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2013 Toyota Avalon — blend of comfort, performance

The Avalon entered the market in as a full-sized family sedan a bench seat option and a shifter, a strange configuration in an that had all but abandoned six-passenger a decade earlier. Though the seat option was short-lived, the years the Avalon became less as a family sedan and as an entry-level luxury retirement for life-long Camry owners.

the newest iteration, Toyota is to overcome this image to bring in younger buyers for a combination of cutting-edge style, the in automotive technology, and a quiet interior environment. We think has succeeded with the 2013

The exterior design is on target. The Avalon sports an intriguing of a wide-mouth grill under the new chrome bar with the Toyota hanging from it. Narrow lenses give the new sedan a aggressive look and the nicely sides and the pulled-in-tight rear end the Avalon an overall modern


Not only did Toyota ring the with its sleek exterior it created an appealing interior a modern, useable dashboard Every Avalon gets seats, and the dashboard — with first-class stitching — carries the with high-quality soft-touch Fit and finish is superb, the color available are attractive, and ambient glows in the night on the Limited

The front-wheel drive Avalon rides atop a 111-inch but overall it’s slightly and wider than last-year’s A slightly stiffer body and suspension settings yield an ride and slightly better After cruising through hill country we concluded the new Avalon feels much the old one, but with a bit more feel — less power to the steering wheel — especially in mode, which can be dialed in via a between the seats for those a more athletic feel.

We had no with the performance of the outgoing and apparently Toyota felt the way because the 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a automatic is carried over 268 horsepower. That equals a 0-to-60 of 6.3 seconds. The Avalon a nice blend of performance, handling and predictable braking from 60-to-0 in a short 120 Some tweaking of the engine and the of a few pounds has resulted in improved gas of 21mpg city and 31-highway. The Avalon was rated at 19/28.

While the car hits the mark in all of the areas, we have a problem Toyota’s features lineup. To the purchasing decision, Toyota say options have been to a minimum, and the base XLE model is — it comes the way it is, no options available at a of $31,785 including destination.

may pose a problem for some buyers because while the trim level comes well equipped, Toyota in some rather surprising and ways. For instance, the increasingly satellite-ready radio is not offered for any forcing the customer to move up a and add nearly $2,200 to listen to music. You can find the music in cars selling for half the

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Even more outrageous, of the lower trims do not get what we the best new safety feature on the — blind spot monitoring — as an option. You would need to up two trim levels. Ditto for a camera, not offered on the XLE, but a feature on many cars for thousands less.

Another new safety innovation — cross-traffic which informs the driver of approaching on the right or left backing up (integrated in the backup is available only on the top two trim

In addition to the base XLE, the comes in XLE Premium starting at including destination charge, the XLE Touring beginning at $36,295, and the with all the bells and whistles at $40,445.

Our test vehicles a XLE Touring with a couple of options carrying a bottom of $36,719, and a Limited with a package including a Dynamic Cruise Control system out at $42,494.

We think the Avalon continue to draw as many buyers as before, but it should appeal to a younger segment is Toyota’s goal) and compete nicely with the likes of the Taurus, Hyundai Azera and Impala.

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

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