Customers looking for an affordable full-size sedan are usually more concerned with reliability than flair. Yet this does not create a desire for such bland design as seen on some late-model Toyota sedans. Hoping not to lose loyal consumers thinking similarly, Toyota directed attention toward infusing personality in their big four-door, the Avalon.
Completely new for 2013, Toyota executed a full redesign and added an aesthetic quality never before seen on the large sedan. Not to be lost inside, the Avalon carries an impressive interior cabin while offering roomy seating for five. Toyota recently promised “more exciting vehicles” and the sheet metal that flows over the Avalon does not disappoint.
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At the bottom of the price ladder is the XLE trim, which is still nicely equipped relative to competitors. As on all Avalons, the V6 engine delivers 268 HP at 6200 RPM and 248 lb.-ft. of torque at 4700 RPM. The drive system powers the sedan’s front-wheels and fuel-mileage can be up to 21-city/31-highway MPG. Front and rear anti-vibration sub-frames within the unitized body structure provide for a smoother ride and better safety. Weaving its way through the underbody is a dual-chrome tipped exhaust that’s been integrated into the rear fascia’s design. Interior standards include leather-trimmed seats (heated driver/front-passenger) and a 6.1” touch-screen which feeds into eight-speakers and has Bluetooth connectivity. The 40/20/40 rear seat has a fold-down center armrest that also functions as a trunk pass-through.
With an MSRP nearing $40,000, the Avalon’s Limited trim is pricy for the affordable segment. However this does not go unwarranted with a long list of features usually reserved for a Lexus. Up front, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights are accented by LED daytime running lights. Moving back to the windshield, washer-linked variable intermittent wipers will turn on automatically using rain-sensing technology. The interior’s biggest upgrade is the premium media system with hard-drive based navigation and a high-resolution 7” touch-screen. JBL provides for the Limited’s audio needs with 11 GreenEdge speakers, an amplifier and a subwoofer. Only for Limited driver’s seeking optimal safety, Toyota offers a Technology Package consisting of automatic high beam, dynamic radar cruise control and a pre-collision system.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Toyota Avalon$30,998 | 6,815 mi
2013 Toyota Avalon$32,121 | 16,225 mi
2012 Toyota Avalon$24,995 | 12,050 mi
2011 TOYOTA AVALON$23,500 | 68,732 mi
2011 Toyota Avalon$27,988 | 33,889 mi
2010 Toyota Avalon$21,955 | 50,856 mi
2010 Toyota Avalon$25,963 | 34,315 mi
2008 Toyota Avalon$13,592 | 111,007 mi
2008 Toyota Avalon$16,500 | 60,468 mi
2008 Toyota Avalon$17,989 | 45,134 mi
2007 TOYOTA AVALON$11,500 | 127,805 mi
2007 Toyota Avalon$11,770 | 90,794 mi
2007 Toyota Avalon$13,495 | 82,738 mi
2007 Toyota Avalon$13,899 | 64,355 mi
2007 Toyota Avalon$13,900 | 75,257 mi
2007 Toyota Avalon$16,954 | 7 mi
2006 Toyota Avalon$10,498 | 102,613 mi
2006 Toyota Avalon$11,922 | 85,301 mi
2006 Toyota Avalon$11,990 | 77,406 mi
2006 Toyota Avalon$12,500 | 56,116 mi
2006 Toyota Avalon$14,963 | 91,537 mi
2006 TOYOTA AVALON$14,976 | 69,448 mi
2005 Toyota Avalon$10,987 | 81,575 mi
2005 Toyota Avalon$11,880 | 85,183 mi
2005 Toyota Avalon$11,913 | 82,885 mi
2004 Toyota Avalon$9,400 | 96,436 mi
2004 Toyota Avalon$9,860 | 131,694 mi
2004 Toyota Avalon$11,998 | 75,017 mi
Great interior and fun-to-drive, but is cramped on trunk space.
Modern and luxurious standard equipment, but available options quickly raise price.
Big trunk is offset by small backseat, yet a powerful performer in all available styles.
Attractive styling with upscale standards, but has sluggish handling and high MSRP.