When you see a car on the road, and the first thing you notice is its huge grille, it’s probably a Toyota. They seem to have turned the over-sized grille into one of their standard features. On the 2019 Avalon, it isn’t unattractive, but it is a big attention getter that may be a detriment. Once you do get past it, though, you will be pleasantly surprised by the rest of this slick, stylish-looking sedan. If you enjoy driving a CUV but prefer the looks, easy accessibility, and trunk of a sedan, you will love the 2019 Avalon. Here are the answers to questions you may have about the newly redesigned Avalon.
What did Toyota change on the Avalon for 2019?
The new Avalon has the same 3.5-L V6 standard engine under the hood that the 2018 model had, but Toyota tweaked it a little for more power. The horsepower has been boosted up by 33 to a total of 301. There is an available 215-hp hybrid option available for an extra $1,000. Toyota changed the transmission to a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic. The first six gears are tightly spaced for effortless, almost unnoticeable shifting. Seventh and eighth gears are overdrives. A multilink suspension is located in the rear with struts in the front for a nice, comfortable ride that actually feels a bit like a CUV. The wheelbase of the 2019 Avalon is two inches longer, and the roof is one inch lower, although the overall length of the car is just under an inch longer. The enormous grille is available in either black or gray with chrome edging. There are new quad exhaust tips in the back, sequential turn signals and available LED headlights in the front.
How many trim levels is the 2019 Avalon available in?
The new Avalon will come in four trim levels. They will be the Avalon XLE, Avalon Touring, Avalon XSE, and Avalon Limited. The hybrid model will be available in XLE, Limited and XSE trims.
Will the 2019 Toyota Avalon be much more expensive than the 2018 model?
It is slightly more expensive. Starting MSRP for the 2019 XLE is $35,500. That is $2,000 more than the 2018 model. The XSE starts out at $38,000. The Touring price starts at $42,200 and the base MSRP for the Limited trim is $41,800. The 2019 Avalon Hybrid is actually $1,000 less expensive with a starting MSRP of $36,500.
Will the 2019 Avalon get better mileage than the outgoing 2018 model?
Yes, the 2019 Avalon is more fuel efficient than the 2018 model in spite of the more powerful engine. It gets 22 mpg in the city and 31 to 32 mpg on the highway. That’s about one mpg more efficient. The hybrid model is even more fuel efficient, too. It gets 43 mpg in the city and on the highway. That is a full 3 to 4 mpg better than the 2018 model.
Will the new Avalon come equipped with the latest active-assist safety features?
All trim levels come with Toyota’s Star Safety System suite of safety features. It includes four-wheel anti-lock brakes, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution, smart stop technology, traction control, and stability control. Toyota Safety Sense P is also standard in all trims. It includes Automatic High Beams, a pre-collision warning system with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. A Blind Spot Monitor system and Rear Cross-traffic Alert are standard across all trim levels in the new Avalon. It was previously only available in higher trim levels.
Will Apple CarPlay be available in the new Toyota Avalon?
Yes! Toyota has finally added Apple CarPlay to the Avalon’s infotainment system. It is included in the Entune 3.0 Audio Plus with App Suite system that is standard in all trims. Additional infotainment features include a 9-inch touchscreen, eight speakers, AM/FM/HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. There is also a USB 2.0 media port with iPod connectivity, four USB charge ports, an auxiliary port, and hands-free phone capability. Unfortunately, Android Auto is not available in the Avalon. Limited and Touring trims come with Dynamic Navigation and a 14-speaker JBL stereo system with Clari-Fi and Siri Eyes Free.
Is the 2019 Toyota Avalon a five-passenger sedan?
Yes, it is a large, five-passenger sedan with plenty of room for people to ride very comfortably in the front and back. Two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors are located in the rear seat. The seats are upholstered in soft materials. The lower trims have SofTex-trimmed, heated seats with 8-way power adjustability and lumbar support. The Limited comes with premium leather-trimmed seats.
Does the 2019 Avalon have a roomy trunk?
The Avalon has a very spacious trunk with 16 cubic feet of room in the gas-powered models. The hybrid models only have 14 cubic feet due to the need for more space for the electric motors.
Are there better large sedans for the price than the 2019 Toyota Avalon?
No, there really aren’t at the moment. It is early days, though, and that may change when other manufacturers reveal their 2019 models. Keep an eye on the Kia Cadenza, Buick LaCrosse and Chrysler 300. They are the contenders that are most likely to give the 2019 Avalon some stiff competition.