2019 Toyota Avalon Touring new car reviews

It’s hard to think that the Avalon nameplate has been with us since 1995—nearly 25 years. And in those nearly 25 years, Toyota has inched us ever closer to automotive nirvana—well, for lovers of roomy sedans, anyway.

To that end, the 2019 Avalon is all new: Not only is it longer, wider and lower than before, but it’s now sporting a 301 hp 3.5-Liter V6. In an Avalon. That’s early 00s Cadillac DTS territory, without the burden of being a Northstar, or an early 00s Cadillac, for that matter. Behind all of that power is an all-new eight speed automatic transmission. The Avalon is also available in HV guise, a hybrid model with a 2.5-Liter four cylinder with a net 215 hp.

Our tester was a top tier Touring model with a starting price of $42,200. With options, our Avalon Touring came to $44,518.

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

This is the nicest Camry ever–and I mean that as high praise. The Avalon excels in everything expected. It’s quiet. It’s comfortable. It doesn’t ask much if anything from its occupants.

But there are two more things that it now does well. It’s not slow. The current Avalon makes 301 horsepower along with 267 lb.-ft. of torque. Remember when those were Corvette figures?

And the all-new Avalon looks good, too. It now sports some angles and personality.

If the Camry is the benchmark for the modern, front-drive family sedan, this is the halo model.

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chandler
chandler PowerDork
5/16/19 7:43 p.m.

Nice looking space to spend a couple 100,000 miles

stu67tiger
stu67tiger Reader
5/18/19 5:36 p.m.

This has WHAT to do with our world of older classics? This and the MB truck too.  Corporate canoes are OK, I guess.

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