2021 Toyota Avalon Adds AWD with a Compromise

There was a time when a large sedan was a common sight in American driveways, but lately the full-size four-door is more likely to be an unplanned upgrade at the Hertz counter than a deliberate dealership purchase. The Toyota Avalon continues to bang the drum for its tribe, despite similar models such as the Buick LaCrosse, the Chevrolet Impala, and the Kia Cadenza all bowing out of contention.

Although most of its competitors have been discontinued, Toyota continues to enhance the Avalon lineup. For 2021, Toyota adds optional all-wheel drive for those of us whose floormats are stained with salt.

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