Reports suggest that 2022 will be the last model year for the Toyota Avalon, the largest and most expensive sedan in the Toyota lineup.
Autotrader has reached out to Toyota for comment, though numerous reports online confirm the automaker will drop the big four-door after next year.
The Avalon’s discontinuation marks the second sedan chopped from Toyota’s showrooms over the last few years after the Mazda-built Yaris was not renewed for 2021. Consumers have shifted strongly toward SUVs and away from sedans, though Toyota will likely continue to offer its Corolla and Camry 4-doors for the foreseeable future.
The Avalon was long the cheapest way into the Lexus lineup, albeit with a Toyota badge. Since its mid-1990s introduction, the full-size sedan — which once could be had with a bench seat and a column-shifted transmission — felt like the center of the Venn diagram between Toyota pragmatism, Lexus opulence, and, of all things, Buick comfort.
The latest Avalon was reworked for the 2019 model year, making it a relatively fresh design. The current Avalon range starts at around $37,300. It is offered in a wide variety of configurations, including front- and all-wheel-drive models, gasoline-only or hybrid powertrains, and various trim levels culminating in the unlikely sporty version tuned by TRD, the automaker’s performance division. See Toyota Avalon models for sale