2021 Avalon New Car Test Drive
Depending on the model, the front-wheel-drive 2020 Toyota Avalon sedan can be relaxed for road trips, thrifty for commuting, or sporty for winding roads.
The base V-6 makes 301 horsepower and moves the Avalon well, but it's relatively thirsty compared to the 215-hp hybrid and its 43-mpg rating. The new Avalon TRD has a firmer ride but remains a big luxury car with a luxuriant ride.
That size means more cabin room; five adults are comfortable inside. Not only that, the interior is Lexus-like.
The spacious and luxurious cabin brings a feeling of richness to families. And the whole car brings safety. Every 2020 Avalon comes standard with LED headlights and an active safety quiver including adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, high-beam assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The base XLE is rated at 22 mpg city, 32 highway, 26 combined; other V-6 models with larger wheels get 22/31/25 mpg. The XLE Hybrid gets 44/43/44 mpg, while the other models get 43/43/43 mpg.
The NHTSA rated the big sedan at five stars overall, with four stars in the calculated rollover measurement and four stars for frontal crash test. The IIHS gave the Avalon its highest award, a Top Safety Pick+..
For around $37,000, the Avalon XLE comes with active safety gear, a 9.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay compatibility, five USB ports, power and heated front seats, and synthetic leather upholstery.
The Avalon Limited for around $42,000 comes with the plushest suspension settings and an interior draped in leather and wood. The touchscreen is complemented by a 7.0-inch display in the instrument cluster.
The Avalon Touring for about $44,000 comes with laser-cut headlights, JBL speakers, heated and cooled front seats swathed in synthetic leather and suede, and adaptive dampers.
An option package for Limited and Touring trims adds a surround-view camera system and rear cross-traffic braking.
The Hybrid in those models only costs about $1,000 more. .