Toyota’s 2019 Avalon has a big challenge in mind: lower the average age of the Avalon buyer. To do that, the big sedan is splitting itself in two: a more traditional version, to satisfy the loyalists, and a more aggressive model in the hope of inspiring younger drivers to give the car a try. Factor in a brand new platform and a choice of gas or hybrid engines, and it’s clear this is no old Avalon.
On the outside it’s bigger and lower, with a longer wheelbase for more cabin space. Toyota has stepped up its game in the detailing, too, with more sporty wheels and extra aero work. The result is an altogether more premium-looking car, which is just what’s needed when you’re chasing would-be Maxima buyers.
Inside, there’s a new “floating” dashboard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. Amazon’s Alexa is also included. There are also new leather treatments, and plenty of tech if you step up to the top trims.