2011 Toyota Avalon 3.5L V6 6-speed Automatic Consumer Review - Smooth, Quiet, Fast, and Great

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Smooth, Quiet, Fast, and Great Mileage!
By robsis on


2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


Wow, are we impressed. This vehicle is such a great road car. Quiet, smooth ride, with lots of punch if you need to pass. 30+ MPG on the highway and 23-24 in town. Love the new dash re-design and the six-speed automatic. You can barely tell it's shifting. Plenty of room both in the front and back. Heated/cooled seats are a joy. Our friend, who drives a Lexus LS460, said our Avalon was quieter than his LS, and just as smooth on the open road. Our final choice was between the Avalon and a Genesis. Genesis was a nice vehicle; however, comparably equipped, the Avalon was thousands less and we liked the FWD for our snowy winters. Test drive it for 30 minutes or more and you'll be sold.

Favorite Features

Rear camera and upgraded stereo. Heated/cooled seats. Smartkey system, which recognizes you and sets the seat and outside mirrors to your preference when you get in..an essential when the wife is much shorter than you! The Blizzard Pearl paint. The phenomenal 6 cyl engine, which performs admirably AND gets great gas mileage. The quiet and room in the cabin. The extra stop on the doors, which allows them to open wider for easy ingress/egress (watch out for that car parked next to you!). The back window shade, for when the sun is directly behind you. The auto leveling HID headlamps and bumper integrated fog lamps. Also love all the voice activation features with the bluetooth.

Suggested Improvements

A button to stiffen up to sport suspension mode when in the twisties as the ride can get floaty. The new NAV is tons better than the previous Gen; however, I would like it to re-calc your route automatically if you get thrown off instead of having to ask it manually. Put the temp readout where all can see it, not just the driver. Put distance lines on the NAV integrated backup camera like on the non-NAV one, so you can parallel park with more confidence. Steering wheel is crowded with buttons and can confuse you. Put the Michelin tires on ALL vehicles...we had to seek out the one on the lot with the Michelins. The others had Bridgestones, which are much noisier and cheaper tires.
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By robsis
on 02/23/11 06:39 AM (PST)

Just a note to add to this review: After playing with the NAV and resetting it per Toyota CS, it now re-calcs on it's own! Must've been a weird setting, maybe put in during a test drive or something prior to when we bought it.

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