2021 Toyota Avalon

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2021 Toyota Avalon Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 11, 2020
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Toyota Avalon is the most premium sedan offered by the japanese titan. With a starting MSRP of $35,875, the latest Toyota Avalon has a V6 engine that delivers smooth acceleration and also comes with a roomy interior. Though only slightly larger than the Toyota Camry, the Avalon has acres of legroom for all occupants and a higher percentage of premium materials used. Read on to find out more about the 2021 Toyota Avalon.

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Pros

Lots of standard advanced safety features

Comfortable ride quality

Quiet and roomy cabin

Cons

Lack of Android Auto support

Rear headroom could be better

What's New?

No crazy changes in the 2021 Avalon apart from the introduction of an AWD version. Other than this the 2021 Avalon stays similar to the 2020 model which is part of the fifth-generation of the Toyota Avalon.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35875

bodystyle

Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

horsepower

301@6,600

torque

267@47,00

transmission

8-Speed Automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

113 in.

length

195.9 in.

width

72.8 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

3560 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/26/32 mpg


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

2021 Toyota Avalon in Brownstone color 2021 Toyota Avalon in Celestial Silver Metallic color
Brownstone

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.1

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.6

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.9

Competition

7.1

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Toyota Avalon XLE

XLE

power
301 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$35,875


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $35,875 MSRP (22/25/31) 301 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed ECT-i Direct-Shift Automatic front wheel drive 5

2021 Toyota Avalon XSE

XSE

power
301 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$38,375


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XSE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $38,375 MSRP (22/25/31) 301 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed ECT-i Direct-Shift Automatic front wheel drive 5

2021 Toyota Avalon Limited

Limited

power
301 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$42,175


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $42,175 MSRP (22/25/31) 301 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed ECT-i Direct-Shift Automatic front wheel drive 5

2021 Toyota Avalon Touring

Touring

power
301 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$42,575


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $42,575 MSRP (22/25/31) 301 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed ECT-i Direct-Shift Automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.5

Overall Rating


The Toyota Avalon has built its portfolio amidst all odds. With a starting MSRP of $35,875, the midsize sedan from Toyota makes up for a strong lead in the diminishing yet struggling SUV dominated market. The 2021 Toyota Avalon is offered in four trim levels - XLE, XSE, Limited and Touring - along with two engine variants. The top of the line Toyota Avalon Limited comes with a starting price of $42,575 and represents the Avalon in its most opulent guise.

In this review, we’ll be pitting the Avalon against its segment rivals like the Nissan Maxima, Chrysler 300 and the BMW 3-series. Here’s our review of the 2021 Toyota Avalon.

2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Front View
2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 
 
 

7.1/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.6/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

8.9/10
Safety

 

7.1/10
Competition

 
 

2021 Toyota Avalon Features

8.0/10

The Toyota Avalon comes in 4 trims, the base- XLE, XSE, Limited and the top of the line Touring trim with the prices ranging from $35,800 to $42,500. All trims are powered by a 3.5 liter V6 that comes paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 4 trims- XLE, XSE, and Limited, come with 3 driving modes while there is an extra Sport S+ mode in the Touring trim. For 2021, the Avalon gets an AWD version for the XLE and Limited trims which is powered by a 2.5 L unit found in the Toyota RAV4.

Model

XLE

XSE

Limited

Touring

MSRP (FWD)

$35,875

$38,375

$42,175

$42,575

Key Features

Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers

Adds/Upgrades from “XLE”

Adds/Upgrades from “XSE”

Adds/upgrades from “Limited”

 

LED reflector headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights with auto on/off feature

LED reflector headlights with smoked chrome bezels and on/off feature and LED Daytime Running Lights with auto on/off feature

LED headlights with smoked chrome bezels and on/off feature and LED Daytime Running Lights with auto on/off feature and laser-ablation design with dynamic auxiliary turn signals

Heated tilt/telescopic premium leather steering wheel with memory function, Multi-Information Display, paddle shifters, audio, Bluetooth hands-free phone and voice-command controls

 

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind spot warning indicators

Piano-black heated power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind spot warning indicators

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind spot warning indicators, memory features and driver's-side auto-dimming feature

Piano-black heated power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind spot warning indicators, memory features and driver's-side auto-dimming feature

 

Dual zone automatic climate control with air filter and rear-seat vents

Power Tilt/Slide Moonroof with Sliding Sunshade

10” Color HUD with Customizable Settings

Active Noise Control

 

17-in. silver-painted alloy wheels

19-in. black-painted machined-finish alloy wheels

18-in. super-chrome alloy wheels

19-in. black-painted machined-finish alloy wheels

 

9” Touchscreen Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa

Frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror and HomeLink universal transceiver

1200W JBL 14 Speaker Audio System with Subwoofer with Dynamic Navigation

SofTex trimmed seats with perforation and Ultrasuede heated and ventilated front seats with 8-way adjustable front Passenger Seats

The base XLE trim starts from $35,875 and comes with Dual Zone auto climate control, height-adjustable seat belts, 3 driving modes, LED tail lights, Entune Audio plus and 8 JBL Clari-Fi speakers and some of the driver assistance systems as standard..

Next, in line, the XSE trim starts from $38,375 and adds a Qi wireless charging pad, heated seats, slide moonroof, and engine sound enhancement system along with visual pieces like frameless inside rear view mirror.

The Limited trim starts from $42,175 and gets you through with most of the things you’d need and has all the standard equipment from the XSE trim. Limited also offers the option of a 14 speaker 1200W JBL hifi with dynamic navigation

The Touring trim starts from $42,575 and gets you a surround camera, rear parking sensors, and heated and ventilated seats. The top of the line Touring trim keeps all of the standard features of the Limited trim and adds Sport S+ driving mode

2021 Toyota Avalon Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

​Toyotas are generally considered to be the top player when it comes to reliability. Things are built to last in a Toyota and it has been the same for quite a long time. The Avalon too has seen a lot of technological advancements in its recent avatars and have been quite solid in terms of reliability. With more than thousands of Avalons on the road each year, it’s no surprise the midsize sedan is a hit amongst the general public especially considering Toyotas build quality and reliability track record.

Reliability and ownership costs

Reliability is a factor that is seldom overlooked by people. The Toyota Avalon received an overall rating of 84 out of 100 in the J.D.Power ratings for reliability. The score has further been divided into different categories. It received 88 out of 100 for quality and reliability, 82 out of 100 for driving experience, 82 out of 100 for resale value and 83 out of 100 for dealership experience. As per the NHTSA, the Toyota Avalon has had no recalls. This goes on to show us how well built and technically sorted Toyotas are.

Ownership costs for the Toyota Avalon stand in at $47,437 for a period of 5 years. It includes everything from repairs, taxes, fees and even fuel cost. The near $50,000 cost of ownership might seem a little bit over the top for a $35k sedan but isn't anything too steep given the Avalon is a decent midsize luxury sedan. Out of the ownership costs, the majority is taken over the depreciation, Insurance and financing.

The pricing varies in different states due to destination fees and state taxes. The Avalon has an average fluctuation between $1000-$1500 which makes it highly flexible over the various states to own. Interestingly different states provide different leasing and financing deals for cars and in some cases the difference is significantly large.

States

Price of Toyota Avalon

California

$37,491

New York

$37,342

Texas

$35,504

Florida

$36,627

Washington

$37,573

In some cases, the difference is not significant. Here for example It can be seen that the Avalon is almost the same price across Arizona, New York, California, Florida and Washington. Also the cheapest is in Texas, a near $800 difference from New York..

Warranty

The inevitable happens at times and it’s not your fault but more of a bad day let’s say. Before you start cursing your luck bear in mind that if things go south with your new Avalon, Toyota has your back with a comprehensive slue of warranty packages:

Criteria

Period

Bumper to Bumper warranty

3 years/ 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

5 years/ 60,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Rust perforation warranty

5 years/ Unlimited miles

24-hour roadside assistance (No-cost-option)

5 years

It is handy that Toyota is offering roadside assistance for 5 years, which is industry leading. The 24 hour roadside assistance feature offers coverage for the following:

  • Battery jump start-up
  • Lockout protection
  • Emergency fuel delivered
  • Tire service
  • Towing
  • Winching

Miles per dollar

In this we’ll be factoring the annual maintenance cost and how many miles the car runs on average in a year. From what we dug up, the annual maintenance cost for an Avalon is around $273. On average, cars drive 15,000 miles a year, therefore if we factor both in we’ll get a definitive MPD (miles per dollar) ratio of 54.9. This indicates that the Toyota Avalon can run 54.9 miles for every dollar you spend on it. 

2021 Toyota Avalon Buying Advice

We recommend the XSE trim. With the XSE, consumers will have the best blend of features and cost-effectiveness from the Avalon range. You get premium features like powered and heated mirrors, 19” alloys, auto-dimming rear-view mirrors as standard with the Avalon and a decently loaded 9” touchscreen infotainment system.

How about a used Toyota Avalon?

As we mentioned earlier, the cost of ownership for the Toyota Avalon over a period of 5 years adds up to be $47,437. Eyeing for a used Avalon Is Not a bad option. If you are planning to pick up a pre-owned Toyota Avalon, it can work in your favor, and you might just get a sweet deal for yourself.

​ Depreciation Curve of Toyota Avalon

​From what we know, the Avalon loses around $12,000 in its first year as depreciation. If you were to buy the Base Avalon for $35K, that’s nearly 1/3rd of the vehicle price you’re losing in its maiden year. The curve is pretty smooth, therefore expect steady depreciation of around half or possibly even less of what it would lose in its first year. 

2021 Toyota Avalon Engine and Performance

7.1/10

The 2021 Toyota Avalon is powered by 2 engines, an inline-4 and the 3.5 liter V6 found in the 2020 Avalon. The inline-4 Avalon Will have the unit from the RAV4. For 2021, the Avalon gets AWD, but is paired exclusively to the 4 cylinder engine. The V6 engine is quite silent and fuel-efficient and performs the way it is supposed to be.

2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Engine

Refinement levels are extremely good and the engine feels at home while doing city speeds.

Models

Toyota Avalon

Nissan Maxima SV

Chrysler 300 S

BMW 330i

MRSP

$ 35,800

$ 36,060

$ 36, 395

$41,245

Engine

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

CVT

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

301@6,600

300@6,400

300 @6,350

255@5,000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

267@47,00

261@4,400

264@4,800

295@1,550

Transmission duties are dealt with an 8 speed automatic gearbox. The gear shifts are fairly smooth and the transmission will not give you room for any excuse. The Avalon is the most powerful of the lot and beats both the Maxima and the Chrysler by a single horsepower, not by much but nonetheless. The Bimmer is the least powerful of the lot here but makes up with the best torque figures.

2021 Toyota Avalon Acceleration And Braking Performance

The Avalon is positioned as a family sedan and therefore Toyota has kept things simple. The Toyota Avalon manages to hit 60 mph in 6 seconds flat and finishes the quarter mile run in 14.6 seconds. Flat out the Avalon manages to hit the limiter with a top speed of 130 mph.

2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Accelerate 0-60 MPH in 6 sec

In terms of braking performance, the Avalon manages to complete an emergency stop from 60 mph in 115 feet which is commendable for a 3500 pound sedan.

Models

Toyota Avalon

Nissan Maxima SV

Chrysler 300 S

BMW 330i

0-60 MPH (sec)

6

5.7

5.3

5.8

Quarter Mile (sec)

14.6

14.3

13.8

14.7

Top Speed (MPH)

130

145

155

131

Engine

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Curb Weight (lbs)

3560

3564

4013

3411

60-0 MPH (ft)

115

120

109

113

Emission (Tons/Year of CO2 Emissions @ 15kMi/Year)

6.7

7.4

7.6

N/A

Despite having the most powerful engine of the lot, the Avalon is slowest in terms of acceleration figures, albeit by a very small margin. All the other sedans here manage to do the 60MPH runs in under 6 seconds, with the Chrysler doing the quarter-mile in under 14 seconds. 

2021 Toyota Avalon Fuel Economy

5.0/10

Currently the 2020 Avalon manages 26 mpg combined, therefore we expect the same for the 2021 model or better with the new 4 cylinder. Not much has been revealed about the 4 cylinder Avalon by the EPA, therefore we’ll have to wait. For a 3.5L V6 the Avalon puts up decent figures.

Models

Toyota Avalon

Nissan Maxima SV

Chrysler 300 S

BMW 330i

MPG (City)

22

20

19

26

MPG (Highway)

32

30

30

36

MPG (Combined)

26

24

23

30

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14.5

18

18.5

15.6

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

319/464/377

360/540/432

352/555/425

406/562/468

The BMW manages to score big on the MPG front as it manages to make good use of its Turbocharged motor. It offers the best MPG figures in this comparison and is followed by the Toyota, Nissan and the Chrysler 300S respectively.

2021 Toyota Avalon Interior

8.6/10

The interiors remain largely similar to the 2020 Avalon. The whole cabin is well appointed and things feel like they’re built to last. The infotainment dominates the center console and is placed quite high up. There is also no shortage of storing options. Apart from the standard glove box, there is an additional space underneath the driver's hand rest to store mobile phones and chargers..

2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Cockpit Area

Models

Toyota Avalon

Nissan Maxima SV

Chrysler 300 S

BMW 330i

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.4/57.8/42.1

39.4/56.7/45.0

38.6/59.5/41.8

38.7/56.0/42.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.5/57.1/40.3

36.7/56.7/34.2

37.9/57.7/40.1

37.6/56.0/35.2

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft)

16.1

14.3

16.3

17

In terms of rear seating, passengers can relax and enjoy since space on offer is plentiful. Speaking of space, the Avalon has a cargo capacity of 16.1 cubic-feet which surpasses the Nissan Maxima. All in all the Avalon’s interiors is a good place to spend time in.

How’s the 2021 Toyota Avalon’s infotainment system?

As we mentioned earlier, the infotainment screen is placed quite higher than you’d find in most cars. The screen in question is a 9” Touchscreen Infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa connectivity, and Dynamic Navigation. The Infotainment system itself feels slick enough and responsive to touch inputs. However, it may get laggy at some instances.

2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Infotainment System

Sunlight legibility is good as well and reading data and information from the massive touchscreen, won't be much of an issue.

2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Interior Image
2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Interior Image
2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Interior Image
2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Interior Image
2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Interior Image
2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Interior Image
2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Interior Image
2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Interior Image
2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Interior Image
2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Interior Image

2021 Toyota Avalon Exterior

7.0/10

Not a lot is happening in terms of Toyotas designs. The Avalon stays minimal with the large front grille dominating the front fascia. The headlights have gotten slimmer and overall the design seems rather a mix of conventional seedan traits with a splash of modernism.

Models

Toyota Avalon

Nissan Maxima SV

Chrysler 300 S

BMW 330i

Curb Weight (lbs)

3560

3552

4013

3582

Length (in)

195.9

192.8

198.6

185.7

Width (in)

72.8

73.2

75

71.9

Height (in)

56.5

56.5

58.5

56.8

Ground Clearance (in)

5.3

5.3

5.3

5.7

Wheelbase (in)

113

115

120.2

103

In terms of its rivals, we much prefer the BMW 330i’s design where things look smart and simple. Chrysler seems a bit dated and the 300 is due for an update. The Maxima is quite modern with its coupe-ish rear quarter, but overall our best pick would be the BMW.

2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Exterior Image
2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Exterior Image
2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Exterior Image
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2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Exterior Image
2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Exterior Image
2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Exterior Image
2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Exterior Image
2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Exterior Image
2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan Exterior Image

2021 Toyota Avalon Safety

8.9/10

The Toyota Avalon is one of the safest cars in its segment. The NHTSA gave the Avalon an overall five-star rating and IIHS awarded the TOP SAFETY PICK + in 2019. The Avalon is also one of the most reliable full-size sedans in the market. Toyota takes the safety of its cars very seriously and comes loaded with lots of active as well as passive safety features. The safety features are not trim specific and come standard across all trims. Some of which are:

  • Rear Cross-traffic alert 
  • Ten airbags
  • Lane departure warning activates the steering
  • 3-point seat belts for all seating positions
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) includes lower anchors on outboard rear seats
  • Child-protector rear door locks and power window lockout control
  • Energy-absorbing collapsible steering column
  • Front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Collision warning system activates at low speed

2021 Toyota Avalon Competition

7.1/10

2021 Toyota Avalon Vs Nissan Maxima

Both of these Japanese sedans offer great value for money. They are quite spacious with excellent fuel efficiency. They also offer excellent ride quality and perfectly suited for everyday commutation. However, Nissan recommends unleaded premium fuel for the Maxima while you can fill up the Avalon with regular unleaded fuel and Toyota offers better peace of mind. Not to say the Maxima is unreliable but none stand a chance against Toyota in that respect. It is things like these that make a difference out in the open world

Nissan Maxima

2021 Toyota Avalon Vs Chrysler 300

With similar pricing, both the Avalon and the Chrysler 300 have different customer bases. If you like a heavy car with raw power and speed, the Chrysler 300 is the car for you. But if you are one of those folks who like a balanced family car with great fuel efficiency and great safety, Toyota Avalon is the car for you. Don’t get us started with reliability, since you know who’d win that.

Chrysler 300

 

2021 Toyota Avalon Final Verdict

The 2021 Toyota Avalon manages to capture the imagination of the masses with its superb styling, efficient and powerful motor, comfortable ride quality and the Toyota build. The Avalon, checks a lot of boxes as far as meeting the demands of the buyer of this segment goes. It is a no nonsense car to buy, own and enjoy.