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The 2022 Toyota Avalon proves to be one of the most adept and economical sedans on the market with new tech and features.

What’s New for the 2022 Toyota Avalon?

For 2022, the Toyota Avalon is no longer available in all-wheel drive or the TRD trim from last year. The XSE is now only available with the Nightshade appearance package. Every model now gets a rear-seat reminder feature and safety is improved with upgraded advanced driver safety aids.

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2022 Toyota Avalon – toyota.com |  Shop 2022 Toyota Avalon on Carsforsale.com

Body Style

Starting Price

MSRP $37,300

Drivetrain

Drivetrain

FWD

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy

22 City / 31 Hwy (MPG)

Number of Seats

Seating

Seats 5

The Breakdown

Near-luxury levels of comfort

Great driver assistance tech

Spacious interior and trunk

Below average driving dynamics

Limited options

No all-wheel-drive

2022 Avalon Specs

Trims & Pricing

XLE - $37,300
XLE Hybrid - $38,275
XSE Hybrid Nightshade - $41,625
Limited - $43,000
Touring - $44,000
Limited Hybrid - $44,575

2022 Toyota Avalon Powertrain

2022 Toyota Avalon 2.5L I4 Hybrid - carsforsale.com
2022 Toyota Avalon 2.5L I4 Hybrid - carsforsale.com

The first word that comes to mind when thinking of the Avalon’s powertrain is “refined”. It’s quiet, reliable, and linear in its power delivery. The hybrid option leaves quite a bit of power to be desired with 215 horsepower, but it’s busy delivering more than 40 mpg, so we won’t complain. Those that prioritize grunt and opt for the sincerely good V6 get 300 horses. It’s more than enough to get from A to B without feeling the need for more power.

The eight-speed automatic is great too and shifts very smoothly regardless of the situation. Even in oddly moving traffic, it’ll have no issues selecting appropriate cogs and sticking with them until a change is needed. That said, this still isn’t a dynamic driver’s car. Even the adaptive shocks in the Avalon Touring don’t change that fact. Regardless of athleticism, the 2022 Toyota Avalon is a comfortable drive each and every time you use it. That’s what Toyota prioritized and it’s worked well. As it exits the market we’ll remember it for being an upscaled and upsized Camry that can soak up highway miles without a care in the world.

2022 Toyota Avalon Fuel Economy & MPG

2022 Toyota Avalon XSE Hybrid Nightshade Edition - toyota.com
2022 Toyota Avalon XSE Hybrid Nightshade Edition - toyota.com

The 2022 Toyota Avalon can provide whatever you need it to. Average economy is on offer from the V6 which gets 22 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway. The hybrid is impressive though with 43 mpg in the city and 44 on the highway.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo Space

The 2022 Toyota Avalon feels nicer inside than its price might suggest. It’s even more impressive when compared to some of the other cars in this segment. It’s spacious and its seating is a really strong point. They offer great adjustability, solid support, and both heating and ventilation are above average in the way they respond and function.

It’s also impressive to look at the controls and dash inside. The switchgear feels pleasant under the finger and is very reminiscent of a Lexus. Little touches like the grain of the plastic really highlight the attention to detail here. We also love the rich leather upholstery that wraps around the occupants like a glove.

Cargo space is excellent with more than 16 cubic feet of space in the trunk and standard 60/40 split rear seats that fold down for more cargo-hauling capacity. Toyota has also done a great job of adding little cubbies and storage spaces throughout the cabin of the Avalon.

Entertainment & Technology

2022 Toyota Avalon - toyota.com
2022 Toyota Avalon - toyota.com

The infotainment system in the 2022 Toyota Avalon is above average. Integrated Android Auto and Apple CarPlay both make it easy to use. It also features navigation on its own. Entune isn’t the prettiest or most attractive system, but it does work well. While some menus did feature some lag, the system is better than most rivals. The optional JBL sound system is very good and produces a full and rich sound quality. Toyota has also included numerous USB ports, a wireless charging pad, and voice controls for those who want to use them. Still, some of that tech gets overshadowed by how good the advanced driving aids are.

Safety Features

Toyota Safety Sense is a suite of advanced safety features and driving aids that are standard across the 2022 Toyota Avalon lineup. Among those aids are adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. Both operate together to make long trips or traffic jams no big deal. The IIHS awarded the 2022 Avalon a Top Safety Pick rating. We haven’t seen a rating for the 2022 model, but the 2021 Avalon scored a five-star crash test rating from the NHTSA.

2022 Toyota Avalon Trims & Pricing

2022 Toyota Avalon XLE - toyota.com
2022 Toyota Avalon XLE - toyota.com

XLE – $37,300

The base 2022 Toyota Avalon uses the same 301-horsepower V6 that’s in the Limited and Touring models. It sends its power to the front wheels only through an eight-speed automatic. The Avalon XLE also gets a 9-inch infotainment system with Toyota’s Entune interface, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It’s connected to eight speakers. The interior is trimmed in synthetic leather upholstery with heated front seats and a push-button start.

2022 Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid - toyota.com
2022 Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid - toyota.com

XLE Hybrid – $38,275

The XLE Hybrid uses a 215-horsepower hybrid four-cylinder engine that uses a CVT to push power to the front wheels. It’s similarly equipped to the normal XLE otherwise.

2022 Toyota Avalon XSE Hybrid Nightshade Edition - toyota.com
2022 Toyota Avalon XSE Hybrid Nightshade Edition - toyota.com

XSE Hybrid Nightshade – $41,625

The XSE Hybrid Nightshade is the most athletic handling of the 2022 Toyota Avalon family with a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, paddle shifters, and aluminum pedal covers. It also gets gloss black accents in and out of the car and a rear spoiler.

2022 Toyota Avalon Limited - toyota.com
2022 Toyota Avalon Limited - toyota.com

Limited – $43,000

The Limited Avalon gets a 14-speaker JBL premium sound system, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, HID headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

2022 Toyota Avalon Touring - toyota.com
2022 Toyota Avalon Touring - toyota.com

Touring – $44,000

Buyers who opt for the Avalon Touring will get 19-inch wheels, the same premium audio system from the Limited, a moonroof, ambient interior lighting, wireless device charging, LED headlights and taillights, a rear spoiler, piano black interior trim, heated rear seats, and ventilated and heated front seats.

2022 Toyota Avalon Limited Hybrid - toyota.com
2022 Toyota Avalon Limited Hybrid - toyota.com

Limited Hybrid – $44,575

The Limited Hybrid is similarly equipped to the standard Limited trim, but with the added hybrid powertrain.

Warranties

Toyota offers a competitive warranty package for the 2022 Toyota Avalon. It includes the standard 3-year/36,000-mile Limited and 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage that every other brand offers. It also adds 2 years or 25,000-miles of complimentary maintenance though.

What we think

2022 Toyota Avalon - toyota.com

2022 Toyota Avalon – toyota.com |  Shop 2022 Toyota Avalon on Carsforsale.com

The 2022 Toyota Avalon is a fitting send-off for a badge that’s been around since the mid-90s. As sedan sales dwindle and only the performance or luxury offerings remain, the Avalon will always be a reminder of what an economical, comfortable, and reliable full-sized sedan offering was like.

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Stephen Rivers

Stephen Rivers is a car enthusiast who loves all things built with passion, extending to nearly all car cultures. After obtaining an occupational studies degree in sports medicine, Stephen turned his attention to sports cars. He was employed as an auto shop manager, spent time in auto sales, and worked as a software developer for a racing company, but Stephen began writing about cars over 10 years ago. When he's not in front of a computer screen, he's racing his own Bugeye Subaru WRX in as many autocross and rallycross competitions as he can.

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