2018 Toyota Avalon Sedan

2018 Toyota Avalon
2018 Toyota Avalon

What’s new

  • The 2018 Toyota Avalon is unchanged
  • It's part of the fourth-generation Avalon, which was introduced in 2013


  • Interior is quiet and upscale, with roomy seating front and rear
  • Returns above-average fuel economy
  • Trunk is among the largest among full-size sedans
  • Offers impressive list of standard features, plenty of options


  • Unlike some other large sedans, doesn't offer all-wheel drive
  • Infotainment system lacks operational smoothness
Toyota Avalon years

Which Avalon does Edmunds recommend?

Loaded with convenience and safety features, a sunroof and a well-crafted interior, the 2018 Toyota Avalon XLE Plus offers the best bang for the buck. The base XLE also makes a fine choice as it offers the most XLE Plus features, minus the sunroof, for less money. Upgraded leather and other luxurylike touches make the Limited a top pick if cost isn't an issue, while the Touring is a sportier option. With all of the Avalon's standard equipment, however, the XLE Plus or base XLE is hard to beat.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.6 / 10

Combining comfort, quality and impressive fuel economy, the 2018 Toyota Avalon ranks among the best large sedans on the market. A cushioned ride and hushed cabin make the Avalon well-suited for commutes and road trips, and its roomy interior offers plenty of room to spread out. It even offers a dash of speed and performance that befits its mission as a deluxe daily shuttle.

Starting with a well-equipped base model, the Avalon offers a long list of desirable standard features, including a V6 engine, leather upholstery, heated seats and several driver assistance features. From there you can opt into progressively more full-featured models with navigation, enhanced audio and luxury creature comforts such as heated rear seats, upgraded leather and rear-seat climate controls.

For such a large and roomy car, the Avalon returns surprisingly good fuel economy. On our evaluation test loop, the Avalon returned 28.6 mpg, well above its EPA rating. In the remaining miles of mixed driving, we observed 24 mpg - right on the money with its EPA combined mpg rating. More impressive is that this comes from a car with a large V6 engine that generates 268 horsepower and helps the car accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. The Avalon is no sport sedan, but an available Touring trim with larger wheels and tighter suspension tuning delivers more enhanced performance.

Overall, we recommend the 2018 Avalon. While there are some other solid choices available for a big sedan, including the Chevrolet Impala, Kia Cadenza and Nissan Maxima, the Toyota Avalon continues to be a standout.

2018 Toyota Avalon configurations

The 2018 Toyota Avalon is available in five trim levels: XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring and Limited. All come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine (268 horsepower, 248 pound-feet of torque) and a six-speed automatic transmission.

The XLE is well-equipped for a base trim and feels expertly assembled. A 3.5-liter V6 engine (268 horsepower, 248 pound-feet of torque) and six-speed automatic transmission come standard, as do 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, and heated and power-adjustable front seats. Additional conveniences include keyless ignition and entry, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen with Toyota's Entune interface and voice controls, and an eight-speaker audio system. Toyota's Safety Sense package also comes standard and includes automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning (with pedestrian detection), automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist.

The XLE Plus adds a sunroof and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

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

The Touring trim is best for those seeking a measure of sport since it comes with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a sport-tuned suspension and unique interior trim.

The Limited bundles the same features from the Touring trim (minus the interior accents) along with xenon headlights, auto-dimming side mirrors, automatic wipers, ambient cabin lighting, tri-zone automatic climate control, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a rear power sunshade, Safety Connect emergency notification and roadside assistance services, 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 2017 Toyota Avalon Limited (3.5-liter V6 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).


No one expects the Avalon to be a performance machine, so it's no surprise that it doesn't perform like one. But it's a good interstate cruiser with a big V6, smooth transmission and consistent brakes, and the chassis and steering feel sure and steady so long as you don't hustle it through corners.


The Avalon's big V6 has plenty of power for passing and merging; it will even spin the wheels if the traction control is off. The gas pedal is responsive, but the sluggish transmission can be a wet blanket. We measured a 0-60-mph time of 6.5 seconds, which is respectable for a large family sedan.


While the pedal feels soft underfoot, brake response is sure and linear, so it's easy to make buttery smooth stops without upsetting your passengers. Our panic-stop test from 60 mph was average, but it earned bonus points for consistent performance over repeated stops.


The Avalon's steering is light, and there isn't much on-center feel. Even so, there's more feedback than we expected once we initiated turns, and this gave us a fairly good idea of how hard the front tires were working and how much more they could take.


In the realm of routine street driving, the Avalon feels reassuringly neutral and tidy. But a tight on-ramp or winding mountain road can expose understeer and a nose-heavy feel that gives the impression that the suspension calibration is too soft for anyone who likes a sporty-handling sedan.


Highway cruising is the Avalon's forte. The transmission shifts agreeably and is generally quite smooth, but it can come across as sluggish if called upon to react quickly or drop more than one gear, as when passing slow trucks while going up a grade. Selecting Sport mode helps in these instances.


If spending long stints in the driver's seat is your style, you'll enjoy the Avalon. Its soft suspension delivers a comfortable highway ride as long as the road surface is in reasonable shape. The plush front seats, a quiet cabin and strong air-conditioning make traveling long distances a breeze.

Seat comfort

The front seats are somewhat flat, but they're supportive and comfy thanks to their softness; you sink into them. Adjustable lumbar support is effective. But the rear seats are flatter and have less give. They're not as comfortable as the fronts on long drives.

Ride comfort

This is the plush, cloudlike ride that interstate drivers long for. It's softly sprung. Bumpy roads can overwhelm the suspension, though, and the Avalon can get a bit too floaty.

Noise & vibration

The Avalon is commendably quiet and especially well-insulated against wind and engine noise. A little tire and road noise remains, but it's minor. Against this quiet backdrop we actually noticed that cornering made the owner's manual clunk around inside the glovebox, which has an unlined interior.

Climate control

The tri-zone system is effective and easy to use. It takes a second to spool up but easily cools the cabin on hot days. But you can't control the rear zone from the front. Front and outer rear passengers get heated seats. The ventilation in the front seats is all noise with little effect.


The Avalon's interior is clean, uncluttered and attractive in its design and use of materials. Its roomy interior gives passengers ample space to stretch and move around, and it's generally easy to get in and out of. But we wish the mirrors were bigger and the steering wheel telescoped more.

Ease of use

Most primary controls and secondary switches are well-marked. But the steering wheel blocks the view of the volume knob and some crucial buttons to the left of the touchscreen. These buttons are touch-sensitive, but they offer no tactile feedback so you must look to see where your fingers are going.

Getting in/getting out

The Avalon features large door apertures all around and slim rocker overhangs. The doors themselves are slim, and they stay open with mild friction. Rear passengers have it even easier, thanks to a wide seat bottom and a seatback that's aligned with the rear door jamb instead of being set back.

Driving position

The seats have a good deal of adjustment and can accommodate both sit-up and more reclined drivers. But some taller drivers may have a hard time finding the ideal driving position, not because of the seats but because the telescopic steering mechanism has a limited range of extension.


This car provides ample space, front and rear, for a long road trip. Everyone enjoys great leg- and headroom and elbow room. The only potential drawback we can see is slightly limited toe room in the rear seat if the corresponding front seat is set to its lowest height.


Visibility toward the front half of the car is good, and rear visibility is satisfactory. The side mirrors are small for such a full-size sedan, making blind-spot monitoring a necessity rather than a convenience.


Toyota went to great effort to optimize materials and their placement to ensure drivers and passengers are always next to, or interfacing with, the good stuff. But cheaper materials do appear in the dim recesses if you go looking for it. Still, the construction and build quality are excellent.


As befits a big sedan, the Avalon features a sufficiently large trunk. The rear seats don't fold down, but there is a central pass-through. Surprisingly, interior storage space is limited, with the Avalon's primary stowage spot being the moderately sized center console box.

Small-item storage

Front door pockets are small and can't hold bottles. The center console has a moderately large cargo box with a removable second-level tray. A retractable Qi charging platform sits in front of the shifter. Rear seats have even smaller door pockets, with cupholders in the fold-down armrest.

Cargo space

Although the rear seats don't fold down, the generous 16-cubic-foot trunk volume does not disappoint. A wide trunk opening allows easy access, and the liftover height is average, with a mild drop down to the floor. A central pass-through between the rear seats is provided for long, skinny items.

Child safety seat accommodation

LATCH anchors are easy to grasp but difficult to engage due to the seat material that surrounds it. Upper LATCH points are easy to access. Generous rear kneeroom means you don't have to scoot the front seats up much when installing a bulky rear-facing seat.


It comes standard with advanced driver aids, has built-in navigation, and the Bluetooth interface works quite well. But the Avalon may not be on your list if you're smartphone-savvy. The Entune interface is clumsy, it lacks CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, and there's no LTE tethering.

Audio & navigation

The JBL audio system is effective at pop vocals, but with a mildly muted midbass area you may find yourself raising the volume on rock, jazz and classical. Navigation maps are built in and don't require a paired phone. The lack of direct access to maps is a minus; you have to hit "Home" first.

Smartphone integration

Phone connectivity is excellent and quick. The Bluetooth system works great, and if you have a modern phone, you can even search individual albums and playlists. There's also a USB and auxiliary-in jack up front underneath the Qi induction charger.

Driver aids

It comes standard with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control, but the latter does not function below about 30 mph. Passive equipment includes lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, and a relatively low-resolution, rear-facing camera.

Voice control

Toyota's voice control is adequate so long as you understand its syntax and follow it accordingly. Voice control works for using navigation and the radio and passing voice commands to your smartphone. You can also call up certain apps and weather information.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Toyota Avalon.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

2018 Avalon Limited - 6 Month Review
I've had my 2018 Avalon Limited for 6 months and 6,300 miles. I have made two longer trips on the car for vacations and the rest of the miles are local running around town. I love the car! It is very comfortable and fits me well as I am 6'2" and a bigger guy. The JBL sound system is awesome! The adaptive cruise works great! I have two complaints. First, the voice recognition system isn't as intuitive as Ford Sync. I drive a 2013 Ford Taurus Limited for work. Second, the car did not come with remote start as a standard accessory. For the top of the line Toyota, remote start should be standard in 2018. My former personal car was a 2011 Chevy Impala LTZ, and remote start was standard on that car.
Despite shortcomings a great value
James rydwr,12/13/2017
No navigation system to speak of, voice commands don't work most of the time, audio system lacks intuitive controls. Acceleration, handling, comfort and climate control all work well despite poor Dash layout. Salesman was reluctant to discuss the cars audio and navigation operation probably because of past complaints and frustrations. In fact it's probably no coincidence that they didn't even give me the book on the navigation and audio system
Get the hybrid!
P Spiewak,05/31/2018
We have a 2018 Avalon Hybrid and have already driven it in 10 states. Its a great car, averages about 40 mpg. Cream interior over the Parisian Blue is beautiful. Get the Limited package which includes heated and cooled front seats. Nav system is the best out there. I would own a Lexus (had 4 of them) but chose the Toyota because the Lexus Nav system has a dangerous and hard to use mouse pad or joystick to control the Nav. This takes way more driver attention that the Avalon touch screen. Mercedes, BMW and Audi have the same problem. I'm almost ready for a Tesla, just want the auto pilot to be a upgraded.
Cruise Control --- Warnings --- Dashboard --- etc.
Toyota 2018 Avalon Limited ... 5,931 miles ... purchased four months ago, Aug 2017 -------------------------------------------------- Cruise Control 1. "Set" the cruise control to 35 mph (freeway construction zone). Accelerate (with the foot accelerator) to 70 mph after the construction zone (do not change the cruise control while accelerating). Set the cruise control. The car hits the brakes and slows to 35 mph. This could lead to multiple rear end collisions. 2. "Set" the cruise control to 55 mph. When traveling on a road that is not perfectly level ... the car brakes ... then accelerates ... then brakes ... then accelerates. The transmission shifts through three gears, up and down (per a service tech who monitored with his computer). It may be an engineering achievement to maintain 1 mph precision, but it kills gas mileage. 3. On a recent trip, the cruise control stopped working. There was a warning light with a message that the cruise control is "not available". The next day the cruise control started working again. -------------------------------------------------- Warnings 4. a) The door is opened, the engine is running, there is no warning sound. b) The door is opened, then the engine is shut off, there is a warning sound. Normally a warning sound indicates something else is wrong. In this case, there is nothing wrong. -------------------------------------------------- Dashboard 5. The gas gauge light is dim. Can barely see during the day. 6. The A/C On / Off light ... Auto light ... cruise control ... etc. ... are dim. Can barely see during the day. 7. There are no knobs (only touch screen buttons) to change the heater / air conditioner. The driver must take eyes off of the road to adjust the temperature. 8. Must take off gloves to change the heater / air conditioner. -------------------------------------------------- Headlights 9. The headlights, in the auto mode, jump from high beam to low beam every few seconds ... even when it is midnight ... and there are no other cars on the road. I suspect it is the reflectors on the side of the road that has curves. -------------------------------------------------- Fog Lights 110 There are no fog lights. -------------------------------------------------- Misc 11. The passenger side rear seat door speaker has a distorted sound. The dealer replaced this speaker. 12. The key fob does not always work to open the trunk. 13. Only two cup holders in the front seat. 14. Too much bass on AM radio ... difficult to understand people speaking (unlike our Honda). Minimizing the bass does not help. -------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------
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Features & Specs

21 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
268 hp @ 6200 rpm
21 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
268 hp @ 6200 rpm
21 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
268 hp @ 6200 rpm
21 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
268 hp @ 6200 rpm
See all 2018 Toyota Avalon Sedan features & specs


Our experts’ favorite Avalon safety features:

Toyota Safety Sense
Standard on the Avalon, Safety Sense includes a forward collision warning system, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist.
Toyota Safety Connect
Available only on Limited trims, 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
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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More about the 2018 Toyota Avalon

Slotting between Toyota's midsize Camry and the luxury Lexus ES 350 sedans, the 2018 Toyota Avalon checks all the key boxes for full-size sedan buyers: a spacious interior, silky smooth power and ride, a quiet cabin, and loads of convenience and tech features. Add a roomy trunk and above-average fuel economy, and you have an attractive alternative to the typical SUV or crossover.

Inside, the Avalon offers one of the most comfortable interiors in its class, with quality materials, superb fit and finish, and controls and displays that are easy to use. Luxury touches such as heated leather seats, keyless entry and ignition, and Toyota's Entune infotainment system also come standard. Some of today's more common driver assistance features, including adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking, are standard equipment on even the base level Avalon — a refreshing change from other brands that often relegate these items to options packages available only on mid to upper trim levels.

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. Silky smooth power delivery and gear changes are Avalon hallmarks.

Not surprisingly, the Avalon's highway ride is comfortable and easygoing. More surprising is the agility with which this large sedan handles the curves, a result of the retuned suspension that underpins this latest generation. Some drivers might find the ride a bit on the firm side, especially when judged against older Avalon models, but overall the big sedan strikes an impressive compromise between comfort and performance.

At the pump, the Avalon returns an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined (21 city/30 highway). In real-world test driving, we found the Avalon matches or outperforms those numbers. Buyers 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 wide range of standard features, but XLE Plus or XLE Premium models load up even more niceties such as a sunroof, smartphone charging and blind-spot monitoring. Those seeking sportier handling can select the Touring trim level. At the top of the line is the Limited, which loads up on luxury with items such as ventilated seats, heated rear seats and upgraded leather upholstery. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the best 2018 Toyota Avalon to suit your needs.

2018 Toyota Avalon Sedan Overview

The 2018 Toyota Avalon Sedan is offered in the following styles: Touring 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), XLE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), XLE Plus 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), XLE Premium 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2018 Toyota Avalon Sedan?

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Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Toyota Avalon Sedan and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Avalon Sedan featuring deep dives into trim levels including Touring, XLE, XLE Plus, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2018 Toyota Avalon Sedan here.

Edmunds Scorecard

Overall7.6 / 10


7.0 / 10

Acceleration7.5 / 10
Braking7.5 / 10
Steering6.5 / 10
Handling6.5 / 10
Drivability7.0 / 10


8.5 / 10

Seat comfort8.5 / 10
Ride comfort7.5 / 10
Noise & vibration8.5 / 10
Climate control8.5 / 10


8.5 / 10

Ease of use7.5 / 10
Getting in/getting out9.0 / 10
Driving position7.5 / 10
Roominess9.0 / 10
Visibility7.5 / 10
Quality9.0 / 10


7.5 / 10

Small-item storage6.5 / 10
Cargo space7.5 / 10


7.5 / 10

Audio & navigation7.5 / 10
Smartphone integration8.5 / 10
Driver aids8.0 / 10
Voice control7.0 / 10
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