2020 Toyota Avalon

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MSRP $35,875 - $42,575
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2020 Toyota Avalon Price, Review and Buying Guide

Updated on: July 21, 2020

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If you are looking for the ultimate long-distance comfort but don't want to spend your hard-earned money irresponsibly just for a posh badge, the 2020 Toyota Avalon will delight you. It's the Toyota's most premium sedan and offers luxury of a Lexus without costing a bomb. In fact, the Avalon Hybrid delivers compact car-like fuel efficiency with all the luxury.

Behind the wheel, the outward visibility is great and the smooth but powerful V6 mated to an equally smooth 8-Speed Automatic makes for an effortless mile muncher. Although the Avalon inspire confidence through turns, it's never as entertaining as the Nissan Maxima or Dodge Charger. The Avalon was built to soothe you rather than excite you and it does its job brilliantly.

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Pros

Long list of standard driver aids

Superb ride quality

Excellent noise insulation

Motor strikes a good balance between MPG figures and performance

Cons

Still no Android Auto

No AWD, even as an option

What's New?

The 2020 Toyota Avalon carries forward unchanged from 2019


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35875

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

301 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

267 lbs.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

8-speed ECT-i Direct-Shift Automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

44177

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 ¼-mile

14.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/31/25 mpg

highway range

489.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

2 yr. /unlimited


Pictures & Videos

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Colors and Styles

2020 Toyota Avalon in Brownstone color 2020 Toyota Avalon in Celestial Silver Metallic color 2020 Toyota Avalon in Harbor Gray Metallic color 2020 Toyota Avalon in Midnight Black Metallic color 2020 Toyota Avalon in Ruby Flare Pearl color
Brownstone

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

6.5

Safety

8.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Toyota Avalon XLE

XLE

power
301 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$35,875


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $35,875 MSRP (22/25/31) 301 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed ECT-i Direct-Shift Automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Toyota Avalon XSE

XSE

power
301 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$38,375


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XSE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $38,375 MSRP (22/25/31) 301 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed ECT-i Direct-Shift Automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Toyota Avalon Limited

Limited

power
301 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$42,175


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $42,175 MSRP (22/25/31) 301 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed ECT-i Direct-Shift Automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Toyota Avalon Touring

Touring

power
301 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$42,575


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $42,575 MSRP (22/25/31) 301 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed ECT-i Direct-Shift Automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.1

Overall Rating


This Toyota full-size sedan will pamper you in its supportive seats clad in supple leather. The cabin is superbly quiet and there is ample room in the back to just stretch out and relax.

While the standard dual-zone automatic climate control keeps the cabin climate pleasant, the cushy suspension gobbles up any type of road imperfection effortlessly.

2020 Toyota Avalon Angular Front View
2020 Toyota Avalon Angular Rear 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


2020 Toyota Avalon Features

8.0/10

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 $35,800 to $42,500. All four trims share a similar 3.5L V6 engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission. 

Choosing your ideal Avalon will largely depend on the type of features you prefer. Climbing up the trim ladder you will get some additional set of features added with each level.

Model

XLE

XSE

Limited

Touring

MSRP

$ 35,875

$ 38,375

$ 42,175

$ 42,575

Key Features

Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers

Adds/Upgrades from “XLE”

Adds/Upgrades from “XSE”

Adds/upgrades from “Limited”

 

LED reflector headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights with auto on/off feature

LED reflector headlights with smoked chrome bezels and on/off feature and LED Daytime Running Lights with auto on/off feature

LED headlights with smoked chrome bezels and on/off feature and LED Daytime Running Lights with auto on/off feature and laser-ablation design with dynamic auxiliary turn signals

Heated tilt/telescopic premium leather steering wheel with memory function, Multi-Information Display, paddle shifters, audio, Bluetooth hands-free phone, and voice-command controls

 

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind-spot warning indicators

Piano-black heated power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind-spot warning indicators

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind-spot warning indicators, memory features and a drivers-side auto-dimming feature

Piano-black heated power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind-spot warning indicators, memory features and a drivers-side auto-dimming feature

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter and rear-seat vents

Power Tilt/Slide Moonroof with Sliding Sunshade

10” Color HUD with Customizable Settings

Active Noise Control

 

17-in. silver-painted alloy wheels

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

18-in. super-chrome alloy wheels

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

 

9” Touchscreen Infotainment System with Apple Car Play and Amazon Alexa

Frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror and HomeLink universal transceiver

1200W JBL 14 Speaker Audio System with Sub-Woofer with Dynamic Navigation

SofTex trimmed seats with perforation and Ultrasuede heated and ventilated front seats with 8-way adjustable front Passenger Seats

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Out of all the trims, the XLE trim is the wisest choice of all. You will land a more functional car with a sunroof, and a plethora of features without tearing your wallet. Then again if you are willing to spend more, you will surely get the top-trim treatment with the Limited trim.

2020 Toyota Avalon Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The Avalon aims to lower your pulse and every single component of the powertrain and chassis is engineered to deliver just that. The engine delivers power smoothly, the transmission shuffles the torque smoothly and the suspension absorbs the imperfection and keeps the car moving – smoothly. That said, the Avalon does inspire confidence even through high-speed corners.

The 2020 Toyota Avalon is powered by the 3.5 liters V6

All the non-hybrid Avalon gets the same powertrain – a 3.5L V6 developing 301 hp and 267 pounds-feet of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The V6 can propel this full-size barge with gusto. Sadly, the all-wheel drive is not on offer. The Avalon Hybrid gets a 2.5L I4 engine assisted by an electric motor. The combined power is lower through – 200 hp. Hybrid gets a CVT instead of a traditional automatic.

Models

Toyota Avalon XLE

Nissan Maxima SV

Chrysler 300 S

BMW 330i

MRSP

$ 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

Transmission

8 Speed A/T

CVT

8 Speed A/T

8 Speed A/T

Horsepower(hp)

301 @6600rpm

300 @6400rpm

300 @6350rpm

255 @5000rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

267 @4700rpm

261 @4400rpm

264 @4800rpm

295 @1550rpm

Addressing the competitors, the Avalon is the most dominant of the group and ticks away both the Maxima and the Chrysler by the power of a sole horse. The Bimmer is the least convincing of the bunch here but addresses up with the best torque numbers here.

Acceleration

The 3.5L V6 in non- TRD Toyota Avalon can accelerate this full-size luxury barge from rest to 60 mph in 6.seconds. That’s faster than the much more aggressive-looking Dodge Charger. With so much power on tap, overtaking even the faster freeway traffic is effortless.

2020 Toyota Avalon has a 0-60 mph timing of 6 seconds

The quarter-mile runs follow a 14.8 sec acceleration time, which is fairly decent for a family-size sedan. 

Models

Toyota Avalon XLE

Nissan Maxima SV

Chrysler 300 S

BMW 330i

0-60 mph (sec)

6

5.7

5.3

5.8

Quarter mile (sec)

14.6

14.3

13.8

14.7

Engine

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Emission (Tons/Year of CO2 Emissions @ 15kMi/Year)

6.7

7.4

7.6

N/A

The competition is filled with better accelerating cars, the Chrysler 300 wins this battle with its 5.3 seconds acceleration followed by the 5.7-second performance by the Nissan Maxima. The BMW 330i and the Avalon are somewhat similar teaching 60 mph mark.

Braking Performance

The Avalon gets 12-inch brake rotors up front and 11.1-inch rotors at the back. That’s the smallest among the competitors compared here and it does compromise the braking of the Avalon. The car comes on a grinding halt from a speed of 60 mph in 115 ft.

Even though Avalon is lightest here, it takes longer to stop from 60 than the Chrysler 300 or Bimmer. That said, it does offer a linear pedal response that helps to make smooth stops easy. 

Models

Toyota Avalon XLE

Nissan Maxima SV

Chrysler 300 S

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

Where the Avalon and BMW 330i display similar braking dynamics the Chrysler 300 is the best amongst the lot. The Nissan Maxima seems to be the potential lager with the largest braking distance.

Ride and Handling 

he suspension of the Avalon is supple enough to lull you to sleep on a long trip. It dismissed any kind of bump at any speed with aplomb. This combined with its rock-solid stability at freeway speeds and confidence-inspiring cornering characteristics makes the Avalon a perfect transcontinental cruiser.

The Touring trim gets the sporty suspension and larger wheels for those who want a bit more “sport”.The suspension is set up for a plush ride, but the Touring model’s stiffer suspension won’t compromise the luxury feel.

2020 Toyota Avalon Brake

The handling of the 2020 Avalon is not that enjoyable, the huge size makes it difficult for city maneuvers and forgets about parking this car in the subcompact zones. Still, the light steering makes it delivers predictability and makes up for the size. As a daily driver, the car is approachable, you will feel right at home with it.

2020 Toyota Avalon Fuel Economy

5.0/10

With such performance in such a large size, even the non-hybrid Avalon is incredibly efficient delivering 22 mpg in city and 32 mpg on the highway for a combined rating of 26 mpg. The BMW 330i delivers slightly better efficiency but with much lower performance.

The large 17-gallon fuel tank gives it a cruising range of 560 miles – as we said, a proper transcontinental liner.

Models

Toyota Avalon XLE

Nissan Maxima SV

Chrysler 300 S

BMW 330i

mpg (City)

22

20

19

26

mpg (Hwy)

32

30

30

36

mpg (combined)

26

24

23

30

Range (City/Hwy)

319/464 Miles

360/540 Miles

352/555 Miles

406/562 Miles

Tank capacity (gallons)

14.5

18

18.5

15.6

The Avalon might be mediocre in other sections but efficiency is where Toyota has worked hard on. BMW 330i endures procuring good numbers on the MPG front with the good use of its Turbocharged motor. The Chrysler 300 is the worst when it comes to economy while the Maxima takes the second spot.

2020 Toyota Avalon Interior

7.5/10

The Avalon’s interior can give any luxury car costing more than twice the money nightmares when it comes to pure comfort. The quality of the material is flawless, the fit and finish are perfect and the cabin is loaded with equipment – even is base trim. While the rear seats are as relaxing as a warm bath, even the driving environment is unhurried.

Seating and Comfort

The rear seats are sofa like – wide and expansive with abundant leg-room. The seats are so plush, you sink in them. While standard dual-zone climate control is powerful and keeps the cabin climate pleasant under any condition, the Limited trim gets three-zone climate control.

2020 Toyota Avalon Front Seat

It’s easy to find a perfect driving position with 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seats and power lumbar support. Once you find your perfect driving position, you notice a largely simple and unhurried instrument cluster, a leather-clad steering wheel that’s good to hold and a wide dashboard covered in rich leather with high-quality stitching.

Models

Toyota Avalon XLE

Nissan Maxima SV*

Chrysler 300 S*

BMW 330i*

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (head/ shoulder/leg)(inch)

37.4/57.8/42.1

39.4/56.7/45.0

38.6/59.5/41.8

38.7/56.0/42.0

Rear (head/ shoulder/leg)(inch)

37.5/57.1/40.3

36.7/56.7/34.2

37.9/57.7/40.1

37.6/56.0/35.2

You will also find outward visibility great. While even the base Avalon XLE gets standard heated seats that feel lovely, the Avalon Limited gets ventilated front seats. All these combined with its hushed cabin and long-range really helps it shrink vast distances. Even an airliner like an ambient light is on offer – those with frequent long-distance commuters will love it.

Interior Features

  • Dual Zone Auto AC with Air Filters
  • 8 Way Front Power adjust seats with 2-way power lumbar support
  • Leather-Trimmed Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • 60/40 Split-Folding Rear Seats
  • Heated Tilt/Telescopic Leather Wrapped Multi-Function Steering Wheel with memory Function
  • Ambient Lighting
  • 4 Door Auto Up/Down Power Windows
  • Frameless Auto-Dimming RVM with HomeLink

Infotainment System

The central console is governed by a large 9'' touch screen that appears with pinch to zoom navigation highlight. Apple CarPlay finally makes the cut in a Toyota car and can use your iPhone for navigation, making calls or playing your personal playlist and Android Auto is also there. Up to 5 devices can be connected using the onboard WiFi connect powered by Verizon.

2020 Toyota Avalon Infotainment Display

Infotainment Features

  • Qi Charging Wireless Charging Pad
  • Integrated Backup Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • 7” TFT MID with Customizable Settings
  • 10” Customizable HUD
  • 9” Touchscreen Infotainment System with Apple Car Play, Amazon Alexa connectivity, and Dynamic Navigation
  • 1200W JBL 14 Speaker Audio System with Sub-woofers
  • SiriusXM/HD Radio with Bluetooth and USB 2.0 Connectivity

Cargo Capacity

Complementing the Avalons large cabin and long-distance capability is its spacious trunk. With 16 cubic feet of luggage capacity on offer, it can easily swallow all the occupants’ luggage. 

As befits a big sedan, the Avalon features a sufficiently large trunk. The rear seats don’t fold down, but there is a central pass-through.

Model

Toyota Avalon XLE

Nissan Maxima SV

Chrysler 300 S

BMW 330i

Cargo space (cubic feet)

16.1

14.3

16.3

17

Though it's commodious, the competition does it a little better. The cargo space on the 330i is slightly better than the Avalon. The Avalon and Chrysler comes with an identical cargo space but the Maxima is a little shorter. 

2020 Toyota Avalon  front seat
2020 Toyota Avalon front seat
2020 Toyota Avalon interior
2020 Toyota Avalon interior
2020 Toyota Avalon cockpit area
2020 Toyota Avalon cockpit area
2020 Toyota Avalon center console
2020 Toyota Avalon center console
2020 Toyota Avalon rear seat
2020 Toyota Avalon rear seat
2020 Toyota Avalon steering
2020 Toyota Avalon steering

2020 Toyota Avalon Exterior

6.5/10

The Avalon has a reserved understated styling – like a typical Toyota sedan. However, the length and width give it a considerable road presence. Carrying on Toyota's recent fascination, the Avalon gets large front grilles. However, it is not as loud and the long horizontal slats with a chrome accent do give it a sense of width and add to the substance of the vehicle.

2020 Toyota Avalon Side View

The Avalon now has a gently sloping roofline towards the rear that adds a hint of sportiness. However, the ingress and egress are still effortless and the long rear doors ensure getting out of those large rear sofa-seats will still be dignified when arriving at a board meeting. 

Model

Toyota Avalon XLE

Nissan Maxima SV

Chrysler 300 S

BMW 330i*

Curb weight (lbs)

3560

3552

4013

3582

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 Maxima weigh lowest among the competition at 3560 pounds and 3552 pounds respectively-way lighter than the Chrysler. The BMW 330 is the most compact car here with the shortest wheelbase of 103 inches while most of them are above 110 inches.

Exterior Features

The 2020 Avalon has quite a few bells and whistles that differentiate it from its forerunner and they are quite striking.

  • 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 front view
2020 Toyota Avalon front view
2020 Toyota Avalon rear view
2020 Toyota Avalon rear view
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2020 Toyota Avalon taillight
2020 Toyota Avalon taillight

2020 Toyota Avalon Safety

8.0/10

The Toyota offers Toyota Safety Sense as standard bundled with following modern active safety and driver assistance systems:

  • Cross-traffic alert (rear)
  • Ten airbags
  • Lane departure warning activates the 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 Safety Feature

The 2020 Avalon Hybrid 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.

2020 Toyota Avalon Competition

Toyota Avalon vs. Chrysler 300

Both of these cars reach out to the big sedan segment in the US market. With a similar price tag, both of these cars have diverse customer goals. If you like a massive car with crude power and speed, the Chrysler 300 is the car for y'all. 

2020 Chrysler 300

But if you are one of those proletariats who like a well-balanced family car with fabulous fuel efficiency and elevated safety, Toyota Avalon is the car for you.

Toyota Avalon vs. Nissan Maxima

While the Avalon is sedated and reserved in look, the Maxima will attract plenty of attention with its busy exterior. Also, Maxima will be to your taste if you prefer athletic driving characteristics with its strong engine and tight dynamics. It combines all these with its comfort, efficiency and great reliability.

2020 Nissan Maxima

However, the Avalon has a far better rear seat and will cocoon you and your passengers better. It eventually simmers down to your individual choice and both of these cars are quite extraordinary.

Toyota Avalon vs. BMW 330i

The BMW 330i stands amongst one of the Greatest Driving Cars in the World and has been a benchmark in the division, in terms of driving demeanors. The Bimmer is impeccably constructed, grants loads of features on the interior and comes with the traditional BMW badge on the front. The Avalon may feel a tad little subaltern in terms of steering feel but you can’t rule it out completely.

2020 BMW 330i

The Avalon offers essentially everything, that the Bimmer has to offer at a far lower demanding price. It has a excellent build as well and will be a much more solid machine to own in the long term when matched to the Bimmer as well.

2020 Toyota Avalon Final Verdict

The Toyota Avalon is a luxury car with an innocuous Toyota badge and styling. It has a clear objective – to provide luxury car level comfort, space, and features at a reasonable price. It succeeds in that objective with the excellent build quality, comfort, and smooth performance.

However, there is one caveat – its infotainment is not at all modern. Also, while navigation is available, it’s only offered on the higher XLE Platinum trim. And although the sloping roof is there and the Touring trim gets stiffened suspension, it’s never an exciting car.

So, if you are looking for more excitement and are willing to sacrifice rear-seat comfort, get the Maxima. Need even more excitement? Get the Charger and spec it with a V8. On the contrary, the Camry is a car that keeps you refreshed and ready for work even after a transcontinental trip. Its hassle-free ownership experience and slow depreciation reinforce that appeal.

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