2014 Toyota Avalon Limited review — Page 2 — CNET

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2014 Toyota Avalon review: This large is just full of tech

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The center stack’s screen doubles as a display for the rear camera when The camera’s feed is very giving a wide and clear of the rear. I liked that also includes dynamic that move with the wheel. However, I noticed the camera’s view quickly got when driving in the rain, due to the being covered in moisture.

active high-beam tech drivers to use the brightest forward without fear of dazzling traffic. Antuan Goodwin/CNET

standard at the Limited trim is a blind-spot monitoring system uses sonic sensors to vehicles in the sedan’s blind while driving at highway It’s a nice feature to but with very good visibility, the Avalon doesn’t need it. The blind-spot sensors are repurposed as rear cross-traffic sensors when reversing, drivers of approaching vehicles backing out of a parking space.

An optional Technology Package a forward radar sensor to the which enables Adaptive Control with variable distance and a Front Pre Collision The Pre Collision System can engage the brakes to slow the Avalon, or reducing the severity of a collision due to driver inattentiveness.

Also with the Tech Package is a front-facing camera that is to power the Automatic High system that encourages use of the headlights by automatically dimming the to keep from dazzling drivers when driving at

Predictable performance and power

The front-wheel drive Toyota hides no surprises beneath its Lift the bonnet and you’ll the automaker’s 3.5-liter 2GR-FE V-6 to a six-speed automatic transmission. uses this engine in from the Camry to the Highlander. In incarnation, the port-injected engine 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque.

a decent amount of power for a of this size, which is because it’s the only option available for the Avalon of the Hybrid model. Torque is good, making for satisfactory line performance.

The transmission Sport and manual shift but the standard program is pretty for day-to-day driving. The Sport is more willing to downshift you apply pressure to the accelerator and is more willing to let the revs into the most responsive of the powerband. The paddle shifters the driver even more but aren’t really useful in kind of car. outside of the passing maneuver.

Sport, Eco, and Normal allow the driver to adjust the of the Avalon’s performance. Antuan

Inclusive of the transmission’s shift the Avalon also features Drive Modes: Sport, and Normal. This Sport not only adjusts the transmission’s but also tweaks the throttle to be more responsive than the Normal mode. Eco mode is because it not only adjusts the and transmission to operate more but it also changes the behavior of the climate control system to use fuel.

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According to the EPA, the Avalon is good for 21 mpg city and 31 mpg averaging out to a combined average of 24

The full-size sedan is a good for the money, but I’d hesitate to it sporty. Acceleration, as I mentioned is not at all disappointing — Toyota has had a time to perfect this Its engine feels potent and its predictable, but Toyota has placed comfort at the top of the Avalon mission The electronic power steering is and comfortable; the suspension soaks up the without drama; and the cabin is quiet. Expect a bit of body when reaching the limits, but not so that the Avalon feels

Again, the key words here are (understeer) and comfortable (soft). has done a great job of delivering on goals without too many

The 2014 Toyota Avalon is a comfortable ride with suspension and easy steering. Goodwin/CNET

In sum

I’ve said it before, but it repeating: the Toyota Avalon is such a well-packaged premium that it calls into the value of its cousin, the Lexus ES. I enjoyed my time in this At its top trim level, the Toyota the luxury of the Lexus for less I enjoyed the JBL audio system, the tech touch of Qi wireless and the comfortable but not sloppy performance. The punches above its class, but it faces serious competition the likes of the Hyundai Azera which boasts more but less tech when loaded (and carries a sticker price).

Our top-trim Toyota Avalon Limited at $39,650 before adding for the Tech Package and Qi charging for Our example also tacked on for floor mats and destination totaling $810. That us to an as-tested price of $42,635.

Toyota Avalon sedan II
Toyota Avalon sedan II
Toyota Avalon sedan II

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