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2010 Toyota Avalon (continued)

Summary

2010 Toyota Avalon

The Toyota Avalon delivers the latest safety technology, and driving it is a pleasant, almost serene process. Given its size and the space inside, it gets good fuel mileage. A test drive might leave you wondering why anyone seeking a smooth, quiet, roomy sedan would pay more than it takes to buy an Avalon.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent J.P. Vettraino reported from Detroit, with John Stewart reporting from Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.


Model Line Overview

Model lineup:Toyota Avalon XL ($27,945); XLS ($32,245); Limited ($35,285)
Engines:268-hp 3.5 liter V6
Transmissions:6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):front-impact airbags, driver's knee airbag, front passenger side-impact airbags, curtain-style head protection airbags for all outboard seats, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control with traction control, tire-pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):none
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Georgetown, Kentucky

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP):Toyota Avalon XLS ($32,245)
Standard equipment:leather-trimmed eight-way power driver and four-way power front-passenger seats, reclining rear seats with locking trunk pass-through, wood grain trim, dual-zone climate control with air filtration, remote keyless entry, power windows with one-touch operation for driver and front passenger, cruise control, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and Homelink universal transceiver, Optitron instruments with chrome accents, AM-FM stereo with nine speakers and in-dash six-CD changer, tilt-telescope steering wheel with audio and climate controls, heated outside mirrors with electrochromic auto-dimming on driver's side, aluminum door scuff plates, integrated fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels with full-size spare, power moonroof
Options as tested (MSRP):JBL Synthesis 360-watt audio ($1,000) with 12 speakers and Blue Tooth connectivity; eight-way power adjustable passenger seat ($740) with variable seat heating
Destination charge:($750)
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $34,735
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:3.5 liter dohc 24v V6 with variable valve timing
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):268 @ 6200
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):248 @ 4700
Transmission:6-speed automatic with sequential manual shift feature
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:19/28 mpg
Wheelbase:111.0 in.
Length/width/height:197.2/72.8/58.5 in.
Track, f/r:62.2/61.6 in.
Turning circle:36.9 ft.
Seating capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.8/55.8/41.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.5/56.2/40.9 in.
Cargo volume:14.4 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:1000 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, L-shaped control arms with MacPherson struts and anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:independent, dual-link with MacPherson struts and anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:5.3 in.
Curb weight:3585 lbs.
Tires:P215/55R17
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/solid disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:18.5 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of August 11, 2009.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-468-6968 - www.toyota.com


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