2017 Toyota Avalon Review

2017 Toyota Avalon photo
  1. Original MSRP$33,300 - $41,100
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)21/30 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSedan

2017 Toyota Avalon Review

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2017 Toyota Avalon photo
  1. Original MSRP$33,300 - $41,100
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)21/30 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSedan


By Matt Keegan (Last Updated 12/13/2017)

Toyota’s answer to the big sedans offered by Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford is the Avalon. This full-size model delivers the soft ride common to traditional sedans and matches that with premium features, excellent reliability and class-leading safety ratings.

The 2017 Toyota Avalon is a full-size sedan that seats five passengers, and it’s sold in XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring and Limited trims. Front-wheel drive and a V6 engine are standard.

For 2017, the previously optional Toyota Safety Sense P package becomes standard on all models. This package includes automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and lane departure alert with steering assist.


The 2017 Avalon offers a bold front fascia marked by a narrow upper grille and a gaping lower grille. The sedan’s rising beltline and falling roofline call to mind the design cues seen in certain luxury models. The Avalon’s sculpted sheet metal is embellished with handsome character lines, and base models ride on 17-inch wheels. From the rear, the Avalon displays a raised deck, sleek wraparound taillights and dual chrome-tipped exhaust.

Base models come with heated power-adjustable side mirrors with integrated turn signals, smoked LED taillights, halogen headlights and daytime running lights. The list of available features includes HID headlights, LED headlights, auto-dimming side mirrors, a power sunroof, rain-sensing wipers and 18-inch wheels.


The roomy Toyota Avalon seats five in comfort. The cabin offers a premium level of materials along with excellent fit and finish.

The front seats are plush and supportive, and the rear bench seat provides outstanding headroom and legroom. The rear seat includes a center armrest with two cup holders and a pass-through to the trunk. Cargo capacity measures in at 16 cubic feet.

The Avalon provides a long list of standard equipment, including leather upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, dual-zone climate control, woodgrain interior trim, heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats and full power accessories.

Available equipment includes aluminum scuff plate door sills, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient lighting, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, three-zone climate control and a power rear-window sunshade.


The Avalon’s well-balanced driving dynamics make the sedan a pleasure to experience on the road. All 2017 Avalon models come powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, generating 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, this front-wheel drive sedan makes an EPA-estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway.

Touring models come with a sport-tuned suspension. Paddle shifters are standard across the Avalon line.


Standard tech equipment includes an eight-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, an auxiliary audio jack, voice recognition, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, satellite radio, HD radio, a Scout GPS Link app for navigation, a CD/MP3 player and keyless entry and ignition. Safety features such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams and lane departure alert with steering assist are standard on all Avalons.

The list of available features includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a premium JBL sound system, navigation, a wireless device charger and an app suite with iHeartRadio, Pandora and Slacker Radio.

Specs & Features


  • Available colors

  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Creme Brulee Mica
  • Parisian Night Pearl
  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Sizzling Crimson Mica
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Cosmic Gray Mica
  • Blizzard Pearl
  • Ooh La La Rouge Mica
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Wheel Diameter: 17.0 X 7.0 Inches
  • Tire Type: P215/55r17
  • Available exterior features

  • Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Mirror Color: Body-color
  • Exhaust Tip Color: Chrome
  • Exhaust: Dual Tip
  • Grille Color: Chrome Surround/Metallic
  • Window Trim: Chrome
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Door Handle Color: Chrome
  • Body style

  • Sedan
  • Dimensions

  • Width Without Mirrors: 72.2 Inches
  • Ground Clearance: 5.5 Inches
  • Width: 82.5 Inches
  • Length: 195.3 Inches
  • Height: 57.5 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 111 Inches
  • Rear Track Width: 62.2 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 3461 Pounds
  • Front Track Width: 62.6 Inches


  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Rear Vents: Second Row
  • Armrests: Rear Center Folding With Pass-thru/Rear Center With Cupholders
  • Air Filtration
  • Power Locks: Auto-locking
  • Shift Knob Trim: Chrome/Leather
  • Dash Trim: Simulated Wood
  • Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control
  • Door Trim: Leatherette
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
  • Interior Accents: Chrome/Woodgrain
  • Door Sill Trim: Scuff Plate
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Dual
  • Floor Material: Carpet
  • Telematics systems

  • Electronic Messaging Assistance: Voice Operated/With Read Function
  • Navigation App: Scout/Traffic Data
  • Phone: Hands Free
  • Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth
  • Entertainment

  • Radio Data System
  • Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/IPod/iPhone/Jack
  • In-Dash CD: MP3 Playback/Single Disc
  • Total Speakers: 8
  • Satellite Radio: SiriusXM
  • Antenna Type: Diversity/Mast
  • Speed Sensitive Volume Control
  • Radio: AM/FM/HD Radio/Touch Screen Display/Voice Operated
  • Infotainment: Entune
  • Seats

  • Driver Seat: Heated
  • 8-Way Power Driver Seat Adjustments
  • Bucket Front Seats
  • Passenger Seat: Heated
  • 4-Way Power Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • Rear Seat
  • Upholstery: Leather-trimmed
  • Dimensions

  • Passenger Volume: 103.6 Cubic Feet
  • Max Seating: 5
  • Front Hip Room: 55.1 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room: 58.2 Inches
  • Rear Hip Room: 54.6 Inches
  • Rear Legroom: 39.2 Inches
  • Front Legroom: 42.1 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 38.5 Inches
  • Rear Headroom: 37.9 Inches
  • Standard Seating: 5
  • Seating Rows: 2
  • Cargo Volume: 16 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 57 Inches


  • Drivetrain

  • Axle Ratio: 3.24
  • Drive Mode Selector
  • Fuel Economy

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City (MPG): 21
  • Highway (MPG): 30
  • Combined (MPG): 24
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 6 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 3.5
  • Horsepower: 268
  • Torque: 248
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 6-speed Automatic W/sequential Shift Mode
  • Type: A
  • Gears: 6
  • Performance Specifications

  • Aerodynamic Drag: 0.28
  • Turning Circle: 40
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Multi-link
  • Front Suspension Type: Lower Control Arms
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar: Diameter 25 mm
  • Front Shock Type: Gas
  • Rear Spring Type: Coil
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar: Diameter 16 mm
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Gas
  • Front Spring Type: Coil
  • Front Struts: MacPherson
  • Rear Struts: MacPherson


  • Warranty information

  • New Car Basic Warranty: 36 Months/36,000 Miles
  • Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 60 Months/60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 60 Months


NHTSA Ratings

  1. Overall Rating

  2. Frontal Crash

  3. Side Crash

  4. Rollover

Safety Features

  1. Child Safety Door Locks
  2. Lane Keeping Assist
  3. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  4. Energy Absorbing Steering Column
  5. Rearview Monitor: in Dash
  6. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  7. Lane Deviation Sensors
  8. Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
  9. Impact Absorbing Seats: Dual Front
  10. Crumple Zones: Front/rear
  11. Camera System: Rearview
  12. Pre-collision Warning System: Audible Warning/visual Warning
  13. Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
  14. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  15. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  16. Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  17. Rollover Stability Control: Not Available
  18. Autonomous Braking
  19. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  20. Safety Brake Pedal System
  21. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  22. Emergency Interior Trunk Release
  23. Brake Assist: Standard
  24. Side Curtain Airbags: Standard

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