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How Reliable Is the Toyota Avalon?

Building a vehicle that has the ability to run efficiently, with minimal requirements for repairs or replacements, means those vehicle owners get more value out of their purchases. Reliability plays a significant role in the minds of consumers.

It’s no secret that when it comes to car brands with the highest reliability, Toyota almost always finds itself at the top of the list. But are all the cars within the Toyota fleet considered to be reliable? More specifically, how reliable is the popular Avalon sedan?

Official reliability ratings for the Toyota Avalon

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To determine the Toyota Avalon’s official reliability, it’s always suggested to first check Consumer Reports data. Consumer Reports collects reports from past vehicle owners and documents instances of mechanical failures, repairs, and replacements over time.

They focus on potential trouble areas, including major and minor engine mechanics, as well as engine cooling systems. They combine this data with their own expert analysis in present-day road testing and evaluation, too.

Combining all of this true-to-life information, they then present a predicted reliability rating. And for the 2020 Toyota Avalon, the prediction rating for reliability is an impressive five out of possible five.

Older model Avalon sedans are reliable too

Historically, the Toyota Avalon has proven to be reliable, too. Other online sources, like RepairPal.com, also collect testimonials and reports from actual Avalon owners. Based on those older model sedans, the reliability continues to be impressive. 

RepairPal.com cites a four out of five rating in reliability, ranking the Toyota Avalon eighth out of 32 car in the running. With many consumers keeping their vehicles longer these days, high-reliability ratings like these make the Avalon a top choice, even for those considering a used or older model.

New for this year’s Toyota Avalon

The 2020 Toyota Avalon is still a top pick for families, but there’s more to this sedan than just four doors. With five trims from which to choose, you can opt for the basics or upscale luxury features.

Buyers can choose the XLE, XSE, TRD, Touring, or Limited level trims. However, many sources suggest the base model is often the best fit and fully loaded with standard convenience and safety.

Under the sleek hood is a V6 engine and 301 horses, or the hybrid powertrain for ultimate fuel efficiency. New this year, the Avalon offers a performance-based upgrade from the engineers at Toyota Racing Development (TRD).

Why consumers and critics continue to love the Avalon

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The Avalon is Toyota’s flagship, large sedan. And in today’s economy, where consumers are flocking more toward the SUV and crossover, some automakers began abandoning their car lines accordingly. But the Avalon continues to be a popular car and proves that there are plenty of consumers out there who still want and love their smooth-driving cars.

The critics applaud the Avalon as it continues to improve and meet fuel efficiency demands, including launching the 2.5L four-cylinder, hybrid engine that offers 42 mpg averages. This sedan continues to be roomy, comfortable, and is loaded with driver aids and safety must-haves. Buyers tend to feel spoiled behind the wheel, with lavish furnishings and touchpoints.

A few drawbacks for those considering an Avalon

The Toyota Avalon does fall short in a few areas, according to Car and Driver. A deal-breaker for some, there isn’t connectivity capability yet for Android Auto.

Apple CarPlay is offered, and the infotainment platform is one of the best in the segment. But for Android device users, it may be a deterrent. Also, many of the sedans this year are transitioning to offer an all-wheel-drive capability.

The Toyota Avalon, unfortunately, is still only front-wheel drive for 2020. However, there are plans for an AWD upgrade for the 2021 Avalon. 

When it comes to buying a sedan, the Toyota Avalon never seems to disappoint. It brings the power, luxury, and extras, without breaking the bank as even the highest-end MSRPs average $45,000.

The other bonus, buying an Avalon used means you can cut that price tag and still be at the helm of a comparable and luxurious ride. Even better is knowing just how reliable these cars continue to be.