2008 Toyota Avalon Consumer Review: A thinking person's Lexus
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A thinking person's Lexus
By rdw_audiofossil on

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2008 Toyota Avalon Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

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This is my 2nd Avalon Limited. The car seats five full-size adults in comfort, with heated and cooled front seats, a terrific stereo, bluetooth connectivity, dynamic laser cruise control, and a respectable navigation system. Controls are easy to use (except the nav joystick) and the car is aesthetically pleasing inside and out. The ride is generally smooth, but suffers over rough pavement. The six speed gearbox and engine are smooth as silk. The exterior noise level is phenomenally low, and the gas mileage is exceptional for a car this size. Essentially, a near equivalent to a Lexus GS, with more legroom, better gas mileage, and more storage space, for $20,000 less.

Best Features

Bluetooth phone link. JBL stereo with ASL and aux plug for iPod. Electric Seat cushion extender for driver (extra thigh support). Auto headlights and rain-sensor wipers. Heated and cooled front seats. Keyless entry and engine start. Dual seat/mirror memory tied to remotes. Flat rear seat floor.

Worst Features

Telescoping/tilting steering wheel is manual -- should be powered & tied to seat memory. Full iPod connectivity. Heated rear seats. An all-wheel drive option (means sacrificing flat rear floor, though).
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