2019 Toyota Avalon Review for Peoria, AZ

The 2019 Toyota Avalon Targets a Wider Audience

While many might think that being a full-size sedan would already make it appeal to a wide audience, the Toyota Avalon has had a lot that didn't make it accessible to all who might be interested. It had always been appealing to a niche market, but now it has made moves to become available to many more customers.

If you have been looking to embrace the largest four-door sedan in the Toyota lineup - having the Camry and Corolla still being too small for your needs - there has never been a time to get behind the wheel of a Toyota Avalon. There are a variety of trims to choose from, including the XLE, XSE, Touring, Limited, and Hybrid options for them all except the Touring. The starting price of the 2019 Avalon is around $35,000.

More Updates Than Meets the Eye

When you look at the Avalon you can see that it is all-new, but the changes run deeper than that. This car has had a good run since its last redesign in 2013, but a lot has changed since then and Toyota knows that it had to reflect that. The Avalon now sits atop of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform to improve handling and efficiency while reducing interior noise and NVH (Noise/Vibration/Harshness) to make sure you enjoy every facet of the ride.

There are many customers who love their Avalon for what it already is, and these customers are probably freaking out reading this because of all the changes, but Toyota knows that you are a loyal customer and has kept the Avalon feeling familiar. You can still expect high-quality materials, impressive features, and the dependability and durability that Toyota has become known for.

Beautiful with a Purpose

This redesign makes the 2019 Toyota Avalon lower, wider, and longer than any iteration before it, giving it a long sloping rear windshield for a sort of sportback look.

While the 2019 Avalon changes are partially to be a better-looking vehicle, there is still a functionality to all of it. A lower center of gravity will help with cornering and handling while other aspects help aerodynamics, but it doesn't focus so much on function that it forgets form. Both sides of the front bumper have vents to mainline airflow, and there are several optional parts that do the same, helping you get a total drag coefficient of 0.27, while also adding to the aggressive styling.

There are many options to help you get the 2019 Toyota Avalon looking exactly how you want, including an optional blacked-out grille and black bordered headlights, silver trimmed headlights and smokey-grey and chrome-accented grille, as well as quad exhaust tips and sequential turn signals. You can also choose from a variety of body colors like Wind Chill Pearl, Harbor Gray Metallic, Opulent Amber, Celestial Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Ruby Flare Pearl, Brownstone, and Parisian Night Pearl.

You Can Finally Include Apple CarPlay

Toyota had been pushing its Entune audio system without Apple CarPlay, which put them at a disadvantage because so many other manufacturers include this feature as standard or optional, but they have finally decided that it should be included in all their standard entertainment system. They have only added Apple CarPlay though, still leaving out Android Auto.

Apple CarPlay gives you the same interface that their smartphones do, providing all of the familiar apps that you have become accustomed to. You can access all your media through a 9-inch touchscreen that sits above the dashboard to put it lined up with all of the other controls that you might need while you are driving.

Seeing as Toyota has wanted to appeal to a wide base, this is the best way to do it: including the features that they already know - and have known - that drivers will love.

Even More Tech Included

While Apple CarPlay was definitely a good addition, Toyota didn't stop there. For those of you without an iPhone, you will be able to connect to the Entune 3.0 System that has similar functionality, coming with an App Suite, available navigation systems, and optional Wi-Fi for up to five devices. Staying up-to-date with the most advanced technology is important for every manufacturer and including features like this will help the 2019 Avalon appeal to all the tech-focused savants out there.

Coming standard are fast-charging USB ports in the front and back and Qi-compatible wireless charging in the front to help you keep your phone charged for your destination. Wireless charging only needs you to place your compatible phone under the center stack and it will start charging, this helps reduce the clutter that you have seen in vehicles of the past, avoiding having wires all over the place so that everyone in a vehicle will be able to say connected to their phone.

A Look at Performance

The tech updates won't overshadow the engine that you'll be able to enjoy. There is only one across all gas-powered trims: a 3.5-liter V6 DOHC. You'll be enjoying more horsepower than the 2018 model year, getting up to 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. You will also enjoy smooth gear transitions with an eight-speed automatic that helps your 2019 Avalon get up to 22 MPG city and 32 MPG highway.

If you are looking to go further than that, you can choose one of the hybrid options that gets up to 43 MPG city and 44 MPG highway from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine combined with two electric motors. The hybrid configurations get up to 215 horsepower combined so that you will be able to enjoy your highly-efficient driving experience.

Every Driver Loves Standard Safety

Standard features are a good way to make your vehicle appealing to the highest number of drivers but including advanced driver assistance features is probably the best way. The 2019 Avalon comes standard with the safety features you would expect in its Star Safety System - Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-Lock Braking, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology- but it also comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). TSS-P includes some of the most advanced features like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Automatic High-Beams.

You'd be wrong to think that was it, you can also choose from a variety of optional safety features. LED Adaptive Cornering Lights, Bird's Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan, and Intelligent Clearance Sonar System are only a few of the available options.

Did the 2019 Avalon Meet Its Goal?

The main goal of the redesign was to appeal to more customers, and we think that it achieved this goal. The 2019 Avalon offers a variety of impressive features - many coming standard - along with a new and sophisticated design that holds its value better than some luxury vehicle that come with the same features.

There aren't many vehicles that offer the same dependability as a Toyota, and when you pair that with everything that new Avalon offers, you have a winning combination.

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