Summary, Prices, Specs

By June 9, 2010

Summary

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 (MSPR):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 (MSPR):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 (MSPR):$34735
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:3.5 liter dohc 24v V6 with variable valve timing
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ 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 weigth: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 (MSPR) effective as of June 9, 2010.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