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3/4 Front Glamour 2012 Toyota Avalon

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4.4Excellent

MPG 19 City / 28 Highway
Pros
  • Excellent ride quality
  • Excellent reliability history
  • Roomy interior and excellent fit and finish
  • Comfortable rear seats recline
Cons
  • Side-view mirrors do not fold in
  • Navigation system a step behind
The full-size sedan has become an endangered species, but Toyota's 2012 Avalon carries on the tradition of spacious sedans filled with luxury accessories. Drivers and passengers will find ample leg room, plenty of cargo space, and a smooth, comfortable ride in the four-door, front-wheel drive Avalon. With its conservative design and relatively massive size and weight, it won't appeal to performance enthusiasts, but the 3.5-liter V6 engine offers a respectable 268 hp. Even more surprising are the fuel economy numbers: 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, better than expected for a vehicle this size.

Introduction

Sitting behind the wheel of the Avalon reveals that comfort and convenience are top priorities. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard, along with four-wheel ABS disc brakes, traction control, brake assist system, and stability control. Front, side and curtain airbags keep occupants safe, while leather seats, steering wheel audio controls, heated exterior mirrors, dual-zone climate control, power seats, rearview camera, and Bluetooth phone capability keep them comfortable. The nine-speaker audio system includes a six-disc CD changer and is mp3 and USB compatible. A touch screen navigation system is optional. All the comfort isn’t reserved for the front seats – even the rear seats recline in the Avalon (although they don’t fold down, which limits cargo capacity somewhat).

The 2012 Avalon is a car designed for comfort. With plentiful amenities and spacious seating, it’s the perfect for long-distance drives or daily commutes spent sitting in traffic. Toyota has announced a full redesign of the Avalon for 2013, with a more aggressive exterior, a number of new trim lines, and a hybrid variant. It will retain most of the safety features found on the 2012 Avalon, but will be slightly smaller.

Which Style To Buy?

2012 Toyota Avalon
Starting price
$13,500

2012 Toyota Avalon Base

Recommended for: People who want a full-size, four-door sedan with plenty of cabin space.

The basic Avalon comes with so many standard features that there aren’t many options packages – just the navigation system, voice activated controls, heated seats and a rear spoiler. While the Avalon’s main attractions are luxury and comfort, it also has a reputation for reliability.

2012 Toyota Avalon
Starting price
$13,500

2012 Toyota Avalon Limited

Recommended for: People who want to maximize the comfort of a full-size sedan.

The Avalon Limited is very similar to the base model, adding xenon headlights, a power rear sunshade, keyless entry, heated seats, and an upgraded sound system (12 speakers instead of just nine). There is no difference in the power train, and both versions have identical horsepower and mileage ratings, although the Limited weighs slightly more.

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