2021 Toyota Avalon

2021 Toyota Avalon Review: Better Than Ever

The Avalon is Toyota's flagship sedan and the apogee of what the Japanese automaker has to offer in terms of conventional performance and modest luxury. Without any option of all-wheel drive for the nameplate in the past, however, competitors such as the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger have been scoring a lot of favor. Fortunately, Toyota has decided to satisfy that demand, offering its XLE and Limited trim lines with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox paired with an AWD setup. The familiar 3.5-liter DOHC V6 and eight-speed auto are carried over for the front-wheel-drive variants, but there is also a hybrid powertrain available in a choice of three trims. Despite its try-hard sporty design and otherwise bland driving character, the Avalon is now more attractive than ever, bringing with it a tranquil ride quality, commodious interior, and an array of creature comforts and conveniences.

2021 Toyota Avalon Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Avalon?

Toyota implements a handful of meaningful enhancements to the Avalon lineup for 2021. The most compelling of these is the option of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that's accompanied by an all-wheel drivetrain for the XLE and Limited trims. The brand has also finally decided to install Android Auto functionality, which now comes standard with every trim. Up-to-date USB-C charging ports have also been installed to every trim, too. There are also new summer tire options and new exterior colors made available for the TRD, while the XSE Hybrid, Touring, and Limited get fresh interior hues. A new XSE Nightshade Edition has been added to the range, which is based on the XSE trim. It features blacked-out exterior bits such as the mirror caps, rear spoiler, grille, and unique badging, as well sporting black-painted 19-inch alloy wheels. Finally, a new lithium-ion battery pack replaces the nickel-metal hydride battery used on hybrid models.

Pros and Cons

  • Heavenly on-road ride quality
  • Surprisingly frugal fuel consumption
  • Now available with all-wheel drive
  • Extensive features list
  • Commodious and well-appointed cabin
  • Capacious, truly practical trunk
  • Excellent safety and reliability ratings
  • Sporty TRD trim isn't very satisfying
  • Polarizing grille and front-end styling
  • Relatively high starting price for the lineup

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2021 Toyota Avalon Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
3.5L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
Hybrid XLE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
XSE Nightshade
3.5L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Hybrid XSE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
3.5L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive

2021 Toyota Avalon Exterior

Toyota gave the Avalon some much-needed design enhancements in 2019, transforming it from a typical, cliched sedan aimed at retirees to a more sporty, eye-catching cruiser. Upfront, a large grille is accented by either chrome or gloss black with mesh insterts, depending on the trim. It's flanked by sharp LED headlights which are underscored by deep lateral vents. The new-for-2021 XSE Nightshade Edition builds on the design of the XSE but comes with extended black exterior accents and wheels, including black window trim and door handles, a black rear spoiler, black grille, and smoked chrome bezels on the headlights. Dual exhaust tips are standard on gas models, although some models receive quad chrome tips. The hybrids get a hidden single outlet, and all models have LED taillights. A power moonroof is standard from the XSE Nightshade trim upwards, but can be optioned on to XLE trims. Wheels range in size from 17 to 19 inches.

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The Avalon is Toyota's flagship sedan and it slots into the full-size classification by accord of its considerable dimensions. The sedan is 195.9 inches in length with 113 inches making up the wheelbase, while the width works out to 72.8 inches. Height varies with each model: FWD variants stand at 56.5 inches tall and ride 5.3 inches from the ground, while AWD variants come in at 56.7 inches in height with a ground clearance of up to 5.9 inches due to revised suspension tuning. The TRD sits closer to the ground, standing only 55.9 inches tall. Curb weight varies, too, ranging between 3,570 pounds on the lightest XLE trim to 3,715 lbs on the heftiest Touring. The sporty TRD variant comes in at 3,655 lbs.

  • Length 195.9 in
  • Wheelbase 113.0 in
  • Height 56.5 in
  • Max Width 72.8 in
  • Front Width 63.0 in
  • Rear Width 63.6 in
  • Curb Weight 3,570.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

There are eight paint colors available for the Avalon, although some trims are limited to specific colors. The regular palette includes Blueprint, Opulent Amber (not available on the Touring trims), Celestial Silver Metallic, Harbor Gray Metallic, and Midnight Black Metallic which are the cost-free options. Wind Chill Pearl, Ruby Flare Pearl, and Supersonic Red all carry a $425 additional charge. The XSE Nightshade Edition is offered in Celestial Silver, Midnight Black, or Wind Chill Pearl ($425). The TRD has its own color scheme, however; if not specced in Midnight Black Metallic, then one of two two-tone schemes can be chosen with Midnight Black Metallic paired with either Ice Edge for $500, or with Wind Chill Pearl for $925. Whichever the choice on this sporty trim, the scheme includes a red pinstripe accent on the lower side skirtings.

  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Blueprint
  • Wind Chill Pearl
  • Ruby Flare Pearl
  • Harbor Gray Metallic
  • Supersonic Red
  • Opulent Amber
  • Ice Edge/Midnight Black Metallic
  • Wind Chill Pearl/Midnight Black Metallic

2021 Toyota Avalon Performance

Performance from the Avalon with the standard 3.5-liter V6 unit is relatively commonplace; push the accelerator pedal to the floor and the 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque propel the sedan from 0 to 60 mph in a little over six seconds. This is right on par with the Chrysler 300. New for 2021, buyers now have the option of AWD by means of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder motor on the XLE and Limited trims. Good for 205 hp and 185 lb-ft, this powertrain comes with an eight-speed auto in this configuration and is the same unit found in the smaller Camry, which takes more than seven seconds to complete the benchmark sprint. But, there is also a third option available: the Avalon Hybrid has a total output of 215 hp, which might be beneficial for the savings in fuel consumption, but does very little for providing exciting take-offs. The hybrid needs around 7.8 seconds to complete the benchmark sprint, according to independent tests.

Overall, power delivery is quick and smooth and the large sedan feels perfectly competent in and around the city, and on the open road. While not exactly sporty in terms of hustling off the line, gas-fed models aren't bad at picking up speed, merging and passing, and getting up to top speed. Hybridized versions may feel more lethargic, however.

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Engine and Transmission

As in previous years, the Avalon comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 as standard dialed to generate outputs of up to 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. That potential is ceded to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. This setup continues to impress with its strapping, instant, and incredibly smooth acceleration responses. It also delivers the naturally aspirated feel and sound that purists relish. The auto transmission does detract from the sportiness of the sedan, especially in TRD guise, but its responses are bearable nonetheless despite having a tendency to upshift too early.

The newly available 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit also comes mated to an eight-speed auto gearbox but with an all-wheel drivetrain and manages 205 hp and 185 lb-ft. This power plant is the same as the one utilized in the AWD version of the 2020 Camry, and it measures up favorably to the Honda Accord's turbocharged 1.5-liter unit. Though not quite as fuel-efficient, this powertrain layout in the Avalon still results in some seriously frugal consumption figures, too. But, if it's frugality you're after, look to the hybrid derivatives - the addition of two electric motors results in a total system output of 215 hp for the front wheels only. Avalon Hybrids make use of an ECVT, which manages to ensure consistent power delivery and should keep most drivers happy.

  • Engines
    2.5L Inline-4 Gas, 2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid, 3.5L V6 Gas
  • Transmissions
    8-Speed Automatic, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

There are three different driving experiences proffered within the Avalon line - sporty, casual, and luxurious. The TRD version, with its stiffer coil springs, lower center of gravity, and larger 12.9-inch brakes, delivers a more adroit, spirited driving experience. Most of the rest of the lineup gets regular underpinnings for relaxed, casual driving, and the Touring is fitted with an adaptive variable suspension for a more luxurious ride quality. While the TRD is fun and capable through the bends and in more playful settings, the regular models, and the Touring in particular, just make more sense for what the Avalon is intended as, which is a comfortable sedan. Some of the Avalon's competition - the Dodge Charger and Kia Stinger, for example - deliver far greater performance and handling poise in comparison, but at the very least, it's still more engaging than the Volkswagen Arteon.

Its real aptitude lies in its ride quality, however, which is plush and smooth over most bumps. On-center steering feel is direct, though it slowly becomes more disconnected once off-center. Unfortunately, the Avalon does feel rather heavy and sizable, though that feeling does fade away at higher speeds.

Avalon Gas Mileage

Fuel economy for the Avalon equipped with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder motor, eight-speed auto transmission, and AWD system is truly impressive. With that setup, the sedan returns 25/34/28 mpg on the city/highway/combined driving cycles making it thriftier than the FWD variants with the bigger engine. The XLE, with the V6 in play, returns 22/32/26 mpg on those same cycles while the rest of the range achieves 22/31/25 mpg - the TRD, however, loses a further one mpg on city and highway cycles. By far the best option in terms of gas mileage, hybrid versions manage 43/44/44 mpg in XLE specification.

All V6 cars, barring the XLE, are equipped with a 15.8-gallon gas tank, which should allow for 395 miles of driving. The V6-engined XLE gets a 14.5 tank, but with the 2.5-liter power plant, it can be filled up with 14.4 gallons of fuel, like the rest of the four-cylinder models. Mixed driving should translate to just over 400 miles on a single fill-up, in this case. For hybrid engines, a 13.2-gallon fuel tank means you should be able to manage up to 580 miles before needing to refuel.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    14.5 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 22/32 mpg
* 2021 Toyota Avalon XLE

2021 Toyota Avalon Interior

Toyota has made significant strides in improving the cabin quality and impressions of its vehicles, and the Avalon is a consummate representation of this. Jump into the cockpit, and the driver will find an ergonomic and highly adjustable driving position behind the controls. The sleek, broad dashboard and the cascading infotainment touchscreen make the cockpit feel expansive, and the extensive use of high quality and soft-touch materials elicit a truly premium feel. While a modern, luxury interior is present in most models, the TRD boasts sportier accents including red TRD badging and stitching. From the base model, however, the essentials are covered, with dual-zone climate control, heated front seats with power lumbar support, and a nine-inch touchscreen through which the infotainment is managed.

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Seating and Interior Space

Passenger room is plentiful both upfront and in the rear, so all five occupants will have no complaints even for long durations. Rear cabin room is especially impressive, with up to 37.9 inches of headroom (without the moonroof installed) and 40.3 inches of legroom on offer; hybrid models supposedly have more legroom in the back, but the difference is really negligible. Still, the Toyota's seats are quite comfortable and offer plenty of adjustability, too, but they offer very little support, so you'll need to work on your core exercises if you're looking to crush corners. The Avalon is a large car, so its wide-opening, big doors along with its spacious cabin make ingress and egress effortless.

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 42.1 in
  • Front Head Room 38.5 in
  • Rear Leg Room 40.3 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.9 in

Interior Colors and Materials

Every model within the lineup has somewhat of a unique cabin design. The seats in the XLE trims are upholstered in a SofTex, which is available in Harvest Beige, Black, or Graphite to complement the hydrographic cabin trim accents. For a more exclusive impression, the XSE Hybrid and XSE Nightshade Edition get perforated SofTex with Ultrasuede inserts, but the Nightshade is hued only in Black, while the XSE Hybrid gets an additional choice of Cognac/Black, which it shares with the Touring trim. Both the XSE and Touring models also get genuine aluminum cabin trim accents. The same upholstery materials are featured in the TRD, but, as the sportiest trim on offer, it also gets a premium leather steering wheel and shifter with red embossed logo and stitching as well as red TRD headrest badging, stitching, fabric inserts, and seat belts. It also gets aluminum pedal covers, which it shares with the Nightshade and Touring trims, and boasts black floor mats with red logos and borders. Those who have a preference for leather will have to opt for the Limited, which can be had with either Graphite, Cognac, or Black leather seats. It's also the only trim that gets genuine wood cabin accents.

2021 Toyota Avalon Trunk and Cargo Space

Within the full-size sedan classification, the Avalon measures up impressively for practicality, presenting a capacious 16.1 cubic-foot trunk. Though that is a little less than what the Chrysler 300 offers, it's nearly a full two cubic feet more than what's in the Nissan Maxima. Plus, the Avalon's trunk opening is really wide and the inside is deep and broad, making for effortless loading and unloading. A family of four could easily fit all their luggage and accessories in the trunk for a weekend getaway. If more space is required, the rear seats can be folded down in 60/40 split configurations, too.

In-cabin storage points are plentiful, too; for the driver and front passenger, there are two large cup holders, large door-side pockets, a cavernous center console cubby, a sizable small-items storage tray, and a large and practical glove box. There is also an overhead console up front. Rear passengers are also provided with two large cupholders and door side pockets.

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  • Trunk Volume
    16.1 ft³

2021 Toyota Avalon Infotainment and Features


Even the Avalon base model offers plenty of value for the money, rolling out with numerous standard features, including a Smart Key system with remote keyless entry, remote illuminated entry, and push-button start. There's also a seven-inch driver information display, a leather-clad tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated, eight-way adjustable front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The XSE trims get a Qi-compatible wireless charging setup, paddle shifters, and a HomeLink transceiver. While the TRD gets a few appearance upgrades inside, the Touring and Limited get active noise control and engine sound enhancement, ventilated front seats with more power adjustments, heated rear seats, ambient lighting, and a ten-inch color head-up display. Toyota's Safety Sense-P suite is inclusive across the board - pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control are included from the entry-level trim. A blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera, and hill-start assist are also standard. Hybrid models get collision sensors that deactivate the battery when needed, as well as vehicle approach noise. The Touring and Limited models can be equipped with an advanced safety package featuring a surround-view camera and an intelligent clearance sonar system.


A nine-inch touchscreen housing Toyota's latest software covers infotainment across the board. Android Auto has finally been added to the smartphone integration options for 2021, rounding off the trifecta along with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. An eight-speaker surround-sound system covers audio in the XLE, XSE, and TRD variants while the Limited and the Touring get a premium 14-speaker JBL surround-sound system. This can be optionally equipped to the lower-tier models at a cost, too. These upper trims also boast navigation. Other inclusive functionalities include hands-free phone capabilities and streaming via Bluetooth. Also new for 2021, is the inclusion of two USB-C charging ports. SiriusXM is included across the range with a three-month all-access trial.

2021 Toyota Avalon Problems and Reliability

The 2021 Toyota Avalon has been recalled once for a faulty steering column that can negatively affect airbag deployment in the event of a crash. This recall only applies to non-hybrid models. Certain 2019 and 2020 iterations also got recalled for a fuel pump that would potentially fail, while both the hybrid and non-hybrid 2020 models were recalled for the aforementioned airbag problem. Added to this, the 2020 Avalon Hybrid was recalled for a coolant leaking issue. The 2019 year model was not particularly impressive either, with various issues leading to recalls too, including non-permanent text on the load capacity labels and faulty airbags. Still, J.D. Power gave the Avalon an above-average quality and reliability rating of 84 out of 100.

Toyota applies a three-year/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle warranty to the Avalon range. The powertrain is covered for five years or 60,000 miles and corrosion damage for five years with no mileage limitation. Hybrid variations have coverage for eight years or 100,000 miles on the hybrid components, while the hybrid battery gets a comprehensive ten-year/150,000-mile warranty.


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    2 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 25,000 Miles

2021 Avalon Safety

The NHTSA's review of the Toyota Avalon resulted in an overall crash-test safety rating of five stars, applicable to both hybrid and gas models. Frontal crash and rollover tests returned four out of five stars, while side-crash evaluations were awarded full marks. And, while the IIHS is yet to conduct reviews of the new Toyota Avalon, the fundamentally identical 2020 iteration received all Good scores in testing from the authority, and boasts a Top Safety Pick+ designation for 2019.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

Toyota thoroughly outfits the Avalon with advanced driver-assist technologies and active safety measures, even at the base level. Toyota's Star Safety System, which comprises enhanced vehicle stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD, and smart-stop technology, comes standard along with an impressive ten airbags, including driver and front-passenger knee airbags. Toyota's Safety Sense P suite is also included in all models, and this includes pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control. A blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera, and hill-start assist are also stock. Hybrid vehicles get additional safety assists in terms of a sensor which deactivates the high-voltage battery upon impact, as well as vehicle-approach noise. Touring and Limited trims can add on a park-distance sonar with rear cross-traffic braking, along with a surround-view camera system.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Toyota Avalon a good sedan?

If you need a spacious, premium family car at a relatively affordable price but you don't get the SUV crossover fad, then the Avalon is certainly worth considering. There are numerous trim lines in the current lineup that cater to a variety of needs, too, whether you want something more sporty, luxurious, or a fair combination of both. Whichever the case, the Avalon looks good enough and drives pleasantly, especially in TRD guise. That being said, however, the Avalon is certainly no masterful racecar; it's obvious that it's been purposed for comfortable ride quality more than for capable acceleration and control at the limits. And, with good fuel economy across the range (as well as a hybrid option for the budget-conscious), there's no reason not to add it to your shortlist. The Avalon also comes comprehensively outfitted with creature comforts, conveniences, and safety equipment, making it an ideal family sedan for the everyday commuter. Toyota has improved the Avalon phenomenally over the years, with Android Auto having been added to this model this year. Having the option to choose more efficient engines and AWD only increases its appeal.

🚘What's the Price of the 2021 Toyota Avalon?

Prices for the Avalon lineup are relatively high considering the classification it falls into. The entry-spec XLE is presented at a base price of $35,875, whether you opt for the standard 3.6-liter motor with FWD or go for the new 2.5-liter AWD setup. If you want the XLE Hybrid, however, you will need to shell out $37,000. The XSE Nightshade Edition brings in a bespoke aesthetic and a few more niceties at an MSRP of $39,110. For the XSE Hybrid, the price rises to $39,500. Moving into luxury terrain, the Limited model has a sticker price of $42,175 in either FWD or AWD guise, although the Hybrid variant of this trim will cost you $43,300. Touring models have an MSRP of $42,575, and for those who want a sportier look, the Toyota Avalon TRD gets a price of $42,875. All prices quoted here are exclusive of US tax, registration, and licensing fees, as well as a $995 delivery, processing, and handling fee.

2021 Toyota Avalon Models

While there are technically five grades to differentiate between features in the Avalon lineup for 2021, the addition of new powertrain options mean there are numerous configurations to choose from in total. With that in mind, the model range can be summarized as follows: XLE, XLE Hybrid, XSE Nightshade Edition, XSE Hybrid, Limited, Limited Hybrid, TRD, and Touring. Gas models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 paired to FWD as standard, with the option to equip a 2.5-liter four-cylinder on the XLE and Limited grades for access to AWD. Hybrid models add two electric motors and a battery pack to the 2.5-liter setup.

In terms of specs, the base XLE model starts off the lineup with full-LED exterior lighting, 17-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, illuminated entry, push-button start, a leather-clad steering wheel with tilt and telescoping adjustability, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, SofTex upholstery, and dual-zone automatic climate control. A nine-inch touchscreen covers infotainment in all trims, inclusive of Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa smartphone functionality. The base sound system is an eight-speaker setup. Driver-assist technologies and active safety features are plentiful with Toyota's full Star Safety and Sense-P suites coming standard along with an integrated backup camera, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert, hill-start assist, and dynamic radar cruise control.

The XSE Nightshade Edition is differentiated by various blacked-out exterior accents and badging, including gloss black heated power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind-spot warning indicators. It also rides atop larger 19-inch black-painted alloy wheels. On the inside, it gets a power-operated tilt/sliding moonroof, and SofTex/Ultrasuede upholstery with perforation. The XSE Hybrid keeps some of the blacked-out exterior features of the Nightshade, although it opts for a less menacing look with a color-keyed shark-fin antenna and door handles, and 18-inch dark-gray-painted alloy wheels.

Riding atop 18-inch super chrome alloy wheels, both the Limited and Limited Hybrid have a dark gray grille insert shared with the XLE, although the hybridized variant gets an active grille shutter and a single hidden exhaust replacing the dual outlets on the gas model. The interior of both also features a ten-inch color head-up display, a heated steering wheel with memory settings, heated and ventilated front seats in premium leather, heated rear seats, enhanced power lumbar support for the front seats, and a Qi-compatible wireless charging system. There's also ambient cabin lighting, genuine wood trim, and a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror and HomeLink universal transceiver. The infotainment system is upgraded to a 14-speaker JBL surround-sound setup.

The TRD takes on a sportier approach with its TRD cat-back dual exhaust and 19-inch bespoke wheels. It gets some performance-oriented constituents, such as enhanced underbody braces, and larger brakes, as well as gloss-black front splitters, side aero skirts and a rear diffuser with red pinstriping. On the inside, it loses some niceties, such as the JBL audio system and the heated rear seats, but it gets a unique driver information display, red TRD badging within the cabin as well as red accents, stitching, and seatbelts.

In the Touring, you get a gloss-black grille with sport mesh insert, a gloss black rear spoiler, and 19-inch black-painted alloy wheels. It boasts a sport-tuned exhaust, and engine sound enhancement for a more aggressive soundtrack, but there's also active noise control. The interior switches back to SofTex trimmed seating with perforation and Ultrasuede inserts, but maintains heating/ventilation up front. Genuine aluminum trim is present in the cabin, too.

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Additional Packages

There are various standalone options and packages available for all Toyota Avalon models. The base XLE can access the Moonroof and Wireless Charging Package, which installs a power-operated tilt and sliding moonroof and a wireless smartphone charger for $1,000. For those without it, there is the Premium JBL Audio Package which installs the 14-speaker JBL surround-sound setup and navigation for $1,720. A combination of these two packages can also be opted on for $2,720 on the XLEs, too.

Unique to the TRD is a Summer Tires Package at no cost, which does exactly what the name implies. It can also be combined with the Premium JBL Audio Package. There's a $1,150 Advanced Safety Package presented for the Limited and Touring, which comprises a bird's-eye view camera, intelligent clearance sonar, and rear cross-traffic braking. For the Limited, this package can be combined with additional appearance options (chrome door handles and 19-inch super chrome alloy wheels) for a total cost of $2,050.

🚗What Toyota Avalon Model Should I Buy?

In terms of appearance alone, both the TRD and the XSE Nightshade Edition look phenomenal, and the former does boast some significant performance potential over all the other trim lines, but the Touring is the Avalon we'd recommend. It costs $300 less than the TRD, but comes outfitted with a load more creature comforts and convenience features, plus an adaptive suspension that benefits the Avalon's already heavenly ride comfort even more. The interior has front seat heating and ventilation as well as the premium sound setup from JBL. It also has access to the optional Advanced Safety Package, which we would throw in to capitalize on an already excellent safety suite.

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2021 Toyota Avalon Comparisons

Toyota Camry Toyota
Lexus ES Lexus
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Toyota Avalon301 hp22/32 mpg$36,125
Toyota Camry 203 hp29/41 mpg$24,425
Lexus ES 302 hp22/33 mpg$39,900

2021 Toyota Avalon vs Toyota Camry

At around $10,000 cheaper than the Avalon in base guise, the Camry is an attractive offer, but it slots into the more budget-friendly arena, being the brand's mid-size sedan offering. Both nameplates received meaningful enhancements and new spec additions for the 2021 model year, but the Camry comes in with a significant reduction in price, despite the new upgrades. The Toyotas are quite different in their appeal, though. While the Avalon is presented as a semi-premium comfort cruiser, the Camry serves as a more affordable family sedan. That means, while the Avalon will offer a lot more in specifications, ride quality, passenger room, and trunk capacity, the Camry is a lot more affordable, a little more spry and nimble, and slightly more economical. Both cars are great buys, proffering class-leading levels of value overall in their respective segments, but for the cheaper starting price, and excellent fuel economy the Camry has the edge.

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2021 Toyota Avalon vs Lexus ES

Like the Avalon, the Lexus ES also received the option of AWD for 2021. That is, however, only offered from the new ES 250 model which features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder just like with the Avalon. But, this comes at a starting price of $39,900, $4k more than a base AWD Avalon. While these two rivals deliver similar performance and identical gas mileage figures (even in Hybrid trims), and both ride wonderfully on the road, the Lexus is noticeably more upscale in the cabin, featuring higher quality materials, softer leather seating surfaces, and better interior trim. Ultimately, the Avalon is the way to go if you're looking for well-rounded performance and plenty of value from a tighter budget, while the ES is the car for those seeking the utmost in advanced tech and luxury in this segment.

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