Changes to 2021 Toyota Avalon Add Stealth and Go in the Snow

Christian Wardlaw | Jul 21, 2020

Toyota has announced changes to its 2021 Avalon full-size sedan, and it’s clear the big car will be stealthier and better to drive in the snow.

2021 Toyota Avalon XSE Nightshade Edition Silver

People living where snow is common should like the Avalon’s new optional all-wheel-drive system. Offered only with XLE and Limited trim, the 2021 Toyota Avalon AWD will bring added peace-of-mind to consumers who still prefer cars to SUVs. It is paired with a 205-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission, which means you’ll give up the Avalon’s standard 301-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6, a sweetheart of a power plant, but you don’t need all of that power in a blizzard anyway. Toyota says it expects 20% of 2021 Avalons sold to feature the AWD system, which can put half of the engine’s output to the rear wheels.

For summertime driving, the Avalon TRD, massaged for maximum performance by Toyota Racing Development, gets a new summer tire option. This will help the car to grip better when pitching it into curves and corners. The other sporty Avalon, the XSE trim, gets a new Nightshade Edition treatment that blacks out the exterior trim for a stealthier appearance. It is seen in the photo above.

Toyota hasn’t ignored the Avalon Hybrid, which the company says accounts for a third of its sales. For 2021, the hybrid version gets a new lithium-ion battery to replace the old nickel-metal hydride pack. Rated to get 44 mpg in combined driving, the 2021 Avalon Hybrid also has a new low-speed vehicle noise system so that pedestrians are aware of the car’s presence when it is moving slowly on battery power alone.

On the technology front, the 2021 Avalon gains Android Auto smartphone integration, joining the previously available Apple CarPlay system. New USB-C charging ports also debut in the car. Remaining changes to the 2021 Toyota Avalon amount to new exterior and interior colors.

The information in this article is from Toyota. It was accurate on July 21, 2020 but may have changed since that date.

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