Entering its fifth generation for the 2021 model year, the Avalon has served as Toyota’s flagship sedan for more than two decades.
the 2021 Avalon is built around the TNGA component set that also underpins the current Prius and will be the base upon which Toyota will erect most of its new cars and crossovers. As ever, it’s a front-wheel-drive four-door with a V-6; there’s also a hybridized version available that uses a four-cylinder engine, but all-wheel drive isn’t on the table. In an era when traditional, near-luxury sedans from a nonluxury brand are out of fashion, this is a traditional, near-luxury sedan from a nonluxury brand. The V-6 can run the Atkinson cycle, boasts a stout 11.8:1 compression ratio, and is rated at 301 horsepower. That’s a gain of 33 horses over the 2018 model’s 268.