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Jeffrey N. Ross | Aug 12, 2020


Exterior view of the 2020 Toyota Avalon Limited

While some automakers are in the midst of slaughtering their lineup cars to produce more crossovers, Toyota continues to double down on its four-door offerings with a solid one-two mid-size punch consisting of the Toyota Camry and Toyota Avalon.

Introduced for the 2019 model year, the totally redesigned fifth-generation Avalon carries over for its Silver Anniversary with an exciting new sport-tuned Avalon TRD, but for those just looking for a luxurious four-door, the 2020 Toyota Avalon Limited decked out in its high-lux Limited trim level is about as good as you can get without stepping up to a Lexus.

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2020 Toyota Avalon Limited Exterior

Exterior view of the 2020 Toyota Avalon Limited

The 2020 Toyota Avalon Limited is an excellent example of how design focused Toyota has gotten in recent years. This big sedan has always been conservatively designed, but now the Avalon has a look that is edgy and even a little controversial meaning that Toyota's flagship sedan definitely won't go unnoticed. While the massive grille is certainly polarizing, the narrow headlights and functional side air intakes give this sedan a bold front end, and as stylish as the Avalon's face is, the rear view is even more engaging. The lower portion of the taillights is sunk in and the trunk is concave to create a thin, pronounced horizontal light strip joined with the Avalon lettering in the middle.

Adding even more style to this sedan, the Limited gets signature LED headlights and taillights with laser ablation and dynamic turn signals - a fancy way of saying sequential turn signals. This tester was finished in Harbor Gray Metallic color that along with the multi-spoke wheels gives this bold sedan a surprisingly understated look.

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2020 Toyota Avalon Limited Interior

Interior view of the 2020 Toyota Avalon Limited

Even though it rides on the same platform as the Camry, the 2020 Toyota Avalon Limited is about three inches longer overall and offers considerably more passenger space. Compared to the previous model, the Avalon offers even more passenger space thanks to the wheelbase that was stretched by a full two inches adding even more passenger space to an already-roomy sedan. There's an extra 1.2 inches of rear seat legroom as well as a little bit more shoulder and hip room resulting in a cavernous interior that provides plenty of room for five adults along with generous trunk space.

While Toyota took some risks with the Avalon's bold and sporty exterior design, the cabin has more of the conservative and luxurious look and feel that we've come to expect from this luxury sedan over the years. The interior has a clean look and an intuitive layout, and this top Limited trim level is fully loaded with standard luxury features such as heated and cooled front seats, heated outboard rear seats, heated steering wheel and genuine wood trim throughout the cabin as well as navigation, a JBL audio system and a 10-inch color head-up display. Toyota's Entune 3.0 infotainment is standard on all 2020 Avalon models as are four USB charging ports and Apple CarPlay/Amazon Alexa integration (sorry Android users, Android Auto is not offered), while wireless smartphone charging is standard on all but the Avalon's base XLE trim level.

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2020 Toyota Avalon Limited Powertrain

View of the engine block of the 2020 Toyota Avalon Limited

All non-hybrid versions of the 2020 Toyota Avalon are powered by the same 3.5-liter V-6 that makes use of Toyota's D-4S dual (direct and port) fuel injection to maximize power output and fuel economy. With 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, the Avalon delivers surprising power yet its EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway* are incredibly efficient for such a big luxury-minded sedan.

In terms of ride quality, the Avalon has always been one of the smoothest, non-luxury sedans on the market, and the 2020 Toyota Avalon gets even better thanks to the use of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). This advanced platform is shared with the Camry and Lexus ES, and it gives the big Avalon a smooth and quiet ride along with the noise-reducing glass used on the windshield and front doors. Whether you're looking for a highway cruiser or a luxurious daily commuter, the 2020 Toyota Avalon is an excellent choice.

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2020 Toyota Avalon Limited Safety

View of the safety features of the 2020 Toyota Avalon Limited

The 2020 Toyota Avalon received a five-star overall crash rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and all trim levels are equipped with Toyota's Star Safety System (enhanced vehicle stability control, traction control, four-wheel anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and smart stop technology) and Toyota Safety Sense P (Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, automatic high beams and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control).

This tester was also equipped with the $1,150 Advanced Safety Package that adds the Bird's Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert with auto braking and Intelligent Clearance Sonar.

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2020 Toyota Avalon Limited Overall

Exterior view of the 2020 Toyota Avalon Limited

For luxury buyers who might think that Camry is too mainstream and the Lexus ES is too posh, the 2020 Toyota Avalon Limited is definitely worth a look. This big sedan hits all the right notes when it comes to luxury, fuel economy, comfort and even style, and it does so without breaking the bank.

In base form, you can get a well-equipped 2020 Toyota Avalon starting at $35,875, which is only about $1,300 more than the Camry XLE V6 - you get a lot more car for a minimal price premium, while even the $42,175 delivers a lot of value and luxury. All in, this 2020 Toyota Avalon Limited tester had a bottom-line price of $44,180.

Make sure to visit your local AutoNation Toyota dealership and test drive the 2020 Toyota Avalon today!

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2020 Toyota Avalon Limited Specs

Layout

4-door, 5-passenger, FWD

Engine/Transmission

3.5L V6,, 301 hp, 267 lb-ft
8-Speed automatic

Mileage

22/31 mpg (city/hwy)

NHTSA Safety Rating

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


AutoNation Drive Test Drive Review: ★ ★ ★ ★


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*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.