Car and Driver and Consumer Reports Agree the Toyota Avalon Is Excellent

The Toyota Avalon is a full-size sedan overlooked by most consumers. However, the Avalon competes with other luxury sedans effectively. According to Car and Driver and Consumer Reports, the Toyota Avalon is an excellent choice for a full-size sedan. Here’s what Car and Driver and Consumer Reports think about Avalon.

Car and Driver’s review of the Toyota Avalon

The 2022 Toyota Avalon Touring full-size sedan driving through a city with blurring night lights
2022 Toyota Avalon Touring | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Car and Driver reviewed the latest model of the Toyota Avalon and offered impressive insights on the full-size sedan. Car and Driver noted that the 2022 model of the Avalon is by far the most comfortable and modern of all generations of the full-size sedan. The Avalon features an upgraded camera system, driver help, and systems for collision avoidance.

The Toyota Avalon XLE has warmed side mirrors and LED headlights which are power-adjustable. Features included automated climate control tools, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and heated front seats are standard among all Avalon sedans. The hybrid version of the Avalon uses a lithium-ion battery that is smaller than the one used in the previous generations, which helps save the space in the trunk.

The Toyota Avalon also ships with two engine models, a fuel-efficient hybrid transmission with 215 horsepower and a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 301 horsepower. The review by Car and Driver also found the handling of the Avalon to be decent. The Avalon also possesses adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring, which are driver-assistance features, making it a solid recommendation for vehicle owners.

The infotainment properties of the Avalon are also modern, with a huge 9-inch touchscreen and GPS link navigation. Software features in the Avalon are also heightened, with the full-size sedan being equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The full-size sedan also has wireless charging together with Wi-Fi capabilities and interoperability with Alexa. This makes the sedan an excellent recommendation for fun-loving car buyers.

Consumer Reports’ scores and ratings of the 2022 Toyota Avalon

Consumer Reports rates the redesigned Toyota Avalon as a nimbler, plusher, more stylistic, and fuel-efficient ride. According to Consumer Reports, the full-size sedan scores highly despite being a large car. With a fuel economy of 43 mpg, the Avalon Hybrid model scored beyond expectation.

The Avalon scored an overall score of 93/100, scoring highly on aspects of transmission, braking, routine handling, and emergency handling. High scores were also recorded in the overview of the Avalon in collision interventions and collision warnings. Safety ratings are also high for the Toyota Avalon, which means that users’ safety has been considered.

In terms of reliability, the vehicle has been found to have performed decently in the past, and Consumer Reports expects the car to be more reliable than an average new car.

Lastly, Consumer Reports show high-ranking owner satisfaction based on first-time owners of the Toyota Avalon. CR also recommends the Avalon as a great alternative to highly-priced sedans present in the market.

Drawbacks of the Avalon full-size sedan

In the review by Car and Driver, the Toyota Avalon XLE only achieves a fuel economy of 22 mpg. Another shortcoming is in the form of the 2022 Avalon being the last model being produced by the automaker and also the fact that Toyota will not offer buyers the option to buy an all-wheel drive version. A drawback identified from the review of the Avalon by Consumer Reports scores is that the sedan feels like it is working hard due to a coarse sound when maneuvering in traffic.

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