Toyota Avalon Used Car Buyer’s Guide: 2005
As we mentioned previously, four trim levels debuted with the GEN3 Avalon. They were designated XL, Touring, XLS, and Limited. The XL model came standard with sixteen-inch alloy wheels, while the other trim packages employed seventeen-inch wheels. Additionally, performance-oriented tires were fitted to the Touring and Limited trims to improve handling.
New to the XL trim level were standard features such as dual-zone automatic temperature control and steering wheel-mounted audio and climate controls.
In an effort to underscore its sporting pretentions, the Touring trim featured faux aluminum accents and black leather upholstery. The 2005 Toyota Avalon Touring also used a firmer “sport-tuned” suspension system, a unique set of grey powder-coated alloy wheels, and a trunk lip-mounted tail spoiler.
The XLS added standard cargo nets to the trunk, a six-disc CD changer, a power moonroof, and an electrochromic auto dimming inside rear-view mirror—as well as the same treatment for the exterior driver's side rear-view mirror. There was also a four-way adjustable power passenger seat and a HomeLink transceiver.
The high-end Limited trim offered heated and ventilated seats with a power driver's seat cushion length adjuster. The 2005 Avalon Limited also featured Toyota's Smart Key System with keyless push-button start and entry. There was also an acoustic laminate for windshield to help the Avalon have a quieter interior underway. The Limited also featured smart rain-sensing windshield wipers, an upgraded twelve-speaker JBL audio system, "in-glass" LED turn signals on the side mirrors, and wood-trim for the steering wheel and gearshift lever.
A navigation system was optional for every trim—other than the XL. Vehicle Stability Control was also optional on all trim levels. Other options included Keyless Remote Engine Start, a rear window power sunshade, and on Limited models, a Dynamic Laser Cruise Control system. HID lighting with auto leveling was standard on Touring and Limited grades.