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2018 Toyota Avalon
Select a Different Model (5 Available): Limited Sedan
Fair Market Price $ 39203
Zero to 60 6.4 seconds
Real MPG 21 CTY /35 HWY
Safety (NHTSA) 5 Stars
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2018 Toyota Avalon MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Efficient hybrid powertrain option
  • Both engines offer plenty of power
  • Spacious interior

You Won't Like

  • Reduced trunk space in hybrids
  • Interior material quality could be better
  • Cabin gets noisy over rough surfaces

New for 2018

The 2018 Toyota Avalon is unchanged.

Vehicle Summary

The 2018 Toyota Avalon is Toyota's flagship front-drive full-size sedan slotting above the midsize Camry. In addition to the gas-only model, the Avalon is also available as a hybrid.

Overview

The 2018 Toyota Avalon is available with two powertrain choices, a 3.5-liter V-6 with 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission or a hybrid system that couples a 2.5-liter I-4 to an electric motor, a CVT, and a nickel metal hydride battery for a total output of 200 hp. EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2018 are 21/30 mpg city/highway for the V-6 and 40/39 mpg for the hybrid. Trunk space in the gas-only Avalon is generous at 16 cubic feet, but the Avalon Hybrid only has 14 cubic feet due to extra powertrain components taking up space. Neither variant of the Avalon has split-folding rear seats.

Standard features on the base Avalon XLE trim include 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, a multi-information display in between the gauges, keyless entry/start, a rearview camera, and Toyota's Entune infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen. Higher trims can be had with navigation, a JBL premium audio system, perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a wireless phone charger, three-zone climate control, HID headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a moonroof.

Safety

The 2018 Toyota Avalon received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). The IIHS has yet to test the 2018 Avalon but the 2017 model received a Good score on all crashworthiness tests and Acceptable on the headlights test (Good is the highest possible score). In the front crash prevention test, the Avalon received a Superior score after it avoided a 12-mph and 25-mph collision (Superior is the highest possible score for the front crash prevention test). As a result, the Toyota Avalon received the Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS.

Toyota Safety Sense-P comes standard on all Avalon models. The safety tech package includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert is available on all trims except the XLE and XLE Plus.

What We Think

In a 2013 comparison test, the Toyota Avalon placed third out of five cars thanks to its generous interior space, especially in the rear seats. However, interior material quality wasn't as impressive and its ride wasn't as composed and had a tendency to crash over bumps. The cabin also gets noisy over rough surfaces.

The hybrid variant offers strong acceleration and with the smaller 17-inch alloy wheels, features a ride that's more buttoned down and composed, as we noted in a 2014 First Test.

Cool Fact

The Toyota Avalon features the same powertrain choices as the Lexus ES.

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2018 TOYOTA AVALON SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
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: [C8] Four Season Floor Mat Package (PIO); [Z6] Preferred Accessory Package (PIO)
$144 $248

Four Season Floor Mat Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: [2T] All-Weather Liners Package (PIO)
$223 $377

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)
$212 $346

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, 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

Exterior Color, Celestial Silver Metallic

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

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

Multi-Function Display Screen, 7.0-Inch (2)

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.238

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping, Steering

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 17.0 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)
$138 $228

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

Reading Lights, Front and Rear

Std Std

LED Lights, Side Indicator Lights

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)

$119 $299

Warranty Full Service, 24 Months / Other Miles

Std Std

Paint Protection Film (PIO)

$219 $395

Paint, Mica

Std Std

Special Paint

$352 $395

First Aid Kit (PIO)

$20 $30

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

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 (Bsm)

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

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, (RCTA)

Std Std

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

Seat Upholstery/Color, Almond Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Light Gray Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Leather

N/C N/C

Antenna

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

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

Std Std

Eleven JBL Speakers Subwoofer, Surround Sound and GreenEdge™

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, 18" Alloy Chrome

Std Std

Wheel Locks (PIO)

$50 $80

Wheels, 17" Super Chrome Alloy

$-647 $-770
Show Full Specs
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
Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Toyota announces a Loyalty Rebate Certificate for select customers when financing or leasing a new model through TFS. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-08-2019
$750 Toyota announces a Military Rebate on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-03-2019
$1000 Toyota announces a College Graduate Rebate on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-03-2019