2019 Toyota Avalon Review Murray

A Redesign Five-Years in the Making: the 2019 Toyota Avalon

As a vehicle that people have come to love, you might be surprised to hear that the 2019 Avalon has a new style, new features, and new engine, but this update has made it more appealing to many drivers. Toyota's tradition of reliability and dependability adds a lot of value to their vehicles, but they needed more than that to make the Avalon stand out and the newest updates are the exact way they needed to do it.

The Avalon is the full-size sedan from Toyota, putting it larger than the Camry and Corolla but didn't offer everything that customers needed to convince them. With top competitors like the Nissan Maxima, Chevrolet Impala, and Buick LaCrosse growing in popularity, Toyota knew that had to do something. The 2019 model year redesign is the first since 2013 for the Avalon, and it adds the standard and available features to do more than just compete in its class, it is winning.

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A Closer Look at the Updates

While you don't need a close look to see every update, you need to look further than design-deep to see them all. Some of the differences - like a lower, wider, and longer stance than the 2018 model year - are easily noticed, but knowing that all of that comes from the fifth-generation of Toyota Avalon riding a new platform - the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) - is not as easily seen. This platform reduces noise, vibration and harshness from the road, provides better handling and efficiency while also lowering the center of gravity.

Dedicated drivers of the Avalon might be weary because of how much it seems like their beloved chariot is changing, but Toyota has kept enough the same to ensure you will enjoy it. There are many manufacturers that get so focused on appealing to more customers that they lose a significant portion of their current customers, but Toyota understands that and does everything to avoid it. They continue to use high-quality materials that allow the Avalon to be among the most dependable and reliable from Toyota (which says a lot given their legendary reputation in that area).

The starting price for the 2019 Avalon is near $35,000 and is offered in the XLE, XSE, Touring, Limited trims, as well as the Hybrid XLE, Hybrid XSE, and Hybrid Limited.

the 2019 Avalon: Stylish and Functional

The exterior redesign had two purposes: give it a more sophisticated look and improve performance. Many drivers don't know what aspects of their vehicle help performance, but aerodynamics is an important consideration. The 2019 Toyota Avalon balances a beautiful, aggressive, and sophisticated look with a remarkably low total drag coefficient. The curved lines and front air vents direct the air where it needs to go, reducing that coefficient to a measly 0.27.

There are many style options that you can choose from with the 2019 Avalon. If you are want one of the sporty trims, you can include a grille that is blacked out or headlights that have black accents; the luxury trims feature silver-trimmed headlight accents and a chrome grille; and every trim has the options for quad exhaust tips and sequential turn signals to keep the Avalon looking exactly how you want it to.

There are a variety of exterior colors to choose from including Wind Chill Pearl, Harbor Gray Metallic, Opulent Amber, Celestial Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Ruby Flare Pearl, Brownstone, and Parisian Night Pearl.

A Long-Awaited Feature is Now Available: Apple CarPlay 

Toyota has been holding out on including Apple CarPlay for a long time but has decided that 2019 is the year for it to be included in their vehicles. The 2019 Avalon doesn't just make it an option, but has it as standard with its Entune infotainment system so that you will always be able to enjoy the apps and media that you are accustomed to having with you.

The 9-inch touchscreen makes it easy to look through the apps that you are already familiar with, cutting back the time that you will need to find the exact song you want to listen to, the navigation that will get you where you are going, or making the phone call to update your family on how long until you get there.

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More Appealing Tech for the 2019 Avalon

Many of the updates that we see for this model come in the form of new or updated tech. This isn't so surprising since some of the most advanced tech has just come out in the past few years, but it all certainly makes a great addition to the Avalon. Features like the Entune 3.0 system that offers many apps and available navigation will help make any drive more enjoyable.

There are also fast-charging USB ports in the front and back, as well as Qi wireless charging available in the front to help make sure you will always be able to stay connected to the world around you. Also helping connectivity is available Wi-Fi for up to five devices.

Another popular feature includes the Toyota Remote Connect system that allows you to unlock or lock the doors, find the car, or start the engine by using your Apple or Android smartwatch.

Keeping Your Performance Entertaining and Efficient

The non-hybrid models come with one engine option: a 3.5-liter DOHC engine that makes 33 more horsepower than the previous model year. The 2019 Avalon features 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque for you to enjoy, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission for a smooth ride on any highway. You will find that you won't need to stop for gas very often thanks to the 2019 Avalon getting up to 22 MPG city and 32 MPG highway.

If you are looking for more efficiency, the hybrid options are the way to go. They offer up to 43 MPG city and 44 MPG highway while still offering 215 horsepower through a 2.5-liter engine and two electric motors.

Two Major Safety Packages Come Standard

While many other manufacturers make you pay to feel confident with driver assistance features, the 2019 Toyota Avalon includes the majority of theirs as standard. The first set of features comes from the Star Safety System that has the more "ordinary" safety features like Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-Lock Braking, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology, but the second set is where it gets more exciting.

Toyota has included Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) as standard in the 2019 Toyota Avalon. You won't need to worry about getting a high-end trim or paying extra for a package to include some of the most advanced driver assistance features. By having features like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beams as standard you will always be able to drive confidently while in your 2019 Avalon.

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Dependability with a Luxury Feel

The 2019 Toyota Avalon includes everything to compete in its class, even with some of the top manufacturers of more expensive vehicles because it offers something that none of them do: a legacy of dependability. Toyota models are known to last for a long time and to retain their value - something that premium models would know nothing about.

This update of the 2019 Toyota Avalon brings all of the features we have been hoping for - and more - which is why it has never been a better time to get on a test drive to see if this could be your next vehicle.

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