2013 Toyota Avalon Review and Road Test (with infotainment review)
The Avalon has been something of a caricature for Toyota since it wafted
onto the stage in 1994. The stretched Camry was low on soul, devoid of
style and soft of spring. In short, it was the Buick that wouldn't leave
you stranded. Since then Toyota has struggled to divine a mission for their
full size sedan, a problem complicated by the re-invigoration of the large
sedan market by the American brands. In hopes of resurrecting the Avalon's
sales numbers, which have slid to 25% of their 2000 year shipments, Toyota
has injected something hitherto unseen in an Avalon: style. Is it enough?
Before we dive right into the Avalon, it's important to cover the
competition. Back when the Chrysler LHS and Buick Park Avenue roamed the
land, the Avalon's competition was easy to identify. Nearly 20 years later
those customers are in a nursing home without a driver's license and Toyota
is looking for new hunting grounds (I can kid because I owned an LHS.) Now
we have the moderately successful Chrysler 300, the larger-than-ever
Taurus, a new Impala that doesn't make me want to put my eyes out and a
revised Hyundai Azera trying to beat Toyota at their own game.
But wait, I'm forgetting one. The "elephant in the room" that is the Lexus
ES 350. You see, the kind of shopper that needs a new car and immediately
thinks "Toyota Avalon" is far more likely to cross shop the Lexus ES than
the gangsta 300 or the Impala. After spending a week in the ES and the
Avalon fraternal twins back-to-back this comparison is even more valid.
Now in its fourth incarnation, the Avalon has finally developed a sense of
style. While the "I'm a bigger Camry" look is still going on, Toyotas has
managed to inject some creases and curves that made my 33 year old eyes
take a second look. It's not as visually exciting as the Chrysler 300, but
Toyota's styling efforts look better thought out than the Impala's 11/10ths
Cruze grille. Car makers love making their vehicles "instantly
identifiable" as a member of their brand. Translation: they make them all
look the same.
Thankfully Toyota ditched the Camry "quotation mark" shaped tail lamps for
a more elegant rear end treatment. The new rump features more chrome than
any other Toyota product, dual Exhaust
tips and tail lamps that wrap well around the side. The engineers stretched
the Avalon's greenhouse over the trunk to increase the visual length of the
car, a trick that worked on me until I looked at the spec sheet. At 195
inches, the Avalon is 6-inches longer than the Camry, but it's several
inches shorter than the Chrysler, Chevy and Ford. Since the ES and Avalon
are now twins separated at birth most of the dimensions are common except
that the Avalon gets a bigger booty (and more trunk space in the process)
and (oddly enough) has a lower ride height making it visually more
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2013 Toyota Avalon V6 0-60 MPH First Drive Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2013 Toyota Avalon V6 has been redesigned
with a much more youthful buyer in mind. Gone is the old-fashioned and
somewhat stogy Avalon replaced by a much sleeker and dare we say sportier
model that hopes to sell better to a larger demographic of buyers. We
recently had the chance to test, drive and review the all new Avalon, and
of course to see how fast it will go from 0-60 MPH in San Antonio, Texas.
So is the Avalon ready to move out of the country club and into the
mainstream? Check out this first drive review to find out.
2013 Toyota Avalon revealed Inside and Out
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2013 Toyota Avalon is a game changer
according to Toyota. Toyota hopes to sell 70,000 new Avalons next year
which is over twice as many as it will sell this year. To reach that goal
Toyota has redesigned the car to make it more modern and up-to-date. Toyota
says that it hopes to attacks a much younger buyer to the Avalon. The
current Avalon buyer is 68-year-old. So did Toyota succeed? You decide as
we check out the new Avalon inside and out.
2013 Toyota Avalon Limited Walkaround and Features
A walkaround and some of the features of a 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited.
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2013 Toyota Avalon Limited Hybrid Interior differences from 2013 Lexus ES300h Hybrid
Interior differences from 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited Hybrid vs 2013 Lexus
3 Memory Power seat settings vs 2 Memory Power seats from Avalon
LDA from Lexus not available on Avalon
Sport mode from Lexus shows complete RPM gauge
Automatic Telescoping wheel in Lexus vs manual Telescoping wheel in Toyota
Heated Steering wheel on Lexus not available on Avalon
No heated rear seats in Lexus, heated seats in Avalon
Bigger navi screen on the Lexus ES300h over Avalon
No touch screen, ES300h uses a mouse click device. Touch screen on Avalon
Real Analog classy clock in Lexus Digital clock in Avalon
Wood Steering wheel on Lexus
2013 Toyota Avalon Start Up and Review 3.5 L V6 (Day Time Review)
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Start Up and review of the 2013 Toyota Avalon
Powertrains: 3.5 L V6 with 6-Speed Auto or 2.5 L 4-Cylinder Hybrid with CVT
Features: Powered Seats, Leather Seats, AM/FM/CD Stereo System, Navigation
System, Aux Input, USB Ports, Sunroof, Auto Dimming Rearview Mirror, Garage
Home Link, Bluetooth, Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning System, Power
Windows, Mirrors, and Door Locks, Heated Exterior Mirrors, Heated and
Cooled Front Seats, Heated Rear Seats, Dual Zone Climate Control, Rear
Climate Control, Power Rear Sunshade, Entune, Manual Tilt and Telescoping
Steering Wheel, Power Outlet(s)
Engine & Performance
BASE ENGINE SIZE 3.5 L CAM TYPE Double overhead cam (DOHC)
VALVE TIMING Variable
TORQUE 248 ft-lbs. @ 4700 rpm
horsepower 268 hp
@ 6200 rpm
TURNING CIRCLE 37.4 ft.
Weights and Capacities
MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY** 1000 lbs.
EPA INTERIOR VOLUME 118.3 cu.ft.
DRAG COEFFICIENT 0.28 Cd
CARGO CAPACITY, ALL SEATS IN PLACE 16.0 cu.ft.
MAXIMUM CARGO CAPACITY 16.0 cu.ft.
ENGINE TYPE Gas
FUEL TYPE Regular unleaded
FUEL TANK CAPACITY 17.0 gal.
RANGE IN MILES (CTY/HWY) 357.0/527.0 mi.
EPA MILEAGE EST. (CTY/HWY) 21/31 mpg
BASIC 3 yr./ 36000 mi.
DRIVETRAIN 5 yr./ 60000 mi.
FREE MAINTENANCE 2 yr./ 25000 mi.
ROADSIDE 2 yr./ 25000 mi.
Trims: XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring, Limited
Competitors: Buick Lacrosse, Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Genesis,
What I have to say about the 2013 Avalon: Out with the old and in with the
new, this quote can be directly used toward the new 2013 Toyota Avalon.
Toyota's main approach was to entice younger buyers into the Avalon instead
of the old ones. The previous generation was quite boring as some people
would call it as it had no sporty flavor, that it's competitors had.
However, this has changed for 2013 a new stiffed up suspension and better
driving dynamics, this one is way more fun to drive with still having some
of that floaty boaty taste. The interior is very rich looking with
stitching almost everywhere, as I was very surprised by it. Everything is
ergonomically correct in the car and the touch sensitive buttons used for
almost all of your basic functions is actually one of the best I have ever
used. All in all very great car from Toyota I really recommend to buy it
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2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid 0-60 MPH First Drive Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is one of the most
fuel efficient full-sized sedans that you can purchase today. Toyota says
that it gets a combined 40 mile per gallon rating. And while it does share
its 2.5L powertrain with the Toyota Camry Hybrid the rest of the car is all
new. Just like the regular Avalon, the Hybrid model has been updated to
reflect a more youthful target buyer. In this first drive review we of
course test the Camry Hybrid from 0-60 MPH to see if it is as speedy and
youthful as Toyota claims.
2013 Toyota Avalon Video Review - Kelley Blue Book
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The latest Avalon is a far riskier full size sedan than we've seen from
Toyota in years past. With edgier looks and more engaged handling has the
perpetually soft Avalon forsaken its comfy roots? KBB's Micah Muzio
discusses in this video.
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2013 Toyota Avalon Review | VroomGirls
Tara Weingarten, editor-in-chief at VroomGirls, reviews the 2013 Toyota
Avalon. Redone from the wheels up, the 2013 Toyota Avalon is no longer the
brand's wallflower. Pretty, smart and poised, she's this year's
valedictorian! View the full text review at
2013 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV -- Cars.com Video Review
In some ways, the Nissan Maxima's 5-year-old seventh generation is
well-served by its relative lengthiness of tooth. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey
Mays says this is particularly evident in the lively acceleration from the
2013 Maxima's 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6,
assisted by an effective continuously variable automatic transmission;
physical buttons on the navigation system are also a welcome throwback.
Still, if Nissan intends for its flagship sedan to compete effectively with
younger, scrappier competitors, it'll need to address shortcomings in
standard tech, interior space and fuel economy.
2013 Lexus ES 350 First Drive & Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) For 2013 the Lexus ES 350 is new, bigger and
better. Perhaps the most striking difference in the new car is the
company's also new spindle grille which will now be the new face of Lexus.
Length increases by an inch, as the wheelbase grows nearly two inches
creating more room inside the car and giving the car more road presence.
The back seat is where you can really tell difference with the second row
passengers getting a huge 2.8 inches of additional knee room compared to
this year's car. So what it is like to drive the Lexus ES 350. Check out
this first drive review as we find out.