John Moroney
Automotive Editor - November 28, 2016

Expert Rating

4.2 (Excellent)
21 City / 30 Highway

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2017 Toyota Avalon OVERVIEW

Toyota’s flagship sedan offers premium comfort, style, and performance in a full-size package. The interior is spacious and quiet, with plenty of sound-dampening touches to keep it serene even on the busiest of freeways. Power is more than ample, and handling is nimble without sacrificing ride quality. Though not officially a luxury vehicle, the Avalon is legitimate alternative to far pricier sedans.

What's New for 2017

The 2017 Avalon adds the Toyota Safety Sense package as standard across all trims, which contains automatic high beams, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.

Toyota Avalon

Choosing Your Toyota Avalon

The interior of the Avalon is refined, relaxing, and well-appointed. Again, it’s not a luxury car, but it’s definitely a quality vehicle with every thought given to the comfort of its driver and passengers.

At the heart of the big sedan is a 3.5L V6 with 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 60 mph is accomplished in a respectable 6.5 seconds, and combined fuel economy is 24 mpg.

The six-speed automatic with paddle shifters has three selectable driving modes: Eco for greater fuel efficiency, Normal, and Sport for quicker throttle response and greater steering feel.

The Avalon is offered in five different trim levels.


The base model Avalon comes with leather-trimmed upholstery, heated power front seats, eight-speaker sound, automatic dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio, a rearview camera, and keyless ignition.

XLE Plus

The next step up the trim ladder adds a sunroof and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink capability.

XLE Premium

The Premium model gets an upgraded sound system with nine speakers, wireless phone charging, navigation, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.


The Touring carries a mildly sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, black wood-style interior trim, automatic LED headlights, and LED daytime running lights. Other equipment is shared with the premium.


The top-of-the-line Avalon builds on the Premium model with ventilated front seats, an upgraded infotainment system with eleven speakers and integrated navigation, rear climate control and heated seats, a rear power sunscreen, LED daytime running lights, and HID headlights.

CarsDirect Tip

If you're looking for a luxury vehicle without the luxury price, the Limited is for you. It has all the quality, performance, and features of a mid-level luxury sedan.

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