2022 Toyota Avalon XLE

Pros: Comfortable, quiet ride; impressive EPA fuel-economy numbers with Hybrid model; good acceleration in both V6 and Hybrid models

Cons: Rear-seat headroom is tight for tall passengers; small trunk pass-through when rear seatbacks are folded; polarizing front-end styling

CG Says: The 2022 Toyota Avalon loses its all-wheel-drive and sporty TRD versions, but gets the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 suite of safety features as standard equipment. Also, the Avalon Hybrid adds a Nightshade Edition appearance package. Toyota is discontinuing the Avalon; the 2022 model year will be its last. The Avalon is a large sedan that was redesigned for 2019 and shares its basic platform with Toyota’s midsize Camry. The Avalon model lineup is comprised of luxury-oriented XLE and Limited trim levels, sportier XSE and Touring offerings. The XSE and Touring have unique styling and firmer suspension, with adaptive variable suspension standard on Touring. Standard on all front-wheel-drive gas-engine Avalons is a 3.5-liter V6 that is rated at 301 horsepower, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission There are also hybrid versions of the XLE, XSE, and Limited trims; they have a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gas engine combined with an electric motor for a total of 215 hp. The hybrid powertrain is paired with a CVT automatic transmission.

Available safety features include forward-collision warning and mitigation with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and mitigation, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, blind-spot alert, and rear-cross-traffic alert. Technology features include Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone connectivity, along with Toyota’s Remote Connect feature with Amazon Alexa car-to-house and house-to-car connectivity. Other available features include wireless cell-phone charging, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, 360-degree camera display, and LED headlights. With the strong shift in consumer preferences to SUVs and crossovers, the traditional large sedan is something of an endangered species these days, and the discontinuation of the Avalon is further evidence of that. However, if you’re not interested in a crossover/SUV or the latest genre-bending whatchamacallit, the Avalon impresses as a “real” car that delivers a comfortable ride, smooth and responsive powertrains, and an up-to-date roster of high-tech convenience and safety features.

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: $37,400
Nightshade: $42,225
Touring: $44,100
Limited: $43,700
Hybrid XLE: $38,875
Hybrid Limited: $45,175

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6 (FWD)
Horsepower
301
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-32

Optional Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder/electric (Hybrid)
Horsepower
215
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
43
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
43-44

2022 Toyota Avalon
2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited
Also Consider
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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