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.