2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I really love this car. It is affordable luxury...a pleasure to drive. The only thing I could complain about is the day after a long trip I washed my car and (barely noticeable) yellow bug guts stained the bumper. The dealership said that just happens and if they repainted, it would just hapen again. I would think paint finishes today would not have that problem, so I was disappointed to say the least in product and response. Also, occasionally when the automatic transmission is shifting down it "jumps". The dealership said the car's computer would work it out within 10k miles...not impressed again by the response I got, as it was getting worse at 8k miles. But, it's still my dream car.
Navigation system, Heated and A/C seats, rear window shade, endless seat adjustments, headlights are great, smooth & quiet ride, excellent front & back leg room.
Bumper paint-see above; My 2000 Avalon had a small console/pocket in the front door panels near the handle that I liked. This car only has the large pop- out hard-pockets at the bottom of the door. I wish the map screen of the nav system would automatically appear at startup; 1/2 to "ok" every time
While I've only had this car for barely 60 days, it is my 2nd Avalon XLS and I'm very pleased. My 96 gave great service with virtually no engine failures of any kind over nearly a five year period. I didn't hesitate to buy another one, only this one new.
Hands on controls on steering wheel. Ease of access to fueling point, "inside" CD changer instead of trunk. Comfort, fit and finish seems better than earlier model.
After driving 2 Chrysler 300's previous to owning this Avalon, I am particularly impressed with the overall quality of the vehicle. Lots of small and some big problems with the Chryslers, but none with the Avalon. I continue to be amazed by the fuel economy of this large sedan. I consistently get 29 to 31 miles per gallon on the highway at speeds of 70 mph. I have actually gotten 33 mpg on two trips.
Incredibly quiet on the highway and in town.
Eliminate the reclining back seats and make a full pass through to the trunk.