Combining quality, comfort, and impressive fuel savings, the 2018 Toyota Avalon is one of the best in the large-sedan class. A cushioned ride with a quiet cabin makes Avalon perfect for a commute, and the spacious interior offers plenty of space. It even offers the speed and performance that fits its mission as a luxury daily vehicle.
Starting with a well-equipped base model, the 2018 Avalon offers you a long list of standard features you’re looking for, including leather seats, heated seats and some driver assistance features. You can also choose a more complete model with navigation, enhanced audio and comfort such as heated rear seats, upgraded leather and rear seat climate control.
At the end, the 2018 Toyata Avalon is the right choice. Although there are other interesting options available for large sedans, such as the Chevrolet Impala, Nissan Maxima, or Kia Cadenza, Toyota Avalon still standout.
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Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Toyota Avalon is four-door full-size sedan available in five trim levels: XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring and Limited.
The 2018 Toyota Avalon XLE is well-equipped for a base trim, its includes 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a 7-inch touchscreen with Toyota’s Entune interface and voice controls, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker audio system. Also standard is the Toyota’s Safety Sense package, which includes automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection.
The XLE Plus adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a sunroof. The XLE Premium gets you blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, a driver-seat memory setting, smartphone app integration, navigation, a wireless smartphone charging pad and a nine-speaker audio system.
The 2018 Toyota Avalon Touring trim comes with 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, LED headlights and taillights, and unique interior trim.
The Limited has the same features from the Touring trim except the interior accents, but also adds xenon headlights, automatic wipers, a rear power sunshade, auto-dimming side mirrors, tri-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, ambient cabin lighting, upgraded leather upholstery, an 11-speaker JBL premium sound system, Safety Connect emergency notification and roadside assistance services.
All the 2018 Toyota Avalon comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 268 hp and 248 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. In performance testing, an Avalon XLE accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, making it one of the quicker cars in its class. EPA estimated fuel economy stand at 24 mpg combined (21 city/30 highway).
Inside, the 2018 Toyota Avalon interior is neat, clean, and attractive in design and materials. Roomy interior gives the room spacious enough to stretch and move, and generally easy to get in and out. Toyota strives to optimize materials and placement to ensure drivers and passengers are always next to each other, or interact easily. But cheap material does appear if you look for it. Even so, construction and build quality are solid.
The seat has many adjustments and can accommodate the driving style. However, tall drivers may find it difficult to find an ideal driving position, not because of seats but because the telescopic steering mechanism has limited range of extensions. Visibility toward the front is impressive, and the rear visibility is good enough. Unfortunately the side mirror is small for a full-size sedan, making blind spot monitoring a necessity.
The 2018 Toyota Avalon provides wide space in front and rear. The occupant will love a good leg, head and elbow room. Surprisingly, interior storage space is limited, with primary stowage spot moderately sized center console box.
Although the rear seat can not be folded down, the 16-cubic feet of luggage space does not disappoint. The wide opening of the stem makes access easy. A middle pass-through between the rear seats is reserved for long items.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Toyota Avalon is now available at the dealership. It will compete against Kia Cadenza, Chrysler 300, Chevrolet Impala, Buick LaCrosse and Nissan Maxima.
The 2018 Toyota Avalon has an MSRP starting at $34,395 (include destination fee) for an XLE model. Each successive trim is about $1,500 more. The top-line Avalon Limited is just over $42,000.