2021 Toyota Avalon TRD Sedan

MSRP $42,875

Ranked #11 in Fullsize Sedan

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2021 Toyota Avalon TRD Sedan Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 11, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Avalon has always had Toyota's sophisticated image, but its TRD model is aggressively styled, with more of the boldness of the Lexus models. The 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD is a performance-oriented sedan with bold styling and a lot more to discover underneath its skin. Sit behind the wheel and you'll be blown away by its driving performance, refined ride, and handling. With a punchy V6 under the hood and a sleek look to catch the eye, this car is sure to turn heads.

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Pros

Well-appointed interior

Punchy performance from V6

Plenty of standard features and options

Razor-sharp handling

Cons

Expensive than its competitors

Rear row space

What's New?

Android Auto is now standard

No major changes on the design front


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$42875

bodystyle

dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

301 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

267 lb.-ft.. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

12/11.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.7 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

Base$42,875 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD Sedan in Harbor Blue Metallic color
Harbor Blue Metallic

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The new Toyota Avalon TRD is unlike your regular Avalon. In addition to a sport-tuned suspension and a TRD body kit, the vehicle will offer a high-performance audio system. About 60% of the parts that make up the TRD version will differ from those components found on the non-TRD Avalon. The package also comes with a few extra features, such as a cargo net for convenience, as well as keyless entry and ignition. Lots of convenience features are offered as standard equipment on this futuristic vehicle, including synthetic leather heated seats and rain-sensing windshield wipers, just to name a few. In a segment with fierce competition, it competes against the likes of Nissan Maxima, Chrysler 300 S, and Cadillac CT5

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD Sedan Features

The 2021 Toyota Avalon is available in five trim levels: XLE, Limited, Touring, XSE Night Shade, and TRD. The vehicle is available with two powertrains. Most trims are equipped with the 301 horsepower V6 engine as standard with XLE and Touring trims being an exception. The TRD trim will be examined in detail in this review, while all other trims including the available hybrid variants will be reviewed separately. 

As mentioned above, the TRD trim is the performance and track-focused version of the regular Avalon that comes with a price tag of $42,375. Since it is the top-tier trim level, it includes the best features Toyota has to offer, as well as specifically designed TRD features. These include a sport suspension, lightweight 19-inch wheels, TRD accents on the exterior, and red accents in the interior like seat belts and steering wheel. 

Trims

TRD

MSRP (FWD)

$42,375

Key Features

Keyless entry & push-button start

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

9-inch touchscreen

 

Four USB ports

 

Synthetic Leather upholstery

 

Power-adjustable and ventilated front seats

 

Heated rear seats

 

19-inch lightweight wheels

 

Sport-tuned suspension

 

Performance exhaust

 

Rear spoiler

 

Ambient lighting 

 

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto 

 

14-speaker sound system

 

Panoramic sunroof

 

Adaptive cornering headlights

 

Navigation system

Which trim should you buy? 

A performance version of the mid-size Toyota Avalon, the 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD comes in a single trim with all the track-tuned features under the hood, though it retains the same engine as the base trim levels. Ultimately, the choice comes down to your preferences. If you demand more performance for your commute, the TRD would be a good choice. If not, you'd be better off with the base trim because it has the same engine and ample amenities and will save you 3 grand. 

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD Sedan Engine and Performance

The 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD retains the same powertrain as its predecessor. It is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that belts out the same 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque as any other variant. Transmission of the generated power to both of its front wheels is handled by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Although there is an all-wheel-drive option available, unfortunately, TRD models cannot be specified with it. 

Apart from the regular Avalon, the TRD is a bit more refined when it comes to handling. No enhancements have been made to the engine, so torque and horsepower are the same as other variants. Instead, the difference is in the driving experience. There is a rumbling sound to it that adds just the right amount of thrill, but some find the sound artificial and unpleasant. The Toyota Avalon 2021 can reach 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, run the quarter-mile in 14.4 seconds, and top out at 130 mph. 

Models

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD

2021 Cadillac CT5 Sport

2021 Nissan Maxima Platinum

2021 Chrysler 300 S Sedan

MSRP

$42,375

$43,840

$42,220

$37,395

Engine

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.0L Twin-Turbo V6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

FWD

RWD

Transmission

8 Speed Automatic

10-speed Automatic

CVT

8-Speed Automatic

Power 

301 hp @ 6,600 RPM

335 hp @ 5400 RPM

300 hp @ 6,400 rpm

292 hp @ 6,350 rpm

Torque 

267 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

400 lb ft @ 4400 RPM

261 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

5.9 seconds

4.9 seconds

5.7 secs

6.3 secs

Quarter Mile (sec)

14.4 seconds

15.3 seconds

14.3 secs

15 secs

Top Speed (mph)

130 mph

155 mph

132 mph

140 mph

Compared to each other, all of these sedans have similar characteristics and even comparable performance. In comparison to its competitors, the Cadillac CT5 offers astounding 335 horsepower and a class-leading 400 pounds of torque. As well as being the fastest, the CT5 can rev up to maximum speeds faster than any of its rivals.

How well does the 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD handle?

The 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD offers a sporty ride and handling experience with its performance-tuned suspension, high-performance tires, and vehicle dimensional enhancements. The independent front suspension and the multi-link rear suspension, as well as the shock absorbers and stabilizer bars, provide just enough spring for the ride. 

These minor changes set the Toyota Avalon TRD apart from its competition and the rest of its trim levels. Even with the TRD trim lacking an engine upgrade from the other trim levels, the handling is outstanding. With sports mode, you get a smoother drive around corners as a result of less body roll.

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD Braking Performance

Among the best aspects of the 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD is its braking system. The Electronically Controlled Braking system, as well as the Toyota Start Safety System, further enhances this setup. Furthermore, its red-painted front calipers and rear brake calipers contribute to its aesthetic appeal, as well as its excellent braking performance. The brake booster and pedal stiffness tuning options are unique to this model and contribute to top-notch brake performance.

Models

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD

2021 Cadillac CT5 Sport

2021 Nissan Maxima Platinum

2021 Chrysler 300 S Sedan

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.9

12.6

12.6

12.6

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.6

12.4

12.1

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

3655

3724

3,552

4,013 

60-0 (feet)

120

127

113

121

This vehicle comes with power-assisted brakes, including ventilated 12.9-inch front disc brakes with dual-piston calipers, and 11.6-inch rear disc brakes with hydraulic brake boosters. The 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD can come to an abrupt stop in just 121 feet from 60 mph thanks to its braking system. 

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD Sedan Fuel Economy

Toyota's 2021 Avalon TRD is less fuel-efficient than other Avalons offered, but it's not all that much less efficient. EPA estimates its city mileage at 21 mpg, highway mileage at 30 mpg, and combined cycle mileage at 25 mpg. This still puts it on a par with the base and XLE variants, and it's only marginally less efficient. Fuel capacity of 15.8 gallons enables you to travel more than 400 miles if used for all possible applications. 

Models

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD

2021 Cadillac CT5 Sport

2021 Nissan Maxima Platinum

2021 Chrysler 300 S Sedan

MPG (City)

21

23

20

19

MPG (Highway)

30

32

30

30

MPG (Combined)

25

26

24

23

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

15.8

17.4

18.0

18.5 

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined)

347.6/521.4/410.8

400.2/ 556.8/452.4

360/ 540/ 432 

352/ 555/ 425 

Taking a closer look at these figures, it becomes evident that all of the sedans are able to return decent fuel economy values. The Cadillac CT5 gets 26 mpg combined, which is far superior to any of its rivals. The Nissan Maxima and Chrysler 300 are both decent fuel-efficient cars, although not as efficient as the Avalon TRD. 

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD Sedan Interior

In the 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD, the interior stood out as the most impressive feature. In comparison to a regular Toyota, the cabin feels more like that of a Lexus. The TRD treatment brings out the best in the interior of the Avalon, which can be said of any trim level. In addition to looking great, the SofTex seats are also very comfortable. With these seats, you can also adjust the forward and backward positions, as well as the height and lumbar. The front seats are well contoured and ventilated, and the back seats are heated. Even tall people will have plenty of headroom and legroom in both rows.

It has an exemplary fit and finishes, and the interior materials are of excellent quality. Other cars lack this kind of solidity inside their interiors. The steering wheel, dashboard, and buttons on the infotainment center all feel sturdy and solid in the cabin. In addition, the trunk is spacious with 16.9 cubic feet of volume. It's ideal for hauling around a few large pieces of luggage, groceries, or pretty much anything else you need to transport. 

Models

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD

2021 Cadillac CT5 Sport

2021 Nissan Maxima Platinum

2021 Chrysler 300 S Sedan

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

37.4/58.3/42.1

39.0/ 56.7/ 42.4

39.4 / 56.7 / 45.0

38.6 / 59.5 / 41.8

Second (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.5/57.1/40.3

36.6/ 55.7/ 37.9

36.7 / 56.7 / 34.2

37.9 / 57.7 / 40.1

Cargo Volume (cubic feet)

16.1

 

14.3

16.3

The competition is better in some ways and worse in others. The Chrysler 300 features 41.8 inches up front and 40.1 inches of legroom in the rear seats. The Cadillac CT5 features 42.4 inches of legroom up front and 37.9 inches of legroom in the rear seats. The Nissan Maxima has 45 inches of legroom in the front seats and 34.2 inches of legroom in the rear seats.

Standard interior features of the 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD include:

  • Synthetic Leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Remote keyless entry and push-button start

How intuitive is the 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD Infotainment System?

Moreover, the infotainment system in the car was very impressive. Although the Avalon may not be one of the most technologically advanced cars, it has many features that most people will use. Users will find the infotainment system intuitive and easy to use. With a 9-inch touchscreen that is precise and fast, users will have no trouble using it. The device has several buttons and knobs for things you use often, like the volume and some of the menu items, such as maps and audio. 

The system includes a JBL stereo system with Clari-FI technology, which delivers excellent sound quality no matter what volume you set. Furthermore, the system includes apps like Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Siri Eyes Free, SiriusXM, HD radio, as well as access to many other options. The system is also compatible with wireless phone charging. All the standard Infotainment features are listed below:

  • 9-inch touchscreen
  • 14-speaker JBL surround-sound system
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Navigation
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Four USB ports
  • Qi wireless device charging pad

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD Sedan Exterior

The 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD boasts an aggressive design that complements its powerful, high-performing engine. It has a wide and large grill, an oversized hood, and trapezoidal-shaped C-pillars. At first glance, it seems like a Lexus from the front. The vehicle is already heavier than its other variants and this can be attested by the fender flares that it has. Exterior elements on the 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD include unique front and rear bumper covers, front grille with color-keyed surround and integrated backup lights, smoked headlight trim, TRD badging, side sill moldings with color-keyed end caps, inboard tail lamps within the tail lamp finishers, side mirrors with turn signal indicators and color-keyed door handles in LFA-grade bright metallic. 

The Avalon TRD is among the bulkiest sedans in its lineup. The overall width of the Toyota Avalon is 72.8 inches, and the overall length is 195.9 inches. That's almost 16 feet in length. While that's a big car, it doesn't compare with its competitors. Another unique feature is the exhaust system, which was designed and tuned specifically for the TRD trim. The downside is that it doesn't sound very good. In general, it is louder than other exhaust systems. However, loud doesn't always mean good.

Models

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD

2021 Cadillac CT5 Sport

2021 Nissan Maxima Platinum

2021 Chrysler 300 S Sedan

Curb Weight (lbs)

3638 lbs

3663 lbs

3,552 lbs

4,013 lbs

Length (inches)

195.9

193.8

192.8

198.6

Width (inches)

72.8

74.1

73.2

75

Height (inches)

55.9

57.2

56.5

58.5

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.3

7.8

5.3

5.3

Wheelbase (inches)

113

116

115

120.2

When it comes to width, the Avalon’s dimensions are slightly under the competition. All of the competitors mentioned are a little bit wider. Not by much, though. The Chrysler 300 is the widest at 75 inches. Some standout exterior features of the 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD include:

  • LED Headlights 
  • LED Taillights
  • Adaptive cornering headlights
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Sunroof
  • Performance exhaust
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors
  • Lightweight 19-inch wheels
  • Rear spoiler

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD Sedan Safety

The 2021 Avalon TRD is certainly a safe car, as one would expect from Toyota. Listed by the IIHS as an Outstanding Safety Pick+. Moreover, it received five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. By these two factors alone, the car is incredibly safe, but it also features lots of smart safety technology, which is not to be ignored. Each Avalon is equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense P package, which includes active and passive driver assistance systems. 

This vehicle features lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. As with any other Toyota, it all works perfectly. A full-speed dynamic radar cruise control system, three different driving modes (ECO, Normal, Sport), a 360-degree camera with Bird's Eye View, and lane departure warning with steering assistance are available as driver-assist features. Other safety features are listed below:

  • Head-up display
  • Surround-view parking system
  • Rearview camera
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • LED automatic high-beam headlights
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD Sedan Competition

2021 Toyota Avalon TRDvs 2021 Cadillac CT5 Sport

In many ways, these two cars contrast each other. For example, the Avalon TRD is more compact, has better performance, and costs less than the Cadillac, but the CT5 is roomier, fuel-efficient, and has better cabin quality with welcoming interiors, and muscular bodies. Furthermore, Toyota offers better reliability, services, and customer satisfaction than Cadillac.

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD vs 2021 Nissan Maxima Platinum

The 2021 Nissan Maxima is among the best full-size sedans for families. The saloon offers a spacious interior with a decent amount of cargo space at an affordable price point. Furthermore, it has the same power ratings as Avalon. In addition, the MPG figures aren't as good as Toyota's, and the driving experience isn't the best. The 2021 Toyota Avalon is therefore the best car you can get for the money you are spending on buying one.

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD vs 2021 Chrysler 300 S Sedan

In terms of power and performance, the Chrysler 300 S Sedan loses to the Avalon. In contrast, Chrysler's performance is superior to Avalon's when equipped with the available HEMI V8 engine. In terms of power, acceleration, and braking, the Toyota Avalon is more powerful, while the Chrysler 300 S provides decent interiors, infotainment, and exteriors. In terms of safety, the Avalon completely dominates the 2021 Chrysler 300 S Sedan . 

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD Sedan Final Verdict

An automobile can be a complicated piece of equipment. By simplifying it, however, you get a feel for how the vehicle actually functions. This puts the emphasis on all drivers, making simple vehicles effective. The new Toyota Avalon TRD is a good example of a vehicle that is capable, yet less expensive to own. In spite of not being known for its popularity, the Toyota Avalon TRD 2021 is regarded as one of the best among its competitors. 

With a good engine, you can push the vehicle at a good speed, especially if you adhere to the speed limit. Additionally, you have a sport tuned suspension and sport styling cues to enhance the driving aesthetics. Overall, the 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD is a good value for the extra money you spend over a regular Avalon.