Before the Toyota Avalon even got started pleasing its owners, the full-size sedan already had a leg up in Best Resale Value: It comes from a company that builds cars whose reputation for quality, reliability and living forever keeps them hot in the market over the long, long haul.
Inside, every Avalon gives occupants a great place to linger. Standard equipment includes leather seating, dual-zone climate control, and a 6.1-inch touch screen for the infotainment system. Other standard driver benefits include heated outside mirrors, push-button start and a rearview camera.
In our full review of the 2016 Avalon, we gave Toyota's big sedan plenty of credit for being a car people could be proud of -- and feel smart about -- in the short, medium and long term. "With the 2016 Avalon sedan," we said, "Toyota has created a car as luxurious as it is practical, offering 5-passenger accommodations, outstanding fuel economy and a reasonable price tag." We also praised both the Avalon's blend of driving spirit as well as its attention driving pleasure, saying, "Firm brakes, communicative steering and a potent V6 go hand in hand with a smooth ride, quiet interior and comfortable seating both front and rear."
That V6 engine is strong, but it's also strict about its drinking, giving back 21 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway. Those fuel-economy returns are excellent, and you can get them from a base XLE starting at around $33,500. If big cars and bigger fuel economy are your thing, the Avalon Hybrid will net 40/39 city/highway mpg, but it starts at $37,500 so there's a bit more commitment needed.