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1997 Toyota Avalon

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1997 XL 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $23,608
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Preliminary intelligence on the Toyota Avalon suggested this car would: (A) share the same chassis as the Camry, and (B) be little more than a high luxury version of that popular midsize sedan. Well, the Avalon is here. And here's how our intelligence reports graded out. A: Correct. The Avalon rides on a Camry chassis, with a stretched wheelbase. It also shares the Camry assembly line in Georgetown, Kentucky. B: Incorrect. Although the Avalon uses the same engine as the Camry V6, tweaked for a bit more power, as well as the same smooth 4-speed automatic transmission, it's essentially an all-new car. It doesn't look like the Camry, and the two cars don't share any exterior pieces. The Avalon is also roomier, particularly in the rear-seat area, it's a little more agile and, of course, it's more expensive. The Avalon is designed to compete with bigger front-wheel-drive domestic cars such as the Dodge Intrepid, Pontiac Bonneville, Chevrolet Lumina and Ford Taurus. It replaces the stodgy old rear-drive Toyota Cressida, which disappeared from the lineup in 1993, and it's the biggest passenger car ever to wear the Toyota emblem in the United States.

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 200 HP / 214 ft.lbs.
4-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 31 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5 / 6
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 200 HP / 214 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 31 / 25 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Strut
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel / Full-size
Fuel Tank
18.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
15.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
105 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
190.2 "
Exterior Width
70.3 "
Exterior Height
56.7 "
Front Headroom
39.1 "
Rear Headroom
37.8 "
Front Legroom
44.1 "
Rear Legroom
38.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,263 Lbs.
Wheel Base
107 "
Turning Radius
18.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
15.0 " Steel
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
5 / 6
Seat Trim
Cloth / Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / 50-50 Split-bench
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way / (6-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way / (6-way Power)
Front Armrests
6-way / (6-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan / Premium Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan
4 / 6 / 7
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
96 Months / 80,000 Miles

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