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One of the key things that differentiates Toyota from many of its competitors is cars. Toyota still makes sedans, now a dying breed on roadways filled with SUVs, crossovers, and trucks of all shapes and sizes. In fact, the 2022 Toyota Avalon is the brand’s “farewell” to a vehicle that has served as the most luxurious non-luxury car since its introduction in 1995.
Back then, the Avalon included front bench seats to provide a smooth, comfortable ride for up to six passengers. A lot of things have changed since then – not the least of which are passenger safety standards. Over the years, the Avalon has grown and changed with the trends and technology, always on the cutting edge and never sacrificing its commitment to comfort and convenience.
The 2022 Toyota Avalon comes in both hybrid and V6-powered models, both designed to be dependably zippy, smooth, responsive, and comfortable, making rush hour less stressful and cruising even more delightful. With features such as opulent leather seating and real wood and metal trim, the interior of the Avalon is reminiscent of the luxury sedans of old, while the angular, aerodynamic exterior and top-shelf technology inside the cabin remind us that this is most definitely a modern vehicle.
When introduced, the Avalon was something new for Toyota - a manufacturer previously known only for its small economy cars - and surely it will leave behind big wheels to fill, given all that the 2022 Avalon has to offer. Here’s how the latest and last Avalon is having one last elegant hoorah.
The concept of a non-luxury, luxury car may seem a little confusing today. But when the Avalon hit US markets in 1995, its direct competitors were the Buick LeSabre and the Ford Crown Victoria. While that may seem ambitious, the fact that the Avalon is leaving the market after five very successful generations indicates that Toyota knew what it was doing when it threw its hat into that particular ring.
Today’s Avalon has met the needs of a changing market without losing any of its style or comfort. From always-updating convenience and safety technology to its executive appearance, the Avalon has made daily driving a privilege for drivers for nearly three decades. The 2022 Toyota Avalon is no exception.
Two varieties are available: Hybrid and V6. Hybrid versions are powered by a 2.5L Dynamic Force 4-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor powered by a lithium battery. The result is 176 horsepower, 163 lb-ft of torque, and a combined EPA-estimated fuel economy of 44 miles per gallon combined. Toyota, known for keen and intelligent engineering, has also given the hybrid vehicles enhanced aerodynamics, including vents and panels strategically placed to increase performance without draining energy. The hybrid Avalon includes four switchable drive modes, including Eco for the best energy consumption and Sport, for a peppier response.
The original gasoline-powered Toyota Avalon that hit the streets in 1995 featured a 3.0L V6 good for 192 horsepower. Today’s version is significantly more powerful. The standard 3.5L V6 engine offered in the 2022 Avalon provides 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, with a smooth, responsive ride that accelerates swiftly without breaking a sweat. While not as economical on fuel as its hybrid brethren, the V6 Avalon offers 22 miles per gallon on the city streets and 32 miles per gallon on the highway. This engine is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission that has been finely tuned to make the switch from slow to speedy smooth and enjoyable.
Best of all, the 2022 Avalon has something all drivers and passengers covet: space. With rear legroom measuring over 40 inches, and a generous 16 cubic foot trunk that can be expanded by folding down the 60/40-split rear seat, the Avalon stands by its promise of roomy comfort. Passengers can stretch out for the duration of the trip and bring along all of the necessities to make the journey as grand as can be.
More and more auto manufacturers are offering hybrid or electric versions of their best-sellers, but Toyota has taken that a step further. The 2022 Avalon is offered in three hybrid trims: the XLE, the XSE Nightshade, and the Limited. All of these trims include the standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ suite of safety and driver assistance features. This package includes the expected features, such as a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, as well as the more modern and thrilling additions, such as Road Sign Assist and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
Toyota ensures the Avalon hybrid sacrifices nothing. The base trim, the XLE, is equipped with 8-way adjustable driver and passenger seats, which are trimmed in SofTex and Ultrasuede upholstery and heated for ultimate comfort. Also on board is Toyota’s Audio Plus system, which includes a 9-inch touchscreen, compatibility with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa, and Bluetooth, and four USB charging ports.
The XSE Nightshade trim is decked out in smoked chrome and gloss black exterior elements, including the grille and mirrors. This hybrid Avalon also includes a power moonroof and 19-inch wheels, giving it a boardroom-aggressive stance. The interior is decked out in aluminum and leather, including the steering wheel, which includes paddle shifters.
At the top of the hybrid Avalon lineup is the Limited. This trim takes things to a new level, with Super Chrome accents and luxurious leather-trimmed seating, which is both heated and ventilated for the driver and front passenger. Also on board are a premium 14 speaker JBL audio system, 10-inch color Head Up Display, and genuine wood fittings throughout the interior, perhaps a nod to the early Avalon.
To balance out the hybrid models, three gasoline-powered Avalons are offered as part of the 2022 lineup. The XLE, the Limited, and the Touring each provide plenty of features that drivers will enjoy every mile of the drive. Of course, that includes a powerful V6 engine to give you the performance a flagship car should have.
The XLE starts things off with an enviable package of standard features, including a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which features the plentiful connectivity features – Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and satellite radio are all part of the package, along with heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Stepping up to the Limited trim only increases the luxury. For example, the rear seats are heated in the Limited trim, and the front seats gain a ventilation setting. Ambient lighting and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink ensure that the driver has the right level of focus at all times, while a 10-inch color Head Up Display joins the cabin, which is decked out in Ultrasuede and wood.
If the Limited is pure luxury, the Touring trim heads into luxury-performance territory with its aluminum and leather interior, custom suspension, Sport+ driving mode, 19-inch wheels, and chrome-tipped dual exhaust, which is specifically tuned for that sweet, sporty sound.
The Limited and Touring trims also unlock the option of adding a bird’s eye camera for a clear picture of the surrounding area, along with Intelligent Clearance Sonar and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, which evaluate the area behind the Avalon and provide braking assistance to mitigate any potential collision. Regardless of which 2022 Toyota Avalon you choose, it’s clear that the drive ahead will be smooth, even when life hands you bumps in the road. From its characteristically impeccable drive to a cabin built just for you, the Avalon has carefully considered every comfort.