2018 Toyota Avalon Sedan
- 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
- Infotainment system lacks operational smoothness
- Unlike some other large sedans, doesn't offer all-wheel drive
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Which Avalon does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
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.
Trim levels & features
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.
Noise & vibration4.5
Ease of use4.5
Getting in/getting out5
Child safety seat accommodation3.5
Audio & navigation3.5
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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.
Toyota Avalon vs. the competition
2018 Toyota Avalon
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Toyota Avalon vs. Toyota Camry
If you like everything the Avalon has to offer but you're looking for something with a bit more personality, the Toyota Camry is worth a look. The new Camry has sportier styling and sharper handling to match. A fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine is standard, and a V6 is optional. Inside, there's just as much leather, wood and modern technology as in the Avalon, and it's all for a few thousand dollars less. The main reason to get the Avalon is its slightly roomier rear seat.
Toyota Avalon vs. Lexus ES 350
The Lexus ES 350 is very similar to the Avalon in terms of luxury appointments and mechanical underpinnings, but it has once thing the Toyota doesn't have: a luxury brand badge and the ownership experience that comes with it. The ES 350's styling is a little more staid than the Avalon's, as is the driving experience. But the Lexus is all about understated luxury and driver isolation.
Toyota Avalon vs. Honda Accord
Previous generations of the Honda Accord would have rarely been cross-shopped with the Avalon, but the all-new Accord is a revelation. It's been comprehensively restyled, and it's longer, wider, and much roomier than ever before. Though it lacks the buttery smooth V6 of the Avalon, the Accord is full of modern technology and is more responsive and returns better fuel economy.
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What do people think of the 2018 Toyota Avalon Sedan?
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Edmunds Expert Reviews
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