When the Detroit Auto Show opened up one model in the Toyota booth was able to give us a look and carry the credentials that will continue to offer us the admiration we have for the flagship sedan from the Toyota brand. The new Avalon will be offered for the 2019 model year and it is the model that gives us a great deal of size, space, style, and impressive features that make it the car that is as close to being a luxury model without putting on the badging from one of the luxury names we regard at the top of the market. Here are some things you’ll want to know about this new car:
Design – Even though the Avalon has always been a premium name, this newest model is one that has increased the visual appeal in an amazing way. Just a cut above its sister full-sized sedan, the Toyota Camry, this car appears to be more premium than ever with some sharp angles and new bodywork that makes it seem like it should wear a Lexus badge. There is also an incredible set of turn signals, LED lighting, a massive grill and an angular rear end that makes it a car that has everything you’ll want to see.
Powertrain Choices – The base model of the Avalon makes use of a 3.5-liter V6 engine which is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain is capable of giving you 268 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. There is also a hybrid version of the Avalon which makes use of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a 460-volt electric motor mated to a CVT automatic transmission. This battery pack is placed under the rear seats, making it easy to enjoy the cargo room and leg room that’s needed when you drive this impressive large sedan out on the road.
Performance Driving – While this may not be considered a high-performance machine, the new Avalon can give you some exciting driving experiences. There is a new multi-link rear suspension, an adaptive variable suspension up front, changes to the damping, and a set of quad tailpipes that make this car feel and sound fast. If you want the ride to be quieter while you’re in the cabin, there is available active noise cancelation you can choose to have included in the Avalon you want to drive. You’re sure to enjoy the rid when you choose this impressive large sedan and take it out on the road for the fun and experience you want to enjoy.
Safety – You’re going to have an extensive roster of standard safety items with the Toyota Safety Sense P which is included in every Avalon model. This suite of safety items includes adaptive turning headlights with active high beams, full-speed adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, active lane departure assist, and a pre-collision system. Other items that can be added to this list of items include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alerts with automatic braking, a back-up guide monitor, a panoramic around view camera, and a ten-inch head up display to give you even more of what you’re looking for when you drive.
Apple CarPlay – The new Toyota Avalon will be the first model from this brand to have the inclusion of Apple CarPlay to allow you to connect your iPhone to the infotainment system for the use of your apps and music during the drive. There will also be Amazon Alexa offered to allow those who have this cloud-based home assistance system the ability to have the connection desired. This car gives you Wi-Fi hotspot capability, five USB ports, a nine-inch touchscreen with gesture controls, smartwatch capability, and a sound system that gives you the concert level musical sounds you’ll want to be able to listen to during your drive to and from work every day.