The 2005 Toyota Avalon marks the beginning of the third generation of this product line with 10 years of refinements on display. The Toyota Avalon line began in 1994 to replace the popular Toyota Cressida. The newly redesigned 2005 Toyota Avalon has been designed, researched, and manufactured in America.
The sensibilities of the Avalon focus on a quiet sophistication. Adjustable seating and extra space in the rear seat must be experienced to be appreciated. Sleek display panels exude an aura of sophistication. The powerful engine hums quietly, providing an elegant experience for driver and passenger alike.
In redesigning the Avalon, Toyota aims to create a sedan that continues the traditions of reliability and economy, but increases the comfort level while increasing the contemporary styling. It succeeds, firmly placing the 2005 Toyota Avalon as a solid and reliable vehicle that keeps up with the times.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: Toyota Avalon XL, Toyota Avalon Touring, Toyota Avalon XLS, Toyota Avalon Limited
The 2005 Toyota Avalon has been through a complete redesign. The larger body offers increased legroom for back-seat passengers. Additionally, the rear door has been altered and flattened to improve back-seat comfort. The exterior gets smoothed out to increase the aerodynamic performance and reduce coefficient drag.
The V-6 engine increases its power output by 33 percent, providing exceptionally smooth acceleration. The sleek body design reduces the drag coefficient dramatically.
Updates for the 2005 Toyota may appear small at first, but the overall improvements in body design and engine power unite to create a sophisticated experience. The design changes primarily aim at providing a vehicle that exhibits both power and comfort elements.
Overall the design of the 2005 Toyota Avalon seems more cohesive than its predecessors. Design elements such as the re-designed rear door and sleek front fascia with chrome grille look more refined than previous models. The additional five inches in length provide a more grounded stance.
Still, the design lacks the elements needed to create a signature style for a model line. The Avalon looks much like other sedans in its class.
Seating in the 2005 Toyota Avalon gears towards customizable comfort. The rear seats recline up to 10 degrees, and the steering column adjusts seven ways. The Limited edition also includes heated seats and a rear sunshade.
Nine speakers and an in-dash CD player are available on the XL, Touring, and XLS models. The Limited edition comes with a JBL and six-CD stereo. Available options also include a navigation system and laser cruise control.
The cockpit looks clean and sophisticated, with covers integrated into the console design to hide controls for audio and navigation systems. Display panels and instrumentation get subtly updated for a cohesive and uncluttered array.
Cargo space in the 2005 Toyota Avalon totals a generous 14.4 cubic feet. The rear seat has a pass-through door for longer items like skis.
Performance & Handling
Quiet comfort characterizes the act of driving the 2005 Toyota Avalon. The vehicle insulates the driver from the outside world. Engine operation remains quiet and lacks vibration that could annoy the driver.
All models of the 2005 Toyota Avalon draw power from a 3.5-liter engine rated at 280 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The short-stroke engine with double overhead cams revs quickly and easily, accelerating smoothly and quietly. The outstanding feature of this engine concerns its durability with daily use.
Handling feels well-balanced and suitable for most roads. It does not take tight turns well at high speeds, yet it holds a good corner at a reasonable speed. The rack and pinion steering gives the driver the sense of being in touch with the road without feeling overwhelmed by it.
The 2005 Toyota Avalon earns a rating of five stars for passenger, driver, side-impact front, and side-impact rear testing, and a rating of four stars for rollover testing, from the National Highway Testing Safety Association. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates it as a top safety pick, showing good performance in four out of five major categories.
Front and read head airbags and dual front side-mounted airbags comprise standard features. Additionally, the construction of the 2005 Toyota Avalon provides adequate crumple zones in a collision.
Anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, and dusk-sensing headlamps also contribute to the vehicles safety by helping to prevent accidents.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota Avalon: 19/28 mpg city/highway
- Luxurious interior and features
- Good legroom in the back seat
- Excellent visibility through the windscreens and side windows
You Won't Like
- High fuel consumption
- Plain styling
Good performance and an excellent safety rating with contemporary sensibilities.
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