The 2018 Toyota Avalon didn't go through any big overhaul or get any exciting new hi-tech features. The only really noticeable change is the names of the available trim levels. It is still an incredibly luxurious sedan with a surprisingly reasonable price. If you are looking for a luxury sedan, do not skip this one in favor of a high-brow brand, unless you really want to spend more money than you need to.
What has been changed on the 2018 Toyota Avalon?
The one real change is the availability of the 18" chrome Avalon wheels. They come standard on the 2018 Avalon Limited models. Otherwise, the only things that have been changed are the names of a few of the Avalon models. The 2017 Avalon XLE Touring is the 2018 Avalon Touring. They dropped the XLE. The Avalon Hybrid XLE Premium Plus is the Hybrid XLE Plus in 2018, and they dropped "Touring" from the Hybrid XLE Touring Premium model.
How many 2018 Avalon models are there?
There are a total of eight Avalon models or trim options in 2018. They are the Avalon XLE, the Avalon XLE Plus, the Avalon XLE Premium, the Avalon Touring, the Avalon Limited, the Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus, the Avalon Hybrid XLE Premium and the Avalon Hybrid Limited.
Is the 2018 Avalon an expensive sedan?
No, it has a very reasonable price tag. Base prices range from $33,500 for the 2018 Avalon XLE to $41,300 for the Avalon Limited model. The Avalon Hybrids start out at $37,500 for the Hybrid XLE Plus and go to $42,800 for the Hybrid Limited.
Is the 2018 Toyota Avalon a fuel-efficient sedan?
Yes, the new Avalon is fuel-efficient. It gets 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. If you want an even more fuel-efficient sedan, the Avalon Hybrid is the way to go. It gets 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.
How many people can ride comfortably in the 2018 Avalon?
The 2018 Toyota Avalon is built to carry five people, including the driver comfortably.
Does the 2018 Avalon have a good infotainment system?
The 2018 Avalon comes standard with Toyota's Entune entertainment system. It includes an AM/FM radio, CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, nine speakers, 2 USB ports, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth streaming capability and SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a complimentary three-month free trial period. They also come with Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging capability.
The 2018 Avalon Limited comes with the Entune Premium JBL system which has 11 JBL GreenEdge speakers.
What size engine did Toyota put in the 2018 Avalon?
The gas-powered 2018 Avalon comes with a 3.5-L V6 DOHC 24-Valve engine with Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing. Hybrid Avalons come with a 2.5-L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-valve ECVT hybrid engine. The Avalon has an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) rating.
What hi-tech safety features does the new Avalon have?
The 2018 Avalon comes with Toyota's Star Safety System, which includes brake assist, traction control, anti-lock brakes, smart stop technology, electronic brake-force distribution and vehicle stability control. They also come with ToyotaCare which is a no-cost maintenance plan that includes roadside assistance. All Avalons also have WIL or whiplash-injury-lessening seats in the front and LATCH or Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children in the back. Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes a pre-collision warning system, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, is also standard. Higher trim levels come with Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert systems.
How much room is there for cargo in the 2018 Avalon?
The 2018 Avalon does have a fairly spacious trunk. The gas-powered models have 16 cubic feet of cargo space. The hybrid Avalons have 14 cubic feet of cargo space.
Is the 2018 Toyota Avalon a safe sedan?
Testing on the 2018 Toyota Avalon by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't been done yet. However, since there weren't any changes made to the car for 2018, it should test as well as the 2017 Avalon. In 2017, the Avalon was an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and got a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.