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.
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.
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.
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