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You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2018 Toyota Avalon OVERVIEW
The Toyota Avalon sits above the top-selling Camry, and while it's not as popular, the Avalon still offers top-notch reliability, a comfortable ride, and enough technology and safety equipment to keep demanding customers happy. Competition includes Nissan Maxima, Chrysler 300, Buick Lacrosse and Kia Cadenza.
What's New For 2018
Toyota made no major changes to the Avalon for 2018.
Choosing Your Toyota Avalon
All Avalons use a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 21 miles per gallon in city, 30 highway, and 24 combined. Toyotaalso sells a hybrid variant of the Avalon (listed separately).
There are five trim levels — XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring and Limited. Ten airbags andToyota’s Safety Sense Package (T-SSP), which includes adaptive cruise control, front collision prevention system, lane departure alert with steering assist and automatic high-beam.
However, Toyota does not offer any optional package on any of the trims. The only extras are dealer-installed accessories.
There's not a lot to separate the XLE, XLE Plus, and XLE Premium, with barely $3,000 difference. With that in mind, it makes the two base trims difficult to recommend – the XLE Premium is the sweet spot, although the Touring and its LED headlights and unique styling isn't a big leap, either.
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