The 2002 Toyota Avalon can be described as solid, roomy, dependable, and perhaps a little bland. It proves its worth however with what it can do for the consumer providing a comfortable ride and passenger comfort along with reliability. It contains a V-6 engine and comes in two models: XL and XLS. Standard equipment levels separate the two.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Avalon XL, Toyota Avalon XLS
The 2002 Toyota Avalon sees only tweaks in the option packages for this model year. The XL offers a new luxury package including power leather-trimmed seats, 15-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, and a JBL audio system. A Sport Luxury package includes 16-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler along with the items in the luxury package.
The 2002 Toyota Avalon looks a bit flashier than the first Avalon. The 2002 model has a large vertical grille up front. The windshield and rear window appear steeply angled. Large taillights look dramatic and remain a distinctive characteristic of the Avalon.
The Avalon measures 192 inches long overall and rides on a 107.1-inch wheelbase. The Camry has the same wheelbase but remains shorter. The Avalon measures an inch wider than the Camry at 71.5 inches.
When Toyota created the Avalon originally it went with something like cab-forward styling and moved the instrument panel forward by four inches, which created a longer cockpit. The 2002 Toyota Avalon feels quite roomy and gives plenty of shoulder room and the low dash provides a great view of the road. The rear seat feels roomy as well with plenty of legroom. The rear center seat has a pass-through that opens up to the trunk.
Nice touches include ample amounts of burled walnut and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever. Cup holders are plentiful. A dual climate-control system provides independent temperature control for the driver and passengers. The interior features make up a fairly long list.
Performance & Handling
Smooth and quiet with extremely low levels of noise and vibration come with the 2002 Toyota Avalon. Unless you have the accelerator to the floor it feels like you're just coasting. Rack-and-pinion steering feels direct and tight. Power comes from a three-liter V-6 with variable valve timing and pairs with a four-speed automatic. It produces 210 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque, which makes city driving and highway passing a breeze. Zero to 60 mph comes about in approximately eight seconds.
The 2002 Toyota Avalon proves strong in safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives it a crash-test rating of “Good” and better-than-average scores show up from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. The XLS offers the Vehicle Skid Control as an option. Brake assist detects emergency braking needs. Side-curtain airbags also come standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota Avalon: 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway
- Luxury car quality
- Smooth V-6 engine
- Roomy rear seat
You Won't Like
- Dash design
- Chrome grille design
A bit higher price tag than some other sedans, but meets and/or exceeds the full-size sedan-buyer's expectations.
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