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2011 Toyota Avalon

  • 2011 Toyota Avalon Base Sedan

    Base Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      268/248
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $33,195
  • 2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Sedan

    Limited Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      268/248
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $36,435
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2011 Toyota Avalon Review

An oldie but goodie sedan for those who like peace and quiet

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2011 Toyota Avalon is a full-size luxury sedan with superior comfort, a quiet spacious cabin that seats five passengers, stylish design, and a soft, slow ride. Its acceleration rate is excellent thanks to the inclusion of a 3.5-liter V-6 engine churning out 268 horsepower coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Avalon has an updated interior and exterior, and a new front grille as well. It also has newer fog lights/headlights/wheels/taillights, and 14.4 cubic feet of space in the trunk. The Toyota Avalon is equipped with all of Toyota's latest safety equipment, and its fuel economy is in the 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway range.

New for 2011

For 2011, the Toyota Avalon received a few significant updates. It now has a new nose, tail, and wheels, which spruce up the look of the large sedan, although its external dimensions remain essentially the same. Trim levels have been reduced to just the Avalon and Limited, with plenty of creature comforts, including reclining rear seats, which come standard. Fuel economy has improved and emissions have been reduced, without affecting the horsepower and torque of its engine.

Essentials

Engine: 3.5L V-6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Body Style: Sedan
Trims: Base Sedan, Limited Sedan

On the Outside

The new Toyota Avalon has an upscale appearance. It now sports new light treatments in the front and rear, new styling on the trunk, a new grille, and new wheels.

From the Inside

The Toyota Avalon's quiet cabin is remarkable and now new soft touches have been added, including standard eight-way power driver seat, reclining rear seats, dual-zone climate control, and backup camera. Optional features are heated seats, JBL audio, and navigation.

Driving Performance

A straight-line cruiser, the Toyota Avalon is the sedan you'd want for a cross-country drive, because of its whisper-quiet cabin, creature comforts, and luxurious features. Its ride quality continues to be excellent, but its main weakness is hard turns.

Safety Equipment

Standard on the Toyota Avalon are dual front airbags, front side-mounted airbags, front and rear side curtains, and a driver knee airbag. Also standard are stability control, traction control, and four-wheel discs with ABS, electronic brake-force distribution, and brake assist.

Gas Mileage

Avalon, Limited: 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Whisper-quiet interior
  • Smooth, comfortable ride
  • Luxurious cabin
  • Spacious trunk

Minuses

  • High price tag
  • Still looks like a Camry
  • Straight line cruiser
  • Made for the older crowd

Rating

An oldie but goodie sedan for those who like peace and quiet

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