Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Looking closely you can see that the new Avalon has been nipped 2.4 inches in length, trimmed 0.6 inch in width, and tucked by an inch from road to roof. Once you get past the catfish grille ripped from the 2001–06 Chrysler Sebring, we think it’s the best-looking Avalon in the car’s 20-year history. With its sculpted flanks, the 2013 car is a better stylistic match for its contemporary big-sedan competition, which includes the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala, Hyundai Azera, Kia Cadenza, and Lexus ES350.

A little background on the Toyota Avalon:
The Toyota Avalon is a full-size car produced by Toyota in the United States, and is the flagship sedan of Toyota in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Middle East. It was also produced in Australia from 2000 until July 2005 when it was replaced in November 2006 by the Toyota Aurion. The first Toyota Avalon rolled off the assembly line in Georgetown, Kentucky on February 21, 1994 as a 1995 model. A second-generation model was released in the United States and Japan in 1999.

Avalon continues to distance itself from the Camry, the Toyota model that gave it birth back in 1995. The redesigned finds Avalon sitting at the doorstep of luxury sibling Lexus ES350, where mechanical duplication makes interesting comparisons. Further, Avalon's bold step forward now includes an engaging aerodynamic exterior, new front grille treatment, three more highway MPG than 2012's V6, more rear seat leg room, lighter gross weight and shorter length.

Under the hood, Avalon's 3.5-liter V6 produces 268 horsepower and 248 lb. torque, resulting in zero to 60 times in the six-second range. Power transfers through a front-drive setup via a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Power meets the ground thanks to 18-inch Bridgestone Turanza all season tires on lightweight alloy wheels.

The 20134 Avalon Limited comes with a few options, the most expensive a $1,750 Technology Package that features dynamic radar cruise, automatic high beam, and a highly recommended pre-collision system that is worth every penny of the price. Carpeted floor mats add $225, a rear bumper appliqué costs $69, wheel locks are $81 and a wireless charging tray is another $225. The final tally comes to $42,785 with no charge for delivery. Your dealer is waiting to explain all features and options when you visit the showroom.

Whatever extra you might pay for options in other cars comes standard with top line Avalons. Included are safety backup camera, moonroof, seven-inch touchscreen with JBL high end 11-speaker stereo, navigation, iPod, USB, Bluetooth and government crash test " Five-Star" rated "Star Safety" 10 air bag security. Electronic brakeforce, traction control and four wheel ABS is a given these days, although Avalon then adds to the package with smart stop, cross traffic and blind spot monitoring…which usually is not part of a standard safety feature package.

Before you make up your mind you should take into consideration all the positive reviews that the Avalon has. With this in mind it will be easier in making your decision!

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