2017 Toyota Avalon

The Avalon is Toyota’s flagship sedan that slots above the Camry but below the Lexus lineup of sedans. The model has undergone slight changes for the 2017 model year. It is aimed at those buyers looking for a premium but economic sedan that is also affordably priced. The 2017 Toyota Avalon accomplishes this as it offers an outstanding blend of reliability, fuel efficiency, safety and performance all at an affordable price.

The Avalon is one of Toyota’s best-selling models in the U.S. and the new changes are meant to help the model retain its status. Overall, the Avalon is the most sensible way of acquiring a premium sedan for less than similarly equipped models from other brands including Toyota’s own Lexus brand. Read along for more information:

2017 Toyota Avalon Exterior

The Avalon has undergone a significant revamp on its exterior profile. The front and rear fascia’s have received the most revisions. At the front, the automaker has carried over the grille largely unchanged. It has only been widened and mounted lower compared to that of the outgoing model. The model also comes with revised turn signals. At the rear, the taillights have been redesigned to take a more refined look.  The rear bumper also features new chrome accents. The side profile carries over unchanged.

In addition to the changes on the rear fascia, there are additional trim-specific revisions.  To start with, the XLE and XLE Plus trims come with 17-inch wheels as standard features. The models will also feature tire pressure monitoring.  The Touring trim adds 18-inch wheels which are painted in a dark-grey color LED headlights and LED DRLs. These features help to highlight the sporty nature of the model.

2017 Toyota Avalon Interior

The interior looks rather premium even on the lower trim models. All models have a suspension that is purposely tuned to  offer comfort with the top-of-the-range Touring further tuned  to give the driver a better road feel. The base XLE trim features as standard leather trimmed seats. The front seats are heated.

In addition, the model has a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a push-button ignition. It also features the automaker’s Entune infotainment system that offers app-based navigation. The XLE Plus adds a moonroof and a garage door opener compatible with HomeLink.

The XLE Premium adds a better audio system, built-in navigation, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and memory setting for the driver’s seat as well as a wireless Smartphone charger. The Limited trim adds heated and ventilated front seats, a tri-zone climate control as well as a powered rear sunshade.

Engine specs and performance

The 2017 Toyota Avalon is available in a single conventional mill as well as a hybrid drive-train.  The conventional mill on offer is a 3.5 L, petrol mill that is good for 269 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed, paddle-shift transmission system. The engine is EPA rated at 21 mpg on city and 31 mpg on highway drives.

The hybrid engine on the other hand combines a 2.5 L, inline-4 engine and a 650V synchronous electric motor for a total output of 200 horses. Extra power is stored in a 244.8V Ni-MH battery pack. The hybrid mill is mated to an eCVT transmission system. The hybrid mill is EPA rated at 40 mpg on city and 39 mpg on highway drives.

Price and release date

Toyota is yet to announce official prices of the new Toyota Avalon 2017. However, since there are no large-scale changes, I don’t expect the automaker to vary the model’s price significantly. The outgoing Avalon XLE is the lowest priced model at $32,650; the XLE Plus starts at $34,400 while XLE Plus Hybrid attracts a $36,650 price tag.

Going higher, the XLE Premium starts at $35,850 while the XLE Premium Hybrid goes for $38,100. The Touring trim is only offered with the petrol engine and I expect it to retain its current MSRP of $37,050. To get the top dog of the lineup i.e. the Limited trim, you will need to part with $40,050 for the gasoline powered version and $41,950 for the Limited Hybrid. The Avalon will be availed to dealer showrooms starting early January next year.

 

Competition

The 2017 Toyota Avalon competes with the likes of Buick LaCrosse, Dodge Charger, Hyundai Azera, Nissan Maxima and Chrysler 300.

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