The Toyota Avalon has long been overdo for a makeover, and Toyota has not disappointed with a brand new redesign of their flagship sedan. Coming to dealerships in December 2012, we've got all the most important information for you about the newest edition to Toyota's lineup.
The old Avalon, to put it nicely, had a very conservative and boxy looking style that was really starting to look old and outdated. The 2013 version ups the ante and goes for a much more dramatic styling that oozes elegance while still conveying a sense that this car can zip around with the best of them. According to Toyota, "the new Avalon exterior is designed to communicate a greater sense of performance and agility to better match the car's vastly enhanced dynamic capability".
As for the interior of the vehicle, that's gotten a stunning new redesign as well. There's an extensive use of soft-touch materials that seriously enhance the feeling of quality and comfort when you're sitting inside the vehicle. The seating room is quite spacious and Toyota clearly was thinking of long family road trips in the sedan. You won't get antsy in this thing on the way to work! The front seats also offer 10-way or 8-way power adjustable for the driver's seat and an available 8-way or 4-way adjustment for the passenger's seat.
The dashboard and instrument panel have been re-shaped as well utilizing the latest technology coupled with the gorgeous style Toyota has designed for this new car. The instrument panel was widened by 1.18 inches in the upper region and 2.56 inches in the lower region when compared with the old design, making for a roomier feel when driving the car. In my opinion, the quality of materials and technology as well as the design of the interior make this car seem more like a Mercedes or BMW than a Toyota. In terms of luxury and comfort, Toyota is going all out here!
When designing the Avalon, Toyota wanted to make sure they upped the power and performance of the car while still maintaining the outstanding fuel economy Toyota is famous for. The Toyota Technical Center (which celebrated its 35th anniversary in October), achieved this with an EPA-rated 25 mpg for the gasoline version and 40 mpg for the hybrid version.
The gasoline version of the Avalon utilizes a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 268 horsepower and gets it going from 0-60 mph in less than 7.0 seconds, putting the Avalonright up there with some of the other cars in its class. The car also features a hydraulic automatic transmission that features an S mode shifter where the driver can manually control shifts. With three drive modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport, the Avalon allows its driver a multitude of options that lets them choose how they want to drive at any particular time.
The hybrid version of the car will get you about 200 total horsepower utilizing the gasonline engine and the Toyota Hybird Synergy Drive and can go 0-60 in about 8.0 seconds, really good for a hybrid mid-size sedan like the Avalon or Camry. The hybrid version also weighs in at 3,585 lbs., only 124 lbs. heavier than the gasoline version. This reduced weight as well as the aerodynamics of the car and efficient hybrid drivetrain allows the Avalon's 17-gallon fuel tank to get about 680 miles on a single tank! This is based off of the EPA-rated fuel economy of 40 mpg (40 city/39 hwy).
Toyota recently announced the manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) for the 2013 Avalon. Toyota's newest 5-passenger flagship sedan will be available to you in a gasoline V6 as well as a Hybrid Synergy Drive version for improved fuel economy. Both will be availble in an XLE and Limited version, but with seven different models to cover different needs for customers.
The base model V6 XLE will start with an MSRP of $30,990, going up to the fullly loaded Limited V6 model, which will have an MSRP of $39,650.
The hybrid versions, on the other hand, start at $35,555 for the XLE Premium and range up to $41,400 for the Limited.
For a full outline of the pricing and features of all the models of the 2013 Toyota Avalon, click here. (courtesy of Toyota USA).
Check out some more photos of the 2013 Toyota Avalon below:
All-in-all, the brand new 2013 Toyota Avalon looks like an awesome car if you're looking to upgrade from a Camry to the next level, but aren't quite willing to go all the way up to a fancy European made sports car and still want the reliability and efficiency of a Toyota. You'll definitely get that sense of luxury in the 2013 Avalon, but you won't have to break the bank for it. Plus, it's going to be fun to drive!
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