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1995 Toyota Avalon Review
Near-luxury at a great value.
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The 1995 Toyota Avalon is an all-new model and is an extended version of the popular Camry sedan, making it the roomiest Japanese-made sedan ever sold in the U.S. It also borrows the Camry’s optional V-6 engine to provide ample power to its larger size. All of this is coupled with a soft, comfortable, and quiet ride. Some comparable cars offer V-8 power, though the nearly 200 horsepower produced by it is more than sufficient for the model.
Unlike its Lexus cousins, the 1995 Toyota Avalon does not attempt to force its way into the luxury car category, though it does include multiple standard features not included on the Camry. The upgraded XLS model features more standard features than the standard XL, though the former is essentially an upgraded interior trim package. Neither the power ratings nor the exterior styling is different between the two models. Fortunately for both models, the spacious interior is not just confined to the front, and even passengers in the rear seat will find considerable head and leg room.
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Avalon XL, Toyota Avalon XLS
The 1995 Toyota Avalon is an all-new model.
The 1995 Toyota Avalon is available only as a four-door sedan, and, as would be expected from its origins, looks like a stretched Camry. The biggest difference between the two models is the front, which features a more pronounced larger grille and headlight setup. It has just enough curves to avoid a ""boxy"" label. There is little exterior difference between the two models, and both include tinted glass and standard 15-inch wheels, though these are alloy on the XLS model. Both models also offer special factory paint as an additional cost option.
The 1995 Toyota Avalon offers a choice between front bucket seats and a large front bench seat. When the latter option is chosen, the shifter is mounted to the steering column, while the shifter is mounted on the center console between bucket seats. The bench seat includes a fold-down armrest. Standard features include power windows and door locks, AM/FM/Cassette player, and air-conditioning. The more luxurious XLS includes leather steering wheel trim, leather shift knob, and automatic headlights. Upgrade options for both models include a CD player, power moonroof, and leather seating. A multi-disc, trunk mounted CD changer is also available for the XLS.
Performance & Handling
Though the 1995 Toyota Avalon uses the same V-6 used by the Camry, slight modifications add four horsepower, bringing the total to 192. It produces 210 lb-ft of torque. A refined four-speed automatic provides exceptionally smooth engine performance that is matched by the overall smooth ride. True to its luxury aspirations, that smoothness is complemented by an extremely quiet ride. Additionally, the EPA estimated gas mileage ratings are low for a large sedan.
Both 1995 Toyota Avalon models include driver and passenger front airbags standard, though anti-lock brakes and an alarm system are optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Extremely spacious interior
- Comfortable and quiet ride
You Won't Like
- Anti-lock brakes are not included on standard models
- No keyless entry option
Near-luxury at a great value.
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