This week we are taking a look at the completely redesigned 2019 Toyota Avalon, Toyota’s flagship sedan. It is longer, lower, and wider than the previous version and clearly, Toyota is seeking a younger owner base.
The exterior looks more edgy with 18” wheels, LED lights in the front and rear, the new front grill, and rear dual exhaust with chrome tips.
The 2019 comes in 4 trim levels, the XLE, the XSE, the Limited model which is what this one is, and the sporty Touring model.
Under the hood, the 2019 Avalon has the proven 3.5-liter V6 that is hooked to an 8-speed automatic and together they generate 301-horses. All Avalons are front-wheel drive and there is a hybrid available. Toyota has hinted there would be an all-wheel drive variation in the not too distant future.
Lexus Cabin Cues
You certainly see design cues from Lexus when you enter the cabin. Sculpted door panels greet you and they match up nicely to the contoured leather heated and cooled front seats. The first impression when you open the door is terrific.
When you sit down behind the power tilt, multi-function steering wheel, you see bright, colorful gauges and a 7” driver information display. As you look up, you see a large head-up display that has multiple displays.
The center console is clean and attractive with an armrest and glove box that houses two USB ports. You’ll find two more in the back seat area.
Near the gearshift, which you can shift manually, are the drive modes. You can choose from Eco, Normal, or my favorite, Sport. You can also turn on the Auto Hold, which allows you to take your foot off the brake when stopped, then releases when you touch the gas pedal.
In the middle of the stitched dash you find a 9” touchscreen that houses the simple-to-use Toyota Entune system. From there, you operate the 14-speaker JBL sound system, the navigation system, Apple Car Play, Bluetooth, and backup camera. Android Auto is not available yet, but the system is compatible with Alexa. It will allow you to talk to your home Alexa from your car and vice-versa.
The interior is extremely well-done overall and the Avalon has a huge amount of head and leg room in front, and the rear seat, which is heated, is massive and very comfortable. It has a really large trunk, too.
Standard Features and Options
The Limited comes completely loaded standard features including a power sunroof, pre-collision system, lane departure warning with steering assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and automatic high beam headlights.
The only option on my tester is the $1150 Advanced Safety package which is essentially an upgraded Bird’s Eye View rear camera with rear cross-traffic braking, and parking sensors.
Ride, Fuel Economy and What You’ll Pay
The Avalon is very quiet inside, and in normal mode, you have a great luxury car. Go to Sport mode, and the shocks firm up, the steering changes, and the transmission shifts quicker. It’s very enjoyable and handles great thanks to Toyota’s New Global Architecture which debuted on the 2018 Camry. One other thing that is exceptional with this car is the paint quality. It just glimmers in the sunlight.
Gas mileage is good at 22 City and 31 Highway, great for a car this size. Total MSRP is $43,964, which I find to be terrific for what you get.
Let’s address the elephant in the room. Some of you will turn your nose up when you see the grill, but don’t let that deter you from considering the new Avalon. Drive the Avalon, you can’t see the grill when you are behind the wheel.