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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Comments
Nick Comstock
Nick Comstock MegaDork
5/16/19 9:10 a.m.

I can't believe I'm going to say this but that strikes me as not a lot of money for a lot of car. And I don't find the styling hateful either. 

 

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UberDork
5/16/19 9:17 a.m.

Uugh.

I'll be happy when Toyota abandon's its current fascination with "filter mouth feeder" styling

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
5/16/19 9:33 a.m.

I really like the view from the back; wouldn't have guessed this was an Avalon from behind. Avalon has long been the 'Big Buick' of Toyotas but this one seems a bit of a departure from that formula.

barefootskater
barefootskater Dork
5/16/19 9:39 a.m.

I like the new Corolla hatch, and I really like the looks of the twins, but this thing is better. Maybe this should go in minor confessions but to my eye this new Avalon looks "the business"

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/16/19 9:41 a.m.

Hey, I'm with you. I thought it looked striking. It was nice to drive, too. It's not a Miata or a BRZ, but in its class–comfy, front-drive sedans–it does really, really well. 

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 UltimaDork
5/16/19 11:49 a.m.
nderwater said:

I really like the view from the back; wouldn't have guessed this was an Avalon from behind. Avalon has long been the 'Big Buick' of Toyotas but this one seems a bit of a departure from that formula.

I agree.  She's got a sexy butt.  The face, not so much.

Daylan C
Daylan C UltraDork
5/16/19 12:38 p.m.

I just enjoy the fact that we just used the Cadillac DTS as a reference point.

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_ Reader
5/16/19 3:10 p.m.

Would be nice if they offered awd. A lot of owners talk about wanting it. Then Again, those folks end up buying a rav4 or runner also. 

NickD
NickD PowerDork
5/16/19 3:16 p.m.

I don't hate the front but I feel like it's a little out of place on an Avalon. Seems like it should go on some sort of gnarly RWD sports sedan instead.

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_ Reader
5/16/19 3:20 p.m.

In reply to NickD :

I agree. The look doesn’t match the performance. 

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