Pour one out for the Toyota Avalon, as 2022 is the final model year for this full-size sedan. Blame the declining popularity of large sedans and consumers' obsession with SUVs for the departure of this practical, comfort-oriented model after a production run of more than 25 years. Few changes are in store for the Avalon's last year.
The 2022 Avalon accommodates both the comfort-oriented driver and the one who wants a few thrills behind the wheel. XLE and Limited trims have the plush ride you might expect from a large sedan, while the Touring model sacrifices a bit of ride comfort for sharp handling. Regardless of trim, the standard V-6 engine makes easy work of passing other cars on the highway.
Toyota also offers a hybrid version of the Avalon. Although it's not as powerful as the standard model, its four-cylinder engine and dual electric motor combination is responsive. Brakes don't suffer from the mushy feel that plagues many hybrids. Of course, the real advantage is exceptional fuel economy.
Soft-touch materials fill the Avalon's interior, which in addition to the long list of standard features, give this sedan a premium feel. Limited trims are particularly plush with genuine wood trim.
Refined and well-rounded, the Avalon is a top pick in the full-size sedan segment. The big question is: How much longer will consumers keep buying large sedans, given current trends and the fact that SUVs provide abundant interior space, better ground clearance, and a more commanding view of the road?
Powering the 2022 Toyota Avalon is a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 301 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission routes this power to the front wheels. When we tested an Avalon Touring, it hit 60 mph in a quick 6.0 seconds. Fuel economy on these models comes out to 22/31-32 mpg city/highway.
On the Avalon Hybrid, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine pairs with two electric motors for a combined system output of 215 hp. A CVT automatic and FWD are standard. Fuel economy is excellent at 43/43-44 mpg city/highway.
For the 2021 model year, Toyota offered an AWD Avalon paired with a four-cylinder engine. However, this version is no longer available.
The Avalon performs well in crash tests, nabbing a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. It also earned Good scores in all crash tests from the IIHS. But while some trims have Good-rated headlights, the headlights on other trims are rated Poor.
Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitor, and rear cross-traffic alert.
No matter whether you opt for the standard model or the hybrid, the Avalon offers a good amount of legroom and cargo space. In these measurements, it's roomier than the Nissan Maxima.
Toyota Avalon: 16.1 cubic feet
Nissan Maxima: 14.3 cubic feet
Legroom (first/second rows):
Toyota Avalon: 42.1/40.4 inches
Nissan Maxima: 45.0/34.2 inches
The Avalon comes standard with a 9.0-inch touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An eight-speaker sound system is included, but buyers can instead get a 14-speaker JBL audio system. Navigation and a head-up display are also available in the lineup.
The 2022 Avalon is offered in XLE, Limited, and Touring trims, with starting prices ranging from around $38,500 to around $45,000.
The hybrid is available in XLE Hybrid, XSE Hybrid Nightshade, and Limited Hybrid guise. Prices range from $39,500 at the lower end to around $46,000 on the higher end.
Buyers looking for a sporty driving experience should stick to the Touring trim, which gets an adaptive variable suspension. It also features engine sound enhancement, gloss black exterior accents, and interior niceties such as heated rear seats and aluminum pedal covers. Otherwise, we're tempted by the Limited model's focus on comfort and attractive wood trim.
Priced at around $43,500, this model features a black grille, black rear spoiler, and black window trim, as well as LED headlights with smoked chrome bezels. Inside, you'll find aluminum interior trim and aluminum pedal covers. It also gets a sport-tuned suspension. This trim replaces the similar XSE Hybrid, which was available for 2021.
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