2015 Toyota Avalon Overview

John Diether
Automotive Editor - December 2, 2014

Toyota likes to refer to its Avalon as a premium midsize sedan, which really doesn't do it justice. To our eyes, the Avalon is a stylish full-size cruiser with that can be equipped as a cost-conscious luxury car if you're so inclined.

What's New For 2015

The Avalon receives additional smartphone apps, and an XLE Sport Edition is now available.

Choosing Your Toyota Avalon

The front-drive Avalon is powered by a smooth 3.5-liter V6 engine with 268 horsepower, matched to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Ride quality and interior room are a definite notch above your typical family sedan. We continue to be impressed by the Avalon's 25 mpg rating in combined driving and ability to hit 60 mph in 6.4 seconds.

The Avalon starts on in "base" XLE versions and advances to the more sophisticated Limited trim:


Comes standard with leather seats with power and heat in front, a rearview camera, keyless ignition, Bluetooth phone and audio, keyless ignition, automatic headlamps, dual-zone automatic climate control and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player.

XLE Premium

Adds a sunroof and a few more conveniences such as keyless entry for the rear doors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a remote garage door opener.

XLE Touring

Gets a navigation system with integrated smartphone apps, standard 18-inch wheels (versus 17 on the others), fog lamps, driver lumbar controls and a nine-speaker audio system with satellite and HD radio.

XLE Sport Edition

Gives the XLE greater distinction with a black exterior and black 18-inch wheels, black perforated seats with dark blue stitching and aluminum door sill plates. Production is limited to 2,500 units.


Tops off the Avalon with a slew of premium features such as upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats, a hard drive-based navigation system, tri-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, ambient interior lighting, a power rear sunshade and an 11-speaker JBL premium sound system. Optional on the limited is a Technology package with adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam control and a collision mitigation system.

CarsDirect Tip

The XLEs are designed to provide a lot of car for the money -- and they succeed in that regard. The new Sport Edition, however, is on the pricey side, but that's to be expected for limited-production trim level that will probably sell out quickly. The Limited is basically a luxury sedan without the luxury badging, which makes it a bargain in its own right.

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