- Redesigned in 2013
- Adds a standard rearview camera
- Bold styling outside and in
The 2014 Toyota Avalon is back after getting a complete redesign for 2013, and adds a new standard rearview camera to a stylish package that brings the Avalon firmly into the future.
As far as redesigns go, the Avalon’s makeover was one of the most extreme overhauls we've seen in quite a while. Toyota recently recommitted itself to making more engaging cars, both to look at and to drive, and the Avalon was the first vehicle to come out of that welcome change in philosophy. Just one glance and it's easy to see that the new Avalon is meant to be nothing like the old one. Instead of the old conservative styling of the previous model the Avalon opts for bold styling choices all over, starting with the gaping front air dam and extending down the sides of the car with sharp creases that run along the bottom of the doors and the beltline. The rear gets new LED taillights and an extended rear window that gives the Avalon a lither, more athletic profile, especially from the side.
Under the hood the same engine remains: a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. However, even though the engine is the same, thanks to some weight-loss and the new styling being more aerodynamic (0.28 coefficient of drag) fuel economy has improved to 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, very impressive figures for a full-size car.
Although the Avalon shrunk by a few inches in overall length, it keeps the same headroom and legroom in both rows which is great news – the Avalon has always had one of the most comfortable, roomy interiors around. The dashboard and center console have been completely redesigned, with driver-focused controls and a mix of physical buttons and capacitive “touch” controls. These systems have been in cars for several years now and are a mixed bag when it comes to working in the real world. However, the Avalon’s system is actually rather intuitive and easy to use.
The 2014 Avalon delivers great value with a long checklist of standard features, including dual-zone automatic climate control, smart key with push button start, iPod/USB port, heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen that controls the audio system. The Avalon has always toed the line as a luxury car, and the new model is no exception with plenty of premium options such as a power rear sunshade, heated rear seats, navigation system, tri-zone climate control, dynamic cruise control, Entune infotainment, and HD radio.
When it comes to safety, the Avalon offers 10 airbags, an electronic stability system, and antilock brakes standard. A rearview camera has been added to the standard features list for 2014. Optional safety technology includes a blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert system. The Avalon’s performance on crash tests garnered it a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS.