2017 Toyota Avalon vs. Its Competition

2017 Toyota Avalon
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Avalon has many rivals, but none are so directly comparable as the Chevy Impala, Buick LaCrosse, and Hyundai Azera.

The LaCrosse has a fantastic new look this year, but the cabin is something of a letdown.

It's similar to the Chevy Impala, which adopted most of Buick's running gear and even some of its styling cues in its winning 2014 makeover.

The Azera feels very refined, has an attractive design, and rides well, but it's surprisingly tight on headroom in the back seat and it's only offered with a non-hybrid V-6.

The Kia Cadenza is related to the Azera, but it's a bit more appealing, we think, due to its trim and materials choices; its ride and handling are also a notch better.

The Ford Taurus may look like a solid rival on the outside, but its interior is a packaging disaster, somehow feeling more like a compact sedan inside.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 Toyota Avalon gives the full-size sedan a good name, with its exceptional space and style.
An excellent chassis and a nice interior mean the LaCrosse should be on your shopping list. At the low end, it represents an excellent value and should be on any full-size sedan buyer's shopping list.
The 2017 Chevrolet Impala hits the big-car target with handsome lines, composed handling, and on-point connectivity.
The 2017 Kia Cadenza edges closer to the true luxury car it wants to be, thanks to big advances in refinement.
The 2016 Ford Taurus is the biggest sedan in its lineup, but it's short on rear-seat room, and it's beginning to feel its age.
For those who don't want or need the Genesis' price tag, the 2016 Hyundai Azera satisfies the near-luxury need for style and features.
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Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas V6Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
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XLE (SE)4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan LS w/1LSPremium Sedan4-Door Sedan SE FWD4-Door Sedan
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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