This year’s Chicago Auto Show gave us the first glimpse of the latest 2017 Toyota Avalon model. It is a brand which has managed to be the third-best selling full-size sedan in 2014 which was largely made possible with the update the car received in 2013. The revolutionary changes brought then were something that managed to launch the Avalon to stardom and in fact brought to the car receiving much acclaim from the audience.
The 2013 redesign featured a new sleeker look with sexier and more luxurious features. The body was shorter but wider which managed to improve the vehicle’s stance and at the same time give it a better look on the inside. As they are trying to remain competitive in the market, the 2017 version will refresh the model a bit and keep it in the spot where it is now.
The refresh was a minor one for the Toyota Avalon and it focused on keeping the car afloat. As it will certainly not advance the position of the car in the segment it will at least keep it at a steady position which is going to keep it in the just where it is now and close to the leading models in the segment. Read the review and find out what the update consists of.
The exterior of the 2017 Toyota Avalon has some exterior changes made to the front and rear fascia parts. It manages to carry over the same grille from the previous model but positions it lower and makes the grille wider. It also features a narrower upper grille and redesigned turn signals. The rear end features some newly added LED lighting. The taillights are much more refined and there are some chrome accents added to the rear bumper part.
Besides the updates fascia parts, there are some individual changes that are made depending on the trim of the Avalon. For instance, the Touring model adds the use of some 18-inch, dark-grey-painted wheels, LED daytime running lights and LED headlights which manage to put the sporty nature of the car into perspective. The XLE and XLE Plus trims include 17-inch wheels as standard and also use a tire pressure monitoring system. The changes are pretty light for the 2017 Toyota Avalon and some would say that it is too little for a mid-cycle refresh, either way it will do what it is intended to achieve.
The interior of the 2017 Toyota Avalon will keep its range topping features and characteristics that it has always had. The model is keeping to its class leading feature package and is going to keep the interior as balanced and well mannered as we have expected it and wanted it to be. What is new for the model, which we also get across the trims, is a light grey interior color which also comes with grey accent stitching. It looks very much premium and very pleasant keeping the upper-end demeanor of the car as much as possible.
Of course, there are going to be some differences based on the trim level of the car. For instance the XLE and XLE Plus trim levels add a 7-inch Entune Audio Plus screen, which is a pretty useful addition, and also make use of premium woodgrain accents in order to enhance the premium look even further. Everything else is almost identical to the model that we had a year ago. The interior changes are perhaps greater than the outside ones but still only use as a way of keeping the car afloat.
The changes of the powertrain of the 2017 Toyota Avalon are not going to happen, the model is going to keep to its old engine and is going to keep it for at least another year long. We are of course talking about a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. It is perhaps not a powerhouse but it is still an engine that brings us an appropriate output and is an adequate choice for the car. The gearbox choice is the a six-speed, paddle-shift transmission which places the EPA ratings at 21 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.
Release date and price
As the first showcasing of the 2017 Toyota Avalon was seen on the Chicago Auto show, the real production model is going to appear later this year. It is going to appear earlier than expected as the car is production ready, so that is why we get a release date that comes this year. The base MSRP price for the car is $32,285.