The 2006 Toyota Avalon serves as Toyota's largest sedan, but it would be easy to miss in a crowd, as it really gives you nothing to look at. However, this luxury car provides plenty of space and comfort for its passengers. This solid and dependable understated sedan is more an exercise in restrained elegance.
Toyota manufactures the whole of this sedan in the U.S. and it does feel like an American car inside, as it offers a lot of space and a powerful engine. Passengers travelling in the back seat find it much more comfortable than many sedans in this class. This results from the completely flat floor and the ability of the seats to recline up to 10 degrees. These features make it feel like a much more luxurious car than past Toyota models. It provides the perfect car for someone who values comfort and refinement above everything else, or who spends long hours on the road.
Body Styles: Full-size sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Avalon XL, Avalon Touring, Avalon XLS, Avalon Limited
Stability control now comes standard on the XL and Touring trim levels, and the Limited trim benefits from standard keyless start-up. Other optional extras include heated front seats, and the XL and Touring trims can now be fitted with vehicle stability control. Dealerships offer a towing package that allows the 2006 Toyota Avalon to tow up to 1000 pounds.
The 2006 Toyota Avalon’s understated appearance appeals to people who don’t want to broadcast their success. It looks large and opulent.
The base version comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, while the Touring model has 17-inch wheels and an aluminum trim. The XLS and Limited trims feature a power moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, and power rear sunshade. Fog lights come standard on all models except the XL.
The 2006 Toyota Avalon XL comes standard with a nine-speaker stereo, automatic climate control, a power seat, and a tilting and telescoping steering wheel. The XLS comes with a six-disc CD changer, and the Limited has perforated leather seats with memory, wood grain trim, a 12-speaker stereo, and a keyless start-up system. The Touring model looks more austere with black leather seats and a three-spoke steering wheel to give it a sportier feel.
Moving panels conceal the navigation and radio controls, giving the dash a more streamlined feel. The front seats feel large, and the rear seats prove far more comfortable than in previous models thanks to the reclining bank cushions and copious legroom and headroom. Toyota recently increased the legroom for rear occupants, as well as increasing the width of the car to give more hip and shoulder room. Even very tall people find it comfortable in the back of this car, and thanks to the flat floor, even the person stuck in the middle gets a comfortable ride.
Performance & Handling
The 2006 Toyota Avalon comes in four different trim levels: XL, Touring, XLS, and Limited. It contains a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine capable of 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission comes standard.
The 2006 Toyota Avalon provides a surprisingly nice drive and feels positively luxurious on the highway. The V-6 engine provides plenty of power for overtaking, and the suspension gives a firm but comfortable ride. The cabin remains luxuriously quiet and calm. Around cities the 2006 Toyota Avalon proves much more agile than you’d think for a car of its size, and it has a surprisingly good turning circle.
2006 Toyota Avalon’s standard safety features include side curtain airbags for front and rear passengers, a driver-side knee airbag, and side airbags for front-seat passengers. Optional safety features include traction and stability control systems and a brake assistance program that detects emergency braking, allowing maximum pressure to be applied. All models come with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. The 2006 Toyota Avalon achieves top scores for passenger protection in frontal and side-impact crash tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Avalon XL: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Avalon Touring: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Avalon XLS: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Avalon Limited: 19/28 mpg city/highway
- Luxuriously spacious interior
- Powerful engine
- Luxury features
You Won't Like
- Rear seats cannot fold flat
- Bland appearance
A luxurious ride for busy executives.
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