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Toyota Avalon

Toyota needed an answer when the Cressida was discontinued in 1992, and soon the company found that the Toyota Avalon was it. The Avalon is a full-size car introduced in 1995. The car was assembled at the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Ky., the first one produced in February 1994.

The Avalon represented a change in technology from the old Cressida and introduced front-wheel drive and a new V-6 engine, making the Avalon a safer and more powerful drive than its predecessor. The Avalon is still produced as of 2012.

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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.

Select a Toyota Avalon Year

2013 Toyota Avalon
ESTIMATED RESALE: $19,593

MPG
21-40
Seats
5

2012 Toyota Avalon

Luxury, Sedan


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.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $19,620

MPG
19-28
Seats
5

2011 Toyota Avalon

Luxury, Sedan


For 2011 the Toyota Avalon gets minor but significant revisions. Dimensions are essentially the same externally, but a new nose, tail, and wheel styles freshen up the look of the large sedan. Trim levels have been reduced to two, Avalon and Limited, with plenty of standard creature comforts including reclining rear seats. Fuel economy has improved and emissions reduced, without affecting horsepower and torque.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $17,559

MPG
20-29
Seats
5

2010 Toyota Avalon
ESTIMATED RESALE: $12,402

MPG
19-28
Seats
5

2009 Toyota Avalon
ESTIMATED RESALE: $11,375

MPG
19-28
Seats
5

2008 Toyota Avalon

Luxury, Sedan


The 2008 Toyota Avalon is a simple and practical sedan.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $9,921

MPG
19-28
Seats
5

2007 Toyota Avalon

Luxury, Sedan


The 2007 Toyota Avalon provides a large sedan with quiet styling that belies the performance and luxury that lies beneath its staid exterior.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $9,610

MPG
22-31
Seats
5

2006 Toyota Avalon

Luxury, Sedan


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.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $8,852

MPG
22-31
Seats
5

2005 Toyota Avalon

Luxury, Sedan


The 2005 Toyota Avalon marks the beginning of the third generation of this product line with 10 years of refinements on display.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $8,588

MPG
22-31
Seats
5

2004 Toyota Avalon

Luxury, Sedan


The 2004 Toyota Avalon is a large, four-door sedan that is available in either the base XL model or the more luxurious XLS.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $6,602

MPG
21-29
Seats
5-6

2003 Toyota Avalon

Luxury, Sedan


The 2003 Toyota Avalon is completely redesigned to offer consumers more style and comfort than the average, bland full-size sedan.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $6,197

MPG
21-29
Seats
5-6

2002 Toyota Avalon

Luxury, Midsize, Sedan


The 2002 Toyota Avalon can be described as solid, roomy, dependable, and perhaps a little bland.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,501

MPG
21-29
Seats
5-6

2001 Toyota Avalon
ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,037

MPG
21-29
Seats
5-6

2000 Toyota Avalon

Luxury, Sedan


Marketed as a full-size alternative to the ever-popular Toyota Camry, the 2000 Toyota Avalon presents a basic but comfortable large sedan.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,487

MPG
21-29
Seats
5-6

1999 Toyota Avalon

Luxury, Sedan


The 1999 Toyota Avalon is a four-door full-size sedan and is closely related to the more popular and smaller Toyota Camry.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,312

MPG
21-29
Seats
5-6

1998 Toyota Avalon

Luxury, Sedan


The full-size sedan market has typically been dominated by Detroit automakers.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,037

MPG
21-31
Seats
5-6

1997 Toyota Avalon

Luxury, Sedan


The 1997 Toyota Avalon is a front-wheel-drive, four-door sedan designed to compete with other front-drive sedans, such as the Ford Taurus, Chevrolet Lumina, Pontiac Bonneville, and Dodge Intrepid.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,837

MPG
21-31
Seats
6

1996 Toyota Avalon

Luxury, Sedan


The 1996 Toyota Avalon is a full-size sedan that offers a good amount of equipment and solid performance for the money.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,587

MPG
20-28
Seats
6

1995 Toyota Avalon

Luxury, Sedan


The 1995 Toyota Avalon is an all-new model and is an extended version of the popular Camry sedan, making it the roomiest Japanese-made sedan ever sold in the U.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,362

MPG
20-28
Seats
5-6

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