The large flagship sedan was sold between 1994 and 2022.
The Avalon was lined up for an update next year.
Though sad this news may be, it was inevitable. The Toyota Avalon, when it was launched in 1994, was a heavy if quiet player in a segment that was bursting at the seams with options from nearly all automakers. As the auto industry continues its shift over to SUVs, lovely land yachts like the Avalon have lost their place.
This leaves only the Nissan Maxima and the Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300 duo in the large sedan segment. Though the Avalon was outselling the Max so far this year in the US, according to Automotive News, Toyota has decided to skip the once-planned 2022 update of the current car and simply end it.
“Originally introduced as Toyota’s flagship sedan in 1994, Avalon built the reputation for offering comfort, innovation, quality and safety that customers expect from a full-sized sedan,” two Toyota vice presidents in purchasing and supplier development wrote in the Aug. 2 letter. “Toyota will continue to support service and parts needs of our existing Avalon customers.”
Despite its old-folk persona, we’ve been fans of the Avalon since the onset. Its refinement, comfort, and large cozy barge personality will be missed.