The full-size family sedan is as American as apple pie, and with the 2014 Avalon, Toyota wants a bigger slice of the big-car market. It’s been almost 20 years since the first Avalon arrived to give Toyota customers something larger than a Camry in which to transport themselves and others, and in those two decades the Avalon has established itself as an extremely reliable, extremely comfortable, and extremely boring car.
Thanks to a complete redesign in 2013, the Avalon’s not as boring as it used to be. In fact, given how much the new 2014 Corolla appears to draw from the same well of design ideas, it’s easy to conclude that the latest Avalon defines a new styling language for Toyota’s bread-and-butter sedans. But is there any meat on that sandwich? I spent a week driving a 2014 Avalon to find out.