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Comparo

New Avalon vs. LaCrosse, Impala, Maxima and Lexus ES

Full-size sedans aren't exactly in great demand at the moment, and at least one of the vehicles in this comparison has been rumored to be on the endangered species list. Yet, we've just had our first drive in the 2019 Toyota Avalon, and if anything has a chance of rejuvenating the segment a bit, it's an all-new version of what has long been the segment's benchmark.

First Drive

A revamped segment benchmark still leads the way

If the 2019 Toyota Avalon isn't fit enough to survive, then the entire full-size sedan species is doomed to extinction. It's really simple as that, because as the new-and-improved replacement for a car that was already well-entrenched as the segment benchmark, it stands the best chance of coaxing customers away from an onslaught of SUVs and similarly priced smaller sedans with fancier badges. Perhaps it could even snag a few people not yet old enough to collect Social Security.

Teased

The next ES sedan could be sold globally, replacing the GS

Lexus has shared a teaser image of a yet-unnamed future production car, which we believe to be the upcoming ES. The now-familiar spindle grille fills almost the entire image, which Lexus has served us with the tagline "Expect the Unexpected".

Detroit

First Toyota to come with Apple CarPlay and adaptive suspension

This is not grandpa's plain-jane Avalon.

Teased

They're quite unlike anyone else's.

It might be the coolest thing ever on an Avalon.

Teased

Toyota's flagship sedan is still alive and kicking.

The original debuted in 1995.

Recalls

Problem with Occupant Classification System can keep airbags from deploying.

Toyota recalls 41,630 Camrys and 16,880 Avalons after finding that the system that tells the passenger airbag to arm or disarm wasn't calibrated properly.

Recalls

Toyota is recalling 31,000 units of the Avalon and Lexus ES. The pre-collision system can misidentify objects in the road as a hazard and activate the brakes, potentially leading to a crash.

SEMA

Toyota Racing Development arrives at SEMA this year with five concepts, based on the Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, and Land Cruiser. If the public likes them, they just might even go into production.

Video

AutoblogGreen editor-in-chief Sebastian Blanco gets behind the wheel of the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid for our latest Daily Driver video.

Official

Toyota unveils its Toyota Safety System and Lexus Safety System+, both centered around autonomous-braking capability, aimed at bringing advanced driver safety and convenience features way down in price.

Chicago

Alongside the Corolla and Camry Special Editions, Toyota is rolling out an updated 2016 Avalon at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show with updated styling and equipment.

Official

Toyota has a refreshed version of the Avalon ready to debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, and the brand is bringing colorful, somewhat sporty Special Edition versions of the Camry and Corolla, as well.

Recalls

Toyota is recalling for roughly 52,000 examples of its 2011 and 2012 Avalon sedan because a potential short circuit in the wiring for the audio system's subwoofer may cause a fire.

Recalls

Toyota has announced a rather small voluntary recall, affecting 5,650 Avalon and Camry sedans from model year 2014. Both gas and hybrid models are included in the action.

Official

The Toyota Avalon may not have the sportiest image on the market. Heck, it doesn't even have the sportiest image in the Toyota lineup. But the Japanese automaker is out to fix that perception, at least a little bit, with the launch of the new Touring Sport Edition.

Recalls

Toyota has announced a recall of roughly 20,000 vehicles covering the 2014 Avalon, Camry, Highlander (pictured) and Sienna, as well as the 2015 Lexus RX luxury crossover. The affected vehicles are all powered the 2GR-FE engine, which in layman's terms, is Toyota's well-regarded 3.5-liter V6.

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