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BEST CAR FOR THE PRICE
Pros: Lots of leg/headroom; Excellent reliability record
Cons: Wish they had kept the Dark Gray interior.Needed to trade-in our '94 Benz S430. Costing more to keep running than it was worth. Looked at E-Class Benz, LS & GS Lexus, A/S6 and A/S8 Audi's, 5 and 7 Series BMW. Finally settled on the '11 Avalon, but '11 E-Class V8 Benz and GS Hybrid were a close second (Love those AMG's, but ouch!!! The $$$). Been looking at Avalon since the '09 model. Liked the change in the console. Having screen for Nav behind 'glass' was cumbersome. Like the extension and multiple memory for the driver seat (I'm 6' 2'). Lots of room in the rear, even for me. Don't know why they needed two (2) separate locks for the tilt/telescope steering wheel. Miss the Laser Cruise Control. Upgrades on interior styling help bring it closer to the more costly Lexus. Like the change for the exterior rear, also. Checking brouchure stats show that Avalon has more leg, head & shoulder room than LS Lexus. Seems to have more pick-up from standing start and passing than the previous models, although not as good as the German rollers, but Avalon is much less costly to maintain than the Deutche's.
Pros: Placement of the controls
Cons: AppearanceThis 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.