2019 Toyota Avalon Review and Comparison in Albuquerque, NM

Big updates mean bigger possible fan bases for the new 2019 Toyota Avalon

For a long time, the Toyota Avalon has tried to find a delicate balance somewhere between affordable family car and sporty luxury car. It prioritized comfort and general athleticism over any one commitment to luxury or economy--and that toeing of the line made it a niche option. It first debuted as a 1995 model-year, and went about its business with moderate success for a few decades.

But, then: a change.

The fifth-generation Avalon improves on a historic legacy of quality and reliability, by finally settling down and committing to a vibe: premium, tech-savvy, and sleek. It's still not quite a luxury vehicle, and it's not quite a typical affordable family car, but everything it does, it does well. And it does it so well that the 2019 Toyota Avalon finally stands a chance of going mainstream and competing in the hot seat up against competitors like the Chevy Impala and the Nissan Maxima.

The fifth-gen lineup will include the 2019 Avalon XLE, XSE, Touring, Limited, Hybrid XLE, Hybrid XSE, and Hybrid Limited, and prices for the base model are expected to start somewhere around $35,000.

What's new in the 2019 Avalon? Everything

One of the coolest things about the new 2019 Toyota Avalon isn't just that it starts off a new generation focused on an overall satisfying ride--but that it's the newest new car that Toyota has rolled out in recent memory. It's the first major redesign since 2013, and along with a new look, the 2019 Avalon boasts a new platform (the Toyota New Global Architecture platform), a new interior (with a lot more tech), and a body that's almost entirely new from last year's model.

This ability to start from scratch gave Toyota designers and engineers a lot of room to play around. Body panels were designed to work specifically with the lighter, stronger new platform, while interior features and accent choices reflect the same strong, sleek, and confident look of the new exterior design. The cabin uses materials chosen to help reduce Noise/Vibration/Harshness ratings (typically referred to as  NVH) and deliver a quieter, more relaxing ride quality.

A modern approach to styling

The 2019 Avalon offers colors like Wind Chill Pearl, Harbor Gray Metallic, Opulent Amber, Celestial Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Ruby Flare Pearl, Brownstone, and Parisian Night Pearl.

The major exterior redesign comes at a great time for the Avalon, and for Toyota overall. The new look is closer to "sportback" than typical "sedan", mirroring the general public shift to these sleeker drop-backed styles. New side vents at the front bumper help the 2019 Avalon achieve a significantly more streamlined approach, achieving a drag coefficient as low as 0.27 when the Avalon is equipped with select optional features, like underbody panels, a rear spoiler, and a rear diffuser.

Sportier trims in the new 2019 Avalon lineup also offer surprisingly aggressive features on a sedan typically known for being soft and mild-mannered; features like a blacked-out grille, black borders on headlights, quad exhaust tips, and all-new sequential turn signals. These might seem more at home on a racecar than a Toyota, but they work well as a youthful new spin on an old classic.

2019 Avalon Interior Tech

Toyota played to its audience--and acknowledged that the modern buyer is often looking for one thing above many others: tons of tech. And the brand delivered with the new 2019 Avalon. A standard Entune 3.0 system , with various multimedia options including an App Suite and available navigation, is displayed on a standard 9.0-inch touchscreen, which is easy and intuitive to use.

Possibly the biggest news for the 2019 Toyota Avalon? It'll be the first-ever Toyota car to offer Apple CarPlay, an integrated system that displays an iOS-friendly view of maps, media and music, phone calls, text messages, contacts, and more. Apple CarPlay (and Android Auto--which at the moment is not available but will likely be added in the future) is so common in today's cars that it's about as expected to see these features as it is to see cruise control and power windows. Toyota's decision to add Apple CarPlay isn't so much surprising for shoppers as it is a relief.

You can even opt for onboard WiFi, so you can have the ability to connect up to five devices to the internet while on-the-move. Imagine never hearing "Are we there yet?" ever again on long trips. You won't even need to worry about those devices running out of battery and prompting a renewal of constant questions: the Toyota Avalon gives you fast-charging USB ports front and rear.

For you and your front passenger, available Qi wireless charging up front makes it easy to connect your phone to compatible Qi charging technology, plop it right in the center console, and enjoy wire-free quick charging.

New Standard Safety Features

Economy brands have made a surprising leap in standard feature offerings lately, doing what even the luxury brands aren't doing: delivering advanced, state-of-the-art driver-assistance systems on every trim level across lineups.

Toyota's standard Star Safety System isn't anything new, but it offers a comprehensive collection of equipment that includes Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-Lock Braking, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology. But, the 2019 Avalon's new standard Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-P) system also now comes standard on even the base model, adding Automatic High Beams, a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

If you're very concerned about your daily and weekend roadways, Toyota also offers options on the 2019 Avalon, including a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, LED Adaptive Cornering Lights, Bird's Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan, Intelligent Clearance Sonar System, and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking.

Are you considering upgrading to a more premium daily driver, but aren't looking to pay the big bucks for a luxury sedan? Let the 2019 Toyota Avalon be at the top of your shopping list.

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