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MSRP: $32,285 - $39,980
Invoice: $29,057 - $35,983
MPG: 21 City / 31 Hwy
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Toyota Avalon Performance

The 2015 Toyota Avalon’s V6 engine is both powerful and quiet, according to critics. They say the Avalon accelerates easily, as well as has a comfortable ride and agile handling with little body lean.

  • "Overall, the Avalon provides an impressive blend of comfort, performance and efficiency. It's also just plain easy to drive." -- Edmunds
  • "While Toyota's 2015 full-size Avalon sedan is thrilling to drive, it's not your typical thrill ride. The thrill comes from discovering a big, comfortable car that is still agile enough at high speed to instill confidence. The steering is firm, the brakes strong and the V6's ability to accelerate is undeniable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The structure is stiffer than that of the previous version, too, which has helped make powertrain, suspension, and road noise even more hushed than before-and decidedly Lexus-like." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "While it's not too much of a stretch to call the 2013 Avalon's appearance ‘sporty,’ I hesitate to apply the same term to the car's performance. Sure, this Avalon's handling is predictable and its engine feels potent, this is still a comfortable ride first and foremost." -- CNET (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Toyota Avalon comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 268 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard. According to the EPA, the 2015 Avalon gets 21/31 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class.

Test drivers report that the 2015 Avalon’s V6 delivers substantial power for most driving situations. They add that it has strong acceleration and never feels strained. Auto writers note the Avalon accelerates quickly off the line.

  • "The 2015 Toyota Avalon's V6 engine is smooth and powerful and should provide more than enough acceleration to please most drivers. Furthermore, that performance is delivered in a very quiet, unruffled manner, which adds to the Toyota's appeal as an effortless open highway cruiser." -- Edmunds
  • "The carryover engine is a surprisingly powerful 3.5-liter V6 that produces 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque - that's enough to propel the big sedan from zero-to-60 mph in just over six seconds." -- Left Lane News
  • "The V6 provides brisk acceleration-Toyota forecasts 6.7 seconds to 60 mph." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)

Handling and Braking

Reviewers write that the 2015 Toyota Avalon balances a comfortable ride and nimble handling, with little body lean when cornering. They also think the Avalon has responsive steering, strong brakes and rides quietly at speed.

  • "Though it still isn't a sport sedan, the Avalon now leans less in the corners and feels suitably responsive without a significant decrease in ride quality." -- Left Lane News
  • "Compared to the last-generation car, the newest Avalon benefits greatly from better feel in the steering and brakes." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "The steering now requires effort, and even more weight can be dialed in by hitting the Sport button located between the seats. Jack LaLanne himself would be pleased by the Avalon's transformation from flabby and sloppy to tight and athletic." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "Previous Avalons appealed primarily to drivers who thought cornering should be preceded by an environmental impact statement. With improved chassis and firmer suspension, the new Avalon attacks corners, changes direction readily, and limits rock and roll body motions-in contrast to the lifeboat dynamics of earlier generations." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)
Review Last Updated: 1/5/15

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