Even with the growing popularity of more versatile and more spacious crossovers, the Avalon, Toyota’s full-size sedan, still gets attention. The 2014 model flaunts fine exterior and interior styling, and boasts of smooth ride, serene cabin, competitive in-car technology and its hybrid variant. Although it is practically unchanged for the year, it still meets the needs of those who prefer an easy-to-park sedan to an unwieldy SUV.
NEW FOR THE 2014 AVALON
- standard rearview camera on the base model
- standard navigation system with Entune apps on the XLE Premium
- optional blind-spot monitor on the XLE Touring
UNDER THE HOOD
The 2014 Toyota Avalon is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Its front wheels receive power through a 6-speed automatic transmission. This is the only system sitting under the hood of the Avalon.
The EPA gave the sedan fuel economy ratings of 21 mpg (city), 31 mpg (highway) and 25 mpg (combined). The Touring and Limited models get a slightly lower combined mileage of 24 mpg.
ON THE ROAD
Some reviewers wrote that the Avalon is easy to drive. But they also noted that it rides more firmly than the old Avalons which have softer rides.
The drivetrain is responsive overall. The V6 engine is powerful, allowing the Avalon to pull off satisfying acceleration. But the delivery does not compromise ride quality. If you want to drive effortlessly on highways, get behind the wheel of an Avalon.
INSIDE THE 2014 AVALON
With standard power-adjustable heated front seats on just the base model, there’s no way you won’t be comfortable inside the Avalon. Side bolstering is plenty and there’s also lumbar support. The rear seats are not a problem because they provide acceptable space.
The trunk is also a generous 16-cubic-foot. Its low height and wide opening make loading large and heavy objects easy.
The interior design is elegant and the quality of materials is fine. The controls are placed logically and the touchscreen interface is quite easy to use. But some reviewers noted that it sometimes is unresponsive.
The 2014 Toyota Avalon has 7 available models. Check out which features go standard on each model.
XLE: automatic headlights, daytime running lights, LED taillights, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system (with 6.1-inch touchscreen display, auxiliary audio jack, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth and USB port), rearview camera, cruise control, leather multifunction steering wheel, TFT multi-information display, heated power-adjustable leather front seats (8-way driver with lumbar support, 4-way front passenger), wood interior trim, smart key with push button start, eBin device holder, 10 airbags
XLE Premium: power sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass
XLE Touring: fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, voice-activated navigation system, Entune app suite, satellite radio, HD radio, 9-speaker audio system, driver memory system
XLE Limited: blind spot mirror with rear cross-traffic alert, Safety Connect, LED daytime running lights, ambient interior lighting, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats (10-way driver, 8-way front passenger), premium navigation (with 7-inch touchscreen display with split-screen capability), 11-speaker JBL audio system, tri-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, HID headlights
Hybrid: different instrumentation and steering wheel, hidden exhaust system, 17-inch alloy wheels, collision sensors
Technology Package: wireless charging, pre-collision system, automatic high beam, dynamic radar cruise control
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