2003 Toyota Avalon

  • 2003 Toyota Avalon XL Sedan

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      3.0L V6
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  • 2003 Toyota Avalon XLS Sedan

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2003 Toyota Avalon Review

A bit boring but worth a look.

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The 2003 Toyota Avalon is completely redesigned to offer consumers more style and comfort than the average, bland full-size sedan. The Avalon has a more noticeable and distinctive appearance than Toyota’s flagship Camry sedan. The designers implemented comfort and safety changes. It's equipped with multiple-stage front airbags and child-restraint ISOFIX tethers.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: three-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Avalon XL, Toyota Avalon XLS

What's New

The 2003 Toyota Avalon gets a refresh in terms of styling and receives a new grille, bumpers, and tail lamps. Additional safety provisions were also installed including dual-stage airbags and ISOFIX anchor points for the child seat. The upper-end XLS gets auto-dimming side mirror on the driver side, wipers with rain sensors, wood trim for the steering wheel, and an option for a navigation system.


Toyota made the overall look of the 2003 Avalon flashier than its predecessors. It gets a wider grille with vertical bars. The air intake is positioned lower to complement the structure of the windshield and the rear window. The A-pillars gets a more rounded shape. The most striking appearance is when you view the tail end. The rear end is highlighted by its bigger tail lamps that are a lot wider for the 2003 model year. The rear license plate also gets a chrome accent.


The 2003 Toyota Avalon gets a new air-filtration system, redesigned sun visors that come with extensions, and layered gauges. Consumers can determine the kind of seating configuration they want. Buyers can opt for front bucket seats or a bench which accommodates three individuals. The bench seat in front will make the car good for six individuals instead of the usual five occupants. The legroom for the rear passengers is a lot more praiseworthy compared to its competitions. If buyers will opt for a bench-type seat, there will be a 50/50 split-bench in front and the lever for shifting gears will be mounted on the column. The XL has an option to have its bucket seats finished in perforated leather. The XLS adds more features like wipers with rain sensors, a driver side mirror that auto dims, and steering wheel with leather and wood-grain treatment. There is also an option for a DVD-navigation system that can also be operated using a remote control.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 Toyota Avalon makes use of a Dual Overhead Cam V-6 with a 3.0-liter displacement. This can deliver 210 horses while revving at 5800 rpm and produces a torque of 220 lb-ft while revving at 4400 rpm. The sprint from zero to 60 mph is about eight seconds. When shoppers test drive the Avalon, they will see that the dimensions are very modest, but it has a good economy of space. The layout is very efficient and is far from being subtle as well.

The Toyota 2003 Avalon delivers what it promises. Consumers will have a very comfortable ride that is smooth on the road and very easy to handle. Camry fans will definitely fall for this ride since all of the flagship's characteristics can be found on the Avalon plus extra amenities. It will cost them more for those extras, but it is really worth it knowing that the value of the car will be very stable even when it is time to resell it. The sound-deadening components and the thick glasses of the windows work well to keep the cabin very quiet. The steering has a very light feel while the suspension is soft enough making it ideal for long drives.


The 2003 Toyota Avalon comes standard with anti-lock brakes and an all disc brake setup. All models also come with front seat side-impact airbags that are mounted on the seats. A host of technologies like Traction Control, Vehicle Skid Control, and an option for Brake Assist for the XLS model.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Avalon XL: 19/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Luxury-like built
  • Smooth engine performance
  • Spacious rear cabin

You Won't Like

  • High sticker price
  • Tends to have a bland character

Sum Up

A bit boring but worth a look.

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