2021 Toyota Avalon

MSRP $35,875 - $39,110

Ranked #9 in Sedan

7.8

Overall Rating

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2021 Toyota Avalon Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 12, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Being a flagship sedan, the 2021 Toyota Avalon gets everything the carmaker could throw in for the price. Thus, it gets a long list of standard features and a broad range of trims. Priced at about $36,125 for the base trim, the Avalon is now available in a total of 4 trims. For the first time, it now offers an all-wheel-drive alongside the standard front-wheel drivetrain. Toyota has made many subtle updates to the line-up but the model continues to be the part of the fifth Avalon generation introduced for 2019.

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Pros

Upscale and a spacious cabin

Comfortable ride

An extensive list of standard features

Large cargo area

Cons

Expensive starting price tag

Outdated infotainment interface

What's New?

All-wheel drivetrain models added to the line-up

All-new XSE Nightshade Edition trim 

Android Auto is now standard

An extra USB port 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35875

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

301 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

267 lb.-ft.. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

8 speed ECT i Direct Shift Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12/11.1 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

113 in.

length

195.9 in.

width

72.8 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

3560 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

14.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

940 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.6 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

XLE$35,875 onwards

XSE$38,375 onwards

XSE Nightshade$39,110 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Toyota Avalon in Blueprint color
Blueprint

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


The 2021 model year of the Toyota Avalon comes with two powertrain options. The front-wheel-drive variant is powered by a 301-hp V-6 engine while the all-wheel-drive option comes powered by a 205-hp four-cylinder engine. Uniquely, the Avalon lets you decide between the two at no added cost. Ranking high in the full-size sedan segment, the car comes with two years of complimentary maintenance that stands out in the segment. It goes up against its rivals such as the Nissan Maxima, Chrysler 300, and the BMW 3-Series.

2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan front view
2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan rear view

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2021 Toyota Avalon Features

The 2021 Toyota Avalon is available in a total of 4 trims; XLE, XSE Nightshade, Limited, and Touring. Only the base XLE and the Limited trim are now offered with an all-wheel-drive system. The XLE trim starts at $36,125 and gets a 9-inch touch screen, Wi-Fi hotspot, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power outside mirrors, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and much more. Thus, while the Avalon has been priced a bit above the average, the extensive list of standard features does help it justify the higher price. 

The XSE Nightshade is the newest addition to the trim line-up and its costs $39,360. It adds features such as a moonroof, a wireless charging pad, exterior black accents, and synthetic leather inside the cabin. The Limited trim starts at $42,425 and key feature additions include ventilated leather-trimmed front and rear seats, head-up display, ambient lighting, and navigation. The range-topping Touring trim costs just $400 more than the Limited trim and it adds a rear spoiler, a sport exhaust, active noise control, and exterior black accents on the grille.

Model

XLE

XSE Nightshade

Limited

Touring

MSRP (FWD)

$36,125

$39,360

$42,425

$42,825

MSRP (AWD)

$36,125

-

$42,425

-

Key Features

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Adds/Upgrades from “XLE”

Adds/Upgrades from “XSE Nightshade”

Adds/Upgrades from “Limited”

 

Integrated Backup camera with dynamic gridlines

The Qi-compatible wireless charging system

7-inch TFT Multi-Information Display

Active Noise Control

 

8-way adjustable driver seat and 2-way lumbar

SofTex trimmed heated with perforation front seats

Heated Rear Seats

Heated tilt and telescopic steering wheel with memory function

 

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

Tilt and telescopic leather steering wheel

10-in colored HUD

4-Mode Switch (Eco, Normal/Custom, Sport, Sport+)

 

Hydrographic interior trim

3-Mode Switch (Eco, Normal, Sport)

Genuine wood interior trim

Dual Sun visors

 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Aluminum interior trim

frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror

 
 

Rear window defogger with timer

Nightshade black-colored trimmings

Electric Parking Brake

 
   

Smart Key System

   

There are no additional packages available as of now to add more features to the trim you choose. The all-wheel-drive setup only comes with a 205-horsepower four-cylinder engine that is less powerful than the V6 engine. However, as you get to choose between an all-wheel drivetrain and a front-wheel drivetrain without any price difference, it makes this trim lineup truly unique.

Which Trim should you buy?

With the above-average pricing of the Toyota Avalon, the base trim shall provide you the best value. The XLE trim comes quite loaded with features and does not feel like a bare-bone version of the car. Along with that, it also gives you an option to choose between an all-wheel drive and a front-wheel drivetrain at no added cost.

2021 Toyota Avalon Engine and Performance

7.5/10

The 2021 Toyota Avalon comes with two powertrain options which are bundled with the drivetrains. The all-wheel-drive version is powered by the 2.5-Liter four-cylinder engine that is capable of generating 205 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. It comes paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that shifts through gears without a hiccup. Thus, the engine can skim through city traffic as well as cruise over highways all day long. However, the conservative nature of the engine does not match with the overall luxurious appeal of the car.

2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan engine bay

The other engine option is the 3.5 -liter V6 engine which is better suited for a car of its size. It develops 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque but is only offered with the rear-wheel drivetrain. It is capable of taking the Avalon from zero to 60 mph in about 6 seconds compared to the 7.7-second timing of the four-cylinder unit. It also comes paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox but feels much more refined in comparison to the smaller engine.

Models

2021 Toyota Avalon

2021 Nissan Maxima SV

2021 Chrysler 300 S

2021 BMW 330i

MSRP

$ 35,875

$ 36,060

$ 36, 395

$41,245

Engine

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

CVT

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power 

301 hp @ 6,600 RPM

300 hp @ 6,400 RPM

300 hp @ 6,350 RPM

255 hp @ 5,000 RPM

Torque 

267 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

261 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

264 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

295 lb-ft @ 1,550 RPM

0-60 MPH (Sec)

6

5.7

5.3

5.8

Quarter mile (Sec)

14.6

14.3

13.8

14.7

Top Speed (mph)

130

145

155

131

Even with the more powerful V6 engine, the Avalon is slower than all its rivals when it comes to reaching 60 mph from a standstill. However, the difference is minute and it manages to regain some of its time in the quarter-mile run. Surprisingly, the Chrysler 300 S is the fastest car here as it strikes the best balance between power and torque figures.

How well does the 2021 Toyota Avalon ride and handle?

Being a large luxury sedan, the Toyota Avalon is tuned towards offering a comfortable ride. The suspension can soak up even the worst of bumps or potholes thereby keeping its passengers away from the aftershocks. It works silently and provides an extra layer of cushioning with real-time damping control at each of the four shock-absorbers. Thus, even at high speeds the car maintains its composure quite well and feels sure-footed.

In terms of handling, the steering provides a good feel and feedback. At slow city speeds, it remains light and gains adequate heft as the car picks up more speed. However, we cannot call the steering response razor-sharp. There is some amount of body roll as well but it always remains under an agreeable limit. Overall, the composed ride and the adequate feedback from the steering make up for a delightful ride and handling package. 

2021 Toyota Avalon Braking Performance

In terms of the braking, the Toyota Avalon gets 12-inch brake rotors at the front and 11.2 -inch brake rotors at the rear. This means that the Avalon stops within an average braking distance in order to come to a halt from 60 mph. The brake pedal sends good feedback to the driver’s foot and the brake bite feels progressive. In terms of the grip, the stock Bridgestone Turanza EL440 tires do a good job of maintaining a straight line.

2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan brake rotor

Models

2021 Toyota Avalon

2021 Nissan Maxima SV

2021 Chrysler 300 S

2021 BMW 330i

Brake Front (in)

12

12.6

12.6

12.3

Brake Rear (in)

11.1

12.1

12.6

11.4

Curb Weight(lbs)

3560

3564

4013

3411

60-0 MPH (ft.)

115

120

109

113

The 2021 Toyota Avalon gets the smallest brake rotor at the rear which leads to a slightly longer stopping distance than average. On the other hand, the Chrysler 300 S offers the best braking prowess and is the only car here that manages to stop under 110 feet. But the Nissan takes almost 5-10ft more than the other cars and stop at 20ft. 

2021 Toyota Avalon Fuel Economy

8.0/10

While it loses out to its rivals in terms of performance, the Toyota Avalon redeems itself when it comes to fuel economy. It offers 22 MPG in the city, 32 MPG on the highway, and 26 MPG combined figures. This means that while being a luxurious sedan, the Avalon is also quite a pocket-friendly car. Opting for the all-wheel-drive variant does not lead to a significant fuel economy drop thanks to the turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Models

2021 Toyota Avalon

2021 Nissan Maxima SV

2021 Chrysler 300 S

2021 BMW 330i

MPG (City)

22

20

19

26

MPG (Highway)

32

30

30

36

MPG (Combined)

26

24

23

30

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14.5

18

18.5

15.6

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

319/464/377

360/540/432

352/555/425

406/562/468

In this comparison, the BMW 330i edges past all its rivals when it comes to fuel economy. Its lighter weight and compact dimensions help in achieving a combined MPG figure of 30. The 2021 Chrysler 300 S is the heaviest car here which translates into poor fuel economy figures. On the other hand, the Toyota Avalon’s small fuel tank means that there would be more than average fuel stops.

2021 Toyota Avalon Interior

8.5/10

The interior of the Toyota Avalon features soft-touch materials and genuine aluminum or wood trim. It is a nice and spacious place to be in regardless of the row you are sitting in. The Synthetic leather upholstery which is now standard enhances the premium appeal of the cabin. With its waterfall-style center stack, the dashboard has been designed to cut out the clutter. All the buttons and knobs feel built to last and every switchgear falls within an arm's reach. Overall visibility is quite good, thanks to the large windscreen and door frames. 

2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan front seats

The Avalon can seat 5 people on board in utter comfort thanks to its supportive seats. The front seats offer good bolstering and are well cushioned. The rear seats also offer good under-thigh support and give its passengers a lot of room to stretch out. There are ample storage spaces as well to store small items with a large and cooled glove compartment. While the steering feels like it has been carried over from some cheaper Toyotas, the overall cabin design is quite contemporary and exudes a certain level of sophistication.

Models

2021 Toyota Avalon

2021 Nissan Maxima SV

2021 Chrysler 300 S

2021 BMW 330i

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5/58.3/42.1

39.4/56.7/45.0

38.6/59.5/41.8

38.7/56.0/42.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.9/57.1/40.3

36.7/56.7/34.2

37.9/57.7/40.1

37.6/56.0/35.2

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

16.1

14.3

16.3

17.0

In terms of the cargo area, the Avalon offers one of the biggest boots in its class. It can easily fit 6 to 7 carry-on suitcases with room to spare for a soft bag. That should be enough for the airport runs and occasional transfer of small household items. While the BMW 330i’s cabin is not as spacious as its rivals, it offers the biggest boot in its class. Key Interior features include:

  • Two-zone Climate Control
  • Push Button Start
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Heated Rear Window 
  • 8-Way Electric Front Seats w/Memory
  • Valet Function
  • Powered Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Adaptive Cruise Control 
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Air Filtration
  • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Head-Up Display
  • Illuminated Front Cupholder

What’s there to keep you entertained?

 The 2021 Toyota Avalon comes with a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen which might not be big enough for some users. It does not get a fully digital gauge cluster even as an option. Features such as an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, Wi-Fi hotspot, Navigation, Amazon Alexa compatibility, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration are standard features. The interface is a bit on the cumbersome side and requires some time to get used to.

2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan infotainment screen

Key Infotainment features include:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • 9-inch infotainment touchscreen 
  • Available 14-speaker JBL Audio System
  • HD radio
  • In-built navigation
  • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Wireless device charging

2021 Toyota Avalon Exterior

7.0/10

The Toyota Avalon comes with a lot of flair and sharp appeal in terms of looks. Its clean profile coupled with a hint of sporty elements keeps it away from looking boring. At the front, it gets a big grille with a mesh insert and sleek headlamps that give it a bold appeal. However, the grille gets even bigger on the Touring trim which looks a bit overstated. From the side, the long dimensions of the Avalon are evident but the car never looks out of proportion from any angle. At the rear, the Touring trim adds a spoiler that gives the sedan a touch of sportiness without going overboard with it.

2021 Toyota Avalon Sedan

Models

2021 Toyota Avalon

2021 Nissan Maxima SV

2021 Chrysler 300 S

2021 BMW 330i

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,560

3,552

4,013

3,582

Length (in)

195.9

192.8

198.6

185.7

Width (in)

72.8

73.2

75

71.9

Height (in)

56.5

56.5

58.5

56.8

Ground Clearance (in)

5.3

5.3

5.3

5.7

Wheelbase (in)

113

115

120.2

103

The Avalon and the Chrysler 300 S are the longest sedans hee. The Chrysler is the biggest car here in terms of dimensions and thus offers the best road presence. The BMW on the other hand is the most compact sedan here in every way. However, it looks the most contemporary with its sporty design language. Exterior features include:

  • 18” alloy wheels
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Fixed rear window w/ defroster
  • Speed sensitive rain detecting variable intermittent wipers
  • Trunk rear cargo access
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Power Spoiler
  • LED Brakelights
  • Cornering Lights

2021 Toyota Avalon Safety

9.0/10

The Toyota Avalon comes with a lot of safety features as standard. It offers a lot of active and passive safety features that its rivals charge extra for adding. The 2021 Avalon has been given 5 out of 5 stars by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the side crash tests. However, it got four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the highest rating of Good in all six crash test categories to the 2021 model. Key safety features include:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Forward automatic emergency braking
  • Rearview camera
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Reverse automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive headlights

2021 Toyota Avalon Competition

8.0/10

2021 Toyota Avalon vs 2021 Nissan Maxima SV

With its lengthy standard features list and a powerful V6 engine, the Nissan Maxima is quite a practical sedan. With a cheaper price tag, it aims to offer better value than its rivals. The Toyota Avalon offers a more spacious cabin along with better driving dynamics. Its cabin also feels more premium and it scores higher in terms of predicted reliability scores.

2021 Nissan Maxima SV

2021 Toyota Avalon vs 2021 Chrysler 300 S

The Chrysler 300 S offers quite a lot of grunt under its hood. It also comes with a spacious cabin and manages to provide a better infotainment experience. However, its firm ride and poor handling characteristics cannot match Avalon’s balanced ride. Its poor safety scores also affirm that the Avalon is a better choice. 

2021 Chrysler 300 S

2021 Toyota Avalon vs 2021 BMW 330i

The BMW 330i is quite a sporty car in terms of character as well as looks. It comes with a more premium cabin and feels like a much more luxurious and refined car. However, it is priced above the Avalon and many features are optional extras with the BMW. Also, the Avalon is a much more spacious car on the inside. Thus, if you want a more performance-oriented ride, the 3-series is the car to get. But if comfort and value are what you are looking for, the Avalon will suit better into your lifestyle.

2021 BMW 330i

 

2021 Toyota Avalon Final Verdict

The 2021 Toyota Avalon is quite a practical as well as a luxurious sedan that lives up to its flagship tag. It offers potent powertrain options and an extensive features list without compromising on its premium appeal. With its comfortable ride and spacious cabin, the Avalon is sure to keep your family members quite happy. However, there are certainly better options available if you are looking for a full-size sedan that can be called a driver’s car.

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