The 2021 Avalon crosses the line from staid to thrilling with a wide range of trims to serve as the flagship sedan of Toyota while still building on its longstanding client base. The regular XLE or Limited features V-6 power, smooth riding and spacious cabins for those wishing to waft in comfort. The sporty XSE trim or the zestier TRD edition will fill the void if you’re looking for a little more fun in the commute. Were you a fuel-scrooge hypermiling? There is also a hybrid powertrain available which supplied our real-world test with an impressive 43 mpg. Whatever you pick, Avalon is well designed and shockingly new, with ample standard driver assistance technologies. The Avalon has few competitors — the large sedan market declines as new car buyers prefer SUVs — but this is one of its best types.
Drive, Move and Output
The Toyota Avalon provides purchasers a option of two powertrains: one solely for petrol, and the other for hybrid fuel-efficient installations. Both gas-only models are fitted with a 3.5-liter V-6 with 301 hours and a torque of 267 lb-ft. An automatic eight-speed transmission transmits power to the front wheels; models XLE and Limited are optionally available for all-wheel drive. According to our checks, the engine hustles the Avalon from 60 mph in 6.0 seconds. In their nomenclature, cutting speeds of hybrid come with a 4-cylinder 2.5-liter and two electric motors. This system provides a net output of 215 hours and is followed by an automatic constantly variable transmission (CVT). Most buyers looking for large cars such as Avalon give priority to comfort, and in this region Toyota ‘s big sedan doesn’t disappoint. Throughout our tests it was well-managed and carried out an impressive role of keeping bumps and jolts out of the cabin. The Avalon all-wheel drive is not available.
Interior, Luxury and Freight
The new Avalon represents a major step up compared to previous generation versions when it comes to the overall view of the cabin. A massive waterfall center stack divides the driver and front passenger, showcasing stunning switchgear and an easily accessible touchscreen. Plastics are neatly scattered in the cabin, and the backrest allows passengers enough space to stretch their legs. There is also a cavernous trunk with a storage area of 16 cubic feet. Custom 60/40 split folding rear seats allow you to easily extend this flexibility when topping large sections. We have tested the non-hybrid variant and fitted seven case storages in the trunk and 18 with folded back seats. For 2019, the hybrid we tested used the old, larger battery pack that reached the trunk and restricted luggage. The car carries fewer suitcases, but Toyota claims that the current lithium-ion battery is lighter and conserves the entire trunk of Avalon. Six of the rear seats are in use and 17 are folded.