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Larry Printz: An impressive new Toyota Avalon springs to life for 2019

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But this is a vehicle meant to appeal to a younger buyer, so it comes equipped with standard Apple CarPlay. It will also feature smartwatch and Amazon Alexa integration, allowing you to unlock the doors or start the engine or check fuel levels. And while most buyers will appreciate the standard 8-speraker audio system, a JBL 14-speaker, 1200 watt surround sound system is available.

Most Avalons will get their power a 3.5-liter V6 and an eight-speed gearbox, with a XSE and Touring models offering optional steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The other driveline option will be a hybrid, consisting of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a 650-volt electric motor and continuously variable transmission; it's the segment's only gas-electric hybrid model. Thoughtfully, the hybrid's battery pack is now placed under the rear seat rather than the trunk, so cargo space is not affected.

In an effort to make the Avalon more engaging to drive, al models get selectable drive modes, with Sport, Normal and Eco modes. Touring models also get a Custom mode. Touring models also get an adaptive variable suspension system with Normal, Sport and Sport+ modes. All Avalons now have multi-link rear suspension, which, along with thicker stabilizer bars and spring rates, to improve the car's ride and handling.

Of course, the new Avalon will the sort of driver assistance safety systems that most consumers expect, including a lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beam headlights, dynamic cruise control, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, rear view monitor, and rear cross traffic braking.

Looking at the 2019 Avalon, it's easy to expect that it could attract a younger buyer, or any buyer interested in a large mainstream sedan with luxury car amenities.

"Camry has gotten a younger buyer since the new one was launched; we're probably down three or four years in average age on just the new Camry alone," Fay said. "So we're hoping with the four grades and the new look that we can do the same with Avalon."

 

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About The Writer: Larry Printz Is An Automotive Journalist Based In South Florida. Readers May Send Him Email At Thedrivingprintz@Gmail.Com.

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