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Pros: Bench seat in front
Cons: Can't think of a thing in the 'least' catagoryThe best vehicle I ever owned.. One major problem at 65,000 miles (computer failed).Excellent in every respect. Never had a breakdown on the road. Bought a '11' Avalon as a result.
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 fuelit 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.
Pros: on board computer for mileage & gas consumption and compass
Cons: front seat cup holders. placed very akwardly in the car. cups are in the way of my elbows and arm.
Advice: Just don't pay a premium price for 17' wheels. they don't fit the car and cause load bottom outI absolutely love this car! It is responsive and extremely comfortable Large & quiet
Pros: Smooth & quiet. Spent 12 hours driving & never tired.
Cons: Dashboard design.
Advice: It's not a BMW but neither is the price. Buy itExcellent road car. Memory does not include passenger outside mirror or seat. Odometer & computer info in wrong place. Dashboard needs to be redesigned. Transmission has vibration in 2 to 1 shift. Outside mirrors should be foldaway. Steering wheel should be all leather. The plastic part gets burning hot in summer & much to cold in winter. I traded a 2001 Mercedes C320 for this 2003 Avalon & not the least bit sorry.
Pros: Comfort & ride
Cons: It could be a little better looking, but it is a great looking car.
Advice: Buy it!Beautiful finish on interior; leather seating, door trim, headliner, just the right amount of flash for the cash. The car is quiet at interstate speeds and very responsive when acceleration is needed. JBL sound system is excellent. The LCD display screen is perfectly placed for visual update of current info. Ergonomiclly, the car is well designed.
Pros: Interior Spaciousness and Super Smooth Quiet Ride
Cons: No Major Complaints - Heated Seats Can Take Five Minutes to Kick On
Advice: Test Drive More Than Once. The ride quality and interior comfort will grow on you. The Avalon is much more than a 'bigger Camary.' The Avalon is as comfortable as a Lexus, for a lot less $$$.In May 2002, I bought a 2002 Toyota Avalon XLS, loaded with all the options. At the time of this review, I have owned the Avalon for 15 months, and have put 13,000 miles on it. My experience with this car has been excellent. It is whisper quiet. Even when I drive with my stereo off, I cannot hear the engine running. Sometimes, when I am parked with the engine on, I reach for the ignition because the car shows no sign of being on - unless the air/heater fan is blowing, or my lights are on at night. Additionally, acceleration from a stopped position is fast and smooth; and passing at highway speeds seems effortless. The suspension is super smooth, and the Avalon handles very well on winding roads. I've seen others complain that the handling is soft. Maybe compared to sports sedans, the handling may feel somewhat soft, but I have yet to experience the Avalon even lean hard on a highway exit/entrance ramp, or drift into the center of a winding back road while going 45 miles per hour. Contrary to another review saying that the Avalon does not handle well on the highway - I must disagree. I recently drove my Avalon from Connecticut to Georgia, non-stop, for sixteen-hours (two-ways); and the car handled very well - even during a lengthy rainstorm, the Avalon felt stable and gripped the road well. The interior is comfortable luxury. I am 6' 5', and have more than enough room in both the front and back seat. Leg room and shoulder room abound. My parents liked my Avalon so much, they are now in the market to buy a 2003 Avalon for themselves. It was interesting for me to note that although the 2003 Camary and 2003 Avalon exterior dimensions are almost identical, the Avalon interior is much more spacious and comfortable. My only cricism of the Avalon is the heated front seats may take as long as five minutes to heat up.
Pros: NAV System
Cons: Would like to see better gas mileage
Advice: Compare features versus price that you get here to others. Its a hard deal to pass upThis is the 5th Toyota that we have owned and the second Avalon (previosuly owned a 1997). I would have to say Toyota has made excellent improvements on their luxary car. The '03 model that we purchased has everything that you can possibly put into it (inlcuidng a NAV system). Other than the NAV, most options comes standard. Its very quiet and smooth riding. The interior has a great deal of room (at 6'2' - I'm really happy with the head room). I compared Lincoln LS, IBM 5-Series and Volvo at the time of purchase and went with the Avalon. Dont bother with a Lexus - you get more for your money here! Avalon may not be a status symbol like others, however for what you get along with the quality I would serioulsy consider this car before buying others that are more costly.