Though only 2.3 inches shorter in overall length, the new Avalon appears much more sleek than previous models. Looks aren’t the only thing sportier about Toyota’s new design as the handling has also received a much-needed improvement. Powered by a model-standard 3.5L V6 and six-speed automatic transmission, Avalon drivers will no longer be lulled to sleep when accelerating from a stop. Four trims are offered, consisting of the XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring and Limited. Though some features are added outside, it is the interior that’s treated to the majority of upgrades when climbing the trim levels. As previously mentioned, the 2013 Avalon is shorter in overall length than the 2012 model, but nevertheless has a more spacious interior, especially in the oft-ignored rear.
The interior room provided by Toyota’s large sedan is hard to beat in this class, yet Buick also equips comfortable accommodations inside the LaCrosse. Plus Buick has focused on advancing the sporty appeal of their brand, which includes the LaCrosse among others. While improved, the Avalon’s performance has more catching up to do when competing against models like the Chrysler 300 and Ford Taurus. Both the Taurus and 300 cost less in base trim than the Avalon while having optional powertrains available along with interiors high in quality and technology. Cousin of the luxurious-looking 300, Dodge offers a similar sedan in the Charger featuring unique-styling that tastefully combines modern design with retro-influence.
With this new generation, the 2013 Avalon has found a logical position in the Toyota lineup, offering affordable value and inviting luxury reminiscent of Toyota’s upscale division.