2022 Toyota Avalon Bows Out With New XSE Hybrid Nightshade Edition

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The Avalon isn't dead just yet.

A report emerged earlier this year confirming 2022 will be the final model year for the Toyota Avalon, and the nameplate would be discontinued. With the full-size Avalon gone, Toyota will only offer two sedans (the Corolla and Camry) in its lineup as crossovers and SUVs dominate sales. Full pricing for the 2022 Toyota Avalon went live this week and, just as we'd expect of a model with no planned successor, the changes are minimal.

For 2022, Toyota will offer the Avalon in six grades: XLE, Limited, Touring, XLE Hybrid, XSE Hybrid Nightshade and Limited Hybrid. Sadly, the sporty Avalon TRD model introduced in 2020 is gone, only lasting two model years. Toyota has also discontinued the Avalon's short-lived all-wheel-drive option. The XSE Hybrid Nightshade is the only new trim level, replacing the V6-powered Nightshade Edition from 2021.

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With the TRD gone, the XSE Hybrid Nightshade is the most aggressive-looking Avalon available for 2022. It includes blacked-out mirror caps and name badges, black 19-inch alloy wheels, black window trim and door handles, a black shark fin antenna, and black rear spoiler. Buyers can select Midnight Black Metallic, Wind Chill Pearl, or Celestial Silver Metallic on the Nightshade's exterior, but the interior only comes in Black Perforated SofTex with Ultrasuede.

As with all Avalon Hybrid models, the Nightshade uses a 2.5-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine and electric motor, combining to produce 215 horsepower. All non-hybrid Avalon models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 301 horsepower.

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Pricing for what will likely be the last Avalon starts at $36,375 (plus a $1,025 delivery processing and handling fee) for the base XLE grade. The XLE Hybrid starts at $37,350, offering less power but much better fuel economy of around 43-mpg combined.

If you want the new-for-2022 XSE Hybrid Nightshade, it costs $40,700, while the Limited trim costs $42,675 for the V6 or $43,650 for the Hybrid. The Touring is only available with a V6, starting at $43,075.

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