New Toyota Avalon Ratings

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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.

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    2004 Toyota Avalon - XLS w/Bucket

    Pros: the interior

    Cons: the tail lights

    Advice: great value

    wow! what a Quiet car. very smooth and comfortable, surprising amount of room. This car speaks quality throughout. Could this be a Lexus in disguise?

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    2007 Toyota Avalon - Limited

    Pros: navigation with voice control.

    Cons: paint chipping

    Advice: don't buy in the south as the southern distributor adds on all kinds of unnecessary items for profit. Go to Memphis.

    We have the limited model, with navigation and voice control. We love every aspect of the car; especially the ride and handling. Comfort is outstanding. Its powerful, yet gets better mileage than we got in our Camry. average 27 mpg. Its a lot of car for the money. Larger than a lexus and rides better. We will buy another one. You control many features using the voice command system; i.e. fm, am, cd, climate controls, etc, etc. I wish it had blue tooth, but it appears that it is a option.

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    2005 Toyota Avalon - Touring

    Pros: Smart Key System and Interior

    Cons: Remote Start it is a littl complicated..

    Advice: Drive this car and you will buy it. It is the best 30

    The car drives like a Dream. I have owned several Lexus before and it is the same kind of ride.. The options are very nice, this is clearly a discounted Infiniti or Lexus.. I have the Limited and it has everything except park tronic. The excelleration is Great, Good sound system (I prefer Bose), creature features are to numreous to mention. It is clearly the best car at 30 - 40 - 50k.. And the space is exceptional. Test Drive this car and you will Buy it.

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    2005 Toyota Avalon - XLS

    Pros: Looks, ride, reclining back seats, quality

    Cons: No visible or easy cig lighter outlet for my radar detector, there are several, but inside doors!

    Advice: Compare this to anything else under $35K, ride, features, value, trade in, whatever

    I test drove one yesterday, and bought it within 5 min of returning to the dealer. My 06AVXL is awesome, I traded my 00CamrySE and got 10K off sticker of 27,400, am I happy or what? This baby is so cool looking, so far above anything in its class, or even above it for value. With city/highway driving so far I am getting 24.1 mpg per the cars computer. This is one of those hidden gems that you don't see too many of on the highway, but what a value. And reclining back seats no less! Airbags all around us, 9 speaker stereo, traction control, 4 wheel ABS!! The list goes on...I am thrilled so far...

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    2005 Toyota Avalon - XLS

    Pros: Powertrain.

    Cons: really nothing, but should start offering manual trans.

    Advice: Test drive the car, you will be impressed.

    Very impressive test drive, was looking at the Acura TL and the Infiniti G35, but for my needs, this car was perfect. So perfect, that i had to do another test drive to confirm my first findings.

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    2005 Toyota Avalon - Limited

    Pros: the ride

    Cons: the door on the audio system doesn't seem to give enough room to insert a CD

    Advice: BUY IT you won't be sorry. Try to get a good deal. It's hard but they're out there.

    I love my TOYOTA AVALON LIMITED. I purchased my Toyota in May '05. Everytime I drive it I can't believe how happy I am that I made the decision to purchase the Limited with all the bells and whistles. I own a 1984 Mercedes 380E. I don't remember being this excited about that car when I bought it new in 1984. I owned a 1975 '98 Olds before the Benz, so I wasn't use to the stiff ride, I think that's why I like the Toyota. The Japanese seem to understand what type of ride most Americans like.