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2017 Toyota Avalon
Select a Different Model (5 Available): Limited Sedan
Fair Market Price $ 26546
MPG (EPA) 21 CTY /30 HWY
Safety (NHTSA) 5 Stars
Horsepower 268@6200
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2017 Toyota Avalon MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Many standard driver assist safety features
  • Strong V-6 engine with good fuel economy
  • Good crash safety scores

You Won't Like

  • Stiff suspension on lower trims
  • Noisy interior
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto

New for 2017

Toyota's Safety Sense P suite of driver assist safety systems is now standard on all models. The package includes an automatic braking function with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and a steering assist system to nudge you back into the lane, active cruise control, and automatic high beams.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

The Avalon is Toyota's flagship sedan positioned above the subcompact Yaris iA sedan, the compact Corolla, and midsize Camry. In Toyota's hybrid lineup, the Avalon Hybrid has the highest starting price.

2017 Avalon XLE: The base Avalon comes standard with 17-inch dark gray alloy wheels, smoked LED taillights, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear-seat vents, Intelligent Touch controls, a 7.0-inch touchscreen display with Entune Audio Plus and the connected navigation app, a leather-trimmed steering wheel with paddle shifters, heated eight-way power leather-trimmed driver's seat (four-way power for passenger), wood-grain-style and smoked chrome interior accents, and three drive modes (Sport, Eco, and Normal).

2017 Avalon XLE Plus/Hybrid XLE Plus: Upgrade to the XLE Plus and receive a power moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink universal transceiver, the Smart Key system for front doors and trunk, and a hybrid system power meter (Hybrid XLE).

2017 Avalon XLE Premium/Hybrid XLE Premium: The XLE Premium trim adds Entune Premium Audio with integrated navigation and App Suite, driver's seat and side view mirror memory, Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

2017 Avalon Touring: Opt for the touring model and receive what the Premium trim has plus LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights, chrome grille surround with piano-black insert, 18-inch dark gray alloy wheels, premium leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a black wood-grain-style interior trim with smoked-chrome accents.

2017 Avalon Limited/Hybrid Limited: The range-topping Limited trim packs HID Quadrabeam headlights with LED daytime running lights, chrome grille with dark gray metallic insert, auto-dimming side view mirrors with puddle lights, 18-inch Super Chrome alloy wheels (hybrids get 17-inchers), rain-sensing windshield, three-zone climate control, Entune Premium JBL Audio (11 speakers) with integrated navigation and App Suite, heated and ventilated front seats, premium perforated leather-trimmed 10-way power adjustable driver's seat (passenger seat is eight way), heated rear seats, White Ice interior ambient lighting, and a power rear window sunshade.

A remote engine starter and illuminated door sills are some additional options.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2017 Toyota Avalon's standard powertrain is a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque and is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid model is available and utilizes a 2.5-liter I-4 mated to an electric motor that produces 200 hp and routes power through the continuously variable transmission. Both powertrains drive the front wheels. The V-6 returns an EPA-estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway and the hybrid returns an impressive 40/39 mpg.

Safety

The 2017 Toyota Avalon received the highest five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. Top honors were also received from the IIHS, the Avalon is considered a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ because the sedan scored the highest rating of Good in all five crash test evaluations, the highest rating of Superior for the front crash prevention by properly warning the driver of a possible accident and avoiding a 12- and 25-mph frontal collision thanks standard emergency automatic braking system with pedestrian detection. The Avalon also scored the second highest rating of Acceptable for the headlights evaluation. Most of the remaining driver assist features are found in the previously mentioned Toyota Safety Sense P package. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic are standard on the Premium trim. The Safety Connect is standard on the Limited trim and includes emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance, and automatic collision notification.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

The Avalon offers 14.0 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk in hybrid form and 16.0 cubic feet in V-6 form—that's slightly more than the 2017 Camry Hybrid's 13.1 cubic feet and non-hybrid 2017 Camry's 15.4 cubic feet, respectively. Front seat passengers receive 42.1 inches of legroom and rear passengers have 39.2 inches.

Technology

All Avalon trims come standard with a 7.0-inch touchscreen center display, and three Entune systems are offered. The base XLE and XLE Plus come equipped with the Entune Audio Plus with connected navigation app that uses the Scout GPS Link App and features Siri Eyes Free and SiriusXM satellite radio. The Premium and Touring trims have the Entune Premium Audio with integrated navigation and App Suite that adds an upgraded sound system and Gracenote album cover art. The Limited trim receives the Entune Premium JBL Audio system with integrated navigation and App Suite that adds an 11-speaker JBL GreenEdge audio system. The standard eBin sliding electronic device holder has two 12-volt outlets, an auxiliary jack, and a USB port.

What We Think

When the current-generation Toyota Avalon debuted in 2013, we compared it to the Hyundai Azera and previous-generation Nissan Maxima. The Avalon easily beat the old Maxima but bested the Azera by the slimmest of margins. "So why the Avalon, then? Despite the Toyota's problems, the Avalon's silkier steering and 2 percent better perception of build quality and materials manage to place one more feather on its side of the balance," we concluded.

We then pitted the Avalon against the latest from Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, and Kia. In this test, the Avalon placed third behind the Kia Cadenza and Chevrolet Impala. Although editors were impressed with the Avalon's features list and spacious rear seat, a stiff ride and loud interior kept it out of the winner's circle a second time. In the end, we noted, "We discussed the Avalon's stylized interior and its huge efficiency advantage over the rest of the pack, and expressed disappointment that its ride and interior isolation had diminished from the previous car."

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2017 TOYOTA AVALON SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: V6 3.5 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, ECT-i 6 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (U660E)
Trim
Limited Sedan
Class
Premium Passenger Car
Horsepower
268@6200
Standard MPG
21/30
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

All-Weather Liners Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: All Weather Cargo Tray; Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber CONTAINED IN: [Z6] Preferred Accessory Package (PIO)
$100 $200

Protection Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: [BM] Body Side Molding (PIO); [G4] Illuminated Door Sills (PIO); [Z6] Preferred Accessory Package (PIO); [EF] Rear Bumper Applique (PIO)
$414 $657

Preferred Accessory Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: [2T] All-Weather Liners Package (PIO); [CF] Carpet Floor Mats and Carpet Trunk Mat (PIO); [EF] Rear Bumper Applique (PIO) CONTAINED IN: [Q2] Protection Package (PIO)
$243 $343

Engine: V6 3.5 Liter

Std Std

Transmission, ECT-i 6 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (U660E)

Std Std

Exterior Color, Cosmic Grey Mica

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Blizzard Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Magnetic Gray Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Midnight Black Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Celestial Silver

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Sizzling Crimson Mica

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Ooh La La Rouge Mica

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Crème Brulee Mica

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Parisian Night Pearl

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Three-zone climate control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Built-In Apps

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Coming Home Device

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control, Adaptive

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Door Entry Light

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Entertainment Display Screen

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

Std Std

Memory Adjustment: Mirror

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen

Std Std

Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info

Std Std

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Secondary Ventilation Controls

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Remote Start (PIO)

$310 $499

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, Siri®, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

Std Std

Wireless Charging Pad

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.238

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping, Steering

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 17.2 Gallon

Std Std

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Lower Door Moldings (PIO)

$199 $299

Body Side Molding (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [Q2] Protection Package (PIO)
$125 $209

Bumpers, Front and Rear

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround Bumpers

Std Std

Door Edge Guards (PIO)

$75 $125

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Rear Bumper Applique (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [Z6] Preferred Accessory Package (PIO); [Q2] Protection Package (PIO)
$39 $69

Sunroof, Glass Power

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, Laminated Side

Std Std

Ashtray Kit (PIO)

$19 $29

All Weather Cargo Tray

CONTAINED IN: [2T] All-Weather Liners Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Blinds, Power Rear

Std Std

Carpet Cargo Mat

CONTAINED IN: [CF] Carpet Floor Mats and Carpet Trunk Mat (PIO)
Grp Grp

Carpet Floor Mats and Carpet Trunk Mat (PIO)

INCLUDES: Carpet Cargo Mat; Door Sill Protector; Floor Mats, Carpet CONTAINED IN: [Z6] Preferred Accessory Package (PIO)
$140 $224

Console

Std Std

Door Sill Protector

CONTAINED IN: [CF] Carpet Floor Mats and Carpet Trunk Mat (PIO)
Grp Grp

Floor Covering

Std Std

Floor Mats, Carpet

CONTAINED IN: [CF] Carpet Floor Mats and Carpet Trunk Mat (PIO)
Grp Grp

Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber

CONTAINED IN: [2T] All-Weather Liners Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Wood & Leather On Doors And Instrument Panel ; Synthetic Leather Console; Alloy & Leather On Shift Knob

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Leather-trimmed, tilt telescoping steering wheel

Std Std

Universal Tablet Holder (PIO)

$75 $99

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror

Std Std

Illuminated Door Sills (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [Q2] Protection Package (PIO)
$250 $379

LED Lights

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front and Rear

Std Std

Body-color heated driver and passenger power door mirrors with turn signals

Std Std

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

Std Std

Cargo Tote (PIO)

$30 $49

Glass Breakage Sensor (PIO)

$180 $299

Paint Protection Film (PIO)

$219 $395

Paint, Mica

Std Std

Special Paint

$352 $395

First Aid Kit (PIO)

$20 $29

Emergency Assistance Kit (PIO)

$45 $59

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 10

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Collision Warning System, Pre-Collision System (PCS)

Std Std

Cross-Traffic Alert

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Bi-Xenon

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot Monitor

Std Std

Parking Assistance

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Automatic Intermittent Rain Sensor

Std Std

Windshield, Zone Tinted

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Almond Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Light Gray Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Black Leather

N/C N/C

Driver Seat, Ventilated 12-Way Power Heated Bucket with Memory; Passenger Seat, Ventilated 10-Way Power Heated Bucket with Memory

Std Std

Rear Seats, Bench Heated

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Leather

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Antenna

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Eleven JBL Speakers Subwoofer and Surround Sound

Std Std

Audio System, Entune® Premium Audio AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player, Digital/Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P225/45R18 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 17" Alloy

$-647 $-770

Wheels, 18" Alloy Chrome

Std Std

Wheel Locks (PIO)

$50 $80
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
24
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60000
Full Warranty Miles
36000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
25000
Roadside Assistance Months
24
IIHS Best Pick
1
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4