2018 Toyota Camry 

Starting Price: $24,565 | Price Yours

Above Average: Reputation, resale value, comfort, ease, standard Safety Sense-P driver assists, available hybrid model

Below Average: Missing Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

Consensus: Still just as comfortable but with an added sense of style, safety and performance

 

2018 Toyota Avalon 

Starting Price:  $34,385 | Price Yours

Above Average: Powerful standard V6, standard Safety Sense-P driver assists, luxurious and quiet cabin, available hybrid model

Below Average: Average rear seat dimensions, no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, no all-wheel drive option

Consensus: Lexus levels of luxury and comfort at a sensible Toyota price

 

The Toyota Camry has been a midsize sedan favorite for three decades, earning a stellar reputation for longevity, reliability and strong resale. The full-size Avalon offers everything the Camry has but in a larger, more comfortable and more sophisticated package. The Camry sits on a new platform and delivers better handling and fuel economy, although both the Camry and Avalon offer environmentally-friendly hybrid models. The Camry can be equipped with the same V6 that comes standard in the Avalon, although we think the Camry’s standard 4-cylinder offers an outstanding balance between power and fuel economy. You’ll get a bit more rear seat legroom in the Avalon as well as more luxury features. Both cars come standard with Toyota’s Safety Sense-P suite of driver assists, yet neither offers the option of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

Toyota Camry Advantages

Expressive styling, powerful and fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine, lower price, better handling

Toyota Avalon Advantages

More luxury and high-tech options, roomy rear seat, big trunk

Similarities

The Camry and Avalon get high marks for safety, resale and reliability. They both offer a number of high-tech infotainment and creature comfort features, as well as standard driver assists. Both cars can be ordered with hybrid powertrains and both can comfortably seat four adults.

Final Recommendation

Unless you absolutely can’t live without features like ventilated front seats and a power rear sunshade, a nicely equipped Camry XLE or XSE should provide you with all the comfort, safety and fuel economy you’ll need at a price thousands less than a comparable Avalon.

  2018 Toyota Camry 2018 Toyota Avalon
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.5-liter I4 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower 203 hp @ 6,600 rpm 268 hp @ 6,200 rpm
Torque 184 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm 248 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 8-Spd Automatic, 6-Spd
Fuel Economy 34 mpg (29 city, 41 hwy) 24 mpg (21 city/30 hwy)
Also Available 3.5L V6, hybrid hybrid
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 111.2 inches 111.0 inches
Overall Length 192.1 inches 195.3 inches
Width 72.4  inches 72.2 inches
Height 56.9 inches 57.5 inches
Turning Diameter 37.4 feet 40.0 feet
Headroom, Front 38.3 inches 38.5 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.0 inches 37.9 inches
Legroom, Front 42.1 inches 42.1 inches
Legroom, Rear 38.0 inches 39.2 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.7 inches 58.2 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.7 inches 57.0 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 100.4 cu. ft. 103.6 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 15.1 cu. ft. 16.0 cu. ft. 
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