The Toyota Avalon does lots of things well, but its strength is the solace it offers those riding inside. It’s harder to be aggravated by the news, the traffic or other drivers when you’re cruising Zen-like in this big, comfortable sedan.
For 2009, Toyota has closed the last link in Avalon’s comprehensive safety package by making skid-mitigating Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) standard on all models. Active front headrests, designed to limit whiplash injuries by cradling the head more effectively in a rear impact, are also added as standard equipment in 2009. The Avalon Touring, originally created for those who wanted a slightly sportier driving experience, has been canceled due to lack of interest.
Toyota’s largest sedan stands out most for smoothness and quiet operation. The serenity is a function of many things, including Avalon’s underlying design, vibration mitigating features and good build quality. Whatever the reasons, the Avalon is more tranquil than many sedans that cost a lot more.
The Avaolon rides like a magic carpet, almost impervious to the worst roads you’ll travel. But it also delivers good acceleration and good mileage for such a roomy car. Its automatic transmission is quick shifting and decisive. It’s pleasant to drive for just about any purpose, and it won’t fail you if you happen to be in a hurry.
The interior is finished with quality materials and equipped with ergonomically functional controls. The front seats are roomy and comfortable, the back seat downright spacious. Empty-nesters will appreciate Avalon for its flexibility, and families for its manageable base price, which includes a good stereo with CD changer and most of the features anyone really needs.
Avalon also has the latest safety technology, starting with a full complement of front, side and head-protection airbags. It scores well in government and insurance-industry crash tests. And in addition to the now-standard VSC skid-management electronics, it comes with traction control and an ant-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. These features make sure that stopping power is distributed evenly, regardless of road surface, and that the brakes apply with full force in a panic stop.
3.5L V-6 Engine
6-spd auto w/OD Transmission
268 @ 6,200 rpm Horsepower
248 @ 4,700 rpm Torque
Front-wheel Drive type
ABS and driveline Traction control
16″ silver aluminum Wheels
Front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
AM/FM/Satellite-prep, seek-scan Radio
1st row LCD monitor
Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
Cloth Seat trim
Driver Lumbar support