The Toyota Avalon is a recently launched luxury sedan car which is partially styled after Lexus models. The performance of the car though good was not par excellence, while the tech specs are a high point. Priced at $40,000, it is hard to say whether it is worth it or not but overall it is a fairly good drive.
Design and Features:
The front design of the Avalon is similar to other cars in a similar genre. The big grille and angular shaped headlights give an edge of sophistication. While the hackneyed use of wheel arches and pronounced beltlines it adopts lacks imagination. The wide C pillar however is a bit of creative beauty. The interiors are soothing with comfortable seats capable of heating and cooling as and when required. The design is clearly luxury with no element of sporty streaks in it.
The navigation system is DVD but it does not lag as much as one would expect. Its limitation however is in the restriction where each time you enter a new state, you need to rest it manually on the navigation system. Other than that it worked accurately capable of changing routes drastically in the incidence of a major traffic stall. The Bluetooth phone system allows quick downloads of phone lists and making calls via voice command.
The Avalonís 3.5 liter V-6 engine offers a good amount of power amounting to 268 horsepower with an impressive torque of 248 pound-feet. The six-speed automatic transmission is quick to respond like if you floor the escalator, the transmission automatically jumps down a notch. The carís rev hover around 5,000. The manual transmission mode is useful when maneuvering down a steep gradient, however take note that the after the shifter is moved it takes a little time to be operative.
The EPA test results are positive giving a healthy 20mpg on city roads while on the highway it was 29mpg. On mixed roads including city and freeway stretches an admirable average of 22.2mpg was noticed, which is appreciable for a V-6.