The new model of the Toyota Avalon is objectively better in nearly every way. It is more comfortable, more spacious, and more pleasing to drive, whether one is looking for comfort from the Limited model or a more engaged Touring model’s ride.

The 2019 Toyota Avalon debuts an exterior design that is mostly terrible. That new grille is too big for even a car of this size and is too aggressive for the Sedan’s target audience. The profile and the rear end look alright and the headlamp and taillight designs are also interesting. But the front end is actually a lot to take in. Fortunately, it appears a lot better from the inside.

The new Avalon comes with two powertrain options. There is a hybrid model, and the conventional 3.5-liter V6, which would likely make up the bulk of the Avalon’s sales volume. The V6 makes 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a single-option 8-speed automatic transmission sending power to the front wheels; a setup that is good for an estimated 22 city mpg, 31 highway mpg, and 25 mpg combined. The base XLE model is rated at 32 highway mpg because of its lighter curb weight.

Comfort is a point of focus for the 2019 Toyota Avalon. There is more space in on both the rows for the shoulders and legs and the cabin which surrounds those seats has been overhauled with an appearance that has been praised as highly as the exterior design has been questioned. The door panels and the seat bolsters depict interesting and intricate stitching that appears amazing. The dashboard layers materials and textures in a way that propels the eye smoothly all-around the cabin. The steering wheel depicts a two-tone perforated leather wrap, which really classes up what easily could have been a parts-bin pick. It is indeed a fantastic looking cockpit.

The 2019 Avalon has the proper amount of power for a vehicle of this size. The acceleration is good and smooth. Hybrid or conventional, the new Avalon is wider, longer, and lower than before. The XLE and Limited models perform a great job of soaking up bumps with a ride, which compliments the Avalon’s quiet cabin. The XSE and the Touring models are engaging with firmer dampers, springs, and suspension bushing, which allow more road feel.
Designed and made in the United States, the 2019 Toyota Avalon V6 would be on sale in May 2018 beginning at 35,500 dollars for the base XLE and working up to 42,200 dollars for the top Touring model. The Avalon HV begins at 36,500 dollars for the XLE and tops out at 42,800 dollars for the Limited. That is before the 895 dollars destination charges get added.

Apart from the overly aggressive grille, the new Avalon is a huge improvement over what already was one of the peoples’ favorite large sedans. It is confident and comfortable with the V6 and silent and smooth with the HV hybrid system. The cabin appears amazing and the level of safety technology provided standard is quite impressive.

The Avalon slots into an amazing place among its competition encompassing the Buick LaCrosse, Kia’s Cadenza, Chevy Impala, and the aging Ford Taurus.