2021 Toyota Avalon

  • Overview

    A silver 2021 Toyota Avalon XLE is angled left.

    Since 1995, the Avalon has been Toyota's flagship sedan. Five generations later, it's still a great full-size sedan for the whole family, but today's version comes complete with sporty styling to turn heads on the street and luxurious details to take the stress out of your commute. The 2021 Toyota Avalon has a wide-mouth grille and sporty lines to distinguish it from other sedans. On top of its good looks, MotorTrend named the Avalon its #1 Full-Size Sedan, and U.S. News awarded it Best Large Car for the Money thanks to its value and quality for the price and Best Large Car for Families because both the cargo and passenger space are outstanding.

    While Toyota may be a mainstream carmaker, the Avalon's performance and details elevate it above the rest of the pack with a plush ride that still brings responsive handling and quick off-the-line power. There are a total of ten variations of the 2021 Toyota Avalon; no other full-size sedan gives you so many options. All Avalons are also made right here in the U.S., at the same Kentucky plant where the car has been made for most of its life. Whichever model you choose, thanks to the history and stability of the Toyota brand, the Avalon can drive you confidently and comfortably wherever you need to go.


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  • Performance

    A black 2021 Toyota Avalon XSE Nightshade Edition is shown from the side driving through a city at night.

    The standard motor on the 2021 Toyota Avalon is a 24-valve, DOHC 3.5-liter V-6. This engine comes with 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Despite all that power, it still gets an EPA-estimated MPG of 26 MPG combined for the XLE model and 25 MPG for the others. One reason for the efficiency is a combination of variable valve timing processes, but this V6 also has Toyota's patented D-4S fuel injection system for the best of both direct injection and port fuel injection. Since 2012, Toyota has also offered the Avalon with a hybrid powertrain. For 2021, this is built around a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and available on the XLE, XSE, and Limited trims. The EPA-estimated mileage for the Avalon hybrid is an impressive 44 MPG combined.

    All-Wheel Drive

    In 2021, for the first time in the Avalon's history, you can choose an all-wheel drive version. AWD is available on the XLE and Limited trims, and it comes with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. Like the V-6, it uses the D-4S fuel injection and intelligent variable valve timings for efficiency. With AWD, you'll have 205 horses, 185 lb-ft of torque, and an EPA-estimated gas mileage of 28 MPG combined, outstanding for an AWD sedan. One reason this AWD engine is so efficient is Dynamic Torque Control. Dynamic Torque Control can send up to half of the engine's torque to the rear to aid acceleration or adapt if the front tires begin to slide on ice or mud. AWD also will automatically disengage when not needed to add to that fuel efficiency and then re-engage seamlessly; you won't even notice the change. While this engine may have less horsepower than the V-6, if you're looking for all-wheel drive to handle snowy winters or gravelly mountain roads, you've got all the power you need in this 4-cylinder.

    Sports Sedan Performance

    The Avalon also has a trim inspired by Toyota Racing Development. The 2021 TRD model uses the 3.5-cylinder V-6 engine, but its automatic transmission has steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The cat-back dual exhaust system is tuned especially for the TRD trim with a more aggressive sound while idling and accelerating - a sedan with the heart of a muscle car. The TRD rides lower than the other Avalons and has a sturdier underbody, stiffer springs, and special shock absorbers to take full advantage of that lower center of gravity and improve handling. It also comes with the option of specialty summer tires to increase grip and better power through corners. The TRD also comes with larger brakes that are specifically tuned to give you as a driver more direct feedback. On the outside, the TRD has a more aerodynamic body than its siblings, including a trunk lid spoiler, rear diffuser, and side aero skirts. It also has an exclusive two-tone paint option.

    The TRD trim isn't the only 2021 Toyota Avalon built for sporty handling. The Touring trim has Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS). AVS maximizes handling with virtually instantaneous damping adjustments, especially in Sport mode. While the other Avalons have three different drive modes - Eco, Normal, and Sport - the Touring has Sport+ and Custom options, letting you lean into all the curves. The adjustments inherent to the AVS system mean that you get a softer suspension when on a bumpier back road and a stiffer on a smooth highway.

  • Interior

    A couple is shown in the front seats of a 2021 Toyota Avalon Touring.

    The Avalon has always been known for its roominess and visibility. The 2021 version is no different, with a wide windshield and thin front pillars. Interior details vary across trims, but heated, eight-way adjustable seats abound. The sportier TRD, Touring, and XSE trims have aluminum accents, with seats that combine perforated SofTex faux leather and Ultrasuede fabrics. The XLE has classic wood trim, and its SofTex-trimmed seats have distinctive vertical stitching. The Limited features genuine Yamaha wood, and its premium leather seating has unique perforation and quilting designs as well as two colors in the stitching.

    Second Row Luxury

    The roominess and luxury continue in the rear seat, where there's plenty of room for even your tallest passengers. Rear legroom across all models is over 40 inches - two inches more than the average competition - with over 37 inches in headroom and 57 inches in shoulder room. The rear seats also have their own air vents and the option of seat heaters. In addition, the Avalon - even the hybrid versions - can fit five passengers comfortably along with 16.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is about a foot over other full-size sedans. The rear seats split 60/40 for even more space, allowing even a group of three to haul plenty of redecorating supplies or visit your favorite warehouse store.

    Infotainment Technology

    All 2021 Avalons have a nine-inch touchscreen easily within reach to connect to the Toyota Audio system. This system not only lets you control music and navigation by connecting your smartphone through Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto, but also the dual-zone automatic climate control system. Directly in front of the driver is a 7-inch Multi-Information Display (MID). The MID allows you to see turn-by-turn navigation and other details, like your blind spot monitor and a head-up display, without taking your eyes off the road. The head-up display on the Limited and Touring models is an industry-leading 10 inches. The XLE, XSE, and TRD models have Toyota's Audio Plus eight-speaker system, but you could choose to upgrade to Toyota Premium Audio and its 14-speaker JBL system. The JBL system is standard on the Limited and Touring trims.

    Charging and connectivity in the 2021 Toyota Avalon include a 12-volt plug up front and USB-C power ports for both rows of seats. Qi wireless mobile charging is standard on most trims and an option for the XLE. Additional connectivity comes via Toyota Remote Connect, which allows you to lock and unlock the doors, start the engine, and check your fuel level all from your Apple Watch, another compatible smart watch, or with voice commands through an Amazon Alexa-enabled device.

  • Safety

    A black 2021 Toyota Avalon Touring is shown passing a silver sedan with simulated sensor lines coming from the front bumper.

    The standard safety features on the 2021 Avalon include ten standard airbags and Toyota's Star Safety System. This system packages together features including enhanced vehicle stability control, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, an anti-lock braking system, start-stop technology for fuel efficiency, and brake assist, which can sense when you need a bit more stopping power. On top of that, Toyota Standard Safety Sense-P (TSS-P) is included on all 2021 Toyota Avalons.

    The TSS-P includes active safety features like a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and more. There is the option to add a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross Traffic Braking. You can also upgrade the standard backup camera to a Bird's Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan for a complete look around your sedan when in crowded parking lots.

    All of these features have earned the Avalon high scores from the top agencies. It has even been named a Top Safety Pick of The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2021 version has "Good" crash ratings across the board, the highest level achievable from the IIHS, and an overall Superior rating for front crash prevention. The Limited and Touring models are a top pick, thanks to their bright LED headlights. The Avalon also has a full five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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