When manufacturers work to unveil completely new generation of some models, other cars in their lineup usually don’t see any change and fancy spotlights. For instance, new Camry caught all the glory for this Japanese manufacturer. So, some other models passed on to the 2018 model year without even noticing. That’s what happened to Avalon, and it’s not a bad thing. But Toyota literally changed the 2017 stickers with 2018. That’s right, 2018 Toyota Avalon comes completely unchanged, not even the exterior color palette got some additions.
2018 Toyota Avalon – Design
We won’t say that’s a bad thing since Avalon is a safe pick. Emphasized on comfort and safety, it won’t right away catch the eye of observer once it passes by, like the Audi A7 would do. Styling is interesting, but Toyota keeps it with a classic look. One of the most notable things surely is a wide gaping grille with chrome accents which looks a bit more aggressive than it should be considering the targeted audience. LED headlights and LED daytime running lights are available, but only on higher trims. LED rear lights, too. In other words, Avalon is now left behind the Camry in term of styling.
2018 Toyota Avalon – Interior
The interior design is simple, yet functional. But putting design aside, most important is that this full-size sedan really offers plenty of comfort for five adult occupants. On all trims leather seats are standard, and there is enough headroom and legroom for rear passengers. Even on base trim, front seats are heated, there is a rearview camera and 7-inch touchscreen. Stepping up from XLE to XLE Plus, the buyer gets a moonroof. The Premium comes with navigation and wireless phone charging. The Touring model has LED lighting all around, 18-inch wheels, and revised suspension. The top trim, Limited offers softer leather, rear seats are heated, while front seats also come with the cooling feature and three-zone automatic climate control. It’s literally Lexus without the badging.
2018 Toyota Avalon – Powertrain
As for the powertrain, there are two options. The first engine is 3.5-liter V6 with 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. It also comes with only one gearbox, six-speed automatic. This engine will be enough for the comfortable cruising. Despite having Sport as one of the selectable modes (other two are Eco and Normal), we won’t call it sporty, it isn’t. But it will get from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. The EPA estimates are 21 mpg in the city, 30 on the highway, 24 combined. And the other one is hybrid.
2018 Toyota Avalon – Hybrid
As for the hybrid version, the 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine is teamed up with two electric motors for a total output of 200 horsepower. The six-speed automatic is out in favor of CVT. The sprint time is less favorable, 8.2 seconds, but the hybrid version is, of course not about speed. Fuel economy comes with much better numbers. The EPA estimate is 40 mpg combined.
2018 Toyota Avalon – Safety
When it comes to safety, the driver can be at peace. All models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P which consists of adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, active lane control, and automatic high beams. It is enough to say that 2017 model year got Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS. And since “new” Avalon remains the same, the same award will certainly stay.
2018 Toyota Avalon – Price
As far as we are concerned, if the buyer chooses some of the highest trims, the question remains, why not go for Lexus? For more detailed information about pricing options for new Avalon see the table below.
|Hybrid XLE Plus||$37.500|
|Hybrid XLE Premium||$38.950|