The Toyota Avalon reclaims the top spot in the full-size sedan portion of our Best Resale Value Award this year, and we can't say we're too surprised. Combine the Avalon's inherent goodness, standard features, and impressive driving experience with Toyota's stellar reputation for long-term reliability, and you have a formula tailor made for winning resale value recognition.
The 2018 Toyota Avalon includes luxury touches such as standard leather, dual-zone climate control, heated outside mirrors, push-button start and a rear-view camera. But it also comes with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and active cruise control. In addition to the standard V6, there's also a hybrid model that garners up to 40 mpg, practically unheard of for a full-size sedan.
In our Expert Review, we said, "Take the badge off an Avalon, and you might think you're in a Lexus, Toyota's luxury brand." Credit the quiet V6, smooth ride, hushed interior, and numerous creature comforts afforded in Toyota's flagship sedan. And while the Avalon built its reputation as being nothing more than a comfortable cruiser, this latest generation offers a Sport mode that stiffens the steering feel and quickens throttle response. The Touring model offers more athletic suspension as well, making this mild-mannered sedan more fun to drive than you might expect.
Prices for a 2018 Toyota Avalon range from about $33,500 for a base XLE model to nearly $43,000 for a Hybrid Limited.