their telescopes at it thinking they just discovered a new black hole.

What do you think of the new front end on the 2019 Toyota Avalon? Let us know in the comments.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Takes High-Tech Approach With New Avalon Hybrid

It’s no secret that the sedan body style is under fire these days, losing ground to the ever-popular SUV and crossover segment year after year. However, Toyota is confident it’ll still move units, ushering in a new fifth generation for its full-size Avalon four-door at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The big draw this time around is the technology stuffed into the cabin, as well as a new hybrid powertrain under the hood.

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What About Styling?


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“Right from the off, the new Avalon looks the part of a fresh four-door, packing on new styling cues that definitely help it stand out in a crowd”

Right from the off, the new Avalon looks the part of a fresh four-door, packing on new styling cues that definitely help it stand out in a crowd. Regardless of whether or not it actually looks, you know, good, that enormous front grille and those Lexus-esque styling features are definitely head-turners in their own right.

Add in cool stuff like dynamic turn signals and LED lighting front to back, and the high-tech approach can definitely work to the Avalon Hybrid’s advantage here.

What About The Interior?


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“Of course, a screen is only as good as the software behind it, and to that end, the Avalon Hybrid has plenty of new stuff, including the Entune 3.0 app suite and Toyota Remote Connect.”

Front and center is a standard 10-inch heads-up display, as well as a 7-inch display in the gauge cluster that provides readouts on Hybrid System status, and a variety of complementary screens elsewhere in the cabin. The stand-up display on the center console also looks pretty “techy” if you ask us.

Of course, a screen is only as good as the software behind it, and to that end, the Avalon Hybrid has plenty of new stuff, including the Entune 3.0 app suite and the latest version of Toyota Remote Connect. Basically, these offer a good number of remote services and features, plus app support. The latter also comes with smartwatch support and Amazon Alexa support, with Alexa users getting tons of integrated features with their various connected devices, including those at home.


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“Toyota also mentioned that it's throwing in Apple CarPlay smartphone support as standard across the range. This is actually a pretty big deal.”

Toyota also mentioned that it’s throwing in Apple CarPlay smartphone support as standard across the range. This is actually a pretty big deal – most of the other automakers are already in on this, and frankly, it’s about time Toyota got in on it as well.

Complementary features include a WiFi hotspot by way of Verizon, and a Qi Wireless Charging system to keep that phone topped off.

There’s also the Toyota Safety Sense suite of technology, which tosses in good stuff like Lane Departure Warning, Steering Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic High-Beams, Pre-Collision Warning with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, and more.

All told, the Avalon gets a sweet bit of kit inside, with everything you’d expect from the segment.

What About Under The Hood?


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“Toyota boasts the Avalon as the “only full hybrid vehicle in the segment,” which makes sense coming from the makers of the Prius.”

In addition to a new platform under the skin, the 2019 Avalon also comes with an optional hybrid powertrain under the hood, replacing the standard model’s 3.5-liter V-6 with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 650-volt electric motor. Power is sent through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to drive the front wheels.

Toyota boasts the Avalon as the “only full hybrid vehicle in the segment,” which makes sense coming from the makers of the Prius. Standout features include dual VVT-i and VVT-e (basically hybrid-specific variable valve control), D-4S direct injection, and a high 14:1 compression ratio. The hybrid also uses two electric motors to help keep the battery pack topped off, with one of those motors used for power assistance. Providing the electrons is a nickel-metal hydride battery pack, which, if we’re honest, is a bit old school in an age of lithium-ion packs and claims of solid-state batteries.

Regardless, there are still multiple drive modes to make the most of available electron power, plus features like Auto Glide Control, which helps to save fuel by engaging an automatic drive setting that acts like a neutral gear for easy coasting. There’s even a sport mode to dump electric power at a whim, and six simulated gears if you wanna take a more hands-on approach to the CVT, all of which should pair well with the new adaptive suspension components.

Nice, But Is It Techy Enough?


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While SUVs and crossovers boast enhanced practicality thanks to large storage spaces, tall suspension, and AWD grip, entries in the sedan segment need something to call their own. The technology angle could work well, and the Avalon Hybrid is a good move in that respect. However, will customers respond? We’ll have to see.

References

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Toyota Avalon Gets More Aggressive, Boasts New Tech at Detroit

Toyota has undoubtedly heard cries from customers and journalists alike bemoaning its boring sedans. But no more. The 2019 Avalon is following in the 2018 Camry’s footsteps by going sporty. The new Avalon ditches the dull styling for some excitement as it moves into its fifth generation.

Toyota calls the Avalon its “mid-premium sedan” and has packed the car with loads of luxury features, more technology like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and made its Toyota Safety Sense P suite of active safety systems even more powerful. Improved powertrains include a reworked 3.5-liter V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission, along with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with Toyota’s newest hybrid system and CVT transmission.

There are four trim levels available: the XSE, Touring, XLE, Limited. Hybrid models come in XLE, Limited, and XSE grades.


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“The swankier trims, the Touring and Limited, come with real wood and aluminum interior accents and fancy stitching on the leather seating”

The swankier trims, the Touring and Limited, come with real wood and aluminum interior accents and fancy stitching on the leather seating. The latest Entune 3.0 system now includes a Wi-Fi hotshot, Toyota Remote Connect with smartwatch and Amazon Alexa connectivity, and the return of the Qi wireless charging system. An available JBL sound system pumps 1,200 watts through 14 speakers over a 7.1-channel surround sound system.

Toyota also addresses the Avalon’s fun-to-drive factor. Adaptive dampers are standard (a Toyota first) and offer variable control over the suspension’s movements in conjunction with drive moves.

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“Compared to the outgoing Avalon, the 2019 model has a 2.0-inch longer wheelbase, is 0.8-inches wider, and has shorter overhangs by 0.4 and 1.0 inches in the front and rear, respectively.”

The 2019 Avalon rides on the same Toyota New Global Architecture as the 2018 Camry, but is larger for more interior room. Compared to the outgoing Avalon, the 2019 model has a 2.0-inch longer wheelbase, is 0.8-inches wider, and has shorter overhangs by 0.4 and 1.0 inches in the front and rear, respectively.

As for the Toyota Safety Sense suite, it includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Back Guide Monitor. Optional safety equipment includes the Panoramic View Monitor (360-degree bird’s eye camera view) and Rear Cross Traffic Braking.


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“Toyota hasn’t announced pricing for the 2019 Avalon, but we expect it to start around $34,000”

Toyota hasn’t announced pricing for the 2019 Avalon, but we expect it to start around $34,000. It will begin arriving in showrooms in the late spring of 2018.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Teases 2019 Avalon Ahead Of Detroit Auto Show Debut

The 2018 Detroit Auto Show is nearly here, and with its approach comes a deluge of teasers from across the board. The latest arrives courtesy of Toyota, which is previewing the soon-to-be-revealed next-generation full-size Avalon sedan with a few shots of the redesigned headlights and taillights.

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The Toyota Avalon is a full-size four-door sedan, first seeing the light of day back in 1996. Since then, the nameplate has offered a combination of comfort, reliability, and a good amount of space as well. With a second generation appearing in 1999, a third generation in 2004, and the outgoing fourth generation in 2012, the last update we saw for the Avalon was for the 2016 model year, when Toyota gave it a face lift at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Now, Toyota is redesigning the Avalon for the 2018 model year, and it’s likely to be quite the update indeed.

Although the Avalon usually plays second fiddle to Toyota’s more popular compacts like the Camry and Corolla, we have high hopes for the fifth-gen Avalon. After all, we’re quite fond of the recently revealed new-gen Camry, which just got a much more exciting design, nice engine options, and a very solid interior, all for the 2018 model year.

“We have high hopes for the fifth-gen Avalon. After all, we're quite fond of the recently revealed new-gen Camry, which just got a much more exciting design, nice engine options, and a very solid interior, all for the 2018 model year.”

As of this writing, we don’t have many details on the 2019 Avalon, but Toyota is giving us a preview of things to come with close-cropped teaser images of the headlight and taillight housings.

The headlights appear to show a duo of Y-shaped LED daytime running light signatures, while the taillights show a wraparound design and dynamic turn signal feature. The front end also looks to incorporate a large black mesh section in the grille, while the rear image appears to suggest a wider stance and well-formed decklid spoiler. Exterior aesthetics should see a marked upgrade this time around.

In terms of motivation, the new Avalon will likely get a V-6 in the nose, while the option for hybrid power is another very good possibility. Inside, we expect to see new support for smartphones thanks to the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as nicer materials, and the possibly for a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Look for the full details when the 2019 Toyota Avalon debuts at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for the latest.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota TRD Avalon SEMA Edition

Toyota has brought five vehicles that have been customized by Toyota Racing Development (TRD) to SEMA this year in Las Vegas. All five vehicles represent Toyota’s most popular vehicles with a twist just for SEMA. One such vehicle is the Toyota Avalon – the automakers flagship, midsize sedan. This year the Avalon, like all of the other SEMA-edition vehicles, was built to fuel the imagination of consumers and industry professionals, while allowing Toyota to gain feedback on what people generally think of the modifications and accessories.

As a production model, the Avalon has always had a sporty exterior design, reasonable performance and has always carried the best technology Toyota has to offer. This year, Toyota’s midsize sedan comes to SEMA in XLE Touring trim, with exclusive modifications from TRD that include updates to the exterior, suspension, and even a few performance upgrades.

At first glance, the 2015 Avalon doesn’t look too extreme. But, that doesn’t mean we won’t be surprised once we get a full look at this machine in the metal. If you remember correctly, back in 2013, the TRD had its hand in modifying the 2012 Avalon for SEMA, and it did a fine job. So, did TRD and Toyota do as good of a job on this model? Read on to find out for yourself.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Avalon Hybrid – Driven

The Avalon has been a quiet stalwart of the Toyota lineup, providing a plush ride for those not interesting in owning a luxury brand (i.e. Lexus), but want all the bells and whistles normally associated with one. Equipped in the Limited trim, the Avalon offers just as many luxuries as say, the Lexus ES or even GS sedans, but without the hubbub. Add to that a fantastic hybrid system, and the result is a surprising package that affirms its halo role in the Toyota lineup.

I recently spent a week and a generous road trip getting to know the Avalon Hybrid. In fact, I took the car on an eight-hour adventure to my hometown for my 10-year high school reunion. The Avalon might not garner the same attention as the Lexus RC F from late 20-somethings, but I didn’t go with the mindset of impressing.

My wife and I made the quiet journey from central Florida north to I-10, then due west to the sleepy little town of Pascagoula, Mississippi. Save for a few high-profile tobacco attorneys, many of the town’s 22,000 residents are blue-collar, with folks working in the fishing, shipbuilding, or oil industries. Still, Southern charm runs deep here, with wrap-around porches on antebellum homes, sprawling live oak trees covered in Spanish moss, and thick, twangy drawls coming from gents and belles alike.

In other words, it was the perfect place for such a subtle luxury car to fit in.

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Toyota Avalon Hybrid – Driven originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 4 June 2015 08:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Avalon

Back in the 2013 model year, Toyota fully redesigned the Avalon, giving it a sleeker, sexier, and more luxurious look. Along with this redesign, Toyota made the Avalon’s body slightly shorter and wider, improving its stance and giving passengers more shoulder and hip room. Despite being the third-best-selling full-size sedan in 2014, Toyota unveiled a refreshed version for the 2016 model year at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

With the Chicago Auto Show’s opening in the books, we now get to see what the refreshed Avalon looks like. I honestly expected a little more from Toyota, but considering its place in the sales list and the fact that it has no hopes of catching up to the Impala, which more than doubled the Avalon in 2014 sales, I can’t say I’m surprised the refresh was so minor.

Updated 02/13/2015: We’ve added a series of images taken during the 2016 Avalon’s official debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Check the new images in the “Pictures” tab.

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Toyota Avalon originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 13 February 2015 16:00 EST.

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