2014 Toyota Avalon Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Bought it new last fall, should have been an amazing product. This winter the battery died, discovered it was a known problem with the Canadian dealer, lots of cars coming in on tow trucks with a battery with a bad cell.
GPS system is useless, a five year old $150 Garmin has more features and is easier to use. I actually use a Gamin window mount GPS on road trips.
The most discouraging part is the rattles in the roof, dealer has tried to fix them, some were loose wires to the sunroof.
Side mirrors do not always return to normal after backing up and going forward.
Powerful drive train, and handles well for a large car. Terrific trunk space, HID lighting and radar cruise work. While appearance is not a major factor for myself, it is an good looking car, inside and out.
Expanding spend on quality control, the car is made in North America and shows it. Rattles, bad battery.
Get a real GPS system from Garmin, or at least upgrade this one to basic Garmin features.
2014 Toyota Avalon XLE Touring 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The biggest issue for me is that the whole interior (meaning door panels, dashboard in my car especially rear doors and behind passenger seats) squeaks which is unacceptable for this type of car. Barely noticeable during the day, because of the outside ambient noise, with occasional louder squeaks here and there. But at night it is impossible to drive without music on- it drive me crazy!
Suspension: you feel all the bumps, but the car is soft and has no handling power.
My 9 speaker sounds system almost like in dodge neon. It sounds like all the sound coming out of one dashboard speaker.
Telescopic Steering wheel doesn't pull out far enough. If you 6' and over, your hands will be straight.
You can turn off DRL! Finally
The car has big interior and it feels that way when you seat in it.
I like the design of the dash board- itís like the architectural student project: surface overlapping the surface- looks mature and modern. It has that longitudinal design and give you that visual openness inside the car and lightness.
Interior materials I would say close to high end, no cheap plastics.
Back up camera and automatic tilting exterior mirrors- I just wish they would be dimmed
Seats comfortable so far for me- I saw a lot of complains that they are too hard.
Pass through to the trunk: you can fit 3 pair of skins.
Change the assembling techniques to eliminate squeaking noise.
Make suspension either hard and with handling control, or totally comfortable.
Insulate the car from exterior ambient noise and all fenders above the wheels.
Steering wheel should pull out more, so you can reach it without straightening you hands all the way- which is unsafe and uncomfortable.
Front passenger seat should pull out more so you can straight you legs during the road trip, especially with all that space in the back.
Better speaker and reevaluate their locations through out the car.
Car key- you would be ashamed to pull it out.
Center red stop light bounces out of the rear window at night.
Folding rear seats.