Today, Toyota revealed the pricing and updates for the 2015 Avalon lineup. and the updates include some new gadgetry and a new XLE Touring Sport Edition model.
On the range topping XLE Touring models — both gasoline and hybrid versions — Toyota has added a standard Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The rest of the 2015 Avalon lineup receives paddle shifters, three driving modes (Sport, ECO and Normal) with the gasoline engine, two new colors in Celestial Silver Metallic and Cosmic Gray Mica, and the second-generation Entune audio system. In terms of option changes, the Avalon Limited will now have optional 17-inch wheels.
The biggest change for 2015 is the addition of the XLE Touring Sport Edition, which sits just below the Limited trim level. This new trim is limited to only 2,500 units and Toyota will only build it from October 2015 through March 2015. The XLE Touring Sport Edition starts with the Touring trim and adds in an Attitude Black exterior hue, HID Quadbeam headlights with auto on/off, LED daytime running lights, 18-inch wheels coated in black paint and wrapped in 225/45R18 rubber, unique badges, perforated leather seating with multi-stage heating, eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar and four-way power passenger seat, a dark-blue dash trim and center console accent, Avalon Touring Sport Edition floor mats with dark-blue trim, aluminum door-sill plates, and a Touring Sport Edition splash screen logo on the display.
In terms of pricing, the 2015 Avalon starts at $32,285 for the XLE trim and ranges to $39,980 in its Limited trim, which represent $695 and $80 increases over last year’s model, respectively. The 2015 Avalon Hybrid starts at $36,470 for the XLE Premium trim and ranges to $41,700 for the Limited trim, which are $665 and $50 increases, respectively. As for the new XLE Touring Sport Edition, it starts at $37,170.
The 2015 Avalon will start rolling into dealers in late-October 2014.