Unapologetically evocative of the big highway cruising mid-century American family sedans of the 1950s and 60s, the first Toyota Avalon was the automotive equivalent of comfort food. Introduced in 1994, as a 1995 model, that Avalon was built in the United States, specifically for American drivers. With features like a front bench seat and a column shifter for the transmission, high performance and sex appeal were way down the list of priorities for that car.
But back then, that was a pretty safe bet.
No so today though.
These days 60 is the new 40 and Toyota’s product planners have come to realize drivers ”of a certain age” are looking for more excitement and dynamic feedback from their cars. Meanwhile, thirty is still thirty and getting younger buyers into the fold is always a worthy goal. Thus, the 2013 Avalon is a 180-degree departure from that original model.