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2004 Toyota Avalon Review
High-end luxury with a Toyota price tag.
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The 2004 Toyota Avalon is a large, four-door sedan that is available in either the base XL model or the more luxurious XLS. Both models have only a six-cylinder engine available that is teamed with a four-speed automatic transmission for a smooth drive. It is not a sporty car, but is more geared towards folks who enjoy a reliable vehicle that is economical, roomy enough for a small family, and backed by a five-star safety rating. A host of safety features, such as anti-lock brakes and traction control, provide drivers with increased confidence on the road. Passengers enjoy comfortable seating and a stable ride. XLS models bring some excitement, featuring an optional DVD navigation system with a dashboard screen and remote control.
Engine: 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Avalon XL, Toyota Avalon XLS
The only changes that the 2004 Toyota Avalon gets are an anti-skid/traction control system and full-power brake assist.
The 2004 Toyota Avalon measures 191.9 inches in length, 71.7 inches in width, 57.1 inches in height, and has a 107.1 inch wheelbase. The XL has a contemporary design that some may describe as bland. A view from the front captures a long hood with slanting lines that blend seamlessly into the stainless steel grille, which is sided by dual headlights. The body-colored front bumper sits on top of the air intakes and daytime running lights. A side view shows a clean-cut design. A rear view features the Toyota logo plastered in the center of the trunk and a large body-colored fender. The Avalon sits on 15-inch steel wheels. The XLS model has some nice added features, such as fog lights, silver aluminum alloy wheels, and a heated power adjustable exterior mirror.
The 2004 Toyota Avalon is roomy enough to fit five or six people depending on whether bucket seats or a bench seat is in front. In models with bucket seats in front, there is a storage console with dual cup holders in the middle of the two seats. In models with a bench seat, the center console folds down. In the dash, the gauges for speed and fuel and the controls for heating and air conditioning and audio are arranged logically for convenient use. In the rear, seats have separate headrests and center armrests. It has power door locks with an anti-lockout feature and power windows with pinch protection. XL models have the option of memory power seats, a 115-volt power outlet inside the car, and a remote-controlled garage door opener. People who want more luxury options in the interior may like the XLS better. These models feature extra goodies such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, luxurious leather seats, an automatic climate control system, a premium JBL sound system with six speakers, a remote keyless entry system, and more.
Performance & Handling
Both models of the 2004 Toyota Avalon carry a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that cranks out an impressive 210 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque. Combined with Toyota’s four-speed automatic transmission, drivers can expect smooth acceleration. It is capable of moving from zero to 60 mph in less than eight seconds. It is built with an independent strut front and rear suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs. Highway driving is quiet and smooth without much vibration. Steering is well-balanced and easy to maintain, but is a bit loose. It leans noticeably when taking turns aggressively due to its softly tuned suspension. Vehicle skid control helps keep the car from sliding off the road in slippery conditions.
The 2004 Toyota Avalon is equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels, side-impact door beams, and front and rear crumple zones. There is front-impact airbags for the driver and passenger that were designed to protect the head during a frontal crash. There is also side-impact airbags for the front seats to protect the torso during a side-impact collision. Front seatbelts have pretensions installed to restrain passengers in the event of an accident. LATCH child safety seat anchors are installed in the rear, along with child safety locks built into the doors. The NSTSA gives the Avalon a five-star crash test rating for frontal passenger and side rear passenger. Frontal driver, side driver, and rollover resistance get a four-star rating.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Smooth ride
- Good handling
- Roomy interior
You Won't Like
- Feel of brake pedal
- Awkward feel going around turns
High-end luxury with a Toyota price tag.
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