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2013 Toyota Avalon review notes

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EDITOR WES RAYNAL: This is, in my the best car Toyota makes. with faint praise? in some circles it might be that, but it’s a nice big sedan. There’s a ton of room fit and finish and materials are terrific. The is interesting, with a lot of surfacing and of a 3D look. It’s all well together.

It’s quiet and to drive and would be even so except the ride is just the bit choppy, surprising considering sure the car is aimed at the Florida set. The V6 purrs along Toyota/Honda sixes have for years and the gearbox is smooth, the shift-lever action feels a cheap.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR KOZAK: The 2013 Toyota Limited makes for one very well-appointed ride. Lots of — I slid the driver’s all the way back and could barely the pedals. Not bad.

The interior in our had two different types of leather/leather-like (one tan, one a darker and when combined with plastics and woodgrain it could all busy — yet the overall is very clean. Switches on the stack were capacitive (I but unlike the ones found on American vehicles worked well — and the giant, knobs for radio volume selection positioned on either of the touchscreen are especially welcome days.

Performance? I’m not sure why anyone is going to be buying car, but the V6 does well Sure, the Avalon rolls a bit in that’s because it’s sprung for comfort — for wanting to feel the road, (er, Scion) makes the Brakes could be a bit better.

this is a very nice that I can’t see appealing to under the age of 45. It’s got style and out, loads of comfort and a of luxury features. Do you pay for all of this? Of — at $42,449 it might be for a Toyota but (much like the priced Volkswagen CC we tested) it like you’re buying a car would cost a lot more if it a luxury badge on the grille. As the CC, there are cheaper ways to get too, with prices at just over $30k.


EDITOR ANDREW STOY: One of my auto show moments in memory was from New York, where I sat in on the reveal of the 2013 Avalon. Per the usual script, the executive speech and before the car was rolled out, an introductory ran, closing with a struggling to find the right to describe his full-size Toyota He finally stammered out, just bitchin’!”

Oh dear. No, it so isn’t. I actually myself feeling sorry for the who may or may not have been coerced making that statement, at until the strains of the Dead “Bitchin’ Camaro” on mental lock … out all other thought for the next few hours.

get one thing straight. The 2013 Avalon Limited is not bitchin’, nor is its “radical” as Toyota’s website Particularly in the geriatric metallic paint our tester wore, it is elegant with subtle and creases, a rear panel of the Hyundai Azera and a face reminds me of the final LH Chrysler Derivative, but pleasant to look at, and the car its size well.

Behind the the Avalon approaches its goal of more than I would expected. The interior design is outstanding with large, seats, excellent sight and a gorgeous, multitier dash that doesn’t just great but also ranks as an delight. The capacitive switches are out with labels and small cutouts that give the eye of a cue to allow one to find them minimal distraction. Kudos too for the ribbed black finish on the surfaces that’s both to the touch and doesn’t hold like matte and gloss on competitive makes.

Rear seating is expansive as be expected from a car in this though Toyota may have a bit of trunk space in order to more rear legroom. At 16 feet, cargo volume is to that of the Volkswagen Passat and nearly 3 cubic feet the new Chevrolet Impala ; the trunk looks small, too — or not, it’s a perception that could concern buyers.

On the road, chances are concerns will melt The Avalon is a lovely cruiser Mercedes-like weight to the steering and a of solidity that easily its Lexus sisters. It’s no car — I was able to get the stock to howl at relatively sedate on a freeway cloverleaf, but there was a sense of imminent breakaway or

Toyota offers three modes — the usual trio — that to do very little between Unlike certain other (Nissan, cough, cough) I was satisfied to leave the Avalon in Eco with no noticeable adverse Even on a sweltering July day in traffic, the Eco A/C mode had no trouble the interior, and if acceleration was affected it was to the point of invisibility. Besides, if an move is needed, mat the accelerator and the squirts forward in a hurry of mode; the V6 is all that’s needed

I’m impressed with the Avalon, no doubt about it. I it had styling more akin to the new but the Toyota has much better dynamics. You’ll never me call it “bitchin’,” but I’ll tip my hat and say the new Avalon is perhaps the best full-size car south of $50k.

EDITOR JAKE LINGEMAN: The color is absolutely dreadful and the cladding cheapens a vehicle is quite luxurious otherwise. I like the shape. If you look at one in black or gray it takes a lot of the out of the sheetmetal.

The front looks and the giant central grille, I say it, looks almost sporty. The is plain Jane but that’s par for the for Toyota, but the rear has nice, shape to it — besides the plastic cladding.

The Avalon is a big I could feel it when I sat in the seat, and when you look in There was at least a foot of room behind my seat, even more behind the

The seats are some of the best in the sedan segment. They like they were over directly from the The center console and switchgear the same. The cooled seats wonders over the weekend, as did the AC, like Andy said, to work just as well in Eco as it did in normal. I can complain that I reach the tuning knob stretching, and it was a pain to tune the from the steering wheel. I that it has a knob, instead of or soft buttons, but didn’t the tactile feel that I was for, just nearly clicks, which made it to nail down a station.

Speaking of the modes, I only them a few times, to see if I could the difference. It was very, very And about that Eco mode, I was through an intersection, and had to stomp the gas for reason, it downshift and spun the tires! At a 20 mph roll. That’s not Eco my friend, but quite entertaining.

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power was delivered liberally all and the Avalon never felt by any means. Unless you’re to BMW V8 power in your sedans, 268-hp V6 should be just

Steering was better than the Scion xB we had recently, but it never the point of being sporty. the paddle shifters were on the uptake, even in sport

As much as the Avalon felt a Lexus inside, it did not sound one. The bumps and cracks in the translated into the cabin, as did of the wind noise. The Avalon so substantial behind the wheel; you to see it ruined by a lack of sound material.

So this is about $42,000 and starts at about $31,000. The CC. which compares well to ride, starts at the same the Ford Taurus SE costs $27,000. Both the Ford and VW can rise into the $40k and standard equipment is also I did return 25 mpg combined in this and that’s saying something for a four door. Would I this over a similarly-equipped Probably not, but I definitely have issues with who did.

2013 Toyota Limited

Base Price:

As-Tested Price: $42,449

3.5-liter V6; FWD, six-speed

Output: 268 hp @ 6,200 rpm, 248 @ 4,700 rpm

Curb Weight: lb

Fuel Economy (EPA 21/31/24 mpg

AW Observed Fuel 22.4 mpg

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