2013 Toyota Avalon Sedan - Rating Details


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Vehicle Tested 2013 Toyota Avalon XLE Sedan (3.5L 6-cyl. 6-speed Automatic) Driven On 1/10/2013 Ratings Summary Newfound ride and handling endow the Avalon with a completely revised character designed to appeal to younger buyers. Reasonable, taut handling coupled with an amply powerful V6 and a high-quality interior make the new Avalon worth a serious look.
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Performance The Avalon's powerful 3.5-liter V6 coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission and a suspension tuned for pre-AARP members makes for a surprisingly fun Avalon.
Acceleration
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With 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque on tap, the Avalon wastes no time getting up to freeway speed and gets from 0-60 in a quick 6.4 seconds. Few buyers will gripe about its acceleration.
Braking
B
The Avalon's pedal is neither hard nor soft and the car's braking performance is easy and predictable. Gentle initial bite and no odd body motions.
Steering
B
Steering weight is light in nearly every situation in the Avalon, but it isn't lacking accuracy. Very easy to drive.
Handling
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The Avalon manages to be adequately damped to avoid feeling "floaty." Not as good during dynamic testing as some competitors, but few Avalon buyers will care.
Driveability
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The Avalon is easy, approachable and imminently drivable. It's as user-friendly as it should be.
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Comfort A solid combination of amenities and interior silence keep the Avalon's comfort score high despite an overall stiffening of its ride.
Seating Comfort
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Toyota does this well. The Avalon's driver seat is both amply adjustable and long-haul pleasant. Multi-level heating is standard across styles. Passenger seat has fewer adjustments.
Ride Comfort
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Yes, the ride is busier than the old car. But with stiffer springs and firmer damping, it is also more controlled. It's a worthwhile trade.
Quietness
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One of the quietest cars we've tested. Road, wind and tire noise are virtually nonexistent.
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Interior A big effort to improve materials quality and modernize the Avalon is obvious. Soft-touch leather adorns most surfaces depending on trim level, and tasteful styling touches are present throughout.
Ergonomics
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Most controls are intuitive and well placed. The audio system's volume knob, however, hides behind the steering wheel at night. Touchpads replace buttons for most controls.
Ingress/Egress
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Wide door openings, ample space and comfortable seat height front and rear ease ingress/egress.
Space/Room
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The Avalon is a genuine 5-passenger sedan. Space in every dimension is more than adequate. Child seats, even convertibles, fit easily in the back.
Visibility
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We observed no significant visibility shortcomings while driving the Avalon. Rear-quarter visibility is respectable. Parking sensors are optional.
Cargo/Storage
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At 16 cubic feet, trunk space is very good, but others are bigger. Split-folding rear seats and a ski pass-through are standard.
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Value The 2013 Toyota Avalon is more expensive than some of its competitors, but it is also better equipped and features better materials and higher build quality.
Build Quality (vs. $)
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Toyota's efforts to move the Avalon upscale are obvious. Panel gaps, materials and interior assembly were excellent on our test car. A big step up from the Camry.
Features(vs. $)
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Feature content is average for the class. Standard features: 8-way driver and 4-way passenger front seats, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, USB, Bluetooth and more.
Cost
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The Avalon is costlier than many competitors, but it's also nicer inside.
MPG
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V6-powered Avalons are average for the segment, at 25 mpg Combined (21 City/31 Highway). If fuel economy is a sticking point, consider the Avalon Hybrid.
Warranty
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The Avalon comes with a pretty standard warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles comprehensive and 5 years/60,000 miles powertrain.
Ownership
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The Avalon comes with Toyota's Safety Connect system, which includes crash notification and roadside assistance. It also comes with free maintenance for 2 years/25,000 miles.
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Fun To Drive Few people will ever claim any car in this segment is fun to drive, but this new Avalon is far better than its predecessor.
Driving Experience
B
Quiet, reasonably powerful and built with the luxury buyer in mind, the 2013 Avalon is relatively opulent and an exceptionally quiet ride.
Personality
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With all the updates given to the new Avalon, this is a very different machine than before. The revisions make it a consideration for younger buyers who want a luxurious 5-passenger sedan.
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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Toyota Avalon Sedan in VA is:

$129 per month*
* Explanation
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