2020 Avalon New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Toyota Avalon full-size sedan has been redesigned, and it wears a more sleek body that's longer and lower. To go with this show, the go from the V-6 engine gets an increase in horsepower to 301. It's mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.
The Avalon Hybrid returns, remaining one of the few dedicated full-size hybrid sedans on the market. It pairs a 4-cylinder engine making 176 horsepower with electric motors and batteries to make a total of 215 horsepower. That's less than the V-6, but the Hybrid gets 43 city and highway miles per gallon, much more than the V-6. There's even a sporty XSE Hybrid model.
The V-6 is EPA-rated at 22 mpg city, 32 highway, 26 combined; models with the most equipment and larger wheels post slightly lower figures.
Safety-wise, the IIHS gives the 2019 Avalon its Top Safety Pick+ rating, with “Good” scores in every crash test except small-overlap, where it's rated “Acceptable.” The NHTSA gives it five stars overall, though in subtests it posts mostly four-star scores.
Standard safety equipment on every 2019 Toyota Avalon includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, and emergency assistance (with a three-year trial subscription included) that can notify first responders in a crash, track a stolen Avalon, or call for help to fix a stranded car. .
Standard equipment on every 2019 Toyota Avalon includes synthetic leather upholstery, LED headlights and taillights, 17-inch wheels, a 9.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay compatibility, Bluetooth, and five USB ports.
For $36,395, the Avalon XLE also gets a moonroof.
The Limited for $42,695 ($43,695 for the Hybrid Limited) gets real wood trim, 18-inch wheels, JBL premium audio, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, leather upholstery, and less aggressive bodywork.
The Avalon Touring for $43,095 includes synthetic leather upholstery with suede inserts, navigation, heated steering wheel, a head-up display, 19-inch wheels, adaptive dampers, and sport exhaust..