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2000 Toyota Avalon Review
Basic, but comfortable and convenient.
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Marketed as a full-size alternative to the ever-popular Toyota Camry, the 2000 Toyota Avalon presents a basic but comfortable large sedan. Although based on the Camry platform, the Avalon sells as a domestic vehicle because Toyota only builds it in the U.S., whereas the Camry also gets manufactured in Japan.
For 2000, the Avalon shows subtle restyling for a more luxurious look. Unfortunately, the mini-makeover hasn’t completely relieved the sedan of its plain-vanilla design. Drivers hoping to turn heads may feel bored by the Avalon. However, those interested in a roomy and refined six-seat sedan without the typical luxury price tag may prefer Toyota’s full-size offering.
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Avalon XL, Toyota Avalon XLS
The 2000 Toyota Avalon receives an overall face-lift with new styling cues, features, and conveniences. Toyota aims to give the Avalon a more refined appearance with additions such as a bolder grille, a more steeply sloped hood, and larger taillights. The makeover also reduces noise, vibration, and harshness. The addition of variable valve timing boosts the V-6 engine’s horsepower, torque, and gas mileage.
Inside, the Avalon gains a roomier trunk, increased headroom, dual-zone air-conditioning, a storage tray, a cargo net, grocery bag hooks, and a universal remote. Fresh safety features include a rear-center adjustable headrest, a bolstered body structure, braking assistance, and (on the XLS trim) optional traction and stability control.
Compared with previous models, the four-door 2000 Toyota Avalon features a slightly taller roof, a shorter hood, and a more stately front and rear fascia. While the Avalon still doesn’t have the elegance or prestige of a Lexus or Mercedes, the changes provide a more streamlined appearance.
Standard exterior equipment on the base XL includes 15-inch steel wheels, tinted glass, power heated exterior mirrors, intermittent windshield wipers, a rear window defroster, body-side moldings, body-colored mirrors, and body-colored bumpers. The more luxurious XLS adds alloy wheels and fog lights. Options available for both trim levels include special factory paint and a power sunroof. The Avalon XL also offers the alloy wheels found on the XLS.
The 2000 Toyota Avalon measures 191.9 inches in length, 71.7 inches in width, and 57.7 inches in height. The sedan sits on a wheelbase of 107.1 inches and has a ground clearance of 5.1 inches. The Avalon weighs approximately 3400 pounds. As of 2000, Toyota Avalon buyers can choose from nine standard exterior paint colors.
Thanks to a recent remodel that increases size, passengers in the 2000 Toyota Avalon enjoy an additional inch of shoulder room and headroom. A new cab-forward design shifts the seats and control panel, creating a more ergonomic interior.
Standard interior amenities on the Avalon XL include cloth upholstery, front bucket seats, air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, power steering, power locks, power windows, a power-release trunk, a center storage console, a tachometer, a lighted entry system, and an audio system with cassette and CD players. The more upscale XLS gains a power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings, a power-adjustable front-passenger seat, a front split-bench seat, a leather steering wheel, a leather-trimmed shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a keyless entry system, a garage door opener, a trip computer, and a premium JBL audio system.
The XL offers the XLS’s leather shift knob and steering wheel, keyless entry system, JBL sound system, slit-bench front seat, and power-adjustable front seats, as well as leather upholstery and a CD changer. The XLS offers leather seating, a CD changer, and heated front seats.
Performance & Handling
Both Toyota Avalon trim levels get their power from a three-liter V-6 matched to a four-speed automatic transmission. Though the engine’s displacement remains the same as in 1999, the addition of variable valve timing increases its output to 210 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque.
While not the most exhilarating engine, the 2000 Toyota Avalon’s V-6 delivers ample power smoothly and quietly. With a stiffer chassis and a new foam underbody, the 2000 Avalon dampens cabin noise considerably. As with most full-size sedans, the Avalon’s suspension feels a little on the soft side. However, the sedan handles comfortably and precisely, especially when paired with the XLS’s traction and stability control.
The 2000 Toyota Avalon XL comes equipped with standard dual front airbags, front side airbags, anti-lock brakes, and daytime running lights. The XLS adds standard stability control and traction control. The Avalon’s abundance of safety features appear to pay off. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards the Avalon its top rating of “Good? in every category.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota Avalon XLS: 19/27 mpg city/highway
- Spacious cabin
- Smooth power
- High build quality
You Won't Like
- Bland sedan styling
- Pricier than some rivals
Basic, but comfortable and convenient.
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