XLE 4dr Sedan
2020 Toyota Avalon

2020 Avalon Photos
 Editors' Pick
Autoblog Rating
7.5

The large and luxurious Toyota sedan impresses with a wide array of capable trim levels and enjoyable powertrains. There isn't much choice in the large sedan class anymore, but the Avalon is a good one.

Industry
8
The 2020 Toyota Avalon isn’t the sleepy sedan you may think it is, and that's a good thing. Despite its long reputation as a nap-worthy vehicle, the styling isn’t exactly sleep-inducing anymore and the driving experience is far more involving. Heck, Toyota is even letting the Avalon's hair down with the addition of a sport-tuned TRD model for 2020. We’re not sure who's asking for it, but hey, why not? It only adds to the existing variety of Avalon models, including those powered by V6 and hybrid powertrains, which is good since there are now so few full-size sedans available for those who want something bigger and more luxurious than the Camrys of the world. There's the Chevrolet Impala (dead soon), Chrysler 300 (possibly following soon thereafter), Kia Cadenza (did you even know it existed?) and that's pretty much it. Even if it had more competitors, though, we're confident that the well-rounded Avalon would still be one of the best choices. Its redesign for the 2019 model year made it fresh and modern in all the right ways, especially in light of its tired competition. It's even luxurious enough to be considered a legitimate alternative to luxury sedans like the mechanically related Lexus ES. What’s new for 2020? The only change worth noting is the addition of the sport-tuned Avalon TRD. This model (against all common sense) is the Avalon for someone who wants to use it as a lean and mean handling machine. Toyota added robust underbody bracing, firmer shocks and springs, stiffer anti-roll bars, larger brakes, lighter wheels and a loud TRD cat-back exhaust. All this (plus a comprehensive appearance overhaul) costs $43,255. It has been announced that the Avalon will gain an all-wheel drive option paired to a 205-horsepower four-cylinder in 2021. We expect to that model in showrooms come fall 2020. What’s the interior and in-car technology like? The Avalon's full redesign last year brought a significantly improved interior – impressive given the old one was arguably of a higher quality than every competitor. The old design also looked quite a bit like the new Camry's, but the current version goes its own way with a tall, rectilinear center stack that rises forth from the center console and seems to hover away from the rest of the dash like a free-standing tower. It's kinda cool and avoids the tacked-on iPad look many dislike, while still benefiting from the reduced visual bulk and elevated sightline that design allows. The area behind it is architectural in appearance, neatly integrates the air vents, and showcases different materials. Perhaps there's a bit too much going on, though, especially in the Touring's Cognac cabin, and the tower's "supports" are an unconvincing hard plastic knock-off of the squishy dashtop above. Wide, expansive seats are comfortable to sit on for long periods of time, and the driving position is perfect for eating up highway miles with ease. Visibility is fantastic with no major negatives to make note of. Heated and cooled seats are …
Full Review
The 2020 Toyota Avalon isn’t the sleepy sedan you may think it is, and that's a good thing. Despite its long reputation as a nap-worthy vehicle, the styling isn’t exactly sleep-inducing anymore and the driving experience is far more involving. Heck, Toyota is even letting the Avalon's hair down with the addition of a sport-tuned TRD model for 2020. We’re not sure who's asking for it, but hey, why not? It only adds to the existing variety of Avalon models, including those powered by V6 and hybrid powertrains, which is good since there are now so few full-size sedans available for those who want something bigger and more luxurious than the Camrys of the world. There's the Chevrolet Impala (dead soon), Chrysler 300 (possibly following soon thereafter), Kia Cadenza (did you even know it existed?) and that's pretty much it. Even if it had more competitors, though, we're confident that the well-rounded Avalon would still be one of the best choices. Its redesign for the 2019 model year made it fresh and modern in all the right ways, especially in light of its tired competition. It's even luxurious enough to be considered a legitimate alternative to luxury sedans like the mechanically related Lexus ES. What’s new for 2020? The only change worth noting is the addition of the sport-tuned Avalon TRD. This model (against all common sense) is the Avalon for someone who wants to use it as a lean and mean handling machine. Toyota added robust underbody bracing, firmer shocks and springs, stiffer anti-roll bars, larger brakes, lighter wheels and a loud TRD cat-back exhaust. All this (plus a comprehensive appearance overhaul) costs $43,255. It has been announced that the Avalon will gain an all-wheel drive option paired to a 205-horsepower four-cylinder in 2021. We expect to that model in showrooms come fall 2020. What’s the interior and in-car technology like? The Avalon's full redesign last year brought a significantly improved interior – impressive given the old one was arguably of a higher quality than every competitor. The old design also looked quite a bit like the new Camry's, but the current version goes its own way with a tall, rectilinear center stack that rises forth from the center console and seems to hover away from the rest of the dash like a free-standing tower. It's kinda cool and avoids the tacked-on iPad look many dislike, while still benefiting from the reduced visual bulk and elevated sightline that design allows. The area behind it is architectural in appearance, neatly integrates the air vents, and showcases different materials. Perhaps there's a bit too much going on, though, especially in the Touring's Cognac cabin, and the tower's "supports" are an unconvincing hard plastic knock-off of the squishy dashtop above. Wide, expansive seats are comfortable to sit on for long periods of time, and the driving position is perfect for eating up highway miles with ease. Visibility is fantastic with no major negatives to make note of. Heated and cooled seats are …
Hide Full Review

Retail Price

$35,875 MSRP / Window Sticker Price
Find Best Price
Engine 3.5L V-6
MPG 22 City / 32 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd auto w/OD
Power 301 @ 6600 rpm
Drivetrain front-wheel
Smart Buy Program is powered by powered by TrueCar®