The redesigned 2019 Toyota Avalon’s new starting price is $35,500 (all prices exclude the $895 delivery, processing, and handling) and the top-tier touring trim starts at $42,200. That puts this full-size sedan in the heart of a shrinking segment.
The base Avalon’s $35,500 starting price slips right between the $34,155 Maxima and $37,295 LaCrosse. The Chevy Impala is significantly cheaper, starting at $28,865 when equipped with the V6 engine.
The Avalon, with its 301-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, returns 22 miles per gallon city, 32 mpg city, and 26 combined for the base XLE trim. Highway and combined fuel economy drop by one mpg on the higher trims.
The LaCrosse packs a 310-hp, 3.6-liter V6 with an eight-speed auto and returns 21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, 24 mpg combined. The Chevrolet Impala is the LaCrosse’s older cousin and also features a 3.6-liter V6, although it’s short two gears and down five horsepower – it only nets 19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, 22 mpg combined. The Nissan Maxima returns 21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, 25 mpg combined from its 3.5-liter, 310-hp V6 engine and continuously variable transmission.
All of this is to say that the Avalon lands firmly in the middle of the full-size sedan landscape, while exceeding all comers when it comes to fuel economy. That makes it worth keeping in mind if you’re one of the seven people in the US considering a big sedan nowadays.