2018 Toyota Avalon vs. Its Competition

2018 Toyota Avalon
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Chevy Impala is chief among the rivals for the Toyota Avalon, and we like the Chevy’s looks more.

The LaCrosse is worthy of attention, but requires a dab of extra features to bring it up to speed with the Avalon.

The Taurus doesn’t feel as roomy, although it offers a higher-output version in the SHO.

The Azera is priced on top of the Avalon, although its styling is certainly polarizing.

The Kia Cadenza is particularly interesting because it undercuts the Avalon by more than $2,000 and is just as comfortable.

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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2018 Toyota Avalon is a spacious full-size sedan that prioritizes comfort and safety above keeping up with the Joneses.
6.8
The 2018 Buick LaCrosse is a proper flagship, a refined and comfortable sedan with only a few quirks.
6.7
The 2018 Chevrolet Impala adds better base equipment this year for good value among full-sizers.
4.8
The 2018 Ford Taurus is Ford’s flagship, but only on paper. Rivals are more up-to-date in every way, so shop the competition.
7.4
The 2018 Kia Cadenza has matured greatly, and offers exceptional room and polish.
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The 2017 Hyundai Azera has near-luxury features and style, and a full-size back seat.
MSRP From     
$33,500$29,565$27,895$27,690$32,290$34,100
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas I4Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
XLE (SE)4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan LS w/1LSSE FWDPremium Sedan3.3L
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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