The 2021 Toyota Avalon in Bend OR doesn't have many competitors since the full-size sedan class is dwindling in the SUV dominated market; but is it better than its competitors and worth the price tag?

Five trim levels are available for the Avalon, with eight different models.Beginning with the lowest priced XLE at $35,875 MSRP, they range through Hybrid XLE, XSE, Hybrid XSE, Limited, TRD, Touring, and Hybrid Limited. The most expensive Avalon is the Hybrid Limited, which comes in at $43,300 MSRP. (Destination fees not included.)

This redesign of the Toyota Avalon is its fifth generation, which debuted in 2019. A Toyota Racing Development (TRD) version was added to the model lineup in 2020. Now for 2021, all-wheel drive (AWD) has been added, though it'll only be available on the XLE and Limited trims, and not on the hybrid versions. This means if you want AWD you can only get the 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine, not the bigger 3.5 liter V-6 that's standard on the FWD Avalon.

So, who are the segment rivals of the 2021 Toyota Avalon in Bend OR? One strong competitor is the 2021 Subaru Legacy, which has six trim options available. The Legacy's lowest priced model is the Base, at $22,895 MSRP, then spanning through the line is Premium, Sport, Limited, Limited XT, and finally Touring XT at $36,145. Destination fees aren't included in these prices. All-wheel drive comes standard across the lineup. It's obvious that the Subaru Legacy is much more reasonably priced that the Avalon, but how do they compare in other ways?

2021 Toyota Avalon in Bend OR: Model Comparison

The Base model Legacy comes with Eyesight Driver Assist Technology which includes advanced adaptive cruise control, lane centering, pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning, and sway warning; the STARLINK suite of on-board technology with dual 7 inch screens, two front USB ports, an audio system with AM/FM/satellite radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, engine start/stop, hill-hold assist, a 12-volt power outlet, automatic climate control, LED steering responsive headlights, power fuel-door lock, full power accessories, automatic high-beam assist, 17-in steel wheels, 60/40 split/folding rear seat, Bluetooth connectivity, active torque vectoring, a rear-vision camera, remote keyless entry, and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.

The XLE is the base 2021 Toyota Avalon in Bend OR, and it comes standard withblind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, LED lighting, heated manual outboard mirrors with turn-signal indicators, , 60/40-split folding rear seats, 8-way adjustable heated front seats,  17-in painted alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, , a 7-in digital instrument display, Bluetooth connectivity, remote keyless entry, an 8-speaker infotainment system with a 9-in touchscreen, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, power door locks, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto/Amazon Alexa integration.

The 2020 Legacy model was awarded a 5-star crash rating from NHTSA, and it was named a Top Safety Pick Plus by the IIHS.  The 2021 model has yet to be tested, but expect the same ratings. The 2021 Toyota Avalon in Bend OR has yet to be tested as well, but the 2020 model received the identical ratings from both organizations.

As it's plain to see, the Subaru Legacy offers about the same amenities as the Toyota Avalon, but at a much lower price. This holds true throughout the lineup, from the starting trim, all the way to the top trims. If saving anywhere from about $7,000 to $13,000 sounds good to you, forget about the Toyota and get a Subaru Legacy! And remember, you can get the AWD on any trim you choose.

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