2020 Toyota Avalon Review & Buying Guide

2020 Toyota Avalon

The 2020 Toyota Avalon isn’t the sleepy sedan you may think it is, and that’s a good thing. Despite its long reputation as a nap-worthy vehicle, the styling isn’t exactly sleep-inducing anymore and the driving experience is far more involving.

Even if it had more competitors, though, we’re confident that the well-rounded Avalon would still be one of the best choices. Its redesign for the 2019 model year made it fresh and modern in all the right ways, especially in light of its tired competition. It’s even luxurious enough to be considered a legitimate alternative to luxury sedans like the mechanically related Lexus ES.

What’s new for 2020?
The only change worth noting is the addition of the sport-tuned Avalon TRD. This model (against all common sense) is the Avalon for someone who wants to use it as a lean and mean handling machine. Toyota added robust underbody bracing, firmer shocks and springs, stiffer anti-roll bars, larger brakes, lighter wheels and a loud TRD cat-back exhaust. All this (plus a comprehensive appearance overhaul) costs $43,255.

What’s the interior and in-car technology like?

The Avalon’s full redesign last year brought a significantly improved interior – impressive given the old one was arguably of a higher quality than every competitor. The old design also looked quite a bit like the new Camry’s, but the current version goes its own way with a tall, rectilinear center stack that rises forth from the center console and seems to hover away from the rest of the dash like a free-standing tower.

Wide, expansive seats are comfortable to sit on for long periods of time, and the driving position is perfect for eating up highway miles with ease. Visibility is fantastic with no major negatives to make note of. Heated and cooled seats are available depending on which trim you opt for, as is a heated steering wheel.

What are its safety equipment and crash ratings?

All Avalons come standard with Toyota’s suite of safety and driver assistance systems. This includes forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. The Limited can be equipped with rear cross-traffic emergency braking.

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