Students in mechanic training should always be keeping an eye on the latest developments in car engineering and design, and the new 2019 Toyota Avalon is no exception.
Although the full-size sedan market isn’t as hot as it once was, with consumers increasingly gravitating towards crossovers and SUVs, Toyota is still committed to the segment. It’s not a dramatic departure from past model years, but the 2019 Avalon does have several new and noteworthy additions, and in general, offers a good value for those seeking a luxury sedan built for comfort, without the hefty price-tag.
Read on for a quick look at the 2019 Toyota Avalon.
The 2019 Avalon Has a Clean Look That Largely Keeps with past Models
The new Avalon is an inch lower than the prior model, with shortened overhangs and an extra 5.08 centimeters of length in the wheelbase. In general, the exterior finishing is modern and attractive, with smooth lines and subtle details, although the oversized front grille has been criticized as excessive.
The 2019 Avalon Is Packed Full of Modern Conveniences
Those studying to become a mechanic might be excited to know that the Avalon comes with plenty of goodies. All 2019 Avalons feature a 14-speaker JBL audio system with integrated Sirius XM satellite radio and Apple CarPlay, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Drivers and passengers can charge their smartphone via four USB ports or through the Qi wireless charging system. Other features include an integrated garage door opener, voice recognition and multi-information display controls, and Toyota’s Smart Key System with push-button start, which might already be familiar to anyone who has seen the 2018 Toyota Camry and other models.
The Avalon Comes in Two Trim Models: XSE and Limited
The Avalon XSE is more sporting-oriented, with a unique blacked-out grille, a quad-tip exhaust system, paddle shifters, and sport-tuned suspension. Other features include active noise cancellation, ultra-suede and synthetic leather seats, and a rear cross traffic alert safety system.
The Limited—which is the more costly of the options—has even more premium features, like adaptive LED headlights that turn into curves, real wood trim, ambient lighting, a 10-inch heads-up display, a bird’s-eye view monitor, rear cross-traffic braking, and more. The seating is covered in semi-aniline leather, with heated front and rear seats.
Students in Automotive Schools Will Want to Know What’s Under the Hood
Students in automotive schools might be interested to find out how the 2019 Avalon runs. The 2019 Toyota Avalon is front-wheel drive, with no current plans for an all-wheel-drive option. It runs on a 3.5-litre Atkinson-cycle V6 engine, chosen for its lower fuel consumption, giving it 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. This is a nice step up from the previous model’s 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet, and is likely to be more than sufficient for the needs of most urban drivers. An eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission has replaced the six-speed automatic transmission of the last model, and depending on road conditions, drivers can choose from one of three options with the Drive Mode Select system: Normal, Eco, and Sport.
Hear more about the design of the 2019 Avalon in this short clip:
The 2019 Avalon Is a Sedan Built for Safety and Comfort
The Avalon also incorporates Toyota’s cutting-edge Safety Sense P system, including a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and full speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, among other features.
In general, the 2019 Avalon is a welcome addition to Toyota’s fleet, and likely to be of interest for anyone seeking a comfortable, luxurious sedan at an affordable price.
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