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.
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 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.