2019 Toyota Avalon Review & Compare in Lemon Grove, CA

An Overhaul of the Toyota Avalon Adds Impressive Features for the 2019 Model Year

Toyota is known for manufacturing some of the most impressive models, but previous generations of the Avalon have felt like something is missing. Being the largest four-door sedan in the lineup gives it a unique position for families, but it hasn't always had the most advanced features for everyone to enjoy; it has never been the most expensive, but it has also never been the most affordable; it has been exciting to drive, but never a true powerhouse. The new model year remedies many of these drawbacks, putting the 2019 Avalon in a great position for its class.

A New Base for a New Generation

The Toyota Avalon has been relatively untouched since 2013, making this the fifth generation for it. It now sports the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform that the company has introduced, giving it better handling, less noise from the outside while you are inside, a lowered center of gravity, and a more efficient ride.

While Toyota is always looking to improve its models, it knows what the loyal customers are looking for. They change enough to appeal to a broader customer-base, but they keep enough the same to keep current customers interested. Even through this redesign, Toyota fans are left with a feeling of familiarity with the 2019 Toyota Avalon.

New and returning customers to the Toyota Avalon can choose from a wide selection of trims, with the base starting at $35,000. Trim options are XLE, XSE, Touring, Limited, Hybrid XLE, Hybrid XSE, and Hybrid Limited.

A More Aggressive Look

If you put the 2018 and 2019 Avalon models next to each other, it is easy to tell the difference between them thanks to the more aggressive and sporty design of the newer model. The divided grille allows for more angles, the slanted headlights lead your eyes into the lines down the sides, and the more pronounced side vents work to improve aerodynamics. The longer wheelbase and backward-sloping roof design also works towards better aerodynamics, with the added bonus of giving the Avalon a sportback-esque look.

There are many options that allow you to further better your aerodynamics - adding a rear diffuser or spoiler, or equipping available underbody panels - allowing you to reduce the drag coefficient to 0.27. Other options allow for a sportier look by giving you a blacked-out grille and black-bordered headlights, while luxury trims aim more towards silver and smoky palettes.

You can add some personal flair to your Avalon with colors like Wind Chill Pearl, Harbor Gray Metallic, Opulent Amber, Celestial Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Ruby Flare Pearl, Brownstone, and Parisian Night Pearl.

Advanced Technology

Many of you might know that Toyota has been keeping Apple CarPlay and Android Auto out of its vehicles, but the Avalon will change that - mildly. While Android Auto is still left out, Apple CarPlay is now included in the 2019 Toyota Avalon. The nine-inch touchscreen on the dashboard will let you have the easiest access to the most essential apps: phone, messaging, navigation, and more.

If you don't have an iPhone, you can still connect to the Entune 3.0 system to control your media and apps. With available onboard WiFi that can connect to a maximum of five devices, you will be always be able to get the best connection.

With standard fast charging USB ports, and wireless charging with QI-compatible devices, you won't need to worry about streaming music and having a dead phone when you reach our destination. If you are so inclined, you can even use the Toyota RemoteConnect app to lock or unlock doors, find your car, and start the engine from a distance.

Performance to Excite

The non-hybrid models of the 2019 Toyota Avalon come with a 3.5-liter V6 DOHC engine that can make 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, making it more powerful than the previous generation's engine. This is the only engine option for these trims, pairing with an eight-speed automatic for a smooth and engaging drive.

The hybrid trims offer a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors that get paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission. The system puts out a combined rating of 215 horsepower.

A thoughtful design is given to the hybrid models, putting the battery under the passenger seat instead of in the trunk so that you don't lose any cargo space. The 2019 Avalon Hybrid fuel economy estimates are at 43 MPG city and 44 MPG highway, making sure it can compete with other hybrids on the market.

Making Safety a Priority

Toyota is making sure all of its vehicles offer an impressive array of safety features as standard. The Star Safety System comes standard with features like Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-Lock Braking, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology to help you maintain control for the duration. The majority of vehicles offer features like this, but the inclusion of Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) as standard is more impressive.

TSS-P is the suite of features from Toyota that includes radar-based systems to keep your vehicle in a safe place on the road. By including the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beams as standard, Toyota is showing that it truly prioritizes you and your passenger staying safe on the road.

With a variety of standard features, you will be surprised to hear that many are still available as options. You can add LED Adaptive Cornering Lights, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, and Intelligent Clearance Sonar System for some added confidence when you are behind the wheel.

Maintaining Reliability

Toyota models are among the most reliable that you will find, giving them a phenomenal resale value. Toyota wants to make sure you can maintain your vehicle by adding ToyotaCare as standard, offering two years or 25,000 miles of scheduled maintenance when you lease or purchase a new car.

Final Thoughts

We are definitely a fan of the updated Toyota Avalon. It includes all of the features to draw in some curious customers while keeping the features that Toyota enthusiasts have come to love. If you are looking for a new sedan for your family or if you are looking to update from your current model, we highly recommend at least taking the 2019 Toyota Avalon for a test drive before making your final decision, it might be yet another reason to sway you towards Toyota.

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