2021 Toyota Avalon Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

Toyota Avalon Model Review

Toyota Avalon

Key Features

  • Starting at $36,870 MSRP*
  • Standard 3.5-Liter V6 Engine with 301-horsepower 267 lb-ft of torque (FWD) or available 2.5-Liter 4-Cylinder with 205-horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque (AWD) paired with a Direct Shift 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Up to 25 city / 34 highway MPG fuel economy** (Avalon XLE AWD)
  • SofTex®-trimmed heated seats with 8-way adjustable power front seats
  • Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)
  • Audio Plus with Apple CarPlay®, Scout® GPS Link compatibility, and Connected Services
  • Available Advanced Safety Package – Bird’s Eye View Camera, Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, and Intelligence Clearance Sonar
  • Standard Smart Key System on front doors and trunk with Push Button Start
Toyota Avalon Design

About the Toyota Avalon

Make the most of every mile behind the wheel of the striking Toyota Avalon. Using the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, each aspect of the Avalon has been carefully constructed to increase efficiency without sacrificing on refinement. Power comes in the form of a responsive 3.5-Liter V6 which produces 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque for exceptional response and outstanding fuel economy. Or enjoy the confidence of all-wheel drive with an available 2.5-Liter 4-Cylinder with 205-horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. Now in its fifth generation, the Avalon continues its tradition of blending dynamic styling with luxurious comfort. Lower, longer, and wider than ever before — the Avalon offers the perfect balance of premium feel and sport-focused agility to help it stand out from the average midsize sedan. Toyota-first features offered on the Avalon include available authentic Yamaha wood and aluminum cabin accents, Dynamic Auxiliary Turn Signals, and standard Apple CarPlay / Android Auto smartphone integration.

What the Critics Say

“This full-size sedan is lauded for its comfort, roominess, standard V6 engine, and a strong history of reliability. The Avalon wears a mainstream badge, but its premium ride quality and fit and finish could nearly pass for a Lexus.” — Kelley Blue Book
“When it comes to the overall look of the cabin, the current Avalon represents a big step up relative to models from previous generations. A broad waterfall-style center stack separates the driver and front passenger, and it shows off handsome switchgear and an easy-to-reach touchscreen.” — Car and Driver

What’s New for 2021

While there are only a few updates to the successful Toyota Avalon for 2021, they are large enough to impress many shoppers. First, the Avalon is now available for the very first time with a capable all-wheel drive system. Avalon AWD models are powered by a newly-available 2.5-Liter 4-Cylinder with 205-horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. XSE grades receive a new Nightshade Edition package which adds blacked-out exterior looks for a more menacing appearance. TRD models can now be optioned with summer tires and all models now come standard with Android Auto smartphone integration.

Toyota Avalon Features

2021 Toyota Avalon Exterior Styling

Bold Styling

Once you arrive in the Toyota Avalon, onlookers will immediately notice slim all-LED projector headlights up front which balance sportiness and elegance. Its aluminum hood and lightweight underpinnings work in tandem to keep weight to a minimum while an aerodynamically-enhanced front fascia allows the Avalon to achieve maximum fuel efficiency. In fact, the Avalon achieves an impressive 0.27 coefficient of drag thanks to substantial underbody panel coverage, a rear spoiler, and tangential vents at the front. Machine-finish Gloss Black alloy wheels, a piano black mesh grille, and black outer mirror housings are unique to the sport-focused XSE and Touring trim levels. Building on its legendary reputation for uncompromised comfort, the Avalon delivers everything you’d expect from a flagship sedan.

Luxurious Interior

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the premium cabin of the Toyota Avalon offers drivers and passengers access to an array of amenities and ergonomic controls. Continuing its commitment to superlative luxury, you’ll also find authentic materials including Yamaha-sourced wood-trim, genuine aluminum pieces, accent arm rests, and a tech-focused instrument panel. All important controls are located conveniently within arm’s reach and are seamlessly integrated into a low-profile, flowing dashboard design with piano black accents. Innovative technologies such as Engine Sound Enhancement (ESE), Active Noise Control (ANC), and an Intake Sound Generator (ISG) work in tandem to create a serene, library-quiet interior for the ultimate in comfort.

2021 Toyota Avalon Limited Interior
2021 Toyota Avalon Qi Wireless Smartphone Charger

Innovative Technology

Standard on Limited and Touring grades and available on XLE and XSE grades, a JBL performance audio system lets you hear your favorite music with brilliant clarity. A slim center stack houses a 9-inch multimedia system (MMS) displaying audio and navigation while integrating with the climate control system. Located beyond the steering wheel, a 7-inch Multi-Information Display (MID) shows vehicle information, turn-by-turn navigation, and various vehicle settings. The Avalon also features Toyota’s first integration of smartwatch or Amazon Alexa-enabled device connectivity, as part of Toyota Remote Connect. Lock/unlock your doors, start the engine, or check the fuel level, all from the convenience of your smartwatch or Amazon Alexa-enabled device. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is standard on all trim levels.

Safety & Driver Assistance

No matter what the road ahead has in store for you, you’ll be able to drive with peace of mind from the comprehensive collection of advanced safety and driver assistive features offered on the Toyota Avalon. Standard on every Avalon model is Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P). Included in this suite of safety technologies are Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD). Perfect for reversing out of a tight parking space, an available Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) can detect vehicles approaching behind you on either side. Ten standard airbags surround all occupants of the Avalon for uncompromised protection in the event of a collision.

2021 Toyota Avalon Driver Assistance Systems

Trims & Specs

Toyota Avalon XLE

XLE (AWD Available)

  • Starting at $36,870 MSRP*
  • 301 Horsepower 3.5-Liter V6 with Direct Shift 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • 17-inch silver-painted alloy wheels
  • SofTex®-trimmed heated front seats
  • Audio Plus with Apple CarPlay®, Scout® GPS Link compatibility, and Connected Services
  • Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)

Toyota Avalon XSE Nightshade Edition

XSE Nightshade Edition

  • Starting at $40,105 MSRP*
  • Gloss-black accents and rear spoiler
  • 19-inch black-painted alloy wheels
  • SofTex®-trimmed seats with perforation and Ultrasuede® heated front seats
  • Genuine aluminum interior trim and aluminum pedal covers
  • Sport-tuned suspension

Toyota Avalon Limited

Limited (AWD Available)

  • Starting at $43,170 MSRP*
  • Premium Audio with JBL® w/Clari-Fi® and Dynamic Navigation
  • Premium leather-trimmed heated and ventilated front seats
  • Genuine wood interior trim
  • 10-inch color Head-Up Display (HUD) with customizable settings
  • 18-inch SuperChrome alloy wheels

Toyota Avalon Touring


  • Starting at $43,570 MSRP*
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system
  • 4-mode switch (ECO, Normal/Custom, Sport, Sport+)
  • Engine Sound Enhancement (ESE) and Active Noise Control (ANC)
  • LED taillights with laser-ablation design and dynamic auxiliary turn signals
  • Ambient lighting for cup holders, side of console and door handles

Toyota Avalon TRD


  • Starting at $43,870 MSRP*
  • TRD track-tuned suspension
  • TRD cat-back dual exhaust with polished stainless steel tips
  • SofTex®-trimmed seats with red seatbelts, stitching, fabric inserts, and red stitched TRD headrest logo
  • 19-inch TRD matte-black alloy wheels
  • TRD piano-black rear spoiler

*MSRP includes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $995 for Cars (86, Avalon, Avalon HV, Camry, Camry HV, Corolla, Corolla HV, Corolla HB, Mirai, Prius, Prius Prime, Supra), $1,175 for SUV/Van/Small Trucks (4Runner, C-HR, Highlander, Highlander HV, RAV4, RAV4 HV, RAV4 Prime, Sienna, Tacoma, Venza), $1,325 for Large SUVs (Land Cruiser, Sequoia), and $1,595 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally related equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

**2021 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.