2019 Toyota Avalon Review

Written by Anqoinette Crosby

I felt totally in sync driving the 2019 Toyota Avalon to my friend’s 90’s-themed house party. After all, Toyota’s flagship arrived here in the U.S. market in the 1990s. And, like other forward-thinking concepts from that decade that have enjoyed continuous development, Avalon remains relevant to this day.

Completely redesigned and built in the USA for the 2019 model year, the Toyota Avalon’s new look swivels heads then demands compliments. As I was stepping out of the sleek Toyota upon arriving at the festivities, one of the other partygoers gazed appreciatively and pronounced the styling impressive. While the car’s nameplate might be pushing 30, its youthful vibe is a dramatic departure from that of its predecessors.

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Simply said, the 2019 Toyota Avalon will never be mistaken for a rolling sedative.

 

This one has attitude.

As for conveniences, the 2019 Toyota Avalon’s upscale interior has a lot of good things going on. Standard features include leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, five USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system with a nine-inch touch screen. Apple CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free have found their way into Avalon as well. Android users must keep waiting though.

But that’s just the base model. The range-topping Touring trim line elevates the experience with a sunroof and Alcantara trim for the ventilated front seats. You’ll also find a heated steering wheel and rear seats along with a head-up display. Avalon Touring’s 14-speaker, 1200-watt JBL surround sound system is capable of “pumping up the volume” on any 90’s playlist with boldness and clarity.

Among the standard driver assistance and safety features are a rear view camera, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring. Naturally, Toyota’s Safety Sense Plus suite of features, which include lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking come standard as well. Avalon also offers Toyota’s Advanced Safety package as an option. Attributes include a  surround-view camera, along with rear cross-traffic monitoring and braking, as well as front and rear parking sensors.

A refined 301-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 is under the Avalon’s hood, sending power to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is rated at 22 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway. A hybrid powertrain is offered as well — making Avalon the only model in its category to have one.

 

While the smooth-flowing V6 is the same in all of the big Toyota’s non-hybrid trim levels, Avalon Touring’s character is more dynamic.  Its Sport and Sport+ drive modes activate a performance-tuned exhaust system for more aggressive resonance. Bolstering this is an engine sound enhancement system and an intake sound generator — both of which leverage the audio system to enhance the aural quality of Avalon’s sporting driving experiences.

On the road, the 2019 Toyota Avalon Touring handles like a charm, while still offering a smooth ride. This is achieved with the first-ever application of an adaptive variable suspension system to Toyota’s near-luxury sedan. Its settings change with drive mode selection, firming up as the driver chooses Sport and Sport+. This means the car stays flat while cornering for adroit handling. Meanwhile, ride quality remains undiminished in normal driving. In other words, the 2019 Toyota Avalon can be boisterous when you want it to be and peaceful when you need it to be.

 

Pricing starts at $35,550.

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