About the Toyota Avalon
The Avalon is first known for its power. In the world of full-size sedans, a powerful engine is required. The Avalon was introduced with a strong V-6 in 1994, and each generation saw improvements in that base design.
The Avalon was once a car that boasted power, but now focuses on a rather blasé design aesthetic. Toyota, tired of the drumming it received from the automotive press, made a major redesign to the car’s body in the third generation. The new Avalons are elegant and eye catching, while being subtle. The Avalon has standard handling but an excellent safety rating, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for front, side, and rollover. Toyota Avalon Features
The 2012 Toyota Avalon is available in two different trim levels: the standard Avalon and the Avalon Limited.
The Avalon and the Avalon Limited both boast a 3.5-liter V-6 six-speed automatic drive. The engine has an Independent Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence and produces an amazing 268 horsepower at 6200 RPM. The Avalon engine is also a low emission one, producing well below the EPA requested emission standard. Engine economy is also pretty decent for a V-6; the Avalon gets 20/29 mpg city/highway.
The current Avalon models are built with a utilized body with front and rear anti-vibration sub-frames. The suspension is built with MacPherson struts on the front suspension with offset coil springs.
On the exterior, the Avalon and Avalon Limited have a few differences. The Avalon has standard projector beam halogen headlamps while the Avalon Limited has High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps. Both have wide-angle fog lamps and LED tail and stop lamps. Both cars have color-keyed heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, but the Limited also includes puddle lamps.
The bench seat in the Avalon is no longer available. Instead, the Avalon has eight-way adjusting leather driver’s seat with lumbar support, and a four-way adjustable passenger’s seat. The Limited model adds ventilation to the driver’s seat. Wood grain is added as an inlay in the Limited model as well. Toyota Avalon Evolution
The first generation of the Avalon was introduced in the 1995 model year. The original models were big and luxurious with six-passenger seating and a front bench. A standard, XL, and XLS model was available.
The first generation vehicles had a 3.0-liter 1MZ-FE V-6 that produced 192 horsepower. In 1997, ABS was introduced as a standard feature of the vehicle. In 1998, a redesign of the fascia was made. An all-new model of the Avalon was introduced in Australia between 2000 and 2005.
The second generation of the vehicle was introduced in 1999. It had a better 3.0-liter 1MZ-FE V-6 that had 210 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque. This was a big step up. The car itself was bigger than the previous generation as well as gaining almost a whole inch. Modifications of the body were made in 2003.
The third generation was introduced in 2005. It was first shown at the North American International Auto Show in January 2005 before going on sale in February. The company dropped the front bench due to safety concerns. This generation was the first by the Toyota company to use the Dual VVT-i system, and was actually the first in the United States to do so. A 3.5-liter 2GR-FE V-6 was introduced. This big engine makes the third generation the fastest of all the Avalons; the engine produces 280 horsepower and is capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 6 seconds. Power was dropped to 268 horsepower in 2006.
The third generation was also the first Avalon to sport the new, elegant look to combat criticism over the Avalon’s appearance. Minor changes were made to the vehicle since its third generation metamorphosis including trim updates and some mechanical tweaks.
If you’re looking for a sedan that has power, performance, reliability, and safety, choose the Avalon. The Avalon model starts at $33,195 and the Limited model at $36,435.