After Toyota upgraded the Camry, we understood it would not be long before its more elegant and larger cousin, the Avalon, joined it. And that’s precisely what the Avalon provides for 2019, as Toyota has totally upgraded its premium sedan from the ground up.
In regards to appearance, the Avalon is still very much recognizable, however the details are all brand-new. Its body lines are more pronounced, offering it a sportier appearance, and essentially all of its dimensions have altered. The roofline is now 1 inch lower, its width up 0.8 inches, and its wheelbase extended by 2 inches. These new dimensions will, of course, impact the layout of the Avalon’s cabin. In the back, shoulder room will grow to 57.1 inches, leg space will jump to 40.3 inches, and headroom will increase to 37.5 inches.
Likewise boosted is the quantity of soft-touch material utilized throughout the cabin, as purchasers will find this pleasant-to-the-touch surface area around the center console and curtained over the instrument panel. Speaking of products, a new Cognac-colored leather will make its launching on the Limited trim. Other interior enhancements will consist of an available 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a three-spoke wheel, a readily available 10-inch head-up display, and upgraded audio systems like a 1,200-watt monster from JBL with 14 speakers.
The basic engine in the 2019 Avalon will stay the 3.5-liter V6, however it’ll be more effective and fuel efficient, thanks to direct injection. There will be a hybrid model, which will include a 2.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor that’ll see its power and fuel economy boost. Both engines will pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The present Avalon simply missed out on being a Top Safety Pick+ due to its iffy headlight tests. At least, we anticipate the Top Safety Pick ranking it received to rollover, however if Toyota manages to fix the headlight issue, we could see it get that critical title of Top Safety Pick+. Like last year, Toyota Safety Sense will stay standard and consist of essential features like automatic emergency situation braking.
Toyota expects to have the 2019 Avalon in display rooms in late spring. Official rates remains unidentified in the meantime, but it ought to sound in somewhere near the 2017 model’s MSRP variety of $34,395 to $42,195 (destination costs included). Rivals consist of the Kia Cadenza, Buick LaCrosse and Chrysler 300.