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2019 Toyota Avalon: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - January 18, 2018
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Model Preview

After Toyota redesigned the Camry, we knew it wouldn’t be long before its more luxurious and larger cousin, the Avalon, joined it. And that’s exactly what the Avalon does for 2019, as Toyota has completely redesigned its premium sedan from the ground up.

In terms of appearance, the Avalon is still very much recognizable, but the details are all new. Its body lines are more pronounced, giving it a sportier look, and virtually all of its dimensions have changed. The roofline is now 1 inch lower, its width up 0.8 inches, and its wheelbase lengthened by 2 inches.

These new dimensions will, of course, impact the layout of the Avalon’s cabin. In the rear, shoulder room will grow to 57.1 inches, leg room will jump to 40.3 inches, and headroom will increase to 37.5 inches.

2019 Toyota Avalon

Also enhanced is the amount of soft-touch material used throughout the cabin, as buyers will find this pleasant-to-the-touch surface around the center console and draped over the instrument panel. Speaking of materials, a new Cognac-colored leather will make its debut on the Limited trim.

Other interior improvements will include an available 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a three-spoke steering wheel, an available 10-inch head-up display, and upgraded audio systems like a 1,200-watt beast from JBL with 14 speakers.

The standard engine in the 2019 Avalon will remain the 3.5-liter V6, but it’ll be more powerful and fuel efficient, thanks to direct injection. There will be a hybrid model, which will include a 2.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor that’ll see its power and fuel economy increase. Both engines will pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The current Avalon just missed being a Top Safety Pick+ due to its iffy headlight tests. At the very least, we expect the Top Safety Pick rating it received to carry over, but if Toyota manages to fix the headlight issue, we could see it receive that all-important title of Top Safety Pick+. Like last year, Toyota Safety Sense will remain standard and include important features like automatic emergency braking.

Pricing & Release Date

Toyota expects to have the 2019 Avalon in showrooms in late spring.

Official pricing remains unknown for now, but it should ring in somewhere near the 2017 model’s MSRP range of $34,395 to $42,195 (destination fees included).

Competitors include the Kia Cadenza, Buick LaCrosse and Chrysler 300.

Learn about the current Avalon on sale now »

Pictured: 2018 Avalon

2019 Toyota Avalon

2019 Toyota Avalon

2019 Toyota Avalon

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