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2019 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Toyota Avalon: What’s the Difference?

  • The Toyota Avalon full-size sedan is all-new for 2019.

  • The midsize Toyota Camry is mostly unchanged for 2019, but Apple CarPlay is now standard.

  • >Both sedans offer an efficient hybrid model.

The Toyota Camry is one of the biggest names in midsize sedans, but its bigger sibling, the Avalon, is often overlooked. The Toyota Avalon is a near-luxury full-size sedan and it’s all-new for 2019 with a new look, a new platform, and all kinds of new features that make it an attractive, affordable alternative to more expensive luxury cars.

Let’s take a look at some of the similarities and differences between the Camry and the Avalon for 2019.

2019 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Toyota Avalon exterior

Exterior

The Camry is a midsize sedan while the Avalon falls into the full-size category. The 2019 Avalon is about four inches longer and one inch wider than the Camry and they’re the same height. Sizing aside, the two cars have different aesthetics that can change quite a bit depending on the trim. The Camry was recently fully redesigned for 2018 and that sharp look is carried over to 2019. The Avalon has a totally new look for 2019 with a big grille and a premium aesthetic that make it almost look like a Lexus. Both of these cars traditionally have a reputation for styling that’s a bit dull, but that’s no longer the case in 2019.

2019 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Toyota Avalon interior

Interior

Since the Avalon is the bigger car, it’s a bit roomier on the inside than the Camry. The Avalon is positioned to compete with other near-luxury cars like the Buick LaCrosse and the Nissan Maxima meaning it’s a bit more premium on the inside in terms of design, materials, and technology compared to the Camry. That said, the Camry can also get very nice on the inside when you get into the higher trims. See the 2019 Toyota Camry models for sale near you

The inside of the Camry is plenty comfortable, but the interior of the Avalon takes it to the next level of luxury with roomy seats, a cushioned ride, and an upscale interior design that makes you feel like you’re in a more expensive car. If you go up to the fancy Avalon Limited trim, you’ll be treated to high-end quilted 2-tone stitching in the leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, real wood interior trim, and much more. See the 2019 Toyota Avalon models for sale near you

2019 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Toyota Avalon mechanicals

Mechanicals

The Camry comes standard with a 4-cylinder engine and is upgradable to a strong V6, which is also the base engine in the Avalon. These Toyotas are both front-wheel drive with automatic transmissions as the only transmission choice and all-wheel drive is not available in either car. Both cars are also available as hybrids.

2019 Toyota Camry Engines

  • 2.5-liter inline-four; 203 horsepower, 184 lb-ft of torque; up to 29 miles per gallon in the city and 41 mpg on the highway

  • 3.5-liter V6; 301 hp, 267 lb-ft of torque; 22 mpg city/32 mpg hwy

  • 2.5-liter hybrid inline-four; 208 hp; up to 51 mpg city/53 mpg hwy

2019 Toyota Avalon Engines

  • 3.5-liter V6; 301 hp, 267 lb-ft of torque; 22 mpg city/32 mpg hwy

  • 2.5-liter hybrid inline-four; 215 hp; up to 43 mpg city/44 mpg hwy

The Camry and the Avalon both do a great job of blending good performance with great fuel economy. The base engine in the Camry delivers adequate performance while achieving up to 41 mpg on the highway and upgrading to the V6 obviously gives you a nice boost in power, but it’s still pretty good on gas. That same V6 is standard in the Avalon and both sedans are available as very efficient hybrids. The Avalon Hybrid is a bit of a downgrade in performance, but if fuel economy is more important to you than performance, you’ll love getting more than 40 mpg both in the city and on the highway in your big, comfortable sedan. The Camry Hybrid is even more efficient, achieving more than 50 mpg while delivering similar performance as the base engine.

2019 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Toyota Avalon technology

Technology

The Camry and the Avalon both come with user-friendly infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay coming standard in both cars, however, there’s a notable omission of Android Auto which isn’t available in any trim of either car. If you’re an iPhone user this doesn’t really matter, but to Android users that can be a big deal.

The Avalon and the Camry are both very generous with standard safety and driver assistance technology. They both come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) technology suite on every trim. TSS-P gives you a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams.

2019 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Toyota Avalon pricing

Pricing

Since the Avalon is a bigger car loaded with more standard features, it’s a bit more expensive than the Camry. The 2019 Camry has an affordable starting MSRP of $24,095 and the Avalon starts at $35,650. The higher trims of the Camry can get into the mid-$30k range while the more well-appointed Avalon models can get into the mid-$40k range.

Something we really like about both cars is that upgrading to their respective hybrid models isn’t that much of a jump in price. The Camry Hybrid starts at just $28,400 and the Avalon Hybrid starts at $36,650. That’s a small price increase for a big leap in fuel efficiency.

2019 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Toyota Avalon conclusion 

Conclusion

You really can’t go wrong with either of these excellent sedans, so we recommend getting the nicest one you can afford. If you like the Camry, but have a budget big enough for an Avalon, go ahead and spring for the Avalon, which is nicer, roomier, and comes standard with a strong V6. The Avalon splits the difference very nicely between the Camry and something like a Lexus ES in terms of both content and price. If you’re shopping more on a budget, there’s certainly nothing wrong with a Camry at any trim level considering how well-appointed all of them are with standard features like Apple CarPlay and TSS-P. Find a Toyota Camry for sale or Find a Toyota Avalon for sale

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