The Toyota Avalon sedan was redesigned for 2019, and it’s now nimbler, has a plusher ride, and more stylish and fuel-efficient. We tested the hybrid version, which gets an impressive 42 mpg overall, a commendable achievement for such a large car. All told, the latest Avalon is a sensible alternative to higher-priced luxury cars. The hybrid powertrain delivers 42 mpg overall, a commendable achievement for such a big car.
Alerts
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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

The Toyota Avalon sedan was redesigned for 2019, and it’s now nimbler, has a plusher ride, and more stylish and fuel-efficient. We tested the hybrid version, which gets an impressive 42 mpg overall, a commendable achievement for such a large car.

All told, the latest Avalon is a sensible alternative to higher-priced luxury cars. The hybrid powertrain delivers 42 mpg overall, a commendable achievement for such a big car. It accelerates immediately from a stop because of its electric assist. But merging into traffic and passing maneuvers cause the engine to sound like it’s working hard, and those revs create a coarse soundtrack.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
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
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 hybrid (215 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (301 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 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

CD player

"There is no cd player. They've removed it from their entertainment package. And I love listening to cd's. It's strictly bluetooth for pandora or spotify, which is a pain in the ass. Or I had to purchase Sirius, which is a dreadful company to deal with. They have Apple something, but I have an android phone. Besides, I don't want to run all this stuff through my phone. I even purchased a portable cd player for the car, but the dashboard design doesn't have any space for anything except a cup of coffee. They made a car that old farts like me like to buy, but designed it for 20somethings who don't buy them."

Stephen T., RI (2019 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Performing ANY of these functions requires you to take your eyes off the road. SHOULD NOT BE PERFORMED UNLESS PARKED IN A SAFE AREA!"

Anonymous, PA (2019 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"This tells us the worst directions taking us way out of our way. The first time we used it, it took us 40 miles farther than it should. It continues to function that way so we can’t use it at all. I use my free MapQuest app on my phone that gives good directions."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The GPS software is outdated by at least 2-3 years. I reported it to my Toyota dealer but got no response. I then took it in for service and they said it's the latest version they have. I'm very disappointed; my Garmin updates every year for nothing; this Toyota software is severely outdated and they will eventually be charging hundreds of dollars to update the software."

Anonymous, MA (2019 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Inadequate training instructions"

Thomas C., WI (2019 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The GPS in the Avalon is very poorly made. you have to have your cell phone plugged into it to have moving directions. This makes it a night mare to lean to use."

Edward W., FL (2019 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"dealer was unable to connect others were able"

Thomas C., WI (2019 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"HD radio is useless in rural areas. Needs to be disabled to avoid strange performance of audio. The same for surround sound; does not belong in a moving vehicle! Needs to be disabled at every restart of engine! USELESS!"

Anonymous, PA (2019 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Radio won't work properly. Won't come on when car starts. May or may not come on in about 20 minutes, but only comes on for a few seconds then goes off again. Dealership tried to install update and update would not take. Dealership waiting to hear from Toyota on what to do next. Have been waiting for 2 weeks so far with no response."

Anonymous, FL (2019 Toyota Avalon 3.5-L V6)
Routine software updates

"Took the car 3 times to the dealer since, the radio displayed to keep updating the software. After troubleshooting, Toyota headquarters, had a fix"

Anonymous, MA (2019 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Patches to the Entune 3.0 system would download, install, but wouldn't stick. So at least once a day I would be asked by the system to download and install the same update."

Jeremy F., MA (2019 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Software update fixes

"I received a letter from Toyota stating there was a Safety Recall on my new 2019 Toyota Avalon / stating SRS Warning Light / Master Warning Light / Multi-Information Display Message may not illuminate or remains illuminated / I brought my Avalon into the dealer and they fixed it in 1 hour."

Robert N., (2019 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"There are too many controls on the steering wheel and the buttons are the same color as the steering wheel. Therefore, all buttons are too small. Main problem is with Cruise Control. If you don't set the speed immediately after turning the system on, the system turns itself off. Then when you push the SET button and take your foot off the accelerator, the car slows down and you have to start the process all over again. Maddening for the driver and those cars behind him."

Anonymous, FL (2019 Toyota Avalon 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Voice recognition is terrible, even after several rounds of training. For example, I say, Directions to Portland International Airport. and it responds with, I found three KFCs near you."

Laer H., OR (2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I tell it to change Sirius radio station and it sometimes says it can’t do that while I’m in the car. What?! I then have to take my eyes off the road to navigate the several screens it takes to change it myself. I think touch screens in a car are as bad as texting!"

Anonymous, VA (2019 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

Squeaks or rattles

"There is a rattle behind the passenger seat that is very annoying. Dealership cannot locate it so I just have to live with it."

Anonymous, OK (2019 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Sounds like a brake noise. Hasn't been confirmed yet."

Anonymous, MN (2019 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"fluttering noise that Toyota was not aware of, however, after reading a Toyota forum, many other owners experienced this noise."

Anonymous, MA (2019 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The console lid was noisy upon opening and closing. The drivers seat was also squeaky during certain movements during driving."

Anonymous, AB (2019 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"it sound like tail pop"

Anonymous, IN (2019 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"There is a strange sound that we hear near the driver's door when we are going around 50-60 MPH. It is annoying plus it sounds like there could be something loose. The dealer keeps saying they don't hear it so it has not been fixed. They have looked at it three times."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Toyota Avalon)
Wind noise

"very noisy howling noise from driver side door."

Ray R., AZ (2019 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"On reaching speed of 35mph wind noise heard coming from around windshield. After taking to a dealer that could manage problem solving, the problem was fixed. The dealer I originally purchased the vehicle from was not able to fix the problem."

Judith A., VA (2019 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"All door window seal leak.Sound like driving with open windows."

Gary L., CT (2019 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"almost un bareable.in the rain car sounds like it was never under oated.38,000 dollars no CD player,no remote garage door button ,no memory for seats or mirror,had all of this in the 2014 XLE I TRADED.vERY DISAPPOINTED."

Joseph T., NC (2019 Toyota Avalon XLE 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

A/C compressor

"No A/C compressor was dead."

Anonymous, NH (2019 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower to rear seats did not function. Repaired under warranty."

Laer H., OR (2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"When I need a quick surge of power, upon acceleration from coasting or quickly needing to speed up (e.g. highway passing) the transmission pauses for up to 2 seconds before switching gears or accelerating, sometimes putting me in a dangerous situation. Then, when it finally gets the message to accelerate, I never know which gear it will shift to. Sometimes it goes to such a low gear the car bucks and lurches. Other times it barely goes faster. It always snaps everyone's neck with the sudden over acceleration. Nothing smooth or predictable about this transmission. Plus it makes a disturbing whirring sound going into or out of park."

Stephen T., RI (2019 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

"Dealer discovered oil leak during 10,000 mi service. Repaired."

Richard F., KS (2019 Toyota Avalon Limited 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Right rear turn signal stopped working after 2 weeks. The replacement Part (new taillight assembly) was on backorder for 1 1/2 months. The car had no right turn signal during this time."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Error message that said the system was not working and to not depend on it to be accurate. It took three trips to the dealer to get it fixed. They replaced the sensor two times. So far it is working on the third try."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Toyota Avalon)

Paint/Trim

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

Engine Major

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

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.

Drive System

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

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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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.

Brakes

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

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