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Pros: The V6 has real guts with good gas mileage to boot.
Cons: The SEATS
Advice: Toyota dealers say this is hot model and do not want to discount. However, they do not want you to walk away. Use your best negotiating skills and you will get the deal you want.This is a true SUV. More truck than a car. I think they tried to design it so you can really feel the road. Even the seats have less cushioning than other SUVs. The ride is superior however. Considering the one piece rear axle, I expected more problems with road bumps. The overall configuration is ideal for me because I tow a boat and put in at some inhopitable places. The 245 HP V6 is plenty of power and torque for this task.
Pros: Skid control and full time four wheel drive.
Cons: I had to order the navigation system. A 3 month wait.
Advice: Don't waste your time looking at other sport utilties. This is the one.Quite simply, the best sport utility I have ever driven. I had a 2000 4Runner, and even though the previous generation truck was the best I had ever owned, this is better. Much better. From the fit and finish, to the performance, to the sound system. A++++
Pros: comfort smooth ride
Cons: The silver chrome tarnished rather quickly.
Advice: I highly recommend this car, this car drives like my friends LexusI have a '99' SE V6 and have absolutely nothing bad to say about this car. The drive is smooth, comfortable & handles curves very well. I have been so pleased with my purchase I plan to give my car to my daughter & buy myself a new Convertable Solora. I have over 100K on my car & it still drives just as smooth as the day I bought it.
Pros: The car seems to do everything well.
Cons: All of the trip computer functions (gas mileage, elapsed time etc.) reset each time the ignition is turned off.
Advice: Shop competitive cars before looking at the Avalon and then compare-You'll be surprised.Our '03 XLS w/bucket seats is a nice car. Very smooth engine and transmission. The ride and handling are top notch. It's comfortable on the highway and around town, and the gas mileage for a large car is good too. The styling may take some getting used to, it's conservative but won't go out of style in a year or two. I recommend the car.
Pros: The leather seats with memory and the wood on the steering wheel and the dash.
Cons: The black rear view mirror.
Advice: The sooner you buy it, the sooner you will enjoy its luxurious appointments.The seats have the most luxurious design I have ever seen, including the one's from Mercedes, BMW, and Toyota's Lexus. The dash is the most unique I have ever seen. They should redesign it soon with a V8 engine.
Pros: The quietness
Cons: Cruise control
Advice: Best car on the market for anywhere near the priceTraded in a 98 Cadillac Catera on this car. I just got tired of the quality issues of the catera. (My last german built car for sure!) The Avalon doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the Catera, but it sure is 1st class in everything it does have. Comfort is on par with anything out there and its so quiet that you have to experience yourself to believe just how quiet a car can be. The controls are intuitive. The only thing about this car I don't like is that you have to reset the cruise control after each stop.
Pros: GPS Navigation and Seat Memory
Cons: Unable to read radio display or climate control in bright sunlight
Advice: BUY ITOver all the 2003 Toyota Avalon XLS is the dream sedan for the American Family. The interior is spacious and comfortable. It has all of the electronic amenities that you could wish for including an excellent GPS Navigation system. The ride is smooth and quiet even on windy days. The engine could use a little more pep for the size and weight of the car. There are some minor design flaws however. Day or night, the automatic sensors on the dash reflect in the wind shield. At night, the dash reflects in the driver side window and on bright days, it is nearly impossible to read the radio or climate controls. However, in the scheme of things, these are minor annoyances in an otherwise excellent vehicle. I'm happy with my purchase and will probably end up keeping it for 12 years or more.