Toyota's Avalon flagship is a sensible, roomy sedan that straddles the divide between high-end midsized sedans and true luxury cars. It's a large, comfortable cruiser and -- as our $42,000 Avalon Limited proved -- can be quite upscale. The Avalon scores among the better large sedans in the category and has been consistently reliable.
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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.
Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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

Toyota's Avalon flagship is a sensible, roomy sedan that straddles the divide between high-end midsized sedans and true luxury cars. It's a large, comfortable cruiser and -- as our $42,000 Avalon Limited proved -- can be quite upscale. The Avalon scores among the better large sedans in the category and has been consistently reliable.

Toyota tried to inject some excitement into the current generation Avalon with more dynamic styling and more engaging handling. But those changes also came with a much stiffer ride, one that was totally unbecoming to this class of sedan. For 2016 Toyota rectified that shortcoming, restoring the Avalon's comfortable ride.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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.

Read more about extended warranties
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 2017 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

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Phone disconnected itself and erased lots of my contacts, settings"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Voice control is worthless. Dealer couldn't fix it"

John V., NJ (2017 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"GPS would suddenly start tracking to points off the map. Began to track to locations with coordinates in the Pacific Ocean."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"It put me in the middle of some ocean and would not reset"

Don S., OK (2017 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Will not allow you to enter an address that is not in the system"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Toyota Avalon Premium 3.5-L V6)

"This system omits some locations without telling how/why. Has in the past directed circular routes, getting us nowhere. Updates not available except in a useless four year cycle. Often picks indirect, out of the way routes when consulted. Often limits your ability to enter addresses etc.Has less abilities than cell phones. We have had to use phones to get out of situations car put us in."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Toyota Avalon Premium 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The entire infotainment system is malfunctioning Changing radio station changes Ac,fan speed etc Opening screen changes by itself AC speed, fan speed change by itself Any combination Toyota at this point won't replace because it I can't control malfunctions. System does what it wants to do, when it wants to do it. I have no way of demonstrating it. Happens one or more times per day. VERY VERY Frustrating"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The phone (iPhone 12 MAX) inconsistently pairs with the unit, it loses out going voice transmission, and other features like voice text and dialing. It's really a piece of junk we rarely use it and use an app like Waze for navigation. We are contemplating ripping it out and getting a quality aftermarket unit. When it pairs it does sound good."

Greg J., WV (2017 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I had to re-pair the phone twice, the third time I took it to the dealership. They. We’re able the pair the phone."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota Avalon Premium 3.5-L V6)

"The unit pairs but when using the hands free feature the outgoing voice in unintelligible to the other party. You can play music, if you select the phone BEFORE putting it in gear. You can change between radio bands and CD, but not the phone. The navigation works, but you have to stop and put the car in park to use it, we just use Wayz on our phones, so much more user friendly. So that was a waste of $4K, I'll never get navigation on a new car again it's such a waste. The local dealer has tried to fix it three times to no avail. Investigating replacing the head unit we were advised it couldn't be done. So if we want hands free phone it will cost $40K to replace the vehicle. My wife who is the main driver has a 1/2 mile commute so it isn't worth $40k to replace a car with 19K miles. It is the only thing we have had trouble with the car. We usually just keep the whole system turned off. Most of the other silly electronic gadgets we just turned off, so if they quit working we will never know."

Anonymous, WV (2017 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Software update fixes

"Nav System has no usable, convenient dealer fixes. It therefore gets outdated quickly and routinely. There is a port for updates, but engineers apparently did not consider it important at the time. Automatic headlights shut down bright lite capability, usually without notice or explanation. Dealer can not understand or explain this."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Toyota Avalon Premium 3.5-L V6)

"I do not get notifications when there is a update for my Avalon."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota Avalon Premium 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Voice control doesn't work for navigation. Dealer has been unable to fix it after multiple attempts"

John V., NJ (2017 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Have ran voice recognition 3 times and it still does not understand. For example, looking for Utica NY and the answer was, can not locate a Del Taco ?????"

Anonymous, NH (2017 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

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

"Radiator clamp let lose . Coolent leaked out"

Richard K., OH (2017 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Water marks appeared on headliner. First occurrence dealer service writer blew me off saying water channel backup, let me clean up and you should be ok. A couple of months later, water marks are back and this time I got the service manager involved and they fixed the leak around the sun roof and replaced the headliner."

Anonymous, NC (2017 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Driver's side window leaked water going through car wash. Initial adjustment didn't help. Replacement thereafter fixed problem for good."

Anonymous, MO (2017 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"still having problems"

Robert G., WI (2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"rattle in dashboard area"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Toyota Avalon Premium 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"noise is still present."

Robert G., WI (2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"driver side door scuff plate is loose and comes off."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"scratch very easily fading"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

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

Headlights

"The auto dim feature works when it feels like without rhyme or reason. it will turn off the auto hi beam control on it s won and then return it on its own. Dealer can't explain why this happens. This type of technology has been around since the late 50s. They seem not to have learned much with this."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Toyota Avalon Premium 3.5-L V6)

"The low beams were set so low you could not drive faster than 50 mph."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Auto high beams went off with no warning. It turned out the sensor in them was covered with ice. No documentation about this."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Toyota Avalon Premium 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

Ignition switch

"It was the same issue, I checked both because I wasn't sure of the category."

Steven S., FL (2017 Toyota Avalon Premium 3.5-L V6)
Starter

"Hesitation when starting. Do not remember the specific part that needed to be replaced, but it was covered under warranty."

Steven S., FL (2017 Toyota Avalon Premium 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

Doors or sliding doors

"The paint is easily prone to chip and scratch."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"trunk does not close properly."

Anonymous, CA (2017 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

"The oil pan cracked and all oil drained from engine"

Anonymous, (2017 Toyota Avalon Limited 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

"Dealer says system is working. But if that is true then the automatic climate control capabilit is useless, since thetemperature must be constantly adjusted. Also, the finger sensitive control buttons are extremely hard to adjust, won't work with gloves, and are hard to find while driving. This is one area where my 2017 Prius works just fine, however."

Anonymous, MO (2017 Toyota Avalon Limited 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.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Gas tank was removed to change the the access sending units, a known problem with the toyota's. No charge to me, but a bad communication from the service rep required 3 trips and leaving the car for a full day for repairs."

Jeff B., GA (2017 Toyota Avalon XLE 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

Shocks or struts

"Leaking"

Anonymous, (2017 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

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

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

Drive System

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Minor

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

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