In order to help consumers during their new-vehicle shopping process, The Car Guide’s team of journalists publishes each year its Best Buys in a wide range of car and truck segments.
In the full-size sedan category, it’s the Toyota Avalon that grabbed the Best Buy title for 2019. Fresh of a major redesign, the Avalon charmed The Car Guide’s staff by its great ride comfort, but also for its enhanced dynamic driving characteristics. It’s sporty character—not too sport, mind you—is a clear break from the blandness this sedan has long been known for.
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We also like its new, edgier design with its low roofline, its massive front grille and its resolutely athletic proportions. The XSE variant also adds a touch of flair without being overdone. Last but not least, we truly appreciate the smoothness, refinement and fuel economy of its 3.5-litre V6 engine, which develops 301 horsepower. The Toyota Avalon retails from $42,790 before freight and delivery charges.
In the full-size sedan segment, it’s the Nissan Maxima (MSRP from $40,790) that grabbed the number two spot this year. Its quickly demonstrates its sporty character, highlighted by its 300-horsepower, 3.5-litre V6. We also like the quality finish of its cockpit, which makes a strong impression of the furnishings found in a luxury-branded vehicle.
In third place, we find the Buick LaCrosse (MSRP from $38,045) that impresses by its great ride comfort and the excellent sound insulation of its cockpit. We can choose between a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine that benefits from a mild hybrid system, or a smooth and refined 310-horsepower, 3.6-litre V6. An all-wheel drivetrain is also available to confront the winter season with greater assurance.