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This is an excellent overall family car. Watch out for the water pump as they have the tendency to fail right around warranty to expire. My car was replaced under warranty...
Sporty and comfortable sedan. One of first Toyota's with SS timing belt chain and exhaust. Just replaced muffler at 242,000 miles and 11 years. Interior fabric is only thing that wasn't ideal and quite comfortable. Peppy 5 speed manual and tinted power windows makes the newer Camry seem a bit boring and last made on the Lexus line. 17" rims with power sun/moon roof make it a daily joy and 2-3 days a year with it was AWD, however for other 362-363 love it. Starting to burn oil at 235K.
Bottom line up front - this is a competent family hauler that is comfortable and spacious. The V6 has great straight line acceleration and I have averaged 22/25/29 MPG. Where the vehicle lets you down is how it feels to drive, but that isn't the point of this vehicle. No matter what, you can't go wrong with it.
Toyota Tacoma Double cab is Awesome ! I will continue to update as I go through my first winter with a 4/2 in Boston ma.
Love the interior, roomy and comfortable. But the ride and handling are awful. Went from a Lincoln to this Toyota Highlander and the difference was felt immediately. Won't buy another one.
I have no doubt I would give the overall rating of this car 5 stars were it not for the arrogance of the manufacturer to own up to problems and provided quality customer service. But, Toyota, like most auto manufacturers is only interested in the bottom line and will ignore known problems, even try to hide them. This car is superb in so many ways, that it is disgusting the manufacturer would allow ill will to exist on peripheral issues. Our big issue is the abominable navigation system.
As one who has owned cars from Chrevrolets to Cadillacs I have found the Avalon to be the most comfortable and economical car of all. I have owned. All have been very dependable. 2 were given to my kids after my use. All have had at least 160,000 trouble-free miles.