As more Americans flock to SUVs, the number of automakers still competing in traditional sedan segments has shrunk. But Toyota still sees a market of buyers for full-size sedans and thus is rolling out a fifth-generation Avalon.
Because it rides on the same TNGA platform as the 2018 Camry, the redesigned 2019 Avalon also benefits from many of the Camry’s advances in powertrain and platform engineering.
But perhaps what will make the most buzz in the post-CES climate is Toyota’s decision to offer Apple CarPlay. Toyota had been in a legal snarl with Apple and Google about their refusal to fully disclose the workings and security protocols of their back-end programming, so Toyota had been using its own proprietary Entune software—with mixed results.
The 2019 Avalon’s design features more creases and angularity—and is longer, lower, and wider than before. Its new design features a slippery 0.27 Cd.
Inside the Avalon’s expected wood and leather appointments, the center console includes an “e-bin” with a 12-volt plug, three USB power ports (the Avalon has five in total), and a standard Qi wireless device charger. Toyota also designed one of the Avalon’s center-console cupholders to double as a device holder.
On the driving front, the 2019 Avalon will offer an upgraded version of Toyota’s 3.5-liter V-6 as well as the four-cylinder hybrid powertrain also offered in the Camry.