2021 Toyota Avalon vs. Its Competition

2021 Toyota Avalon
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The full-size sedan ranks seem to dwindle annually, but what’s left is a lineup of good choices.

If you’re looking at the Avalon, its Lexus ES cousin might not be that much more expensive.

Look to the Nissan Maxima if a sporty full-sizer is on your list, but even it’s not going to challenge BMW on a curvy road.

The Chrysler 300 and related Dodge Charger are natural athletes with good features and strong power, though their designs are showing their age against rivals with better interior space.The Kia Cadenza is a must-see for its upscale feel and exceptional ride quality.

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Quick Specs
7.0
The 2021 Toyota Avalon lives its best life as a luxury-car companion.
5.5
Whether the 2021 Chrysler 300 is old school or just old, it’s still pretty good.
6.2
The 2021 Dodge Charger is a retro sedan with silly performance potential. Speed doesn’t go out of style.
6.8
The 2020 Kia Cadenza is visually sharpened and features an improved infotainment system and options list.
7.8
The 2020 Lexus ES charts a sportier, sharper course than before, and it succeeds.
6.7
The 2020 Nissan Maxima is a handsome, relatively sporty sedan in an era when fewer people than ever are interested in one.
MSRP From     
$35,875$30,445$29,995$37,850$39,900$34,450
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
XLE AWD (Natl)Touring L RWDSXT RWDTechnology SedanES 350 FWDS 3.5L
Drivetrain     
All WheelRear Wheel DriveRear 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/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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