With its 2013 redesign, the Avalon became more stylish and engaging to drive. This rethought big sedan is impressive in many ways, with a spacious interior, improved handling, and powerful yet efficient powertrains. But some of the changes eroded the car's luxurious and easy-going nature. It no longer has the pillow-soft ride of its predecessor, which was one of its more remarkable features.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. ESC available from 2000, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags standard from 2005. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2013, standard from 2017.
Road Test

With its 2013 redesign, the Avalon became more stylish and engaging to drive. This rethought big sedan is impressive in many ways, with a spacious interior, improved handling, and powerful yet efficient powertrains. But some of the changes eroded the car's luxurious and easy-going nature. It no longer has the pillow-soft ride of its predecessor, which was one of its more remarkable features. The sharp new styling also took its toll on visibility, access, and the notably large backseat, which is now narrower and provides less legroom.

We tested two Avalons in the top Limited trim. The first is powered by a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The other is a hybrid, powered by 200-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with electric assist, mated to a continuously variable transmission. Fuel economy was impressive in both cars: We averaged 24 mpg overall with the V6 and 36 mpg overall in the Hybrid. Both powertrains operate with silky smoothness and provide good acceleration.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
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Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 hybrid (200 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (268 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Toyota Avalon owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen freezes up

"After being on and playing radio and using the navigation the screen will freeze up. The radio won't even turn off. After several minutes of pushing icons it freed up only to do it again minutes later"

James K., PA (2015 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Navigation system freezes up frequently on trips, sometimes three times a day. Toyota dealer suggests we take photos or videos to document the problem"

Frank H., GA (2015 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"the display/system reboots"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Occasionally the screen will go blank but return on it's own"

James K., PA (2015 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The screen would reboot as though it was powered off and on again. Fixed by Toyota. Turned out it needed a software update"

Joe G., PA (2015 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"GPS system failed. Dealer replaced under warranty"

Edson K., WA (2015 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The device interface continually has issues with my IPOD so that it stops working and I have to reset it. A very annoying feature of the system"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"It would shut down then reboot without adjustments"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"At random times all dash controls freeze. Navigation does not work, radio controls do not work. If I turn the engine off and restart, things work again"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Inability to turn off unit or get accurate directions"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Piece of crap. On occasion it just gets us "NEAR". It's very confusing compared to our Garmin GPS.. We complained to the Toyota service manager - He said " That our old Garmin is 100 times better!!!! Toyota Sales was mum. CR warned us"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"pre-determined GPS addresses will not allow new entries, nor will it allow cancellation of a destination until engine is off and restarted"

Anonymous, AL (2015 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Sometimes does not recognize phone and sometimes does not understand voice commands"

Dominick D., FL (2015 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"not connecting to xm"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Mostly with phone"

Dominick D., FL (2015 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"We have had trouble using voice commands since purchasing the car. We do not try to use at all"

Joe G., PA (2015 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Very rigid in what the system can accept. Mistakes commands and is very frustrating to use. I use a Garmin instead which is much more user friendly"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"No matter how we talk - the system does not get what we say half the time. URG! We just quit using it"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"The air seems to rush in at speeds above 60 mph. Very disappointing -can't wait for my lease to end"

Joseph D., FL (2015 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"In the winter, cold air comes in around the door handles"

Harold W., IN (2015 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Heat shield over the muffler loose(probably due to Scar-carrier Transportation;1200 miles from California"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Suspension rear, clunking noises, engine mounts were loose, caused rattling of exhaust at engine startup. Buzzing sounds, resonance, from center console in vicinity of the storage cubby below the heating controls when driving over coarse roadway surfaces. The car is so quiet that noises normally below detectable levels in a noisier vehicle, are apparentin the Avalon"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"groaning and squeaks"

Michael M., CA (2015 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"wind and road noise seem excessive, at times interfering with normal conversation or requiring increasing radio volume excessively"

Anonymous, KY (2015 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"When highway driving wind noise is terrible..I need to turn up the up the sound to hear the radio !"

Joseph D., FL (2015 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"road and wind noise are more than a upscale vehicle should have"

Michael M., CA (2015 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"wind noise sound I do knot know where"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Interior lights

"Glove box light wasn't functioning"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Keyless entry

"Keyless entry is an foolish solution looking for a problem. Complicated:1. door locks stay unlocked after locking inside; 2. valet parking clerk allowed us to drive off, forgot to give the key fob, we drove 30 miles, had to drive back to get fob"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"flaky at best sometimes work, sometimes it doesn't"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota Avalon Premium 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"Side mirror warning lights failed, corrected under guarantee, As with my previous Toyota, same issue occurred. System too senative"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Tried to start the car one day and all warning lights came on, blind spot monitoring system wasn't working, rear camera was not working. Push start system is flaky"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota Avalon Premium 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"A/c does not cool car. Feet are alway hot even with a/c tuned down to 72 degrees. Dealer has no idea why this is going on. Taking the car back to the dealer at least eight times without a fix"

Fredrick W., FL (2015 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Insidious dry bearing noise that was most annoying"

Anonymous, IA (2015 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"Insufficient heat for feet"

Harold W., IN (2015 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Either there was a gradual leak in the refrigerant or it was never topped off at the factory. The dealer replenished the refrigerant and then leak checked it a month or so later and found that it was holding fine"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"AC did not function at all. Dealer did a fan repair, but car had to be returned since there was a coolant leak and a line had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IA (2015 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Replacing right front strut required vehicle wheel alignment to be done"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Had to replace right front strut due to failure at 40,000 miles"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace the front struts"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"can not get it to work"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"XM radio not connecting"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Service light said service was needed"

Keith L., TN (2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Premature brake wear

"Front Brake pad mounting worn to the point where the pad was moving in the caliper causing a clunking sound when braking in reverse when backing"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Oil leaking from a gasket in front of engine. Required engine being pulled to fix. Had to have this done twice"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Convertible top

"It cant be found"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Leaking head gasket. Had to disassemble and remove the engine to correct the leaking gasket seal"

Anonymous, OR (2015 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"the Hood Paint is thin. Multiple chips o\in the front end within the first 1000 miles of travel"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"The 2015 Toyota Avalon was a certified used car. Before I even left the dealership a leak in the engine was discovered. I was told it would be fixed in 8 to 10 days. Nearly a month later I picked it up and was told everything was fine. Two hours later the car died on the Cross Island Expressway with every light on the dashboard lighting up"

Michael M., NY (2015 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Starter

"Did not understand how to turn off car completely"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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