Really Good - needs a little to be great
By Deanie on
Vehicle2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
ReviewThis is a really good car but the build quality is not up to snuff - even though my 05 was the first year of the new model, the build quality was a "B" even though Toyotas typically garner an "A". My passenger front door shouldn't be higher than the rear by 2mm. The rear glass has vertical lines of waviness that are visible even when looking through the rearview mirror. Pushbutton dash panel covers open only after 2nd or 3rd try - it takes 5-10 tries when it's over 90 degrees! Needs better choice of exterior paint colors, and definitely needs better choices for the leather upholstery! I guess this is what Toyota does to handicap Avalon so it doesn't embarrass it's pricier Lexus siblings.
Best Features280hp (w/premium gas), huge back seat - reclines too, safety features/vsc, reliability, reclining rear seat, full size alloy spare. Dusting unsuspecting BMW's and other "premium" branded cars.
Worst FeaturesImprove build quality! Sport suspension option-all models. Strut trunk supports, NOT gooseneck hinges - frees up 1 cu ft of space and adds only $100- $200. Trunk needs to be larger. JBL stereo upgrade not worth the $$$. Fuelecon meter needs option for driver to reset mpg meter, not when refilling tank
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