2012 Toyota Avalon

  • 2012 Toyota Avalon Base Sedan

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2012 Toyota Avalon Review

Luxury cruiser that won't break the bank

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The 2012 Toyota Avalon four-door sedan continues to be the flagship of the Toyota lineup, offering a plush ride to driver and up to four passengers with its softly sprung suspension and powerful 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

Both the base Toyota Avalon and Avalon Limited come well-equipped with standard features including leather seating and trimmed interior, back-up camera system, automatic climate control, and moonroof. The Avalon Limited adds a standard power seating for the front passenger (a driver's side power seat is standard on both models), heated and cooled front row seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and other features. Many options, like navigation, are available.

The Toyota Avalon is spacious inside even among full-size sedans. Toyota achieves this feat through clever design and placement of the dash, center stack, and seating. The rear row can truly seat three adults comfortably, and the rear seats can recline, a unique feature in this segment. Trunk space is good at 14.4 cubic feet, but somewhat on the small side considering the Avalon's overall size; a Camry even offers more. On the other hand, the Toyota Avalon comes equipped with a full-size spare tire.

The Avalon underwent a significant refresh in 2011, getting a new grille design, headlights, and wheels; new fog and tail lights, and a redesigned trunk lid. Inside, comfort is enhanced with more soft cloth, leather, and plastic materials, and the Avalon gets more standard features. The 2012 Toyota Avalon carries over the lone 3.5-liter V-6 engine from the last model year. Mated to a six-speed automatic, the sedan exemplifies smooth cruising with the suspension tuned to float over all but the harshest road imperfections. Yet the engine provides plenty of power, effortlessly going from zero to 60 mph in six seconds, more than enough to pass slower moving big rigs, SUVs, or even a few sportier cars with little advance planning. Yet the 2012 Toyota Avalon gets an EPA-estimated range of 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

The Range

Body style: Sedan
Engine: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Models: Avalon, Limited

What's New

The Toyota Avalon carries over with few changes after a significant refresh in the last model year. The Avalon's cargo net is now an optional feature, and the clean-air filter now filters minute dust instead of pollen.


The Toyota Avalon underwent a significant refresh last year, getting a new grille and redesigned head, fog, and tail lights, which carry over into the 2012 model year.


The 2012 Toyota Avalon's interior is also largely carryover this year, after getting a thorough upgrade with soft materials as standard equipment in the 2011 model year.

Performance & Handling

The 2012 Toyota Avalon continues to be an excellent highway cruiser, offering a comfortable ride and quiet interior. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts almost imperceptibly, and power flows smoothly from either a dead stop or passing traffic on the highway. Suspension is on the softer side so the full-size sedan does lean when driven aggressively through corners.


The 2012 Toyota Tundra, like all current Toyota vehicles, comes standard with the Toyota STAR safety system which includes anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD), brake assist, Smart Stop (SST), traction control (TRAC), and vehicle stability control (VSC). Other safety features include standard dual front airbags, front side-mounted airbags, front and rear side curtains, and a driver knee airbag.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Avalon, Limited: 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway

You'll Like

  • Quiet cabin
  • Plush ride
  • Spacious interior
  • Huge trunk

You Won't Like

  • Price rapidly escalates to luxury levels
  • Bland Styling

Sum Up

Luxury cruiser that won't break the bank

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