The Toyota Avalon luxury sedan is full-size. The Toyota Avalon has a solid reputation for being a reliable vehicle, much like the rest. This makes it an excellent choice for luxury-minded buyers who don’t want to compromise on reliability. The Avalon, now in its fourth generation has been introduced with the 2013 model year. This version shares at most a portion of the platform with the Lexus ES and has a styling that hints at luxury. A hybrid version is also available.
Because of its smooth ride and impressive interior features, the Toyota Avalon can compete with full-sized sedans. One problem with the Avalon is its lack of powertrain options. Customers are left with one option. Although this engine is strong for its size, it does not have the same high-end performance as some of the more powerful sedans. The Avalon is an excellent choice for customers who want a comfortable ride and some luxury entertainment options.
Pricing and Trims
There are four trim levels for the Toyota Avalon, each with a variety of features. The Toyota Avalon XLE is the lowest trim level. It features a Smart Key System as well as leather-trimmed heated front chairs.
Next up is the Toyota Avalon XLE Premium. This model also features leather-trimmed heated front chairs and a backup camera. It also includes a tilt/slide moonroof and a power tilt/slide roof. The Toyota Avalon XLE Touring is the third trim level. It features ECO and Sport modes, as well as a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. The XLE Touring also offers Display Audio with Navigation, Entune, and other safety features.
The Toyota Avalon’s top trim level is the XLE Touring. It has heated and ventilated front seats with premium perforated leather-trimmed seats. The HID Quadrabeam headlights are included, as well as LED Daytime Running lights. The Limited also comes with Safety Connect with Emergency Assistance and Roadside Assistance for added safety.
The Toyota Avalon XLE is priced in the low $30,000 range. The Toyota Avalon Premium increases the price to around $32,000. The Toyota Avalon Touring is just $34,000, while the Toyota Avalon Limited costs in the low $38,000 area.
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Engine and Performance
The 3.5-liter V6 engine is standard on all four Toyota Avalon models. It has dual overhead camshafts, Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing and Intelligence. This engine generates 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 rpm.
The XLE Touring trim level and the Limited trim level come with Sport, ECO, and Normal modes. All four trims are Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) and feature an electronic ignition system that uses Toyota Direct Ignition.
Every version comes standard with an electronic controlled, six-speed automatic transmission with intelligence. They are all front-wheel-drive vehicles.
The Toyota Avalon comes in four versions. It has IntelliTouch controls for climate and audio system. Cruise control is also available.
The Toyota Avalon’s audio options are quite impressive. Display Audio is available on the XLE Premium and XLE Premium. It includes a 6.1-inch touch screen. The system includes an AM/FM CD player with MP3 and WMA playback, an auxiliary audio Jack, and a USB port that supports iPod connectivity. It also allows for music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology. The eight-speaker audio system can reproduce all of this and also displays vehicle information and hands free phone capabilities.
Additional upgrades are available for the audio system in the Limited and XLE Touring trims.