2015 Toyota Avalon

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What's New for 2015:
  • Next-generation Entune infotainment systems debut
  • XLE Touring Sport Edition trim level
  • Paddle shifters standard for non-hybrids
  • Blind-spot monitoring standard for XLE Touring

The 2015 Toyota Avalon is a full-size sedan equipped with a choice between a V-6 engine or a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain. It competes against the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera, Kia Cadenza, and Nissan Maxima.

Models and Features
For 2015, there are eight different versions of the Avalon for sale. Vehicles with a V-6 engine are offered in XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring, XLE Touring Sport, and Limited trim levels, while the Avalon Hybrid comes only in XLE Premium, XLE Touring, and Limited specification.

Choose the XLE Premium and the Avalon features a power sunroof, expanded Smart Key operation, auto-dimming rearview mirror with a compass, and a universal garage door opener.

The XLE Touring version includes 18-in. aluminum wheels, fog lights, premium Entune infotainment system with navigation and App Suite technology, memory for the driver's preferences, and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert technology. A new XLE Touring Sport version is offered for 2015, equipped only with black paint and blue interior trim, and featuring LED running lights, HID headlights, and unique black-painted, machined-finish wheels.

The Avalon Limited tops the lineup; it is equipped with premium perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, 10-way power driver's seat with a cushion extension, 8-way power front passenger's seat, heated rear seats, special White Ice nighttime ambient lighting, and a power rear window shade. The Limited also features triple-zone climate control, JBL premium sound system, expanded App Suite services, and Safety Connect service with automatic collision notification and emergency assistance. Additional upgrades include LED running lights, HID headlights, rain-sensing wipers, side mirror puddle lighting, and silver aluminum wheels.

Under the Hood
The Avalon's standard engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 generating 268 horsepower; it drives the car's front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission that now includes paddle shifters as standard equipment. Touring, Touring Sport, and Limited trim levels include Normal, Sport, and Eco driving modes, and in Sport mode the transmission matches engine revs when downshifting.

A gas-electric hybrid powertrain goes into the Avalon Hybrid, one pairing a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor and a 650-volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack to produce a combined 200 horsepower. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) powers the front wheels, and this hybrid powertrain supplies drivers with EV, Eco, and Sport driving modes.

Both versions of the 2015 Avalon include free scheduled maintenance for the first 2 years or 25,000 miles of ownership.

Fuel Economy
Choose the Avalon with the V-6 engine and this full-size family sedan gets 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. Go with the Avalon Hybrid and fuel economy increases to 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Technology
Every 2015 Avalon is equipped with 10 standard air bags and a reversing camera. This year, Toyota installs a blind-spot monitoring system as standard equipment for the XLE Touring, XLE Touring Sport, and XLE Hybrid Touring versions of the car. The system includes a rear cross-traffic alert feature that detects vehicles approaching from the side when the Avalon is reversing from blind parking spots.

As an option, the Avalon Limited is available with automatic high-beam headlights, dynamic radar cruise control system, and a pre-collision system that tightens the seat belts, primes the brakes, and applies maximum braking power when the driver steps on the brake pedal. The system is not designed to automatically slow or stop the Avalon to avoid low-speed impacts.

These safety-related upgrades are offered in a package that also adds wireless smartphone charging capability. Other Avalon trim levels are equipped with what Toyota calls an eBin storage area with charging ports that is to keep smartphones and tablets out of sight.

New Entune infotainment systems arrive for the 2015 Avalon. The standard 6.1-in. touch-screen setup now includes a USB 2.0 port, HD traffic, and HD weather, while the mid-level system with navigation and Toyota's App Suite technology offers predictive HD traffic and Doppler radar weather map overlays for the navigation map. For 2015, the mid-level system also includes a larger 7-in. touch-screen display and new cache radio technology also allows the driver to pause a radio program for 20 minutes and replay it later.

The top Entune system is equipped with new JBL GreenEdge speaker technology as well as a high-resolution screen and voice search capability for devices connected to the USB port. It also includes split-screen display and DVD playback capability.


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