The next-generation Toyota Avalon has been refreshed but it still sticks to its purpose of offering generous space, while being stylish and functional. In fact, the Avalon offers quite a bit more than the Camry. The best part is that the 2019 model year will have more horsepower and improved fuel efficiency.
The 2019 Avalon has changed in terms of size; it is now longer, wider, and lower. The wheelbase has increased by 2.0 inches, while its length grew by 0.7 inch. Height has been lowered by an inch, while width increased by 0.8. This instantly gives the passenger cabin more space. Also, the model is now based on the TNGA platform, similar to the Prius and Camry.
Though the Avalon may remind you of a Camry, it still looks more aggressive, with running LED headlights, and LED taillights with sequential activation design. The XSE and the Touring models get cooler touches like a piano black trim, a trunk spoiler, quad exhaust tips, among other elements. Overall, drag coefficient decreases by 0.1.
Another benefit of switching to the TNGA platform is the fact that it keeps the Avalon’s interior library quiet. This is because of the extra insulation and the door seals throughout the cabin. Even the unique side view mirrors cut some wind noise too. Ironically, the automaker also adds an intake sound generator and engine sound enhancement, which uses the JBL sound system to deliver a louder engine voice.
Now, both the 3.5 liter V6 engine and the optional hybrid powertrain deliver more horsepower. The new Avalon will definitely give out more than the outgoing model’s 268 horsepower and 248 pound feet of torque. Notably, the Camry carries the same engine and gives out 301 horsepower and 267 pound feet of torque. The new engine will be paired to an eight speed automatic instead of the outgoing six speed transmission.
The new hybrid powertrain now consists of a 2.5-liter inline-four engine paired to two motor generators. Instead of having the battery close to the floor, it can now be found under the trunk floor. Of course, performance figures will be improved too, though we don’t know the exact details just yet.
As mentioned earlier, the Avalon is more stylish than the Camry. This is evident immediately upon entering the cabin due to its new center stack design and stylishly appointed touch points. The Limited trim even has real wood and aluminium trim.
The interior also comes with a number of cool things like a 9-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay connectivity on all trims - sorry Android users. Drivers will be able to talk to their car or their Echo device with the Amazon Alexa connectivity as well.
The safety features that are standard in the Avalon include: 10 airbags, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, pre-collision braking and many others. Among the options is the panoramic camera system with parking sensors.
Overall, we think that the Avalon has delivered more than what they have promised - which is a premium, more spacious sedan experience. The 2019 Avalon will be in showrooms by late spring.