The Huge 2021 Toyota Avalon Isn’t Even the Roomiest Sedan

Although Toyota makes a lot of great sedans, some customers may think that those sedans are too small. That’s where a full-size car like the Toyota Avalon comes in, and while they’re still sedans, they’re simply very large sedans. With that being said, the already huge 2021 Toyota Avalon isn’t actually the roomiest sedan of them all.

How big is the 2021 Toyota Avalon?

The Toyota Avalon is a pretty spacious car that can comfortably fit tall passengers, and that’s largely due to its impressive interior dimensions. According to U.S. News, the Avalon offers about 42.1 inches of front legroom and 40.3 inches of rear legroom.

As far as headroom goes, Car and Driver wrote that the Avalon has just over 37 inches of headroom for both the front and rear seats. For shoulders and hips, the Avalon is also impressive as it provides over 50 inches of space for both categories and in both rows of seats.

However, U.S. News said that the Avalon is only the seventh roomiest sedan of the year. To be fair, the next roomiest sedan is the hybrid version of the Avalon, but that hybrid version is only slightly roomier. In any case, there are still five cars that are roomier than the Avalon.

How the 2021 Avalon compares

People take a closer look at the new red 2019 Toyota Avalon TRD on display
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Off the bat, the Toyota Avalon is roomier than a lot of competitors. For example, the VW Passat, the Lexus ES, and the Dodge Charger all have smaller interior dimensions than the Avalon does. It’s not a huge difference, however, as the Avalon’s interior dimensions are only about an inch or two bigger. Regardless, sometimes an inch can make a difference. 

In fact, that’s also the case for cars that are roomier than the Avalon. For example, the Volvo S90 was ranked above the Avalon, and that was because the S90 has about 0.1 inches more legroom than the Avalon does. Two versions of the Honda Accord, the regular Accord and its hybrid version, were also ranked above the Avalon. But once again, both Accords only provide less than an inch more legroom than the Avalon does.

The first- and second-place cars are significantly roomier than the Avalon, though. The runner-up is the Audi R8, which has about 4 inches more rear legroom than the Avalon. Finally, the roomiest sedan, according to U.S. News, is the BMW 7 Series, which has 4.1 inches more rear legroom than the Avalon does.

The 2021 Toyota Avalon is the best large car

Although those two German luxury sedans have four inches more rear legroom than the Toyota Avalon does, the Avalon ultimately gets the last laugh. U.S. News said that it’s actually the best large car of the year, and it’s pretty easy to see why.

Not only is it a big car with a decently sized trunk, but it’s also a classy and refined car. Indeed, U.S. News wrote that the Avalon’s interior has, “some of the nicest cabin materials in the class.” Additionally, the Avalon is packed full of standard features, including heated front seats with synthetic leather upholstery, as well as a standard 9-inch touchscreen display.

Since it’s a Toyota, the Avalon is also a very safe and very reliable car. That high safety score is partially because it’s also equipped with a ton of standard smart safety features, such as forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring, just to name a few. The Avalon’s 3.5-liter V6 is also pretty great, as it gets 301 hp and 22 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on highways.

Overall, the Toyota Avalon costs about $36,000 MSRP, but there are more expensive trims. For example, the TRD trim can push the Avalon’s price tag up to $43,000 MSRP.

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