Toyota Avalon Touring

2020 Toyota Avalon Touring

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 2020 Toyota Avalon adds a sporty new TRD (Toyota Racing Development) model with lowered sport suspension, uprated brakes, and unique trim. Otherwise, Avalon is unchanged after last year’s redesign. The Avalon is a large sedan that 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, and now sportier still TRD. The XSE and Touring have unique styling and firmer suspension, with adaptive variable suspension standard on Touring. Standard on all 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. New technology features include Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity (but, unfortunately, no Android Auto functionality) and Toyota’s Remote Connect feature with Amazon Alexa car-to-house and house-to-car connectivity. Other available features include wireless cell-phone charging, heated power-adjustable steering wheel, 360-degree camera, 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, but Toyota is keeping the faith with this all-new Avalon. If you’re not interested in a crossover/SUV or the latest genre-bending whatchamacallit, the redesigned 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: $36,755
XSE: $39,255
TRD: $43,255
Touring: $43,455
Limited: $43,480
Hybrid XLE: $37,805
Hybrid XSE: $40,305
Hybrid Limited: $44,105

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
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
Horsepower
215
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
43
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
43-44