2017 Toyota Avalon

2017 Toyota Avalon
MSRP range
$33,300 - $41,100

Pros

  • Quiet and upscale interior with roomy seating front and rear
  • Wide array of optional features
  • Above-average fuel economy
  • Large trunk

Cons

  • All-wheel drive isn't available
  • Ride may be too firm for traditional Avalon shoppers


Which Avalon does Edmunds recommend

We recommend the 2017 Toyota Avalon in XLE Plus trim: It is packed with safety and convenience features, a sunroof and a very well-built interior, but it doesn't break the bank. The base trim level, the XLE, has almost everything the XLE Plus does, minus the sunroof, so it's a good choice as well. If you're looking for the top-trim-level treatment, you can definitely go with the Limited, or for a sportier vibe you can opt for the Touring. But with all the Avalon's standard equipment, the base XLE and XLE Plus are hard to pass up.

Edmunds' Expert Review

overall rating

4.0 / 5

When you've got a winning formula, it's typically a good idea to stick with it. And that's pretty much what Toyota has done with the 2017 Avalon. Redesigned back in 2013, this large sedan has received only a few updates in the last four years and otherwise has stayed true as a comfortable, quiet and well-equipped sedan that's just at home commuting as it is eating up endless miles of American highway.

As far as the basics go, the 2017 Toyota Avalon pretty much has them all covered. It offers plenty of room for five adults and a lovely cabin with high-quality materials and very good construction, plus the choice of many available high-tech features. The Avalon is extraordinarily comfortable on the highway and whisper quiet, too. It also handles better than past generations of the car. The ride is definitely firmer than in previous generations, but the Avalon is still remarkably easy to drive. If you're in the market for a big sedan, you'll definitely want to go for a test drive.

trim levels & features

There are five trim levels for the 2017 Toyota Avalon: XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring and Limited. The XLE and XLE Plus are base trims, but they provide a lot of equipment for the price such as dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control and leather upholstery. The XLE Premium, Touring and Limited are better equipped with extras such as integrated navigation, wireless smartphone charging and even optional ventilated front seats.

As previously mentioned, the XLE is pretty well equipped for a base trim level, and it feels excellently put together. It comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine (268 horsepower, 248 pound-feet of torque), a six-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (with power lumbar support) and a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat.

Electronics features that come standard on the XLE include keyless ignition and entry, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen with Toyota's Entune interface with voice controls, and an eight-speaker audio system. Added for 2017 as standard safety equipment on the XLE is the Safety Sense package, which includes adaptive cruise control, a lane departure warning and intervention system, forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking and automatic high-beam headlight control.

If you want to add a sunroof and an auto-dimming rearview mirror to your base XLE, upgrade to the XLE Plus.

The XLE Premium has a few more significant upgrades such as driver-seat memory settings, Qi wireless smartphone charging, integrated navigation, a nine-speaker audio system, smartphone app integration, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

For buyers looking for a bit sportier feel from their Avalon, the Touring trim is probably the right choice. It comes with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a sport-tuned suspension and unique interior trim.

Even shoppers who've owned or driven an Avalon in the past will likely be impressed by all the equipment that's packed into the Limited trim level. It comes with all the same equipment from the Touring trim (minus the interior accents) plus xenon headlights, auto-dimming side mirrors, automatic wipers, ambient cabin lighting, tri-zone automatic climate control, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver seat, an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated rear seats, a rear power sunshade, Safety Connect and an 11-speaker JBL premium sound system.

trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2013 Toyota Avalon XLE (3.5-liter V6; 6-speed automatic).
 
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current 2017 Toyota Avalon has been revised, including some shuffling of standard and optional equipment, along with the addition of an available sport-tuned suspension. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Toyota Avalon.

driving

3.5
The Avalon's powerful 3.5-liter V6, coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission and a well-tuned suspension, makes for a surprisingly fun Avalon.

acceleration

3.5
With 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque on tap, the Avalon wastes no time getting up to freeway speed and gets from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 6.4 seconds. Few buyers will gripe about its acceleration.

braking

3.5
The Avalon's pedal is neither hard nor soft, and the car's braking performance is easy and predictable. There's a gentle initial bite and no odd body motions during heavy braking.

steering

3.0
Steering weight is light in nearly every situation in the Avalon, and it remains accurate. It may be a big car, but this Avalon is very easy to drive.

handling

3.0
The Avalon manages to be adequately damped to avoid feeling "floaty." Sure, the Avalon isn't as good at dynamic handling maneuvers, but if you're driving this car at the limit of its handling, you're missing the point.

drivability

5.0
The Avalon is easy, approachable and eminently drivable. It's as user-friendly as it should be.

comfort

4.5
A solid combination of amenities and interior silence keeps the Avalon's comfort score high despite a somewhat stiff ride for the segment.

seat comfort

4.5
Toyota does seat comfort in the Avalon very well. The Avalon's driver seat is pleasant even on long drives. Multilevel heating is standard across styles, and ventilation is optional.

ride comfort

3.5
Compared to the previous Avalon generation, the ride is definitely busier. But with stiffer springs and firmer damping, it is also more controlled. It's a worthwhile trade.

noise & vibration

5.0
This is one of the quietest cars we've tested. Road, wind and tire noise is virtually nonexistent.

interior

4.5
A big effort to improve materials quality and modernize the Avalon is obvious. Soft-touch leather adorns most surfaces, depending on trim level, and tasteful styling touches are present throughout.

ease of use

3.5
Most controls are intuitive and well placed. The audio system's volume knob, however, hides behind the steering wheel at night. Touchpads replace buttons for most controls.

getting in/getting out

4.0
Wide door openings, plenty of space, and comfortable seat height front and rear make getting in and out of the Avalon a breeze.

roominess

5.0
The Avalon is a genuine five-passenger sedan. Space in every dimension is more than adequate. Child seats, even the convertible ones, fit easily in the back.

visibility

4.0
We observed no significant shortcomings with visibility while driving the Avalon. Rear-quarter visibility is respectable, and a big windshield provides an excellent view of the road ahead.

quality

5.0
Toyota's efforts to move the Avalon upscale are obvious. Panel gaps, materials and interior assembly were excellent on our test car. The Avalon is a big step up from your standard Camry.

utility

4.0
As with most cars in this class, the Avalon's rear seat is quite roomy. The cavernous trunk offers 16 cubic feet of space, and its wide opening and low liftover height make it easy to load heavy bags. The cabin also offers plenty of small item storage.

small-item storage

4.0
Storage cubbies provide ample room for keys and wallets, and the center console is large. The front section of the center console acts as a convenient "eBin," with power cords passing through a sliding panel for two cellphones and auxiliary and USB connections.

cargo space

4.0
At 16 cubic feet, trunk space is very good, but class leaders offer a bit more room. Split-folding rear seats and a ski pass-through are standard.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 Toyota Avalon.

Saved my life
Dr. Arnold Shrewsbury D.Th, 4/10/2017
On 4-7-17 My wife and I were returning home from a nice dinner in a nearby city. We are both a young 70. We were on a four lane highway where the speed limit was 70. In the left lane was a flatbed wrecker and I was in the right lane. I was doing 68 mph as I had just looked. Suddenly a vehicle came upon us at a fast rate of speed in the left lane and veered into me. I immediately ran off the highway to the right with no control. We slammed through a ditch and hit a tree. Our beautiful Toyota Avalon which had only some 28,000 miles was totally destroyed. We should have been in the morgue but both survived. My wife is the worst hurt and had to have back surgery due to a broken vertebrae. I am in terrible pain as I am a solid bruise from top to bottom. The Avalon did her job by deploying all her airbags protecting us. As damaged as she is, the inside was the same size as before the accident. Although I am a strong believer in God I also credit the good people at Toyota for implementing these safety features. Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Shrewsbury D.Th.
Avalon is as good as any Lexus orBMW for much less
Thomas Bonneau, 6/7/2017
You can get for 20% less than MSRP, just have to shop around for the right dealer. It doesn't matter where you buy it, free maintenance and service plan can be performed at any Toyota dealer nationwide. I got mine for $28,200 plus a 5 yr 125,000 bumper to bumper warranty with $0 deductable for $1300. Walked out the door with total price with NY tax, tags, title and bumper to bumper warranty for $32,257 cash price. This car is worth every penny!
Silver Avalon
James King, 7/13/2017
Have had the car only 3 weeks so am unable to adequately rate certain aspects. Just completed a 1300 mile road trip. Enjoyed all aspects of the car, but am still learning the technology. The only negative is that the ride is quite a bit stiffer than my old 2005 Avalon. The reviews indicated this and they were right. I have no regret in purchasing this car.
Worst car I every owned - what a mistake
James Swanson, 10/10/2017
Blind Spot Monitor and Navigation failed in two days. ---- 6 trips back to Bill Walsh toyota and finally Toyota Corporate buys the car back. I lost $2000 in the deal but at least this car is gone..... never would expect this from Toyota and no one said "what can we do to keep your business". Bill Walsh had my business since 1996 but never again will I buy from any of his 25 dealership, Update: sent a letter to the president of toyota...... no reply..... Bill Walsh in Ottawa is the worst dealer and Toyota does not respect it's customers...... buy something else...... and stay away from Bill Walsh
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2017 Toyota Avalon video

BRYN MACKINNON: I'm Bryn MacKinnon, and this is an Edmunds Expert Rundown of the 2017 Toyota Avalon. If you're looking for a big, quiet, comfy sedan, the 2017 Avalon is probably one of the safest choices out there. It's pretty much the same as it has been for the last four years, but with most of the tech you'd expect from a classy modern sedan. For 2017, the Avalon gets Toyota's Safety Sense package as standard, which means it gets features like lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and automatic high beams. All of those safety features are added to what is already a pretty long list of standard features, that includes stuff like heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and adaptive cruise control. More than just a comfy ride full of tech features, the Avalon is also really practical. It has a big trunk with a low lift over height, and an adult-friendly back seat that both lend themselves to long road trips. If you've owned an Avalon in the past, though, it's worth pointing out that this latest generation has a stiffer ride than you're used to. It's a minor difference in ride quality that means that the Avalon handles corners a bit better than it used to. So it'll be a worthwhile trade for most drivers. Inside the Avalon's cabin is made from high-quality materials, and it's put together with the kind of care we've come to expect from Toyota. The Toyota touch screen isn't the most modern system out there, but it's relatively simple to learn it. And most of the buttons are where you'd expect them. Bottom line with the 2017 Toyota Avalon is that it's a quiet, smooth-riding sedan. The top notch interior makes it feel more luxurious than some of its competition, and we think it's definitely worth a test drive. Put it up against competitors like the Kia Cadenza, the Chrysler 300, and the Chevy Impala to see which one you prefer. For more expert rundowns, click the link to subscribe.

2017 Toyota Avalon Expert Rundown

If you're looking for a big, quiet, comfy sedan, the 2017 Toyota Avalon might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$41,100
MPG
21 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
268 hp @ 6200 rpm
MSRP
$36,500
MPG
21 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
268 hp @ 6200 rpm
MSRP
$33,300
MPG
21 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
268 hp @ 6200 rpm
MSRP
$35,050
MPG
21 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
268 hp @ 6200 rpm
See all 2017 Toyota Avalon features & specs

Safety

Our experts’ favorite Avalon safety features:

Toyota Safety Sense
Standard on the Avalon, Safety Sense includes a forward collision warning system, automatic pre-collision braking and lane keeping assist.
Toyota Safety Connect
Optional (for the Limited only), the Safety Connect adds roadside assistance, stolen vehicle location and automatic collision notification.
Blind-Spot Monitoring
Paired with rear cross-traffic alert and standard on XLE Premium and above, this feature warns you of hidden objects in your blind spot.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.7%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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More about the 2017 Toyota Avalon

The 2017 Toyota Avalon, which slots between the midsize Camry and the Lexus luxury brand, ticks all the important boxes for shoppers in the market for a full-size sedan: a spacious interior, plenty of creature comforts and a smooth, quiet ride. In addition, the Avalon features a powerful engine, roomy trunk, above-average fuel economy, and a long list of options and accessories. Although the full-size car choices have dwindled over the years as more buyers opt for SUVs and crossovers, the Avalon serves as an attractive alternative for consumers looking for decent value in a traditional large sedan.

The Avalon underwent a significant update last year, which gave it a redesigned front end, new wheel designs, revamped suspension and reconfigured trim levels, so changes for 2017 are fairly minor. Probably the biggest update is that the Toyota Safety Sense package — with items such as adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with automatic braking — is now standard on all Avalon models.

Inside, the Avalon continues to offer one of the best-designed and executed cabins in its class, with quality materials, excellent fit and finish, and easy-to-use controls. Luxury touches such as heated leather seats and Toyota's Entune infotainment system are standard, and buyers can choose from a range of comfort, technology and convenience options to personalize the vehicle to their taste.

Except the hybrid variant, all Avalon models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque and drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.

On the road, the V6 provides enough power and lively acceleration to satisfy just about any buyer looking for a vehicle in this class. The Avalon's highway ride is comfortable and easygoing, as might be expected, but what's surprising is the agility with which this large sedan handles the curves, a result of retuned suspension for this latest generation. Some drivers might find the ride a bit on the firm side compared to the Avalon's competitors, but overall Toyota has managed to strike a reasonable balance between comfort and performance.

Fuel economy for the Avalon sedan with the standard 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine is EPA-rated at 24 mpg combined (21 city/30 highway). Although those are good figures for a vehicle in this size class, shoppers looking for even better fuel economy can check out the Avalon Hybrid, which is rated at 40 mpg combined (40 city/39 highway).

The base XLE trim comes with a huge array of standard features, but buyers who want even more can opt for the XLE Plus or XLE Premium models, and those looking for sportier handling can select the Touring trim level. At the top of the line is the Limited, which packs on almost every luxury and convenience item imaginable. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the best 2017 Toyota Avalon to suit your needs.

2017 Toyota Avalon Overview

The 2017 Toyota Avalon is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), XLE Premium 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), XLE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), XLE Plus 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and Touring 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2017 Toyota Avalon?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Toyota Avalon and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Avalon 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Avalon.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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Edmunds Scorecard

Overall4.0 / 5.0

Driving

3.5 / 5.0

Acceleration3.5 / 5.0
Braking3.5 / 5.0
Steering3.0 / 5.0
Handling3.0 / 5.0
Drivability5.0 / 5.0

Comfort

4.5 / 5.0

Seat comfort4.5 / 5.0
Ride comfort3.5 / 5.0
Noise & vibration5.0 / 5.0

Interior

4.5 / 5.0

Ease of use3.5 / 5.0
Getting in/getting out4.0 / 5.0
Roominess5.0 / 5.0
Visibility4.0 / 5.0
Quality5.0 / 5.0

Utility

4.0 / 5.0

Small-item storage4.0 / 5.0
Cargo space4.0 / 5.0
Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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