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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Reliability

We expect the 2022 Avalon will be more reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019, 2020 and 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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)

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)

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)

Engine Cooling

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

Brakes

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

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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Recalls
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AIR BAGS
Jan 17, 2020
In the event of a crash, air bags and/or seat belt pretensioners that do not deploy as intended may increase the risk of injury.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2011-2019 Corolla, 2011-2013 Matrix, 2012-2018 Avalon, and 2013-2018 Avalon Hybrid vehicles. During certain crashes, the air bag electronic control unit (ECU) may malfunction, possibly disabling the deployment of the air bags and/or seat belt pretensioners.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the ECU and install a noise filter between the air bag control module and its wire harness, as necessary, free of charge. Owners were notified of the safety risk beginning March 2, 2020. A second letter notifying owners of the remedy repair will be mailed between March 16, 2020 and June 27, 2020. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's numbers for this recall are 20TB03, 20TA03 and 20TA05.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V024000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2891976
TIRES
May 02, 2017
A spare tire that is not inflated to the proper value may not perform as intended, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Gulf States Toyota, Inc. (Gulf States) is recalling certain 2017 4Runner , 86, Avalon, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Corolla, Corolla iM, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, Prius, Prius C, RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid, Sienna and Yaris vehicles. The spare tire air pressure was not adjusted to the proper pressure as stated on the Tire Pressure Label.
What should you do:
Gulf States will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the spare tires, adjusting their pressure as necessary, free of charge. The recall began June 15, 2017. Owners may contact Gulf States customer service at 1-800-444-1074. Toyota's number for this recall is 17R2.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V295000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 409
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