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2014 Toyota Avalon

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2014 Toyota Avalon Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.5

The full-size sedan has been on a slump as of late, replaced by bigger crossover SUVs that offer more interior room and versatility. But, there is still a large set of the population who likes the low stance, comfortable ride and easy-to-park characteristic of a sedan. For them, Toyota builds the 2014 Avalon. Its striking exterior is further bolstered by a premium interior befitting the finest Lexus sedan. Taut driving dynamics, a smooth ride and a silent cabin are also mainstays of Toyota’s flagship, as are the cutting-edge yet user-friendly in-vehicle audio and navigation systems. Alongside the potent V6 is a hybrid model delivering a slightly less robust 0-60 time but much better fuel economy

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for a big sedan that delivers economy-car fuel economy, the full-size 2014 Toyota Avalon is it. Class-leading resale value and reliability are also pluses in the Avalon’s favor, as are its sleek good looks.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Avalon is plush, but not sporty. If you consider yourself an enthusiast driver, the Ford Taurus SHO, Nissan Maxima or Hyundai Genesis delivers a more spirited driving experience. Those seeking all-wheel drive will have to look to the Taurus or Chrysler 300.

What's New for 2014

A rearview camera is added to the base XLE, prompting a slight price increase for the trim. The XLE Premium now offers the display audio unit with navigation and Entune Apps suite, while a blind-spot monitoring system is made optional on the Touring trim.

Driving the Avalon
Driving Impressions

The 2014 Toyota Avalon delivers a thrill ride, but not in the traditional sense. While not intended to deliver a BMW-like ride, the Avalon nevertheless is a competent sedan that...

... will impress with its smooth ride and sedate driving experience. Compared to the last-generation car, the newest Avalon benefits greatly from better feel in the steering and brakes. There’s also an available driver-selectable Sport mode that adds more weight to the power steering response and improves upshift times. Toyota may have gone a bit overboard adding features like paddle shifters and downshift rev-matching, but it’s nice to have them onboard just the same. The V6 is a true star, but it’s the hybrid powertrain that won our hearts, delivering excellent performance while returning a 40-mpg combined city/highway figure. On the road, the Avalon shuts out almost all wind and tire noise to create a cocoon-like environment.

CAPACITIVE TOUCH SWITCHES
Using the same principle that controls your smartphone, the Avalon’s capacitive touch switches require only the slightest touch to perform their function. Reacting to minor fluctuations in electrical current when contacted by your finger, these switches are more efficient and require less moving parts than traditional buttons and knobs.


REAR CROSS TRAFFIC WARNING
Parking lots filled with big SUVs often block a driver from noticing cross traffic at the rear of the vehicle. Toyota’s Rear Cross Traffic Warning system eliminates this problem by alerting the driver with a warning signal and indicator light when a vehicle is approaching from the side.

2014 Toyota Avalon Details
Interior

The 2014 Toyota Avalon offers perhaps the finest cabin in its class, with first-rate materials, user-friendly controls and impressive fit and finish. The general design is the same regardless of trim level, which only sweetens the Avalon’s attractive $31K starting price. Toyota’s latest batch of infotainment options such as advanced voice recognition, mobile application integration and hard-drive-based navigation should appeal to tech-savvy buyers. And, unlike the Ford Taurus, the Avalon’s capacitive touch switches for the audio and climate-control functions are responsive and straightforward. In terms of comfort the rear-seat passengers are treated to an abundance of legroom and headroom

Exterior
2014 Toyota Avalon photo

The Avalon’s masculine stance and sculpted bodywork were conceived by Toyota’s Southern California-based Calty Design studio. The forward-raked C-pillar and sweeping roofline impart an almost coupe-like silhouette. Although it seems counterintuitive, this aggressive design actually improves rear-seat headroom. The headlights incorporate a pair of stylish square-shaped projector lenses, which Toyota calls Quadrabeams. This contemporary look is finished off with a set of 17-inch or optional 18-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights and dual chrome-tipped exhaust outlets.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Toyota Avalon is offered in XLE, Premium, Touring and Limited trim levels with hybrid variants available in the last three. In base form, the Avalon includes heated outside mirrors, rearview camera, leather-trimmed seats, smart-key access and push-button start, dual-zone climate control and a 6.1-inch audio touch screen and eight speakers. Premium models add a moonroof, while Touring trims include creature comforts like navigation, driver’s-seat memory control and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system. Occupant protection consists of 10 airbags, a comprehensive suite of electronic stability aids, and front seats designed to help reduce the severity of whiplash-related injuries

Optional Equipment

Since the majority of feature content is tied to trim level, the 2014 Toyota Avalon offers only a few option packages. Available exclusively on Limited models, the Tech Package includes a pre-collision system that prepares the car for impact when it senses a crash about to happen, automatic high beams, and an adaptive cruise-control system that maintains a pre-selected distance behind the vehicle ahead. The Premium trims can upgrade to the navigation radio with Entune Apps suite.

Under the Hood

The new Avalon gets its motivation from the tried-and-true 3.5-liter V6 or new Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder hybrid powerplant – the same system used in the latest Camry Hybrid. The conventional engine churns out a healthy 268 horsepower through a 6-speed automatic gearbox, while the hybrid system sends its 200 horsepower to the front wheels via a gearless continuously variable transmission. To the dismay of those living in the Snow Belt, the Toyota Avalon does not offer all-wheel drive.

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
248 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/31 mpg

2.5-liter inline-4 hybrid
200 net hybrid system horsepower
Engine: 156 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
Battery: 199 lb-ft of torque @ 0-1,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 40/39 mpg

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2014 Toyota Avalon Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 163 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Very nice car. Rides smoothly, easy to handle.

By on Friday, July 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive. rides very smoothly, very quiet."

Cons: "Back seats don't recline"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"2014 Avalon Premium. The only thing I don't like about my Avalon is the back seats don't recline so you can't haul much in the trunk. Who thinks to check those things when buying a car. Just take it for granted. Rides very smoothly, I don't notice much road noise but maybe a little more than my 2004 Camry XLE. Very roomy, big trunk! I have to climb in to vacuum it. LOL Seems like the navigation system isn't as good as my friends Ford Focus. Otherwise, I love my car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

one owner, garaged when not in use, easy 30 mpg.

By on Thursday, July 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great in town car and a real driver on the highway"

Cons: "no Toyota dealer where we live,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"this is a quality car, great to drive in town or on road trips. Has all the options available at the time we bought car. plenty of room for passengers in the back seat. Has the Diamond White paint and looks great. interior is flawless."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Nice styling.

By on Friday, June 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I've had my 2016 Toyota Avalon for 3 weeks. I bought the "entry level" XLE model. I bought it for the styling, price and, I hope, dependability. I previously owned a more extensively equipped Avalon for 14 years. I immediately noticed the ride was not as smooth as my older model and although the seats are leather, they are not as comfortable. I also noticed a lot of interior "short cuts" and that the road noise is much more noticeable. I use this car mostly for commuting to work, so didn't need the extra digital equipment. I would suggest that if you travel or do a lot of highway driving, you consider one of the higher end models. I like the car, but because I've had the experience of driving one of the more expensive offerings, I would compare all the Avalon models before you purchase one."

9 people out of 9 found this review helpful

better than 2013Limited hybrid 58000 mi great mpg

By on Monday, June 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "It is more fun than the 2013, I won't go further!"

Cons: "Better interior than 2013"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My 2016 Hybrid Limited with safety package and great inside, and the ride is far superior to the 2013 limited hybrid the gas mpg is still 40 mpg and the reliability and problems were non-existant the seats are still harder than they need to be! The engine is much quieter than the 2013 and has more power, the auto emergency works fine and the dynamic radar cruise control works perfectly and the en-tune works better and easier to program, its a keeper"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Very pleased

By on Friday, June 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very sophisticated car yet easy to handle"

Cons: "Nav. could be a bit better"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned the Avalon Sport Touring XLE for 11 months and have 8000 miles on it. I find the ride very smooth and the leg room and head room are superior. The back seat passengers sit with luxury and plenty of leg room. Styling is supreme and resembles the Lexus 350.It has 3 driving modes that I find myself using all the time to provide better efficiency. I have no trouble with the apps on the screen and use the navigation often. I have never had a car with navigation so I am not an expert; I am pleased with it. It probably could be a little more user friendly but I really have no complaints. It has really never failed me so far. I use my Pandora for music and that is perfect. I love being able to get incoming calls and make calls hands free. The interior appointments have a luxurious feel and the gauges are accurate. Great turning radius. Some road noise but nothing that is very noticeable. Once you shut the doors the car is tight, very smooth driving, great features, 18 inch wheels on my model, their best engine, 111" wheelbase, great suspension, and fun to drive. Totally reliable, large trunk,mileage seems pretty accurate on regular unleaded, quite engine...very quiet, and great response to whatever you are asking it to do. I am extremely pleased with this car and hope to have it a long time."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

First Toyota & their reliability and care is zero

By on Thursday, May 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,800

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Roomy and well equipped"

Cons: "Poor build quality. Poor support. Poor GPS applic"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"This is the first time purchasing a Toyota vehicle and started with their top of the line sedan. First, passenger door doesn't reliably latch and the service advisor refuses to fix it. Second, from day 1, electrical system problems were handled by inept technicians. Finally, they specify a product called Scout GPS-Link which stopped working properly after 2 weeks. I purchased a phone they specified on the Toyota site. After 2 months, corporate customer service provides nothing but stall tactics and Telenav (Scout developer) is worthless. This is really an eye opener about how poorly Toyota is committed to resolving customer complaints. Support is a joke at both Toyota and Telenav."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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