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.
Toyota Avalon 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 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.

The V6 engine in the nonhybrid version delivers more power effortlessly (and with a more pleasant sound) thanks in part to its eight-speed transmission, which makes quick, smooth shifts.

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The price difference between the V6 and Hybrid versions is so small, we think there’s little reason not to choose the hybrid. Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot warning are standard, so the XLE may be as far up the trim ladder as shopper...
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