2017 Toyota Avalon
- Quiet and upscale interior with roomy seating front and rear
- Wide array of optional features
- Above-average fuel economy
- Large trunk
- All-wheel drive isn't available
- Ride may be too firm for traditional Avalon shoppers
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Which Avalon does Edmunds recommend
Edmunds' Expert Review
overall rating4.0 / 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.
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.
noise & vibration5.0
ease of use3.5
getting in/getting out4.0
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
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.
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?
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