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Notable Features in 2018
Standard active safety features
Five-seat full-size sedan
V-6 engine standard
Hybrid version available
Front-wheel drive

Price Range     $13,628–$38,160
Consumer Rating     (4.8)55 reviews
MPG (Miles Per Gallon)     24
Body Styles     Sedan

The Good
Supportive front seats
Low wind noise at highway speeds
Ride quality
Roomy backseat

The Bad
Backseat doesn't fold down
Touch-sensitive controls
Control layout
Interior materials and design
Trunk space

The verdict: Chicago Cubs fans have a decades old slogan that the 2018 Toyota Avalon should borrow: “Wait till next year.” A redesign for 2019 is coming, and it should address some of the sedan’s issues.

Versus the competition: The Avalon scores big with its standard safety features, but it falls short of many large-car competitors due to its high price, small trunk and maddening multimedia system.  
Toyota last updated its largest sedan for 2016, then added more standard safety features in 2017. For 2018, the Avalon carries over unchanged, but it’s being redesigned as an all-new 2019 model. That one will go on sale within a few months with a bold new look, a more modern multimedia system and a fresh cabin design. Trim levels on the 2018 model are: Toyota Avalon XLE, Toyota Avalon XLE Plus, Toyota XLE Premium, Toyota Avalon Touring and the Toyota Avalon Limited. For this year, the 2017 XLE Touring is simply the Avalon Touring.
A step up in size from the midsize Camry, the Avalon competes against other big sedans like the Ford Taurus, Volkswagen Passat and Chevrolet Impala. See them compared.

Smooth Cruiser
Large cars aren’t exciting or agile, and while the Toyota Avalon is predictably neither, it is composed in road manners and confident in power. The standard 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission are a solid match, providing smooth, no-drama acceleration in the city and on the highway; it even felt quick at times. An Avalon hybrid model, which pairs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor for a total of 156 hp, is also available.

The Avalon is (Environmental Protection Agency) EPA-rated at 21/30/24 mpg (Miles Per Gallon) city/highway/combined, ahead of base V-6 versions of the Taurus (18/27/21), Impala (19/28/22) and Passat (19/28/22). An Eco mode benefits fuel economy and dulls accelerator responsiveness, but not annoyingly so.

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota 

New Car Program Benefits
Bumper-to-Bumper     36 months / 36,000 miles
Powertrain     60 months / 60,000 miles
Roadside Assistance     24 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
Maximum Age/Mileage     7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic Warranty Terms     12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain     7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer Certification Required     160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside Assistance     Yes


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