2013 Toyota Avalon Review By Joe Bruzek — Volkswagen Cross UP!

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The Toyota Avalon is trimmer and tech savvy, and it houses one of the luxurious interiors on the market for than $35,000. And get this: The costs $2,210 less the outgoing model.

Cars have traditionally appealed to drivers are nearing extinction. discontinued the Crown Victoria, aren’t any more bench and easy-access flat seats are replaced with more sport seats intended to to youthful buyers. Now, the redesigned Toyota Avalon has its geezer factor.

An Avalon joins the lineup for 2013, EPA-estimated gas mileage of 40/39/40 mpg Non-hybrids also get a boost in You can compare the hybrid and V-6 Avalons or the 2012 Avalon to the 2013 .

Though it’s not immediately when sitting inside, the has shrunk from a full-size to a midsize one for 2013; interior is down from 107 to 104 cubic There’s still no folding though, which seems a missed opportunity considering the of the interior has been significantly

This Is a Toyota?

While not a luxury car, the premium is closer than ever to the of Toyota’s luxury division, particularly the midsize ES 350. And by I mean the all-new 2013 ES, in I recently drove approximately 500 The amount of high-quality materials, stitching and pleasant design in the Avalon is staggering compared the old model, which honestly seem offensive until I its dull, fake wood, its plastic and its blah leather the new 2013.

I’m glad to say there’s not one of painted plastic meant to like aluminum on the Avalon’s The center console that often be clad in this is an attractive dark color a brushed texture. The chrome around the cupholders and gear looks tacky, but it’s not as as fake aluminum.

Stitching the front seats, dashboard, console, door panels, wheel and upper dash pad an look. All 2013 Avalons the same treatment standard; all have to do is pick an interior Trim levels are differentiated by content only, as detailed


A revised roofline is to for the lowered overall interior that takes the Avalon to a midsize classification, but my 6-foot-tall had no issues with the 0.4-inch in front headroom.

The old Avalon’s was comfortable, but the seats were The old wide and flat front were offensively uncomfortable for my while the new seats are more with formed bottom and gentle side bolstering cups the backside without too harshly.

Even though it a smidge smaller than the generation, the Avalon’s backseat is very spacious, with head, leg and hip room to mimic an livery car in fact, a livery will be available to fill a left by the deceased Lincoln Car. Unlike the Volkswagen massive backseat, which from an intrusive floor there isn’t a big tunnel the middle of the floor, which passengers more side-to-side

Gone for 2013 is the previous unique reclining rear eliminating the justification for this car no folding rear seats.

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The Avalon’s 268-horsepower V-6 and automatic transmission carry but with new tuning to increase There aren’t any surprises with predictably smooth and acceleration. You won’t find excitement like you would in a V-8 Charger R/T or a twin-turbocharged Ford SHO. Gas mileage is up for 2013 the use of electric-assist power steering, an water pump and a lower weight.

The EPA rates the Avalon at mpg, up from 2012’s mpg. All Avalons use regular

Most significantly changed is the suspension, now with stiffer and new shock absorbers to firm up the and reduce body motion in The new ride is more contained previous Avalons, which bobbing of the nose over roads and practically scraped door handles on the pavement flung into a corner. clear after driving the new and old back-to-back that the softness is The 2013 feels more and heavier, despite weighing 111 less than the outgoing

The additional road feel is an balance of livelier driving and refined ride comfort. far from being fun, the new is at least far less sloppy the old one, though its gentle quality will surely be by some. New front glass and measures make for quiet driving.

The Avalon’s steering is greatly with new electric power instead of hydraulic. The old Avalon’s had virtually no resistance, recalling a racing arcade game.

with the V-6 have three modes Eco, Normal and that tailor the engine, and transmission responsiveness. The variable assist is markedly improved in mode, with more and resistance. Sport mode up steering effort and quickens and transmission response, while Eco lessens air conditioning use and dulls input for maximum mileage.

Grille in the Room

I’m not one to a car because it’s ugly, but the massive-mouthed grille must be It’s huge; the grille out in photos and in person. Place thumb over the grille on the screen and see how the Avalon looks it. Better, right? Styling is, of subjective, and some may find the um, attractive? The Avalon’s rear luxurious, and if the front matched, the could have taken a more upscale than a slack-jawed Camry.


At 16 feet, the Avalon’s trunk is than the 2012’s 14.4 feet. The Avalon Hybrid’s volume is decreased to accommodate the pack, but it’s still a 14.0 cubic feet.

more to cargo than The Avalon continues to lack a rear seat for hauling cargo; there’s only a pass-through for skis. Once in large sedans, folding seats are now more common, and prove useful in the Hyundai Charger and Taurus (see side by side ). Toyota Avalon buyers weren’t in a folding backseat because plan to use the car for nights out, not for hauling stuff.

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Though substantially on the inside and less expensive last year with a price of $31,785 (all cited include a $795 charge) the base 2013 XLE sacrifice some equipment was standard in 2012: a moonroof, radio, backup camera and HomeLink garage door (All these features on higher trim levels.) heated seats, a passenger airbag and a proximity smart key have joined the standard list. Six-cylinder trim include XLE, XLE Premium, XLE and Limited.

Going for a higher-tech (and cost savings for all Avalons use capacitive touch-sensitive for climate and stereo controls. to mimic a touch-based tablet, an iPad, these have a tough sell in other because they usually physical feedback and use small, text. The Avalon’s capacitive are better than many, large text and grooves each button for a physical you can feel. The buttons respond quickly, but I’ll still a regular, boring button a capacitive one any day.

Toyota’s Entune multimedia system its way onto XLE Touring and Limited levels with a suite of like Pandora and iheartradio radio, plus restaurant service Open Table, built into the stereo. users can tag a song for later through iTunes. Most require a paired smartphone, and radio is now part of the Entune rather than standard. All have a touch-screen: It’s 7 in Limited trim levels and 6.1 in the others.

You can see a full list of standard broken down by trim here .

Avalon Hybrid

expects the all-new Avalon to make up a substantial 20 percent of sales. Being a full the Avalon can accelerate modestly on power alone to save helping city gas mileage of 40 mpg be a substantial 19-mpg gain the V-6’s 21 mpg city rating.

It similarly to the V-6 Avalon, with body roll. My gripe is feel during moderate to stops, when stopping didn’t match how hard I was the pedal until I went full panic stop. braking is fine, as is heavy but anything between had a momentary The Lexus ES 300h hybrid was

With the exception of hybrid distinct wheels and blue around the Toyota T badges at the and rear, there’s virtually no difference between the V-6 and hybrid

Hybrids come in XLE Premium XLE Touring ($38,045) and Limited trim levels, and the difference in between a base XLE and a base is $4,560. The XLE Premium Hybrid only $2,360 more a similarly equipped V-6 XLE Premium.

The 2013 Toyota Avalon had not crash-tested at the time of this Standard safety features 10 airbags: frontal and knee for driver and passenger, and seat-mounted airbags and curtains for all window Antilock brakes and an electronic system are also standard, as has required on all new cars since the model year. See all safety here .

Optional safety features a pre-collision system that pre-load the braking assist an imminent impact is detected, spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, and Connect, Toyota’s telematics that can alert a call when a collision has occurred.

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Toyota hopes to the average age of Avalon buyers by 10 (it’s currently in the mid-60s). the new Avalon’s focus on technology, its athletic ride and its newly interior, I see no reason why that be an easy task. Toyota’s big may not have a luxury name in of it, but it delivers a luxurious experience the luxury price.

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