2022 Toyota Avalon

MSRP $36,575

Ranked #1 in Fullsize Sedan

7.3

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2022 Toyota Avalon Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2022 Toyota Avalon is expected to be a carryover model with minor differences and slight changes and shuffling in the feature set. Avalon is a member of a segment that has very few cars. This generation of Avalon was introduced in the 2019 model year and it has been praised as the best car in the segment ever since then. The older generations, as well as the present one, have also been rated as the most reliable car in the segment it resides in. In 2020 Toyota also introduced a more sporty TRD trim which had the same powertrain but came with distinct styling and a sport-tuned suspension setup. The standard engine under the hood is a 3.5 L V6 while the AWD models come with a weaker 2.5 L Inline-4.

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Pros

Great ride quality

Superb interior space

Lots of standard features

Cons

AWD only offered in two trims

AWD models are underpowered

Unintuitive infotainment interface 

What's New?

Minor exterior refreshment

No other significant changes for 2022


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36575

bodystyle

dr Sedan

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

XLE$36,575 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Toyota Avalon in Admiral Blue color
Admiral Blue

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 Features

6.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


In 2021 AWD models of the Avalon were introduced and these models came with a different engine. Android Auto was also introduced in 2021 along with high-performance tires for the Nightshade Edition and the TRD trims. For 2022 the same trims and models are expected to be present in the Avalon lineup along with the same powertrain options. The pricing is expected to increase a bit and is expected to start at around $36,575 and rise up to $43,575 for the top-end TRD trim. It competes with the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon, 2021 Chrysler 300 S, and the 2021 Dodge Charger R/T. These cars along with the Nissan Maxima are the only members of the full-size sedan segment as of now. The Maxima has not been included as it’s not as spacious as these cars. 

2022 Toyota Avalon Sedan front view
2022 Toyota Avalon Sedan rear view

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2022 Toyota Avalon Features

The 2022 Toyota Avalon would be available in the same five trim lines which are XLE, XSE Nightshade, Limited, Touring, and TRD. The pricing is expected to start at $36,575 for the base XLE trim. The base trim would arrive with smaller wheels, but a lot of features as standard considering that it’s a base trim. The XSE Nightshade trim is a more stylish version of the Avalon and comes with a distinct black exterior appearance along with bigger wheels. 

The Limited and Touring trims are more luxurious options in the Avalon lineup, but with some major differences. The Limited trim comes with a more luxurious and feature-rich interior while the Touring trim has an overall more sporty look compared to the Limited along with the sports-tuned suspension setup. It also gets a fake exhaust note in order to make it sound more sporty. The Limited trim gets leather-covered seats whereas the Touring comes with SofTex trimmed upholstery. 

The top-end TRD trim is expected to start at around $43,575 and comes with no powertrain or performance improvements other than the TRD track-tuned suspension and bigger brakes. It majorly has an aerodynamic body kit, lightweight 19-inch wheels, and other unique exterior and interior TRD touches. All of the Avalon models come as standard with a 3.5 L V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission in an FWD configuration. AWD is available in XLE and Touring but these models come with a different engine which is a weaker 2.5 L Inline-4.

Trims

XLE

XSE Nightshade

Limited

Touring

TRD

MSRP

$36,575

$39,810

$42,875

$43,275

$43,575

Key Features

LED reflector headlights and LED Daytime Running 

Lights

LED reflector headlights with smoked chrome bezels 

LED headlights with smoked chrome bezels.

Active Noise Control (ANC) 

Genuine aluminum interior trim with red stitched accents

 

17-in. silver-painted alloy wheels

19-in. black-painted alloy wheels

18-in. Super Chrome alloy wheels

19-in. black-painted machined-finish alloy wheels 

19-in. TRD matte-black alloy wheels

 

Audio Plus with a 9-inch touchscreen and eight speakers

Tilt/telescopic premium leather-wrapped steering wheel

Adaptive Cornering Lights

Engine Sound Enhancement (ESE)

Black leather shift knob with red stitching 

and debossed TRD logo

 

Dual exhaust with chrome tips 

Gloss-black accents and rear spoiler


 

Daytime Running Lights with laser-ablation design with 

dynamic auxiliary turn signals.

Heated tilt/telescopic premium leather-wrapped 

steering wheel with memory function

TRD gloss-black front splitters, side aero skirts, 

and rear diffuser with red pinstriping

 

Acoustic noise-reducing windshield and driver and 

front passenger-side windows

Dual exhaust with quad chrome tips

Premium leather-trimmed heated and ventilated front 

seats

SofTex trimmed seats with perforation and Ultrasuede

trim on heated and ventilated front seats

TRD track-tuned suspension

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control with 

air filter and rear-seat vents

Intake Sound Generator (ISG)

8-way adjustable driver’s seat with 4-way power 

lumbar support and memory function

Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system

Larger 12.9-in. front disc brakes with red-painted front and rear calipers

 

Integrated backup camera with dynamic gridlines

Dual exhaust with quad chrome tips

8-way adjustable 

passenger seats with 4-way power lumbar support

Active Cornering Assist (ACA)

Tilt/telescopic premium leather steering wheel with 

red stitching

 

60/40 split, folding rear seats with two adjustable and 

one fixed headrest, and armrest with cup holders

Paddle shifters and aluminum pedal covers

Premium Audio, Dynamic Navigation, and 9-inch touchscreen, JBL with Clari-Fi - 14 speakers including a subwoofer

and 1200W amplifier

4-mode switch (ECO, Normal/Custom, Sport, Sport+)

SofTex-trimmed2 seats with red seatbelts, stitching and 

fabric inserts, red-stitched TRD headrest logo, perforation 

and Ultrasuede trim on heated front seats

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The Touring trim would be the best option in the Avalon lineup. It comes with a truckload of extra features over the lower trims. The styling and looks are more sporty and stealthy on this trim and it also gets the sports-tuned adaptive suspension setup which enhances the overall ride quality as well as performance. The interior also comes with better quality elements over the base trim and extra features. The pricing is expected to start at $43,275.

2022 Toyota Avalon Release Date

There has not been any official confirmation about the release date of the updated 2022 Avalon from Toyota. But as per speculations, the new model is expected to launch by the end of 2021.

2022 Toyota Avalon Engine and Performance

The standard engine that comes in all of the trims of the 2022 Avalon is expected to be the same 3.5 L V6 engine in the 2021 models. It puts out a healthy 301 hp and 267 lb-ft of maximum power and torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission powering the front wheels. All-Wheel-Drive is available with the XLE and Touring trims and in AWD configuration, these trims would be equipped with a smaller 2.5 L Inline-4 that produces 205 hp and 185 lb-ft while the transmission remains the same. For 2022 we could hope that AWD would be available in all of the trims and also that those models would also come with the stronger V6 under the hood.

The 3.5 L V6 engine is powerful and has enough juice to tackle casual city drives as well as long highway cruises. In the handling department also, the Avalon is impressive and comes with superb driving dynamics. The cornering capabilities of the Avalon are also amazing, which makes the driving experience engaging and enjoyable. The XSE Nightshade trim with the sports tuned suspension setup offers better handling over the base XLE trim. 

2022 Toyota Avalon Sedan engine bay

It gets even better in the Touring trim which gets a sport-tuned adaptive suspension setup. This one is the ideal choice for an overall driving experience. However, the track-tuned suspension setup in the TRD trim is quite a lot stiff and that affects ride quality in day-to-day driving conditions. All trims except ‘Touring’ come with three drive modes which are ECO, Normal, and Sport while only the Touring trim gets an extra Sports+ mode. This is confusing as the TRD is the top-end trim with the track-tuned suspension setup. 

Models

2022 Toyota Avalon XLE

2021 Volkswagen Arteon SE

2021 Chrysler 300 S

2021 Dodge Charger R/T

MSRP

$36,575

$36,995

$37,395

$36,995

Engine

3.5 L V6

2.0 L Inline-4

3.6 L V6

5.7 L V8

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

301 hp @ 6600 rpm

268 hp @ 5500 rpm

300 hp @ 6350 rpm

370 hp @ 5250 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

267 ft-lbs. @ 4700 rpm

258 ft-lbs. @ 1950 rpm

264 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm

395 ft-lbs. @ 4200 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

5.7

6.1

6.3

4.9

Quarter Mile (sec)

14.3

14.6

14.8

13.2

Top Speed (mph)

135

140

155

155

The Dodge Charger R/T is undoubtedly the most powerful among all of the competition in the price range. It’s clearly not the base trim of the Charger but in terms of pricing, it stands very close to the case trim of the Avalon. It comes with a huge 5.7 L V8 under the hood that makes 370 hp and 395 lb-ft. It obviously dominated the 0-60 and quarter-mile times also. The Avalon is the second most powerful one and has respectable 0 to 60 and quarter-mile times. So if outright performance is what you need and you are ready to compromise on fuel efficiency for the same, then only choose the Charger. Otherwise, the Avalon would be the perfect option for you; don’t bother considering the Volkswagen Arteon or Chrysler 300 S.

2022 Toyota Avalon Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2022 Avalon, as it is expected to come with the same 3.5 L engine, the mpg figures are expected to remain the same. The engine along with the efficient 8-speed automatic transmission delivers an efficiency of 22 mpg in the city, 32 on the highway, and a combined efficiency of 26 mpg. The fuel capacity of the Avalon is 14.5 gallons which result in a range of 319 miles in the city. 464 while cruising on the highway and a combined range of around 377 miles. The mileage figures and range are on the brighter side and the Toyota delivers a pretty good fuel economy while not being deficit on power or performance.

Models

2022 Toyota Avalon XLE

2021 Volkswagen Arteon SE

2021 Chrysler 300 S

2021 Dodge Charger R/T

MPG (City)

22*

22

19

16

MPG (Highway)

32*

32

30

25

MPG (Combined)

26*

25

23

19

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14.5*

18.2

18.5

18.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

319/464/377*

400/582/455

352/555/425

296/463/351

The Avalon is the best option in terms of fuel efficiency, thus making it the best combination of performance and fuel efficiency. The Arteon offers a very similar fuel economy but considering the fact that the Avalon is significantly more powerful than the VW, the Toyota wins. But the Arteon has a larger tank and hence delivers a much-improved range and you don’t have to refill it as frequently as the Avalon. Here is where the stronger V8 and better performance of the Charger R/T takes a toll, making it the least efficient among the competition.

2022 Toyota Avalon Interior

7.0/10

The interior of the Avalon is a supremely comfortable place to be in. It comes with all the elegance and grace with a classy and high-quality cabin and superb quality materials and elements all around it. All trims come with dual-zone automatic climate control as well as a leather-trimmed steering wheel. The base XLE trim gets SofTex trimmed seats with 8-way power adjustability. The driver seat further gets 2-way power lumbar support, while the front seats also get heating functionality. This is the basic interior setup provided by Toyota in the Avalon’s base trim and that itself is impressive and comfortable. 

2022 Toyota Avalon Sedan cockpit area

Going up the trims the XSE Nightshade, Touring, and TRD trim come with SofTex-trimmed seats with perforation and Ultrasuede detailing whereas the limited trim features premium leather-trimmed seats. The base XLE trim has a Hydrographic interior trim while the XSE Nightshade and Touring trims come with genuine aluminum interior trim and the TRD trim further gets red stitching everywhere combined with the same interior trim. The Limited trim comes with a genuine wood interior trim differentiating itself from the rest. 

2022 Toyota Avalon Sedan infotainment screen

When it comes to space, the Avalon is exceptionally spacious and provides a super impressive leg space in both rows. It also comes with a decent cargo area measuring 16.1 cu-ft which can accommodate enough luggage for a long trip. The higher-end trims also come with Active Noise Control (ANC) and Engine Sound Enhancement (ESE) along with ambient interior lighting. Overall the cabin of the Avalon is nice and luxurious and the 2022 Toyota Avalon would come with the same interior features along with some refreshed interior elements and revised styling. 

Models

2022 Toyota Avalon XLE

2021 Volkswagen Arteon SE

2021 Chrysler 300 S

2021 Dodge Charger R/T

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.5/58.3/42.1

37.7/56.5/41.2

38.6/59.5/41.8

38.6/59.5/41.8

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.9/57.1/40.3

37.0/54.7/40.2

37.9/57.7/40.1

36.6/57.9/40.1

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

16.1

27.2

16.3

16.5

All of the cars in the competition are proper winners under different parameters of interior space. The Charger and the Chrysler 300 S being super wide cars come with exceptional amounts of shoulder room. The Arteon has the lowest passenger space among the competition by a slight margin, but it offers the most cargo area. Based on the quality of the interior, the Volkswagen Arteon and the Toyota Avalon have the most updated and premium-looking cabin and dashboard. The Charger and 300 S are in no way cheap, but they just look a bit old. The following are some of the prominent interior features of the Avalon-

  • SofTex-trimmed seats with perforation and Ultrasuede trim 
  • Premium leather-trimmed seats 
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver and passenger seats with 4-way power lumbar support
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Premium leather-trimmed heated steering wheel 
  • Genuine wood interior trim

How intuitive is the 2022 Toyota Avalon’s infotainment unit?

The 2022 Toyota Avalon would probably feature the same infotainment unit in the 2021 model year version. The infotainment unit consists of a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment screen along with a 7-in. TFT Multi-Information Display (MID). Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with an 8-speaker audio system. The higher trims feature the Premium Audio package which comes with a JBL sound system with Clari-Fi technology and 14 speakers including a subwoofer and a 1200W amplifier. The Touring trim exclusively features Active Noise Control (ANC) and Engine Sound Enhancement (ESE). The following are the prominent infotainment features of the Avalon-

  • 9-in. touchscreen and 14 speakers JBL sound system including subwoofer and amplifier
  • Dynamic Navigation with 3-year trial
  • Android Auto & Apple CarPlay integration
  • SiriusXM with 3-month All Access trial subscription
  • Connected Services with Safety Connect trial

2022 Toyota Avalon Exterior

8.0/10

The Avalon is a sleek and long car with a beautiful exterior. But the super huge front grille might seem a bit off-putting for some eyes. However, the rest of the exterior is pleasant and elegant and will seem appealing to everyone. The 2022 Avalon would be available in the same 8 color options and it is expected to arrive in one or two new color choices also. The roof can also be opt-in Midnight Black Metallic with certain trims. 

2022 Toyota Avalon Sedan 

The wheels on the Avalon differ according to the trim chosen. The base XLE trim comes with 17-in. silver-painted alloy wheels whereas the XSE Nightshade and Limited trims come with 18-in. dark-gray-painted and Super Chrome alloy wheels respectively. Stepping up to the Touring trim, it comes with 19-in. black-painted wheels with a machined finish whereas the TRD trim gets 19-in. TRD matte-black alloy wheel. All of this brings us to the conclusion that the Avalon is a good-looking sedan.

Models

2022 Toyota Avalon XLE

2021 Volkswagen Arteon SE

2021 Chrysler 300 S

2021 Dodge Charger R/T

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,570

3,686

4,013

4,286

Length (inches)

195.9

191.6

198.6

200.8

Width (inches)

72.8

73.7

75.0

75.0

Height (inches)

56.5

56.9

58.7

57.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.3

N/A

5.0

5.2

Wheelbase (inches)

113.0

111.9

120.0

120.0

The Avalon and the Arteon are the curvy and pretty cars whereas the Chrysler and the Dodge are super sporty and aggressive-looking ones. The Avalon is the lightest whereas the Dodge with the biggest engine is obviously the heaviest. The competition in this segment is versatile this segment and the choice based on exterior beauty is purely subjective and all of the cars are superb looking in their own design language. Some of the important exterior features of the Toyota Avalon are-

  • LED headlights with smoked chrome bezels, on/off feature, and Adaptive Cornering Lights
  • LED taillights with dynamic turn signals
  • Acoustic noise-reducing windshield and driver and front passenger-side windows
  • Dual exhaust with chrome tips
  • Front chrome grille surround with dark gray insert
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS)

2022 Toyota Avalon Safety

7.0/10

The 2022 Avalon would most likely arrive with the same set of safety features as the 2021 version. The standard safety features include ten airbags, along with Toyota’s Star Safety System which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), and other basic features. The car also comes with an energy-absorbing collapsible steering column, front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones, and side-impact door beams. The car also gets super-advanced safety tech and some of which are part of the available Advanced Safety Package. The following are the important safety features-

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS with PD)
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan (Advanced Safety Package)
  • Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking (RCTB) (Advanced Safety Package)

2022 Toyota Avalon Competition

7.0/10

2022 Toyota Avalon vs 2021 Volkswagen Arteon

The Avalon is the superior option in terms of performance as well as space. The Arteon is a capable machine, but the Avalon is the overall better option. The Arteon offers a significantly better cargo space than the Toyota while also having an updated and more intuitive infotainment unit. But overall the 2022 Avalon is surely the better option.

2021 Volkswagen Arteon

2022 Toyota Avalon vs 2021 Chrysler 300 S

The Chrysler 300 S is not the ideal option as it comes with a slightly weaker engine and a lot more weight. The 300 S has a marginally more spacious interior but the Avalon has the overall better quality cabin and superior quality materials and elements on the inside. The Avalon is the overall better option in this direct comparison also.

2021 Chrysler 300 S

2022 Toyota Avalon vs

2021 Dodge Charger

Here it’s not as easy and direct as the others, the Charger R/T is a much more powerful car than the Avalon. The stronger V8 engine under the Charger R/T’s hood outputs significantly better amounts of power and torque compared to the Avalon’s V6. The Charger also is more spacious whereas the Avalon’s cabin is the overall better place to be in. So if performance is your primary concern, then choose the Charger R/T, otherwise, the Avalon would suffice.

2022 Toyota Avalon Final Verdict

The 2022 Avalon would be a superb option in the segment and for the price paid. The Avalon comes in various different trims and there’s one for everyone. The engine under the hood is powerful and responsive and coupled with the great handling and spacious interior the Avalon delivers an impressive package. It is an ideal option and a great combination of performance, luxury, efficiency as well as the best in class reliability from Toyota.

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