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2019 Toyota Avalon: Detroit Auto Show

author photo by Russ Heaps January 2018

What Is It?

Designed and built in the United States, the fifth-generation 2019 Toyota Avalon comes with either a 3.5-liter V6 or a hybrid system consisting of a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and two electric motors. Regardless of the power source, an all-new 8-speed automatic transmission delivers output to the front wheels. Both powertrains, says Toyota, will provide improved mileage over the current Avalon.

Toyota will offer the V6 in four grades (XSE, Touring, XLE and Limited), while the hybrid will come in XSE, XLE and Limited trims. The 2019 Toyota Avalon boasts several Toyota firsts, like standard Apple CarPlay, available Yamaha wood and real aluminum accents, and Engine Sound Enhancement. Every Avalon will come with Toyota Safety Sense, including forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and emergency braking, lane-departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control. Ten airbags are standard in every Avalon.

A longer, lower and wider exterior signals some added space inside. A more aggressive front end and nicely chiseled flanks give the 2019 Toyota Avalon a muscular yet elegant look. The high-end cabin features soft-touch materials and accents made of real wood and authentic aluminum. The spacious cabin also has segment-best shoulder room, leg space and headroom.

How Much?

No official pricing yet, but the current Avalon has a base price of $34,395 with destination charge.

When Can You Get It?

Late spring of this year.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because...

Toyota has taken the Avalon upmarket for 2019. This is evident both in its high-caliber cabin and standard technology. Its huge passenger and cargo spaces make it ideally suited for families and road trips. Its choice of powertrains and array of grades should be attractive to a wide audience.

Other Cars to Consider

Kia Cadenza -- Lots of bang for the buck, terrific warranty, roomy cabin and strong V6.

Chevrolet Impala -- Appealing styling, spacious rear seat, strong V6 and huge trunk.

Nissan Maxima -- Impressive handling, high-end cabin, plenty of technology and attractive styling.

Chrysler 300 -- Available V8, roomy cabin, uber-quiet ride and rear-wheel drive.

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