Buyer's Guide

2021 Toyota Avalon
Select a Different Model (7 Available): Limited AWD Sedan
Fuel Economy $ 25 / 34 mpg
Safety (IIHS) Good
Horsepower 205@6,600
Torque 185@4,600
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2021 Toyota Avalon MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Ample passenger space
  • Premium near-luxury interior
  • Standard active safety features

Cons

  • Firmly suspended "sporty" trims
  • Colossal, gaping front grille

The Avalon is Toyota's largest and most expensive sedan, positioned above the compact Corolla and midsize Camry. Toyota introduced the current-generation model for the 2019 model year, and for 2021, it adds available AWD and a special edition. One of the last full-size sedans left, the Avalon competes with the Dodge Charger, Nissan Maxima, Kia Cadenza, and Chrysler 300.

What's New

  • Available all-wheel drive with a 2.5-liter I-4 engine
  • Standard Android Auto compatibility
  • Nightshade Edition
  • Two-tone black roof for Avalon TRD

What We Think

Some may take issue with the Avalon's gaping front grille, but if you can see beyond its fat mouth, the Avalon reveals itself as a luxurious, generously proportioned, comfortable large sedan. Its cabin is open and airy, offering near limo-like rear seat space. The interior is full of premium materials, too.

Although no one would mistake it for a sports car, the Avalon's standard V-6 supplies plenty of grunt and a controlled suspension setup has the big 'Yota feeling more nimble than we'd expect. XLE and Limited trims provide a smoother, more waftable ride quality than TRD, XSE, and Touring examples. As far as fuel economy, the hybrid is far and away the most efficient car in its segment.

The newly available AWD offering makes the Avalon even more appealing to those in snowy areas with slippery road surfaces, though it's a shame the AWD option necessitates a less powerful four-cylinder powerplant. New Android Auto support further widens the Avalon's potential customer base. Add to that Toyota's standard active safety suite, and it's no wonder this is our top-ranked large sedan.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The Avalon provides both four- and six-cylinder engine options. Standard models employ a 3.5-liter V-6 developing 301 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, all of which is sent to the front wheels with help from an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is rated at 21-22/30-32 mpg city/highway. When we tested a mechanically identical 2019 Avalon Touring, it reached 60 in 6.0 seconds.

New for this year, the Avalon can be had with an AWD system similar to that employed on the AWD Camry and the Toyota RAV4. The AWD model is only offered with a 205-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and the same eight-speed automatic. Due to the smaller engine, Avalons with four driven wheels are more efficient than FWD models, returning 25/34 mpg city/highway.

If you're looking for an Avalon that really sips fuel, though, aim your sights toward the hybrid. It pairs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with two electric motors, a lithium-ion battery, and a CVT automatic. The hybrid's fuel economy numbers are the star of the show—43/43-44 mpg—but its 7.4-second 0-60 time is impressive, too.

Safety

The Avalon took home a 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award in IIHS safety testing, as long as the example is equipped with the Limited and Touring trims' upgraded LED headlights. Because the standard headlights performed poorly in IIHS tests, the Avalon isn't eligible for a 2020 Top Safety Pick or 2020 Top Safety Pick+ award. Despite that, crashworthiness ratings are excellent across the range. The large sedan also earns a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, despite four-star frontal crash and rollover scores.

Like most Toyotas, the Avalon includes a slew of driver-assist active safety features as standard. In the case of the automaker's largest sedan, that means automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are equipped on all models.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Two of the strongest arguments for buying a large sedan are an expansive trunk and generous rear seat legroom. The Avalon seats five with 42.1/40.3 inches of legroom in the front/back seat compared to 42.1/38.0 inches in the one-size-smaller Camry. We can tell the same story in terms of cargo capacity; the Avalon's trunk measures 16.1 cubic feet compared to 14.1-15.1 in the Camry.

Technology

Avalon tech goes mostly unchanged this year which means all models feature a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display with integrated navigation plus Apple CarPlay and, new for 2021, Android Auto capability. Eight-speaker audio is standard, and a 14-speaker premium system is available on higher trims. A 7.0-inch instrument cluster display is also standard.

Key Competitors:

  • Kia Cadenza
  • Chrysler 300
  • Dodge Charger
  • Nissan Maxima

2021 TOYOTA AVALON SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 2.5 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, ECT-i 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode
Trim
Limited AWD Sedan
Class
Premium Passenger Car
Horsepower
205@6,600
Standard MPG
25/34
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
24
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
25,000
Roadside Assistance Months
24
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021
$0 0.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021
$1000 Toyota announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-03-2022
$0 3.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021
$500 Toyota announces a College Graduate Rebate on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021
$500 Toyota announces a Military Rebate on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021
$500 Toyota announces Bonus Cash on select models for eligible current owners. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021
$0 2.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60, 72 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021
$3000 Toyota announces a Customer Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021
$1000 Toyota announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021