2018 Toyota Avalon

Pros: Comfortable, quiet ride; outstanding fuel economy with Hybrid model; respectable acceleration in both V6 and and Hybrid models

Cons: Center control panel’s touch-sensitive buttons not always responsive; infotainment system can be slow to respond to inputs

CG Says: The 2018 Toyota Avalon is unchanged. A redesigned Avalon is expected for 2019. Avalon is a big, comfortable car that gives large, expensive luxury cars a run for their money. The standard engine is a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Hybrids have a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gas engine combined with an electric motor for a total of 200 hp and paired with a CVT automatic transmission. Available features include adaptive cruise control, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and mitigation, tri-zone automatic climate controls, and front and rear heated seats. This large sedan offers many of the luxury features and interior appointments of a premium sedan without the premium price. The distracting control scheme is a mark against it, but the rest of the package is quite refined and comfortable. Though it lacks the brand cachet and dealer experience of a high-end brand, owners who can do without those aspects will find the Avalon a quite suitable and accommodating vehicle.

The Facts
Class Large Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Toyota
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices XLE: $34,395
XLE Plus: $36,145
XLE Premium: $37,395
Touring: $38,795
Limited: $42,195
Hybrid XLE Plus: $38,790
Hybrid XLE Premium: $39,845
Hybrid Limited: $43,695

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
268
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30

Optional Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder/electric
Horsepower
200
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
40
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
39