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2018 Toyota Avalon

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2018 XLE 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $33,500
2018 XLE Plus 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $35,250
2018 XLE Premium 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $36,700
2018 Touring 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $37,900
2018 Limited 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $41,300

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.

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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.

Toyota Avalon

XLE

The Avalon range starts with the XLE trim, which is priced at $34,395 (including $895 destination charges). Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, halogen headlights, heated side-view mirrors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, a rear-view camera, and a seven-inch Entune infotainment system with smartphone-enabled navigation. There is also smart-key access for the driver, along with push-button engine start.

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XLE Plus

The Avalon XLE Plus commands $36,145. New components include a moonroof, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and smart-key access for both the front doors. These are not major additions, but you're not paying much over the XLE trim either.

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XLE Premium

The XLE Premium is priced at $37,595. It gets items on the lower trims plus more tech components like wireless charging, built-in navigation, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

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Touring

The Avalon Touring will set you back $38,795, but adds LED headlights and running lights, a blacked-out grille, dark grey 18-inch wheels, and a new wood trim for the cabin as standard. There's also a set of paddle shifters behind the leather-wrapped steering wheel.

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Limited

Topping the range is the Avalon Limited, priced at a rather steep $42,195. It gets re-styled 18-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, three-zone climate control, perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, ambient lighting, and an upgraded infotainment system with a JBL audio system. It’s worth noting that the Limited trim does not get the cosmetic modifications of the Touring model.

CarsDirect Tip

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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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Flagship sedans have fallen from grace as consumers snap up crossovers in greater numbers. But the 2018 Toyota Avalon reminds us that classic sedan looks, generous standard features, and advanced technologies keep such models relevant. They’re also cost effective and efficient, delivering a full package for a reasonable price.

Best Value

Toyota offers the 2018 Avalon in five trims: XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring and Limited. A hybrid model is available in three trims, but marketed separately.

The Avalon Limited ($42,195, including $895 in destination charges) is the best value of all five trims as it offers every conceivable amenity in this segment, and for a price that will likely see healthy discounts.

Top features include HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights, perforated leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, and a power rear window sunshade. You’ll also enjoy an 11-speaker JBL audio system, three-zone climate control, and navigation, and have the protection of a comprehensive safety system including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and auto braking with full stop.

  • Model: 2018 Toyota Avalon Limited
  • Engine: 3.5-liter V6
  • Output: 268 hp/248 lb.-ft.
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • MPG: 21 city/30 highway
  • Options: The 2018 Toyota Avalon Limited does not offer any standalone options.
  • Base Price: $42,195
  • Best Value Price:$42,195

Performance

Toyota Avalon

The 2018 Toyota Avalon comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with an output of 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Toyota pairs this engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain combination isn’t the modern unit found in the all-new midsize 2018 Camry delivering 301 horsepower, but it gets the job done. Look for a new engine and transmission combination when the all-new 2019 Avalon debuts sometime in 2018.

As for the model at hand, it checks off all the important boxes in the segment, including a quiet interior, soft ride and surprising control – none of that is good for handling, but then again, it's a Toyota Avalon.

Style

This sedan’s handsome exterior has aged well, featuring a sporty grille, graceful lines and elegant wheels. It isn’t as forceful of a design as the Ford Taurus, but it matches up well with the Chevrolet Impala.

Inside, you might think you’re riding in a Lexus, especially in the top-trim models. Standard leather, woodgrain trim, and a capacitive touchscreen center console display blend elegance with sophistication.

True to its claim, the Avalon seats five and comfortably so with generous rear legroom and sufficient hip room. Even with the sloping roof, there’s ample headroom for taller passengers. The front seats are nicely contoured and offer modest bolstering — that’s a welcome change from earlier models which offered soft, flat front seats.

The trunk’s wide opening and low liftover height are certainly welcome. A power trunk is standard; the Avalon offers 16 cubic feet of cargo space and useful room at that.

The Best and Worst Things

A spacious interior, standard leather trim and a classic look serve the Toyota Avalon well. On the other hand, if you’re looking at top-trim models, why not simply go for a Lexus ES?

Right For? Wrong For?

Toyota Avalon

This car is right for drivers who demand a large, plushy sedan. Although the segment has certainly steadily shrunk over the past decade, the 2018 Avalon won't disappoint customers who like large sedans. This model shares its platform and running gear with the Lexus ES and does so without the ES’ high price point.

Although the Avalon stays composed when pressing the pedal to the metal, you won’t find an all-wheel drive option as you do in the Buick LaCrosse and Ford Taurus. That’s a disadvantage some shoppers may not be able to overlook, especially if they reside where wintry conditions are likely.

The Bottom Line

If you want Lexus-like comfort without the higher price point, the Toyota Avalon delivers. A bevy of luxury, technology and safety features keep this model at the top of the segment, delivering everything customers want in a premium sedan.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 268 HP / 248 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 30 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 268 HP / 248 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 30 / 25 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Strut
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
17.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$65
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
16.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
104 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
195.3 "
Exterior Width
72.2 "
Exterior Height
57.5 "
Front Headroom
38.5 "
Rear Headroom
37.9 "
Front Legroom
42.1 "
Rear Legroom
39.2 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,505 Lbs.
Wheel Base
111 "
Turning Radius
18.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Bbs Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(4-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
8
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3 / 4
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Toyota Safety Sense P Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Alert (lda) W/steering Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pre Collision System With Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Vehicle Sway Warning Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 25,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
24 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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