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2020 Toyota Avalon Overview

The Toyota Avalon, once an alternative to the large Buick and Chevy sedans, evolves for 2020 as a refined and modern full-size sedan. The big addition for the 2020 Avalon is the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) trim, which is usually reserved for hardcore performance machines. Following the success of the sporty SE and XSE trim, the Avalon TRD goes a step further with performance-oriented handling and looks to match.

The Avalon’s previous design carries into 2020 with plenty of sharp lines and angles. The Avalon resembles a scaled-up Toyota Camry with even more menacing headlights. It retains some unique design cues as well, including the massive lower grille and rear lighting strip that connects both rear taillights.

The Avalon TRD visually distinguishes itself from the rest of the lineup with 19-inch matte black alloy wheels and 12.9-inch diameter brake rotors. Toyota’s U.S. design studio further enhances the visual package with a larger front splitter, side skirts, a rear trunk-lid spoiler, a rear diffuser, TRD badging, and red painted pinstriping. A selection of exclusive colors will be available for the Avalon TRD, including Supersonic Red, Windchill Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic, and Midnight Black Metallic. Unique coil springs reduce the ride height by 0.6 inches, yielding a lower center of gravity, while specially tuned shock absorbers improve handling.

In addition to TRD trim, other trim options for the 2020 Avalon include XLE, XSE, Limited, and Touring. The Limited and Touring trims offer luxury features with premium appointments and comforts. Each Avalon trim provides a spacious rear seating area and plenty of legroom. The Avalon also comes available as a hybrid, which is covered separately.

A 3.5-liter V6 engine powers the Avalon, making 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels. The TRD version of the Avalon features the same 301-hp V6, also adding steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and a TRD-tuned performance exhaust designed for a more aggressive sound when idling and accelerating. With its standard V6 engine, the Avalon returns fuel economy of 22 mpg city, 31 highway, and 25 combined. If you opt for the Avalon XLE trim, those fuel-economy estimates increase to 22, 32, and 26.

Inside, the Avalon features a lively, modern interior loaded with tech features. The large center console area provides ample armrest space, giving way to a center stack that rises like a ramp. It features climate controls as well as the latest Toyota infotainment system, complete with Apple CarPlay, which was absent from the Avalon before the 2019 redesign.

The 2020 Avalon comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P, a suite of advanced driver-assistance features. Every Avalon includes forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, dynamic radar cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane-departure warning. The Avalon also comes standard with safety essentials such as a reversing camera, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, traction control, and a full array of front- and side-impact airbags. Although the 2020 Avalon has not been rated yet, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2019 Avalon a crash test rating of good in nearly all phases of testing, labeling the vehicle a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick.

The Avalon serves as a smarter, sportier, more tech-savvy vehicle that still maintains the interior space and comfort of a popular flagship sedan as it competes against the likes of the Chevy Impala and the Nissan Maxima.


From open-wheel racecars to specialty off-road vehicles, George Kennedy has driven it all. A career automotive journalist, George has been a contributor, editor, and/or producer at some of the most respected publications and outlets, including Consumer Reports, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Autoblog.com, Hemmings Classic Wheels, BoldRide.com, the Providence Journal, and WheelsTV.

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