We've had our Avalon for about a year and a half now and have been satisfied.
We've had Toyota's since 1989.
At 65k, front brake rotors warped & pads needed replacing - at 68k, the rear rotors & pads got replaced.
At 70k, inner tie rods got loose and got replaced.
We're holding our breath and wondering what's going to be next.
Of course, this is the first Toyota that we've kept beyond the 36k mark, so perhaps this brand isn't as reliable as we've always thought?
Although we'd hesitate to say this Avalon is a lemon, we've planned on its lasting 10 years...wish us luck.
We like the ride and the interior room, but we must agree with others who have said the trunk could be more spacious.
We've been consistently in the 25-30mpg with this Avalon and that makes us happy.
We've had chronic difficulties with the heating in this Avalon and after a year and a half, still don't know how to adjust the heat for the vents in the back seat.
So far, we just keep them closed, but that doesn't seem very sophisticated, does it?
There are times, when the front passenger side gets no heat at all at the foot level...changing settings doesn't seem to alter anything.
There are other times when heat is down there and passenger perfectly comfortable.
We had to change the wipers immediately, but we've found that Toyota uses the cheapest blades around on all their models, so no surprise there.
We purchased our Avalon about a year ago. We love it. The gas mileage is great..drives and rides like a dream, sound system is perfect, quiet, great rear seat comfort, in short, for us, a retired couple in our mid-sixties it is the best car we've ever owned and absolutely perfectly matches our needs. We've owned Toyota's for 30 years and we like this one the best. Would highly recommend this car to anyone who wants a comfortable, dependable, quality automobile.
Used to LeSabre. Avy does not have as many features, has a motor whine, and windows stick; trunk whams when closing. Overall ride is smooth, gas is good. Info display very limited. 1st and last; back to Buick. More bang for the buck.
Back-up mirror, seat re-set controls, fastened floor mats, pass through from trunk to back seat area.
More info features (tire status, traction, better gas gauge, etc.). Quieter trunk closure. Better window retraction.
Road noise is excessive, I believe it is because of the Bridgestone tires. Also it is difficult to keep car from drifting all over the lane expecially when there is a little breeze.
There is no valet lockout for trunk.
Volume speed control on radio does not work.
Can't see display on radio in daylight.
Can't hear directional signal.
Put good quality Michelin tires on.
Install lockout switch for trunk.
I beleive poor quality tires are responsable for handling problems.
I love this car.
I have had if for two months and have put about 7000 miles on it.
Having come from an SUV the last 15 years, the ride on the Avalon is a big plus.
I really like the cabin room, smooth transmission and engine, and the overall classy interior.
I have been averaging about 23 mpg combined, and have seen 29 mpg on the interstate.
The radio and controls are easy to view and use.
I have the base radio and its works great and even sounds great for a standard system.
The only issue that I have is I could use a little more trunk room.