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2020 Toyota Avalon

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3.5 (Good)

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2020 XLE 4dr Sedan
most popular
Price:   -  From $35,875
2020 XSE 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $38,375
2020 Limited 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $42,175
2020 TRD 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $42,375
2020 Touring 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $42,575

Overview

What's New

The 2020 Toyota Avalon line gains a sporty TRD model with sharper handling and aggressive trim. That's a notable addition for a car known for its ride and comfort. The Avalon received a total redesign just last year, so there are no other major changes for 2020.

Choosing Your Toyota Avalon

The Avalon is available in five trim levels: XLE, XSE, Limited, TRD, and Touring. Pricing starts at $36,755 including destination for the base XLE and tops out at $43,455 for the Touring. The range is somewhat narrow because the top three trims are priced within $400 of each other.

Engine Choices

Every Toyota Avalon gets the same 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Avalon achieves an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 25 combined.

The Avalon is one of the quicker large sedans on the market. All models are driven by the front wheels – there's no all-wheel-drive option. Toyota offers a hybrid version (covered separately) that offers excellent efficiency, if not the same level of performance.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Avalon offers full-size comfort for up to five adults. Rear leg room is impressive at 40.3 inches, which is less than 2 inches shy of the front. The trunk measures 16.09 cubic feet, which is average for a sedan of this size.

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Safety Features

The Toyota Avalon lacks nothing when it comes to driver assistance safety technology. Standard features include lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. A surround-view camera system and rear automatic emergency braking are optional on the Limited and Touring.

The Avalon is an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus and earns a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.

Connectivity

The Avalon starts out with a 9-inch touchscreen, a wif-fi hotspot, a household-style power outlet, and two front and two rear USB ports. The eight-speaker sound system features HD and SiriusXM radio. Apple CarPlay is included, but Android Auto isn't available.

A 14-speaker JBL sound system with navigation is standard on the Limited and Touring, and optional on the other trims.

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XLE - From $36,755

The XLE comes nicely equipped with features like power heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, LED headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and leather-like SofTex upholstery. The XLE rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels.

The JBL audio system and navigation can be added for $1,720, and a sunroof costs $1,000.

XSE - From $39,255

The XSE takes the Avalon in a sporty direction with firmer suspension tuning, 19-inch black alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and gloss black exterior trim. The interior receives paddle shifters, aluminum trim, and aluminum pedal covers. The sunroof is standard here, and the JBL system and navigation remain optional at $1,760.

Limited - From $43,055

The plush cruiser of the group, the Limited carries a comfort-tuned suspension, ventilated front seats, wood interior trim, perforated leather upholstery, wireless device charging, and 18-inch chrome wheels. The sunroof and upgraded audio system are also standard.

The Advanced Safety Package ($1,150) adds a surround-view camera and rear automatic emergency braking.

TRD - From $43,255

The new TRD gets some choice mechanical upgrades: tuned dual exhaust, stiffer suspension tuning, larger front brakes, and extra structural bracing. The outside wears aerodynamic body trim and 19-inch matte black wheels. The black SofTex seats feature sueded inserts and red stitching. The JBL unit and navigation revert to optional status ($1,760), and the Advanced Safety Package option drops away.

Touring - From $43,455

The Touring combines the Limited's equipment upgrades with the sportier trim found on the XSE. Exclusive to the Touring is an adaptive suspension system and active noise cancellation with engine-sound enhancement. The Advanced Safety Package returns as an option ($1,150).

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The 2020 Toyota Avalon XLE carries the same engine and standard driver assistance feature as the higher trims, which makes it the best value in our view. While the TRD handles better than the rest, it's still not a proper sport sedan. We consider the TRD treatment to be largely cosmetic. Oddly enough, the Limited is the only choice for buyers who insist on genuine leather seats.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Roomy
  • Capable highway cruiser
  • Well-equipped trims
Cons
  • High prices
  • V6 isn't efficient
  • Frenzied styling
Expert Rating
3.5 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: 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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Spacious cabin with comfy seats. Classified as a large sedan, the 2020 Toyota Avalon has an incredible amount of space. Even tall adults can fit comfortably in the back thanks to 40.3 inches of rear leg room. The Avalon has up to 104.3 cubic feet of passenger space, which makes it one of the most spacious cabins for the segment.

In addition to having loads of space, the Avalon’s seats are extremely comfortable. The standard eight-way power front seats offer a generous amount of leg room and head room, while being well bolstered.

Regardless of whether you’re planning a long road trip or a spirited drive down a winding road, the seats in the Avalon are snug and provide the support one would expect from a large sedan.

Striking interior and exterior designs. A Toyota badge may be on the Avalon’s grille and steering wheel, but if it were replaced with a Lexus badge, few would be able to tell the difference.

The exterior look won’t be to everyone’s tastes, as the massive grille, slim headlights, elongated body, sharp corners, and bold taillight design are polarizing. But the Avalon certainly has a striking look.

On the inside, things are more appealing. Smooth lines are blended next to sharp edges, creating a handsome look. High-end materials like real wood, aluminum, and soft-touch plastics are even found on low-end trims. The interior is so nice, it’s easy to think that you’re in a luxury vehicle.

Strong performance from a standard V6. As standard, the Avalon comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that churns out 301 horsepower. The naturally-aspirated V6 may be old compared to newer, turbocharged engines on the market, but the motor is strong and helps it accelerate briskly.

New for 2020 is the addition of a TRD trim. It doesn’t have more power, but comes with stiffer springs, upgraded shock absorbers, 19-inch wheels, larger front brakes, a cat-back exhaust system, and thicker chassis bracing for improved performance. The model also comes with a more aggressive look.

Because of the Avalon’s size and soft suspension tuning, the majority of trims are better suited for highway cruising duties. Even the sportier TRD trim fails to impress around corners like some smaller vehicles, excelling at being comfortable in a straight line.

Don’t look for excellent fuel economy from the Avalon. The V6 isn’t exactly efficient, as the EPA rates it at 26 miles per gallon combined for the base XLE trim and 25 mpg combined for the rest of the non-hybrid lineup.


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Excellent safety features. Toyota packs every one of its cars with a great list of safety features, and it’s the same case with the Avalon. It comes with blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping assist as standard.

The Avalon also scored well in safety crash tests. The NHTSA gave it a five-star overall safety rating, while the IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick Plus, the organization's highest award.

Final thoughts. As long as you go into the 2020 Toyota Avalon looking for a spacious, comfortable, and luxurious cruiser, the large sedan impresses. It has a powerful V6, loads of safety features, an incredible way of soaking up miles, and an upscale interior.

Despite its sporty design and available TRD trim, the Avalon isn’t the most athletic car on the market. We also understand that not every consumer will enjoy the Avalon’s unconventional looks. While other large sedans are moving to turbocharged engines and all-wheel drive, the Avalon soldiers on without neither.

The Nissan Maxima is the Avalon’s strongest rival. It comes with a V6 that’s nearly as powerful, but has a more upscale cabin on higher trims and is more enjoyable to drive. The Kia Cadenza is slightly more luxurious than the Avalon and has much more subdued styling, though its handling isn't sharp.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 301 HP / 267 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 32 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 301 HP / 267 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 32 / 27 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
14.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$55
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
16.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
104 Cu.ft. / 103 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
195.9 "
Exterior Width
72.8 "
Exterior Height
56.5 "
Front Headroom
38.5 " / 37.4 "
Rear Headroom
37.9 " / 37.5 "
Front Legroom
42.1 "
Rear Legroom
40.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,560 Lbs.
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
18.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Colored W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Softex Leatherette
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
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
8 / 14 Jbl
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
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
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 And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Pre-collision System (pcs) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Monitor (bsm) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Alert With Steering Assist (lda W/sa) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision System With Pedestrian Detection (pcs W/pd) Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Vehicle Sway Warning Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Automatic High Beams (ahb) 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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