2019 Toyota Avalon Review, Release Dates, Prices

 

The roads of Avalon, the mystical paradise that inspired Toyota flagship nameplate, have likely never seen a mid-premium sedan like this. Underpinned by a Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, and powered by a fuel-efficient 3.5-liter V6 powertrain, the 2019 Toyota Avalon embodies consumers overarching desire for high-caliber, design-centric, technologically-savvy modes of attainable, premium transportation.

NEW FOR 2019

  • New V6 and Toyota Hybrid System Powertrains Offering More Power and MPG

  • New TNGA K Sedan Platform with Multi-Link Rear Suspension and Available Toyota-First Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS)

  • Standard Entune 3.0 with Wi-Fi Connect, Toyota Remote Connect with Smartwatch and Amazon Alexa Connectivity, and Apple CarPlay Compatibility

  • Standard Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P)

  • Starting MSRP of $35,500 for XLE V6

  • Available Exterior Colors: Harbor Gray Metallic, Opulent Amber, Wind Chill Pearl, Ruby Flare Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Brownstone and Parisian Night Pearl.

TRIMS & FEATURES

The 2019 Toyota Avalon XLE trim starts with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats with heating, simulated leather upholstery, 60/40-split folding rear seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Tech features include Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Toyota's Safety Connect emergency communications, a 9-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, Toyota's Entune infotainment system with smartphone-based navigation, Apple CarPlay, four USB ports, and an eight-speaker audio system with satellite and HD radio.

The 2019 Toyota Avalon Limited trim adds 18-inch wheels, upgraded exterior lighting, a sunroof, a head-up display, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, driver-seat memory settings, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, wood interior trim, aluminum pedal covers, ambient interior lighting, a wireless charging pad, a built-in navigation system and a 14-speaker premium JBL audio system.

The sporty XSE trim builds on the XLE features with 19-inch wheels, piano black exterior treatments, a sunroof, a rear spoiler, augmented engine intake noises, paddle shifters, aluminum interior trim and microsuede seat inserts.

The 2019 Toyota Avalon Touring trim comes with all of the Limited and XSE upgrades, as well as an adaptive suspension, an additional Sport-plus drive mode, a sport exhaust, augmented engine noises and active noise cancellation.

An Advanced Safety package with a surround-view parking camera system and rear parking sensors with automatic braking is optional on the Limited and the Touring.

ENGINE SPECS

Hustle, athleticism, and fuel-efficiency. Each of these riveting traits has improved, in large part, because of the new TNGA powertrains: a punchy 301-horsepower, 267-lb.-ft. 3.5-liter V6 (2GR-FKS). The TNGA-derived V6 develops more power with less fuel consumption than ever before. Achieving the two took the application of D-4S direct injection, along with an updated VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide) variable valve timing system.

The VVT-iW system is employed on the intake cycle, with VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing - Intelligent) activated on exhaust. With VVT-iW in place, engineers ensured optimal torque creation at all speeds, and minimized pumping losses during the closing of intake valves, which furthered fuel efficiency. The use of Atkinson cycle, too, reduces the V6’s fuel appetite, particularly in cold climates or during wide-open throttle (WOT) situations.

An all-new TNGA 8-speed Direct Shift-8AT automatic transaxle gearbox (UA80E) channels power to the Avalon’s front wheels. It merges smooth, precise gear selection throughout the RPM range with an alacrity for fuel efficiency and on-demand power. Its revised logic control better matches vehicle speed, engine speed, and torque engagement, while also facilitating poised downshifts.

Its eight gear ratios balance wide range and close ratios, therefore enhancing power application and fuel efficiency. A wider range, specifically at the increased 8th gear ratio, allows for improved high-speed cruising fuel economy. Close ratios at the mid-range gears improve passing power.

A new torque converter provides a wider range of lock-up operation (versus the outgoing 6-speed automatic transmission) to imbue a more enveloping and direct driving feel. The converter contributes to low fuel consumption and passenger comfort, since engine revving is kept to a minimum.

The most thrilling shifting experience, however, is reserved for XSE and Touring drivers, whose optional steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters up 2019 Toyota Avalon sportiness ante without question. The paddles give quick access to gear selection, and when downshifting, the gearbox automatically “rev-matches” for smoother shifts.

Complementing the 2019 Toyota Avalon daring looks is a thrilling drive personality imbued by an array of available sport-oriented tools – which, together, represent a Toyota first. Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), Intake Sound Generator (ISG), grade-specific exhaust baffle tuning, Active Noise Control (ANC), and Engine Sound Enhancement (ESE) fully exemplify Avalon’s most adventurous zeal ever. A more comprehensive four-level drive mode selection – which includes Eco, Normal, Sport/ Sport+, and Custom – is available on Touring. All other trims receive a three-level drive mode selection (Eco, Normal, Sport).

ENGINE SPECIFICATION

Type

3.5-liter, six‐cylinder, double‐overhead cam, 24-valve, D-4S Dual Injection with VVT-iW and VVT-i

Valve train

DOHC, four-valve/cylinder

Displacement

3,456 cc

Bore x Stroke

3.70 x 3.27 in.

Compression Ratio

11.8:1

Horsepower (SAE Net)

301 hp @ 6,600 rpm

Torque

267 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

Ignition System

Electronic, Toyota Direct Ignition (TDI)

Fuel System

SFI

Recommended

Fuel 87-octane unleaded or higher

Emission Certification

ULEV II

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive (FWD)

Transmission Type

Direct Shift - 8AT 8-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) with sequential shift mode

Fuel Capacity

14.5 gal. (XLE)

15.8 gal. (Limited, XSE, Touring)

EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway/combined MPG)

22/32/26 (XLE)

22/31/25 (XSE, Limited, Touring)

Zero to 60 mph

6 sec (Touring trim)

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec @ 98.5 mph

Top speed

115–130 mph

 

SAFETY TECH

The 2019 Avalon standard Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) suite of safety systems and technologies represents one step closer to achieving Toyota Motor Corporation’s ultimate goal of zero casualties from traffic accidents. The TSS-P bundles cutting edge active safety technologies including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Automatic High Beams. Additional standard safety technology includes Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Back Guide Monitor. Also available are Panoramic View Monitor with Alert and Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS), which now includes a Rear Cross Traffic Braking system.

All 2019 Toyota Avalon have 10 standard airbags and Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology. All Avalons also come equipped with a standard backup camera.

MSRP for 2019 Toyota Avalon

Models

MSRP

Touring

$42,200

Limited

$41,800

XSE

$38,000

XLE

$35,500

 

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