2022 Toyota Avalon debuts with a Nightshade


Toyota has updated its largest sedan Avalon for 2022 for the U.S. market, with MSRP starting at $36,375. The 2022 lineup includes the Nightshade—available on the XSE Hybrid, priced at $40,700. The prices exclude the DPH fee of $1,025.

Trim Powertrain MSRP
XLE 3.5L V6 with 8-AT $36,375
XLE Hybrid 2.5L with e-CVT $37,350
Limited 3.5L V6 with 8-AT $42,675
Limited Hybrid 2.5L with e-CVT $43,650
XSE Hybrid Nightshade 2.5L with e-CVT $40,700
Touring 3.5L V6 with 8-AT $43,075

As mentioned, the Nightshade is available on the mid-spec XSE trim. Buyers can pick from three exterior colors: Celestial Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic and Wind Chill Pearl.

Key highlights of this model include gloss-black elements, an integrated boot lid spoiler, 19-inch black alloy wheels, and black perforated Softex and Ultrasuede combo upholstery.

As for other trims, key features depending on the trim include a 9-inch touchscreen; a 7-inch MID; a 10-inch head-up display; heated steering wheel; 8-way adjustable front seats with 4-way power lumbar; heated rear seats; dual-zone climate control; 14-speaker JBL audio system, and USB-A and USB-C charging ports. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa are standard on all trims.

Connected Services include Safety Connect with a 1-year trial, Service Connect with a 10-year trial and Remote Connect with a 1-year trial. Wi-Fi Connect Powered by Verizon trial with up to 2 GB for three months is subscription-free.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ suite of safety and ADAS is standard on all trims, which includes Road Sign Assist and Lane Tracing Assist. Also, the Rear Seat Reminder is now standard on all 2022 Avalons. Intelligent Clearance Sonar and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking is available as an optional package on Limited and Touring trims.

Visually, the Avalon remains unchanged ever since the 5th gen model debuted back in 2018, as are the powertrain options. The 3.5L V6 petrol engine pumps out 224 kW (306 metric hp/301 bhp) and 362 Nm (267 lb-ft) of torque, and is paired with an 8-speed automatic that drives the front wheels.

The hybrid variant combines a 2.5L 4-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor at the front. The ICE pumps out 131 kW (178 metric hp) and 221 Nm (163 lb-ft), while the e-motor offers 88 kW (120 metric hp) and 202 Nm (149 lb-ft). The system output, however, is 160 kW (218 metric hp). There’s another motor that joins the aforementioned motor to charge the battery pack. An e-CVT drives the front wheels. It appears that the Avalon AWD is not available in America anymore.

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