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2022 Toyota Avalon: Choosing the Right Trim

If you want a new Toyota Avalon, you’d better hustle because 2022 is the end of the line for this full-size sedan.

Really just a big Camry, Avalon contends with the likes of the Nissan Maxima, Chrysler 300/Dodge Charger, and Volkswagen Arteon.

With its last gasp, Avalon doesn’t get much new beyond some updated driver-aid technology. Moreover, it no longer offers all-wheel drive (AWD) and Toyota discontinued the TRD and XSE trim levels.

Avalon’s grade lineup is now XLE, Limited, and Touring.

Toyota also offers a hybrid version of Avalon, which we detail elsewhere.

Although Avalon has never been overly exciting, we will be sorry to see it go.

We like its roomy cabin, cavernous trunk, solid build quality, and a suite of standard driver aids. Oh, and there’s Toyota’s well-earned reputation for reliability.

The only drivetrain is a 3.5-liter V6 coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission rotating the front wheels. Three driver-selectable driving modes (Normal, Eco, and Sport) are standard.

Mileage is a government-estimated 22 miles per gallon in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg in combined driving.

2022 Toyota Avalon XLE (starting at $36,275)

2022 Toyota Avalon XLE Driving in the snow in Black
The 2022 Toyota Avalon XLE is shown here driving on snow in Midnight Black.

This is our pick for the best value among Avalon trim levels because it is so well equipped.

Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED exterior lights with auto on-off (headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights), and 10 airbags.

Also included are heated power outboard mirrors with integrated turn signals, dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather seats, and heated front seats.

Keyless entry with push-button start, 8-way power-adjustable front seats, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, and a 7-inch driver information display are also standard.

The infotainment system has a 9-inch touchscreen, an 8-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Among the standard driver aids are forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning with steering assist, and lane-tracing assist.

Adaptive cruise control, high-beam assist, and road-sign assist are also included.

For $1,720, you can add navigation and a 14-speaker JBL audio system with the Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation Package.

Adding the $1,025 destination fee to the XLE base price brings the total to $37,300. With no money down, financing for 60 months at 3% interest works out to $670 per month. See 2022 Toyota Avalon XLE models for sale

2022 Toyota Avalon XLE includes:

  • LED exterior lighting – This includes projector headlights with auto on-off, taillights, and daytime running lights (DRLs). LEDs illuminate a wider and longer area than regular incandescent lights. That means they are also easier for other drivers to see.
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control – A set-it-and-forget-it system, it divides the vehicle into left and right regions. It provides separate temperature settings for each region. Once set, it automatically maintains the preset temperatures.
  • Suite of driver aids – This comprehensive collection of safety features includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and high-beam assist.

2022 Toyota Avalon Touring (starting at $42,975)

2022 Toyota Avalon Touring in Admiral Blue
The 2022 Toyota Avalon Touring is shown here in Admiral Blue.

Touring builds on XLE with 19-inch black alloy wheels, an adaptive variable suspension, adaptive cornering lights, and a power moonroof.

Also included are perforated synthetic leather seats with Ultrasuede trim, a heated steering wheel with paddle shifters, and a 10-inch head-up display.

Homelink, wireless phone charging, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, navigation, and a 14-speaker JBL audio system are also standard.

Add the Advanced Safety Package ($1,150) to gain a birds-eye view surround camera, Intelligent Clearance Sonar, and rear cross-traffic braking with automatic emergency braking.

Adding the $1,025 destination charge to the Touring base price totals $44,000. With no money down for 60 months at 3% interest, financing works out to $791 per month. See 2022 Toyota Avalon Touring models for sale

2022 Toyota Avalon Touring includes:

  • Head-up display – A projector on the dashboard at the base of the windshield displays key driver information on the windshield just below the driver’s line of sight.
  • Heated steering wheel – It keeps those digits warm in cold weather. It also includes steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for changing gears.
  • Adaptive variable suspension – A driver-adjustable system, it constantly monitors driving conditions and smooths out the ride.

2022 Toyota Avalon Limited (starting at $42,575)

2022 Toyota Avalon Limited Driving in Metallic Blue
The 2022 Toyota Avalon Limited is seen here driving in Metallic Blue.

Limited builds on the XLE and not the Touring. It adds 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, heated rear seats, and heated-ventilated front seats.

Also included are a 10-inch head-up display, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, wireless phone charging, and the 14-speaker JBL audio system.

The Advanced Safety Package is available on Limited.

Adding the $1,025 destination fee to the Limited base price brings the total to $43,600. With no money down for 60 months at 3% interest, financing works out to $783 per month. See 2022 Toyota Avalon Limited models for sale

2022 Toyota Avalon Limited includes:

  • Leather seats – These bring a touch of luxury.
  • Ventilated front seats – Blowing cool air, they help keep you comfortable in hot weather.
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror – Using photosensors, it recognizes bright headlights closing from behind. It then automatically dims the reflection of those lights.


What is the best 2022 Toyota Avalon trim?

The well-equipped XLE trim is the best value in the Toyota Avalon lineup.

How many mpg does the 2022 Toyota Avalon get?

The XLE model gets 22 city/32 highway mpg and the other trims get 22 city/31 highway mpg.

Which 2022 Toyota Avalon trim level offers the most safety?

The Limited and Touring trims get the best safety ratings because of their LED projector headlights. The Avalon is an IIHS Top Safety Pick and it gets a 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.

Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps is an author specializing in automotive, financial and travel news. For nearly 35 years he has covered the automotive industry for newspapers, magazines and internet websites. His resume includes The Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, The Washington Times and numerous other daily newspapers through syndication. He edited Auto World magazine, and helped create and edit NOPI Street... Read More about Russ Heaps

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