What Makes the 2018 Avalon the Best Big Car for the Money

Dusk setting with 2, 2018 Toyota Avalons.European automakers have dominated the American luxury automotive scene for decades. While some American and Asian companies have begun to carve their niche, these cars are often expensive, and in some sense, consumers feel like they’re paying for a brand name rather than quality. The 2018 Toyota Avalon looks to break the mold. With loads of sumptuous features, impressive exterior style, and performance to match, the Avalon is more car for the money.

Performance

The 2018 Toyota Avalon is more than just your run-of-the-mill luxury vehicle, employing a mammoth 3.5-liter V-6 that’s good for 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Even with the size of the Avalon, this engine propels it to new heights, going from 0-60 in just 6.0 seconds while topping out at a sizzling 130 mph. For that type of power, you’d typically have to shell out a lot more money than the Avalon’s asking price.

Despite the Avalon’s heart-pounding speed, the advantages of owning one don’t stop there. It still gets up to 32 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city, putting it in the upper strata of the luxury segment.

Tech Features

Your world revolves around technology. Whether it’s social media, television, or another medium, tech is improving the way you communicate and get your entertainment fix. Toyota understands this. That’s why the 2018 Avalon comes loaded with modern technology that keeps communication and entertainment at a premium level.

An Entune 3.0 infotainment system puts you in control of music, navigation, and other features, while Apple CarPlay allows you to hook in your iPhone or iWatch directly to the Avalon. With these features, you can start the car with a touch of your watch or bring up all your apps directly on the Avalon’s head unit. If you’re an audiophile, don’t balk at the available 1,200-watt JBL premium audio system, which provides concert-quality sound that’s sure to pump you up for a sporting event or a big meeting.

Cargo and Passenger Space

With room for five passengers and an impressive 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space, the Avalon is the ultimate car for projects, road trips, or whatever else you throw its way. Because of its wide, elongated stance, both the front and rear passengers will enjoy some of the best legroom, headroom, and hip-room in the industry. What you choose to do with that room is up to you.

Safety

All seven trims of the 2018 Toyota Avalon come with Toyota Safety Sense P standard. This driver-assist safety suite aims to mitigate accidents or collisions by implementing a complex system of cameras and radar. Features include dynamic radar, cruise control, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, and automatic high beams.

Although Toyota may not be the name that comes to mind when you think luxury, the Avalon is out to prove that it’s every bit as big and bad as the other guys. It’s easy to see why U.S. News voted the Avalon the 2018 Best Big Car for the Money. All you need to do is find out for yourself.

 

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