2018 Toyota Avalon

Original MSRP Range
$33,500 - $42,800
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
21 - 40 MPG City / 30 - 39 MPG Hwy
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2018 Toyota Avalon

What We Like

Excellent standard V6; hyper-efficient hybrid model; luxurious cabin; standard safety tech; abundant passenger room

What We Don't

Ride is firmer than it used to be; fancier models get luxury-grade pricing

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.0/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.4/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 Toyota Avalon?

The Avalon carries over unchanged for 2018.See the 2018 Toyota Avalon models for sale near you

Which Avalon is the Best?

The best 2018 Avalon is an XLE Premium, which offers all the features you'd want without breaking the bank. It also boasts available hybrid or V6 powertrains, which means you can get excellent fuel economy or a surprising amount of off-the-line oomph.

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How Much Does a 2018 Toyota Avalon Cost?

The 2018 Toyota Avalon is offered in five trim levels: XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring and Limited. The Avalon Hybrid is only available in XLE Plus, XLE Premium and Limited guise.

Things start off with the base-level Avalon XLE ($33,500), which is offered only with the sedan's V6 engine. Standard features include automatic headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, power front seats, heated front seats, keyless access for the front doors and trunk, push-button start, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port and a 7-in touchscreen with Toyota's Entune infotainment interface. Also standard is Toyota's Safety Sense package that includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning and automatic braking, lane-departure warning with steering assist and automatic high beams.

Next up is the XLE Plus ($35,300 V6, $37,500 hybrid), which adds keyless access for the rear doors, an auto-dimming mirror and a power sunroof.

Then there's the XLE Premium ($36,700 V6, $39,000 hybrid). It adds a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, driver memory for the seat and mirrors, an improved version of Toyota's Entune infotainment system with navigation and app functionality, a wireless device charger and a 9-speaker sound system.

After that comes the Touring ($37,900), which is only offered with the V6. It adds sportier suspension tuning, steering-wheel paddle shifters, 18-in alloy wheels and LED headlights.

Topping the sedan's range is the Limited ($41,300 V6, $42,800 hybrid). It reverts to the standard suspension and adds xenon headlights, auto-dimming side mirrors, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, additional front seat power adjustments, a power rear sunshade, an 11-speaker JBL sound system and Toyota's Safety Connect system, which offers roadside assistance, automatic collision notification and more.

Avalon Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Avalon Hybrid Limited (Natl)$42,800 / $38,5206 Cylinder / Hybrid20040 / 39Continuously Variable Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus (Natl)$37,500 / $33,7516 Cylinder / Hybrid20040 / 39Continuously Variable Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Avalon Hybrid XLE Premium (Natl)$38,950 / $35,0566 Cylinder / Hybrid20040 / 39Continuously Variable Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Avalon Limited (Natl)$41,300 / $37,1716 Cylinder / Hybrid26821 / 30Continuously Variable Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Avalon Touring (Natl)$37,900 / $34,1116 Cylinder26821 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Avalon XLE (Natl)$33,500 / $30,1516 Cylinder26821 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Avalon XLE Plus (Natl)$35,250 / $31,7266 Cylinder / Hybrid26821 / 30Continuously Variable Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Avalon XLE Premium (Natl)$36,700 / $33,0326 Cylinder / Hybrid26821 / 30Continuously Variable Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Toyota Avalon Safety

Is the 2018 Toyota Avalon a Safe Car?

The 2018 Toyota Avalon comes standard with anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, 10 standard airbags, a backup camera, forward-collision warning and automatic braking, lane-departure warning and intervention and automatic high beams. These advanced driver aids are optional on the Avalon's competitors. The XLE Premium trim and higher includes rear cross-traffic alert and a blind spot monitoring system.

In government crash tests, the Avalon earned a 5-star overall rating. That score consisted of a 5-star side-impact rating and 4-star ratings in frontal and rollover assessments. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Avalon an excellent Top Safety Pick score due to its top performance in all crash tests and its Superior-rated front-crash prevention system.

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Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance2 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance2 Years/25,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • HID Headlights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Lane Departure Alert

Competition

2018 Toyota Avalon vs the competition

2018 Buick LaCrosse -- The LaCrosse challenges the Avalon for refinement, comfort and luxury while bettering it in terms of performance. Many will probably prefer its styling, as well. It gains a mild hybrid base model for 2018.

2018 Kia Cadenza -- The value-rich Cadenza is stylish, refined and draws heavily from the Avalon's full-size sedan playbook. You may not have heard of it before, but the Cadenza is worth a look.

2018 Chrysler 300 -- Offering rear- or all-wheel drive, the 300 is a champ on the highway. It also boasts the excellent Uconnect interface, along with optional HEMI V8 power.

Used Lexus ES -- If you're looking for a more upscale experience than the Avalon offers, consider a used ES. Mechanically very similar to the Avalon, the ES boasts a higher-end cabin and, quite obviously, a higher-end badge.

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