2020 Toyota Avalon

MSRP $35,800

Ranked #11 in Fullsize Sedan

2020 Toyota Avalon Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 7, 2021

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The 2020 Toyota Avalon is offered at an MSRP range of $35,650-$42,350. The 4 trims on offer see a common powertrain 3.5L V6 engine capable of generating 301 HP. In terms of exterior dimension and design, the 2020 model year sees a complete makeover. It gets a sporty design and larger dimensions however this doesn't change the interiors significantly.

2020 Toyota Avalon

Further, the 2020 Toyota Avalon offers a class-leading fuel economy and comfortably accommodates five individuals; however, it could certainly improve in the front of its infotainment offerings. With an above-average cargo space on offer, the 2020 Toyota Avalon does give tough competition to its rivals such as the 2020 Nissan Maxima, 2020 Chrysler 300, and the 2020 Audi A3 sedan.

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Pros

Plethora of standard safety features

Roomy cabin

Plush and comfortable ride quality

Lots of driver assistance features

Cons

No all wheel drive

Sunroof restricts the head room

Slow responding infotainment system

Poor voice recognition

What's New?

Completely refreshed for 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35800

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

301 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

267 ft-lb. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

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

104.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

940 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/26/32 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

XLE$35,800 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Toyota Avalon in Brownstone color
Brownstone

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

7.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

6.5

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.1

Overall Rating


The 2020 Toyota Avalon is offered with a lineup that features four trims, namely XLE, XSE, Limited, and Touring. Apart from these four trims, there is also the TRD trim on offer. All the variants come at a price bracket that starts at $35,650 and goes up to $42,350. Regardless of the trim, there is a common powertrain: a 3.5L V6 net comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Now, this is quite an engine for a family Sedan. The 2020 Toyota Avalon further offers a class-leading fuel economy, comforting interiors, and delivering sheer value for money.

2020 Toyota Avalon

The big sedan segment under the price of $45,000 dollars is a very competitive one. It is contested by almost all the major manufacturers and they are so closely stacked to each other, that setting a firm foot on one choice could be troublesome for the customers. Some of the worthy contenders that pose a threat to the 2020 Toyota Avalon's sales figures are the 2020 Nissan Maxima, 2020 Chrysler 300, and the 2020 Audi A3 sedan.

2020 Toyota Avalon Sedan front angle view
2020 Toyota Avalon Sedan rear angle view

8.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

6.5/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2020 Toyota Avalon Features

8.0/10

" It has pleasant driving dynamics, a spacious and luxe interior, good fuel economy, and a long list of standard tech and safety features. " - Cars.USNews

The new Avalon comes in four trims, the entry-level XLE, XSE, Limited, and the top-of-the-line, Touring trim, with the prices ranging from $ 35,650 to $ 42,350. A hybrid model is also available which has been reviewed separately. All trims are powered by a 3.5-liter, V6 motor that comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. All the trims, except the top-trim - Touring, feature three driving modes. For the top trim, there's an additional Sport S+ mode as well, apart from the standard driving modes.

2020 Toyota Avalon

A spacious cabin can easily accommodate five passengers. All black interiors look very classy and premium especially due to the dominance of soft-touch materials all around. An all-new infotainment console makes its way inside the Avalon's cabin with a 9'' touch screen display. However, some unnecessary features like the engine sound enhancement try to mimic a sports car, which it is not. There is also a TRD trim on offer, priced at $42,375.

Model XLE XSE Limited Touring
MSRP $35,650 $38,150 $41,950 $42,350
Features Dual Zone auto climate control Qi wireless charging pad Surround camera Sport S+ driving mode
  Height adjustable seat belts Heated seats Rear parking sensors  
  3 driving modes Slide Moonroof 14 JBL Clari-Fi speakers  
  LED taillights Engine sound enhancement    
  Entune Audio plus      
  8 JBL Clari-Fi Speakers      
  4 driving modes      

We Recommend

We recommend the XSE version as it hits the sweet spot for the cost to feature. Qi wireless charging port and engine sound enhancements are nifty little features that will definitely add to your driving experience in the long run.

2020 Toyota Avalon Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The Avalon is still a front-driver, and the standard powerplant is still a 3.5-liter V-6. That engine is Toyota’s increasingly ubiquitous 2GR-FKS rated at 301 horsepower here, up 33 from the 2018 model’s similar 2GR-FE.   - Car and Driver

Engine specs of the 2020 Toyota Avalon

All trims of the 2020 Toyota Avalon are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 motor, that produces a class-leading power of 301 hp and a torque output of 267 lb/ft. The engine is quite silent, fuel-efficient, and performs the way it's supposed to be. It is potent and there is plenty of power available on tap. Toyota has decided to go with an 8-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive for all trims. An all-wheel drive, in the touring trim, if not in all the trims would have been appreciated by everyone. Nevertheless, the shifting of the gearbox is fairly smooth and will not give you any room for excuse. Overtaking maneuvers are not an issue at all for the Toyota Avalon.

2020 Toyota Avalon 3.5L, V6 motor

Economy mode is perfectly suited for day-to-day driving in the city while you can shift to the sport mode should you decide to go for a long drive. The manual mode lets you have complete control over the shifting of gears. The Sport S+ mode comes with the ability to adjusts both the suspension and steering wheel in a performance-enhanced mode. Engine sound enhancement also works with only Sport or Sport S+ modes.

Models

2020 Toyota Avalon

2020 Nissan Maxima

2020 Chrysler 300

2020 Audi A3

MSRP

$35,650

$36,060

$36,395

$36,500

Engine

3.5 L V6

3.5 L V6

3.6L Pentastar V6

2.0L TFSI inline-4

Transmission

8 Speed A/T

Variable A/T

8 Speed A/T

6 Speed manual

Horsepower (hp @ RPM)

301 hp @ 6600 RPM

300 hp @ 6400 RPM

300 hp @ 6350 RPM

228 hp @ 4500 RPM

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

267 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM

261 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM

264 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM

258 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM

The 2020 Toyota Avalon is just inching ahead of the Maxima and Chrysler 300 in terms of power and torque figures. The Audi A3, however, loses out on the power front, but it has an upper hand with the AWD system. 

Acceleration of the 2020 Toyota Avalon

Apart from the new sporty look, the new Toyota Avalon also comes with a more powerful engine as compared to the 2018 version, which results in faster acceleration. It has a 0-60 mph timing of 6 seconds flat which is fairly decent for a family sedan. If you aim for the quarter-mile mark, the Toyota Avalon completes the run in an impressive time of 14.6 seconds.

2020 Toyota Avalon acceleration mode on

The overall experience with the Avalon is fairly decent and the gearbox works well even under spirited driving. Floor the pedal, and the 8-speed automatic knows exactly where to shift and further ensures that there is plenty of power available on tap.

Models

2020 Toyota Avalon

2020 Nissan Maxima

2020 Chrysler 300

2020 Audi A3

0-60 mph (sec)

6 sec

5.7 sec

5.3 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter mile (sec)

14.6 sec at 98.5mph

14.3 seconds at 101 mph.

13.8 seconds at 101.3 mph

13.9 at 101 mph

Though the Avalon is pretty quick, it is still overpowered by the majority of rivals in this comparison. The fastest one here is the Chrysler 300 which clears the quarter-mile mark in under 14-seconds. The only other contender to be as fast as the Chrysler is the Audi A3 sedan, doing the same in 13.9 seconds.

Ride and Handling of the 2020 Toyota Avalon

The 2020 Toyota Avalon is an absolute joy to ride. The steering is extremely responsive and taking sharp turns is easy. It also feels fairly grippy, thanks to its improved aerodynamics and the new rear spoiler which adds to its sportier look. The brakes are also very responsive and make you feel safe. Eco mode is specifically built for fuel efficiency while stabilizing the engine that delivers optimum performance. If you are taking your Avalon on a long drive, just switch to the sports mode and you can instantly feel the extra power.

2020 Toyota Avalon

There's also the Sport S+ mode that's exclusive to the Touring trim, enhances the engine performance to max while also adjusting the suspension to match the engine's performance. The effortless transmission of the 8-speed automatic gearbox along with the new suspension system only adds to the experience.

Braking of the 2020 Toyota Avalon

All the competitors of the Avalon along with the Avalon itself comes with standard brake assist features and 4 disk brakes. This helps in bringing the Avalon to a halt from 60 MPH in just 115 ft which is pretty impressive for a luxury sedan. The low profile of the tires further aids the braking performance as they ensure loads of grip even under hard braking.

2020 Toyota Avalon Front Brake Rotor

The brake pedal is wide and long and the travel is fairly decent as well. Unlike its competitors, the brake pedal offers a confident bite and inspires a lot of confidence under spirited driving. This factor is further complemented by an aptly sprung suspension setup that doesn't let the Avalon nosedive. Being a luxury sedan, its performance on the braking front clearly mimics the more expensive performance sedans.

Models

2020 Toyota Avalon

2020 Nissan Maxima

2020 Chrysler 300

2020 Audi A3

Disc Brakes

4

4

4

4

Curb weight (lbs)

3660

3678

4013

3417

60-0 mph (ft)

115

120

109

N/A

There's not a lot of difference between the competitors on the braking front. However, the Chrysler 300 impresses us with a 109 ft stopping distance from 60-0 MPH which is nothing less than extraordinary for a luxury sedan. 

2020 Toyota Avalon Fuel Economy

5.0/10

"The Avalon XLE gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. " - Cars.USNews

Fuel economy is a very important aspect of this segment. As primary care for the family, one would expect good fuel efficiency and Toyota delivers in this front. It can munch 22 miles in a gallon of fuel within the city limits, take it to the highway and the Avalon, then returns an impressive figure of 32 MPG. With a combined mileage of 26 MPG, it is one of the most efficient vehicles in the segment.

Models

2020 Toyota Avalon

2020 Nissan Maxima

2020 Chrysler 300

2020 Audi A3

Mpg (city)

22

20

19

22

Mpg (highway)

31

30

30

30

Mpg (combined)

25

24

23

25

Range (miles)

377

432

426

362

Tank capacity (gallons)

15.8

18

18.5

14.5

We can see a reflection of the engineering capabilities of Toyota as the Avalon is easily the most fuel-efficient car among all the competitors, all thanks to the new engine and lightweight chassis. Having said that, the rest of the competitors stack up head to head with each other.

2020 Toyota Avalon Interior

7.5/10

"The standard eight-way power-adjustable front seats are comfortable even on longer road trips, and they offer generous levels of headroom and legroom." - Cars.USNews

Design, Seating, and Comfort of the 2020 Toyota Avalon

Toyota has made quite a few changes with the interiors of the 2020 Avalon. The all-black interiors look premium. There is also the option for dual-tone interiors, black and brown, which look equally good. The overall look of the dashboard is minimal and uninterpreted. The infotainment console dominates the central part of the cabin. It is raised and closer to the eye level so that the driver can easily look at the console if needed without completely taking his eyes off the road. Infotainment and driving controls are also mounted on the steering wheel for the added convenience of the driver.

2020 Toyota Avalon Front Seats

The 2020 Avalon can easily fit five passengers in the cabin. The cabin is very spacious with ample head and legroom. The perforated seats account for good ventilation. They also feature a heating function which only makes the seats more comfortable for long rides during the winter. The wide adjustability traits of the Avalon's front seats further add to the convenience of the driver while searching for an optimal driving position. The automatic dual-zone climate control, which is standard across all the trims, does its job fairly well. The clever placement of the vents ensures efficient cooling. Front and rear reading lights also have your back in case you are in a mood to read or drop something inside the car. Getting in and out of the car is also easy as the doors are quite big. 

Models

2020 Toyota Avalon

2020 Nissan Maxima

2020 Chrysler 300

2020 Audi A3

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (head/ shoulder/leg)(inch)

37.4/58.3/42.1

38.9/56.7/45.0

38.6/59.5/41.8

36.5/54.8/41.2

Rear (head/ shoulder/leg)(inch)

37.5/57.1/40.3

35.8/55.7/34.2

37.9/57.7/40.1

36.1/53.0/35.1

In terms of passenger volume, the Avalon falls slightly short of the segment standards as its rivals like Nissan Maxima and Chrysler 300 offers much better space inside. However, you shouldn't be bothered with the numbers as there is still plenty of room inside the Avalon too. You won't mind spending time inside its cabin at all. Moreover, the Audi A3 is the least spacious vehicle off the lot and hence, loses this battle altogether.

Infotainment System of the 2020 Toyota Avalon

The central console is dominated by a large 9-inch touch screen display that comes with pinch to zoom navigation features. Apple CarPlay finally makes the cut in a Toyota car and can use your iPhone for navigation, making calls, or playing your favorite playlist, but Android Auto is still absent. Up to 5 devices can be connected using the onboard WiFi connect powered by Verizon.

2020 Toyota Avalon 9.0-inch Infotainment Display

14 JBL speakers give an excellent surround sound experience with a collective output of 1200 watts. There is also the Qi-compatible wireless charging pad in all trims except the base XLE trim which is a great addition. Having said that, some of the key highlights of the Avalon's infotainment system are:

  • Qi-Wireless charging pad
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 1200-Watt, 14-speaker JBL surround sound system
  • EnTune 3.0 App Suite
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Toyota Remote Connect
  • Bluetooth music streaming
  • Amazon Alexa voice assistant

Cargo Capacity of the 2020 Toyota Avalon

Flaunting its practicality traits proudly, the 2020 Avalon features a cargo volume of 16.1 feet behind the rear seats. If you need more space then Toyota has also provided you with the facility of folding the rear seats down flat. However, it's slightly more complicated than in other cars as the seats need to be folded manually. Not appreciated for a luxury car.

2020 Toyota Avalon Trunk

Having said that, the powered tailgate lifts high and wide enabling easy loading/unloading of the luggage. Toyota has also provided cargo space with dedicated nets that can hold your precious items in one place. The bottom lip of the trunk is pretty low further adding more points to its convenience scorecard.

Models

2020 Toyota Avalon

2020 Nissan Maxima

2020 Chrysler 300

2020 Audi A3

Cargo space (cubic feet)

16.1

14.3

16.3

10

The Chrysler leads and is followed by the 2020 Avalon with cargo space of 16.3 and 16.1 cubic feet respectively. Audi A3, considering its small dimensions, has the least cargo space of 10 cubic feet and completely loses this competition.

2020 Toyota Avalon Exterior

6.5/10

"You should absolutely consider the Avalon if you’re shopping for a large car. " Cars.USNews

Design and Dimensions of the 2020 Toyota Avalon

The bold new front grille, which comes in chrome parallel lines or black interweaved patterns along with the large faux air intakes are the ones that define the look of the new Avalon. Redesigned bumpers and spoilers make it more aerodynamic. The sloping roofline neatly blends into the trunk giving more of a Sportback look at the rear. Not to forget, the quad-exhaust pipes that underline the whole sculpture, thus, adding more points to its sporty factor.

2020 Toyota Avalon Side View

Talking about dimensions, the new Avalon is longer and wider than the 2018 version. Frankly enough, it just looks quite large from the outside than it actually is on the inside. Its wheelbase and the overall width aren't the highlights of the day. Nevertheless, the dimensions of the Avalon are on par with the other cars in the segment.

Models

2020 Toyota Avalon

2020 Nissan Maxima

2020 Chrysler 300

2020 Audi A3

Curb weight (lbs)

3660

3678

4013

3417

Length (in)

195.9

192.8

198.6

175.5

Width (in)

72.8

73.2

75

70.7

Height (in)

56.5

56.5

58.7

55.7

Ground clearance (in)

5.3

5.3

5.3

5.3

Wheelbase (in)

113.0

109.3

120.2

103.8

Track width (in) F/R

63/63.6

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Audi A3, being a compact sedan, remains out of the question here due to its diminished dimensions. If the A3's left out then it's the Avalon that comes out as the smallest vehicle of the lot. The Chrysler 300 features the biggest dimensions here. However, this also translates to the fact that it becomes harder to maneuver around tight spaces.

Exterior Features of the 2020 Toyota Avalon

The 2020 addition has quite a few additions that distinguish it from its predecessor and they are quite impressive indeed. Some of these highlights are:

  • LED reflector headlights
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with auto on/off feature.
  • LED taillights.
  • Front chrome grille surrounds with dark gray insert.
  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind-spot warning indicators.
  • Aerodynamic front tangential venting.
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade.
  • Painted alloy wheels.
  • Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers.
  • Acoustic noise-reducing windshield and driver and front passenger side windows.
  • High Solar Energy-Absorbing (HSEA) glass.
  • Dual exhaust with quad chrome tips.

2020 Toyota Avalon Safety

8.0/10

"In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2020 Avalon earned a perfect five out of five stars overall. "  - Car and Driver

Safety rating of the 2020 Toyota Avalon

The 2020 Avalon from Toyota received a five-out-of-five overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave it the highest rating of Good in all crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick. 

Safety Features of the 2020 Toyota Avalon

Toyota takes the safety of its cars very seriously and stuffs them with several active as well as passive safety features. What's even more impressive is the fact that the safety features are not trim-specific and come standard across all trims.

  • Cross-traffic alert (rear)
  • Ten airbags
  • Lane departure warning activates steering
  • 3-point seat belts for all seating positions
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) includes lower anchors on outboard rear seats
  • Child-protector rear door locks and power window lockout control
  • Energy-absorbing collapsible steering column
  • Front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Collision warning system activates at low speed
  • Electronic traction control
  • Electronic brake distribution
  • Head-up display
  • Surround-view camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rear cross-traffic braking

2020 Toyota Avalon Competition

7.0/10

2020 Toyota Avalon vs 2020 Chrysler 300

Both of these cars stand out in the big sedan segment in the US market. With a similar price of $35,650 and $36,395 respectively, both of these cars have different customer bases. If you like a heavy car with raw power and speed, the Chrysler 300 is the car for you. But if you are one of those folks who like a balanced family car with great fuel efficiency and great safety, Toyota Avalon is the car for you.

2020 Chrysler 300

2020 Toyota Avalon vs 2020 Nissan Maxima

It's very hard to differentiate between both Japanese cars. With almost the same base price of $35,650 and $36,060, these cars are great value for money. They are quite spacious with excellent fuel efficiency. They also offer excellent ride quality and are perfectly suited for everyday commutation. However, Nissan recommends unleaded premium fuel for the Maxima while you can fill up the Avalon with regular unleaded fuel. It ultimately boils down to your personal preference and both of these cars are quite remarkable.

2020 Nissan Maxima

2020 Toyota Avalon vs 2020 Audi A3 Sedan

Let's agree on a fact that both these cars come from a different background altogether and also serve two different purposes. However, both of them ask for a similar amount of money. The Avalon takes things a bit more towards comfort and luxury while the German - The Audi A3, is a smaller vehicle with a bit more playful character. The one that you can throw around twisties and come out of them with a wide grin on your face. In terms of reliability, there's no picking a winner here. Both of them can munch thousands of miles without breaking a sweat and also come equipped with some segment-defining safety tech. If your family is average height then the Audi makes a better deal of the two for its punchy engine. However, if you need a chauffeur-driven vehicle that you can have fun with too, then the Avalon is what you are looking for. 

2020 Audi A3

 

2020 Toyota Avalon Final Verdict

Toyota has always produced quality sedans that are loved by masses all across the globe. The same is the case with the 2020 model of the Avalon. The 5th edition of the Avalon is an excellent car in the congested big sedan market. It still distinguishes itself owing to its new design and excellent ride quality. The cabin is very spacious which can comfortably seat 5 passengers. The 3.5L V8 is fairly powerful yet fuel-efficient and is well suited for both city and highway commuting. The infotainment system might not be the best here, but along with the car, you also get the unbeatable reliability of Toyota for your money.

2020 Toyota Avalon

 


2020Toyota Avalon Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the Toyota Avalon bigger than the Camry?

As evident it is from the outside, yes, the Avalon is significantly bigger than the Camry in terms of dimensions. However, both seat five.

How much does the "Limited" trim of the 2020 Avalon cost?

The 2020 Toyota Avalon's second-to-top trim, Limited, is priced at $41,950.

Is the 2020 Toyota Avalon All-Wheel-Drive (AWD)?

Unfortunately, no, any vehicle that wears the Avalon badge is a Front-Wheel-Drive only. There is no AWD version.

Does the 2020 Toyota Avalon come with a warranty?

Yes, the 2020 Toyota Avalon is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty.

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