2021 Toyota Avalon

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2021 Toyota Avalon
2021 Toyota Avalon

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

195.9” x 56.5”


All-wheel drive



5 trims

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2021 Toyota Avalon review: Our expert's take

By Brian Normile

Competes with: Acura RLX, Chrysler 300, Lexus ES, Nissan Maxima

Looks like: The 2020 Avalon, possibly with an AWD badge

Powertrain: 2.5-liter four-cylinder (205 horsepower, 185 pounds-feet of torque), 3.5-liter V-6 (301 hp, 267 pounds-feet) or hybrid system with 2.5-liter four-cylinder and electric motors with lithium-ion battery pack (215 system hp); eight-speed automatic (gas versions) or continuously variable automatic (hybrid) transmission; front- or newly available all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: September

Toyota’s flagship Avalon sedan is getting all-wheel drive for the 2021 model year — but it’s limiting that system to tamer, four-cylinder gas-engine models rather than those using the more powerful V-6, which includes the “sure, why not?” Avalon TRD. Other changes are mostly minor, as the Avalon becomes the latest Toyota to add Android Auto smartphone connectivity, features a new Nightshade Edition for the XSE, and updates exterior and interior colors.

Related: Toyota Seeks More Traction for Sedans With All-Wheel-Drive Camry and Avalon


Changes to the Avalon’s exterior are mostly cosmetic, with the 2020 TRD model’s formerly exclusive Supersonic Red paint now available on the rest of the Avalon lineup. TRD-exclusive paint colors for 2021 are Windchill Pearl or the new Ice Edge, both of which are available with black-painted roofs for a sportier look.

The new XSE Nightshade Edition gets additional black accents from the standard XSE model, including black-painted 19-inch wheels and black window trim, door handles and “shark fin” antenna. Nightshade Edition models are only available in Midnight Black Metallic, Wind Chill Pearl or Celestial Silver Metallic paint colors.

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Beyond the welcome addition of Android Auto, interior changes focus on upholstery color. A Cognac-with-black choice is available in the XSE Hybrid and Touring models; the Limited model swaps out beige leather for black. One great thing that didn’t change is the roominess of the Avalon’s interior, which Toyota says isn’t impacted by the addition of the available AWD system.

Engine and Transmission

The engine and transmission choices all carry over from 2020, but for 2021, the Avalon XLE and Limited can be had with AWD. What buyers won’t be able to do, however, is pair that AWD with the Avalon’s V-6 engine or hybrid powertrain — it can only be had with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine.

Toyota estimates that the AWD Avalon will return fuel economy figures of 25/34/28 mpg city/highway/combined, but official EPA figures are not yet out.


Avalon’s standard safety features for 2021 still include Toyota’s Safety Sense-P suite, which includes forward collision detection with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and automatic high beams. Available safety technology includes blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors with reverse automatic braking, and a bird’s-eye camera display.

Release Date

The 2021 Toyota Avalon begins production in August and should arrive on dealership lots in September, according to Toyota.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.9
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews


Another WINNER!

This is my fifth Avalon. The first was a 2005 and I loved it especially the leg room in the back with the front seat all the way back. My next was a 2012 and felt the same. I then bought a hybrid for my business the 44 mpg will pay for it. Then a2019 for my wife, she also loves it. I now own the 2021 and it is the best yet. Love the new directional turn signals . My only complaint is that they have discontinued the Avalon. The Crown isn’t quite the same.I’m not sure what my next car will be. But I’ll drive the 2021 for a long time:o) Oh, the fold down back seat was a marvelous addition starting in 2019. Keep up the good work you designer guys from Toyota! But bring back the Avalon!!!


One Gorgeous Vehicle!

Absolutely awesome car! My 2nd Avalon, 4th Toyota. I have the 2021 Avalon with the Nightshade trim and it is gorgeous. More times than not when I'm getting gas, someone will come over and ask "what IS this car?" It's large but sporty and people seem drawn to it. Myself, I plan to drive it for the whole 250K miles that these cars can go! So much room inside and lots of get up and go, even at highway speed. Too many pluses to mention. Thank you, Toyota!



I rented a car like this and now I am looking to purchase one, I have no idea what the person was speaking about not be able to see the light? Or driving an armored tank! She must be use to driving a CUBE car. lol awesome car

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
24 months/25,000 miles
Roadside assistance
24 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
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