Toyota Avalon - aggressive large sedan debuts

Toyota Avalon - aggressive large sedan debuts

Toyota promises that the 2019 Avalon will be its most fuel-efficient yet, so its EPA rating will likely best the current model's 40 mpg city, 39 highway, 40 combined.

Beginning with the skin, the 2019 Toyota Avalon is sleeker and more eye-catching than the outgoing model.

The Lexus-like executive-sized challenger sits on the longest version of Toyota's New Global Architecture (TNGA) modular platform, and is sized (if not priced) to go head-to-head with the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6.

The Avalon will continue to use soft-touch materials throughout, which was one of our favorite things about the old model's interior.

If you've been a Toyota fan or a Lexus stalwart for years, you've probably been a little green with envy watching your friends play around with fun technological platforms like Apple's CarPlay or Google's Android Auto in their vehicles. It's voice controllable too, and compatible with select Android or Apple devices. The new vehicle, the fifth-generation Avalon that Toyota has produced, has a bolder looking exterior and new 3.5-liter V6 or the Toyota Hybrid System II engine.

XLE and XSE passengers can listen to crisp tunes on a standard eight-speaker system having Entune 3.0 Audio Plus with Connected Navigation Scout GPS Link App and Entune 3.0 App Suite Connect, featuring new in-vehicle third-party applications.

Meanwhile, the seats feature perforated Ultrasuede for XSE and Touring models, Softex faux leather with vertical stitching on the XLE and quilted leather with special perforation and two-colour stitching on the Limited.

"To its menu, Avalon mixes a bevy of Toyota-firsts such as standard Apple CarPlay and Dynamic Auxiliary Turn Signals, available authentic Yamaha wood and aluminum cabin accents, and Engine Sound Enhancement".

The Toyota Avalon looks good, but is the tech up to it?

Powering the big sedan is either a 3.5-liter V6 or a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid electric system.

Inside, a 9.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment takes center stage.

Designed, developed and built in the US, the Avalon competes with cars like the Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus and Kia Cadenza and in the shrinking market for large front-wheel-drive family sedans.

The auto is built on the same new platform that underpins the latest Toyota Camry, which marked a major leap in refinement for that model. The list includes collision avoidance gear such as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warnings, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, and automatic high beams on every model.

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