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The Toyota Avalon goes dark for 2021

This cushy large sedan will now be offered in a fashion-forward Nightshade Edition, all-wheel drive will also be available.

Craig Cole
Craig brought 15 years of automotive journalism experience to the Cars team. A lifelong resident of Michigan, he's as happy with a wrench or welding gun in hand as he is in front of the camera or behind a keyboard. When not hosting videos or cranking out features and reviews, he's probably out in the garage working on one of his project cars. He's fully restored a 1936 Ford V8 sedan and then turned to resurrecting another flathead-powered relic, a '51 Ford Crestliner. Craig has been a proud member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).
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For the first time, you'll be able to get a Toyota Avalon with all-wheel drive.

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A whopping 10 different versions of the 2021 Avalon will be offered, including a new Nightshade Edition model, which is an offshoot of the XSE variant.

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All-wheel drive will be offered on XLE and Limited grades and is paired with the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. 

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If you want more giddy-up, a 3.5-liter V6 is also on the menu. It delivers a solid 301 hp.

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Touring models of the 2021 Toyota Avalon feature Adaptive Variable Suspension, which electronically adjusts the ride for enhanced comfort.

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Toyota Safety Sense-P is standard on the Avalon. This suite of driver aids includes things like steering assist, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control and more. 

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What do you think, did Toyota go far enough with the 2021 Avalon?

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