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article imageReview: 2013 Toyota Avalon Sedan an exciting value-priced Lexus

By Kyle Busch     Jun 11, 2012 in Driving
This article previews the completely redesigned 2013 Toyota Avalon a mid-size sedan with few weaknesses and much driving excitement.
The Avalon is the largest car that Toyota builds. Additionally, new model is the automaker’s first car that is designed, engineered, built, sold and serviced completely in America.
So what does the fifth-generation 2013 Toyota Avalon Sedan bring to the highway?
It is a five-passenger (six-passenger if equipped with the optional front bench seat) four-door front-wheel drive sedan available in XL and XLS models. It shares the same platform with the new [b]2013 Lexus ES 350 Sedan[/b].
The engine is a 3.5-liter V6-cylinder providing 268 hp and 248 ft. lb. of torque. The transmission is a six-speed automatic with Eco, Normal and Sport modes. Additionally, the car includes shift paddles on the steering wheel. This sedan’s 0-60 mph time is in 7.3 seconds.
The Avalon’s wheelbase measures 111 inches and the trunk has 16 cubic feet of cargo space. The car’s fuel tank holds 18 gallons and its highway cruising range is 550 miles.
Compared with the last model, this new Avalon has a tighter, sportier and more exciting exterior.
At the front the windshield is well raked and curved as it travels back. The hood is broad and it has V shaped cut lines at the hood’s edges. The headlights are curved slit units that move back into the front fenders. The grille is a thin unit outlined in chrome. Below the bumper there is a large trapezoidal shape air intake. Black angled insets at the corners house round driving lights.
The Avalon’s side profile is long and sleek. It has a coupe like shape including a low roof line (it looks similar to the Lexus ES 350). The upper glass has limited height and accentuates the height of the doors. There is a beveled cut line located just above the door handles as well as a cut line below the door handles. The front and rear fenders are slightly flared at the edges. Otherwise the look is flat and smooth. The front headlights and rear taillights are visible in the fenders.
At the rear the Avalon has a broad and solid look. The trunk deck lid includes a spoiler lip at the top. The LED taillights are trim horizontal units that extend into the trunk and into the rear fenders. Furthermore, a classy looking chrome insert is fitted in between the taillights. A black insert down low contains oval racetrack shaped exhausts at the edges.
The interior of the Avalon includes leather and other luxurious materials. The car’s overall fit and finish is excellent. Information is provided to the driver by an open pod that includes a large round tachometer on the left and a speedometer on the right. The temperature and fuel gauges are located at the bottom of the tachometer and speedometer. Digital information is displayed in between the two round gauges. The dash is a bi-level piece that includes distinctive details. There is a 6.1 inch touchscreen centered in the dash. The front bucket seats are broad, comfortable and have moderate side bolstering. The rear provides extensive legroom and room to seat up to three adults.
The brakes are discs at all four corners measuring 11.6 inches at the front and 11 inches at the rear. The Avalon’s 60-0 mph stopping distance is in 118 feet. The tires measure 215 55 17 inch. Larger 255 45 18 inch tires are also available.
The suspension at the front includes MacPherson struts, coil springs, gas shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar. At the rear the setup includes multi-links, coil springs, gas shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar.
Standard features on this Toyota include 4-way power driver and passengers seats, air conditioning, power door locks, windows and mirrors, remote power door locks, cruise control, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, external temperature display, front and rear cup holders, remote trunk release, retained accessory power, electronic speed-proportional power steering, 12 volt power outlets, interior air filter, front and rear reading lights, 8-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with Sirius XM satellite radio with Bluetooth hands-free phone, auxiliary audio input and iPod integration, radio data system, pre-wired for phone, USB connection and more.
Standard safety features include four-wheel ABS brakes, front and rear head air bags, dual front side-mounted air bags, passenger air bag sensing deactivation, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, remote anti-theft alarm system, engine immobilizer, electronic brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, stability and traction control, tire pressure monitoring and more.
The fuel rating for this mid-size Toyota is 21 city and 31 mpg highway.
On the road the Avalon offers good acceleration, sporty handling and good ride quality. The car especially excels on the highway as it is a comfortable cruiser. Overall, this top of the line Toyota is an impressive sedan that is highly polished and will provide many years of driving enjoyment.
The 2013 Toyota Avalon’s price will start at close to $34,000. Look for this Toyota to be in dealership showrooms by August 2012.
If you want mid-size sedan that offers good room on the inside and provides much comfort, the 2013 Toyota Avalon is hard to beat. Is it a value priced Lexus? Most indicators say yes indeed!
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