2017 Toyota Avalon: Excellent Fuel Economy; Well Tuned Suspension

Mar 31, 2017 05:00 AM EDT | Paul Urban

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For those who desire to drive a luxury-looking car but maybe comes up short on budget, then the 2017 Toyota Avalon is a good option to consider. Sure, luxury sedans come heavy on the pocket but who said that it only comes with the brand? The Avalon is Toyota's upscale model and it sure brings in enough luxury to those who are practical and not brand conscious.

The Toyota Avalon has been serving the upscale market with the 1995 model. Fast forward to 22 years and three redesigns later, it still is considered one of the best options of its class. However, the 2017 Toyota Avalon come with no changes. It received a good deal of updates from 2016 including updated front-end styling and revised suspension.

The 2017 Toyota Avalon has various trims available to choose from. The touring trim level is of the best value and includes all features of the base XLE and XLE Plus and XLE premium trims. Toyota also gave it a more athletic look for adding LED headlights and daytime running lights, 18-inch wheels, chrome and piano-black front grille, and black woodgrain interior trim.

It is also given very good feedback for its fuel economy. Its 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6, six-speed automatic returns 21 mpg in the city, 24 mpg combined, and 30 mpg on the highway. The Hybrid, on the other hand, has 40 mpg for both city and combined and 39 mpg on the highway. It clearly does the best in fuel economy compared to other sedans of its classification.

The Avalon features Toyota Entune infotainment in a 7.0-inch touchscreen into a textured surround with redundant buttons. However, connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is not available.

The 2017 Toyota Avalon also offers a solid combination of amenities and interior silence. This is really essential for the overall riding comfort of both the driver and the passengers. There is also a significant improvement in its interior as Toyota used quality materials for its soft-touch leather on most surfaces. The rear seat is also roomy and the trunk is generous measuring 16 cubic feet.

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