New Toyota Avalon Ratings

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    2011 Toyota Avalon

    Flawless

    Pros: Placement of the controls

    Cons: Appearance

    This is my third Avalon, and although I thought I could never match the love I had for my second one, this one exceeds it. The ride is great, the features are excellent, and the entire dash is wonderful. Most controls are at your fingertips on the steering wheel, also. I don't think there is anything that can compete with the value of the Avalon.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 1 year
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    1999 Toyota Avalon

    It's easy to use

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 0 years
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    2005 Toyota Avalon

    Great vehicle all around

    Pros: Almost everything comes standard on the limited,it's like a Lexus at a Toyota price.

    Cons: The steering is very light

    This car has it all, good performance, good gas mileage on regular fuel, nice smooth ride and handles well.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
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    2010 Toyota Avalon - Limited

    Pros: Reclining back seats

    Cons: Navigation system

    Advice: Do not buy the navigation system

    This is the 2nd Avalon we have owned and it is perhaps the best car we've ever owned in terms of comfort, ride, handling and safety. Only negative we have with it is the navigation system is not woirth the price - you're better off buying a portable GPS system for a few hundred bucks and skip paying Toyota over $2000 for an integrted system that is not easy to use. Gas mileage is good, comfort is outstanding and the room inside makes any road trip pleasant. Great car.

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    2003 Toyota Avalon - XLS w/Bucket

    Pros: the whole package

    Cons: the leather while soft and comfortable is prone to quick stripping if you wear clothes that are not super soft. that is the biggest negative an it is a negative.

    Advice: buy one and wear soft clothes, and use tier one fuel

    it is the finest car i have ever had. i have driven 100k cars and i like this better. i prefer the pre 2005 version. the newer version is more bmw like and very small inside. a problem that makes the new ones too small to fit in. the quiet and ride makes it a great long distance hauler. the power allows you go get out of the way.

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    2008 Toyota Avalon - Touring

    Pros: Ride

    Cons: Location of driver side window controls, I keep opening the back window instead of the front

    Advice: Buy one

    Handles well, rides very smoothly, a great cruising car

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    2007 Toyota Avalon - Limited

    Pros: Good headlights for night driving

    Cons: The transmission linkage is terrible

    Advice: Don't

    I totally agree with a previous reviewer that stated. “Good car, but the transmission and other negatives make me not wanting to buy again. And I have the top of the line.” If Toyota really stands behind their cars they can pick this one up anytime! I have never, driven a car with such a bad package between the engine and the wheels. The car does have some very nice features, but they are all compromised by the jerky sensation every two seconds when you maintain a constant speed, on the level, between 30 – 45 miles per hour. There is also uncomfortable lag and lunge in the transmission/torque converter linkage. I laid down over $38,000 for the top of the line 2007 Toyota Avalon LTD and I would walk away from it this very moment if it were feasible. Two different dealers say all the new Avalons act this way. The dealer I purchased it from (Billion Toyota in Sioux Falls, SD) installed a transmission software upgrade. Save your time, that was a real joke. Now when I take my foot off the accelerator it feels like I have applied the brakes. The tech said to drive it for a while and let the car “learn how you drive.” Well, that was over 13,000 miles ago and it has not learned anything yet. I took it to another dealer, Art Silva in Sioux City, IA, they confirmed the software upgrade but said there was nothing else they could do. “They all drive like that.” I talked to Toyota in California. They politely listened but told me that “The car drives within their specs.” In other words, “Buyer Beware.” If this is within their specs you don’t want to own one. If the president of Toyota drove this, heads would roll. Toyota, if you are listening. Come and get it. It is not a positive driving experience.