Toyota Avalon Review
The 2014 Toyota Avalon ranks 3 out of 10 Affordable Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Toyota Avalon, as well as reliability and safety data.
With a host of standard features and a high-quality, comfortable interior, reviewers say the 2014 Toyota Avalon is a compelling choice among large cars.
The Avalon comes with a V6 engine that test drivers agree provides plenty of power. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and test drivers say that its shifts are quick and silky smooth. The 2014 Avalon gets an EPA-estimated 21/31 mpg city/highway, which is good for an affordable large car. Automotive journalists write that the Avalon’s handling has improved considerably since it was redesigned in 2013, and that the 2014 Avalon offers composed handling and strong brakes, as well as a quiet, comfortable ride.
Auto writers agree that the 2014 Avalon has a beautifully made interior with first-rate materials and spacious, comfortable seating for five occupants. The Toyota Avalon has numerous standard features for the class, and reviewers say that most interior controls are easy to use. Standard features in the 2014 Toyota Avalon include a backup camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start and a Display Audio system, which includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, eight speakers, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, an auxiliary input and a USB port. Options include blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and navigation.
- "Its striking exterior is further bolstered by a premium interior befitting the finest Lexus sedan. Taut driving dynamics, a smooth ride and a silent cabin are also mainstays of Toyota's flagship, as are the cutting-edge yet user-friendly in-vehicle audio and navigation systems." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "No, it won't get your heart pounding, but the Avalon is polished and poised with an added dose of of style never before seen on a Toyota sedan." -- Left Lane News
- "For modest souls who would never want to ride behind the Lexus badge, the Avalon offers style and features that encroach on Lexus territory." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
- "Unlike its predecessor, the 2013 Avalon makes sense in the Toyota/Lexus hierarchy, and it's better to drive than both the Lexus ES and the Camry while also delivering luxury and refinement that neatly splits those two cars." -- Car and Driver (2013)
Other Cars to Consider
Critics agree that the Chevrolet Impala has balanced handling and a very high-quality interior. If cargo space is a priority, the Impala also has a larger trunk than the Avalon.
The Kia Cadenza has a wealth of standard features, including navigation and a 12-speaker Infinity sound system. Reviewers also love the Cadenza’s comfortable, yet sporty, handling and powerful V6 engine.
Details: 2014 Toyota Avalon
The 2014 Toyota Avalon seats five and comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Four trims are offered: XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring and Limited. The Toyota Avalon Hybrid is reviewed separately. The Avalon was redesigned for the 2013 model year and doesn’t change much for 2014. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013 and 2014 model years.