1996 Toyota Avalon Consumer Review: Better than a minivan

1996 Toyota Avalon Sedan - Consumer Review

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Better than a minivan
By Ann on


1996 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan


I bought this car as 2nd owner with only 55K miles on it to haul three kids (in carseats) in the back. I bought this after having to replace an engine in a GMC Suburban. Wanted something easy on the mind and on the wallet. The trunk is huge!! Motor/transmission is butter-smooth. Quiet ride. Corners better than Mom's Lexus ES 300. Did have to replace rack and pinion. Otherwise, extremely reliable. Interior parts are solid. Wood grain is peeling though but for a 11 yr car, I can't complain too much. Gas mileage is fabulous (much better than minivans). Took it on a 2200 mile trip and averaged 28 mpg highway.

Best Features

Easy to read dash. Nice comfortable leather seats. Spacious back seat. Smooth ride/smooth transmission. Don't have to stop by gas station too often! Still has that luxury car feel and no sqeaks or rattles even after 11 yrs.

Worst Features

Improve paint quality. Need cupholders in the back - would reduce spillage from the kids.
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