Not the ride of my life
By Bruce Merda on
2008 Toyota Avalon Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Had an '03, loved it. From the specs the '08 should be even better. It is in every way except the ride. If you're on smooth blacktop fine, any other surface you will feel via the seat each tar strip, pavement crack, bump, and if you hit a hole... oh my! I drive 55 Ca. freeway miles a day. Hate the ride every mile. Suspension way too stiff for Toyota's luxury flagship, just jar & jolt. 17" wheels don't help either. 16" means more absorbing rubber and a softer ride. They need to quit trying to build cars to satisfy the specification desires of some auto magazines testers whose standards are usually race track handling, the biggest wheels & lots of hpwr. The Avalon isn't a sports car!
The option package for the Limited is the only way to go. A/C through the seats... ahh! Great stereo, comfy seats, auto backseat sunshade, keyless entry, plenty of power, getting about 24 MPG, huge trunk & glove box, bluetooth for telephone, MP3 plays through stereo. Good forward vision.
Fix the ride. Stay with 16" wheels. Split fold-down back seats. 6 speed tranny can't make up it's mind to up or down shift sometimes. Oh and fix the ride!