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Toyota Avalon 2018 sedan
Trim Shown: Hybrid Limited
Spacious, quick, and quiet, the Avalon is an old-school big sedan updated for modern times. Power comes from a lively 268-hp, 3.5-liter V6, which delivers punchy performance and a commendable 24 mpg overall. The four-cylinder hybrid version delivers an outstanding 36 mpg overall. Easy-to-use controls include a straightforward touch-screen infotainment system. Interior noise is subdued. Avalons from 2013-15 had an overly stiff ride, but Toyota rectified that with improvements for 2016, without degrading the car's handling. Now the ride fits the car's mission as being a plush and comfortable cruiser. Advanced safety features including forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard. A redesign, based on the new Toyota Camry, is around the corne

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, especially in the Limited trim, can be quite upscale. The Avalon scores among...

Highs

  • Plenty of room for four adults
  • 24 mpg overall from the standard V6 isn't shabby

Lows

  • Not as quiet or plush-riding as best in class
  • Not much roomier or more luxurious than Camry XLE V6

Best Version to Get

Either powertrain is a great choice; the hybrid is impressive, returning an amazing 36 mpg from such a large car. Opting for the hybrid adds approximately $2,000 to the price, though. Maybe the sweet spot of equipment is the XLE Premium, with its navigation, moonroof, driver's seat memory,...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 2 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 hybrid (200 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (268 hp)

Ratings

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