The Toyota Avalon is the flagship sedan from Toyota and is the largest in its fleet. The Avalon offers the highest level of quality in all of its parts and accessories. This car brings a touch of class and many luxury features to a very nice looking full sized sedan. If you are looking for the best that Toyota has to offer, the Avalon is it. This car has been compared to Buicks and Cadillac's, but offers a style and body design that definitely puts it in a class of its own. This is the car that Toyota has brought to those looking for a comfort laden highway cruiser. Offering a whisper quiet cabin and a very smooth ride, the Avalon offers a perfect vessel for long trips on the road.
The 2011 Avalon base model comes with a V-6 engine that is capable of producing 268 horsepower which will push this car along the road with more than ample power. With plenty of room on the interior the Avalon can comfortably seat up to 5 passengers and starts at $32,445.
Body styles: Sedan
Engines: 3.5L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: Avalon, Limited
For 2011 the Toyota Avalon gets minor but significant revisions. Dimensions are essentially the same externally, but a new nose, tail, and wheel styles freshen up the look of the large sedan. Trim levels have been reduced to two, Avalon and Limited, with plenty of standard creature comforts including reclining rear seats. Fuel economy has improved and emissions reduced, without affecting horsepower and torque.
The Avalon looks somewhat different than it did last year, thanks to the refresh it gets for 2011. New light treatments front and rear, new styling on the trunk, new grille, and new wheels give it a more upscale appearance.
There are softer touch points in the Avalon's quiet cabin, plus eight-way power driver seat, reclining rear seats, dual-zone climate control, and backup camera are standard. Heated seats, JBL audio, and navigation are optional.
Performance & Handling
The Avalon is not a car made for canyon carving, and is proud of it. This is a straight-line cruiser, the sedan you'd want for a cross-country drive, with a whisper-quiet cabin, plenty of comfort, and lots of luxury features. Only minor changes structurally for the Avalon mean ride quality continues to be excellent, while its weakness is when it's pushed hard in turns.
Dual front airbags are standard, as are front side-mounted airbags, front and rear side curtains, and a driver knee airbag. Stability control, traction control, and four-wheel discs with ABS are also standard, with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist.
EPA Fuel Economy
Avalon, Limited: 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway
- Quiet cabin
- Comfortable ride
- Luxury interior
- Large trunk
You Won't Like
- Getting pricy
- Still resembles Camry
- Cruiser, not canyon-carver
- Geriatric sterotype
1960s American luxury meets Lexus quality
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