2012 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Toyota has redesigned the Avalon for model year 2013.
- Toyota's flagship sedan gets a more aggressive face, a stiffer chassis and more compact dimensions.
- The 2013 Avalon goes on sale later this year.
NEW YORK — Toyota has redesigned the Avalon for model year 2013, giving its flagship sedan a more aggressive face, a stiffer chassis and more compact dimensions. The 2013 Avalon, which was publicly unveiled Thursday at the 2012 New York Auto Show, goes on sale later this year.
Toyota describes the 2013 Avalon as being "re-conceived" with a "progressive" exterior design. Hallmarks include a massive lower grille and horizontal LED taillamps that recall earlier rear-end designs from Lincoln and Buick. A company press release accompanying the car's introduction said the Avalon's new styling and dynamics "foreshadow the more compelling and passionate nature of future Toyota products."
Contributing to the car's design and engineering were Toyota teams in California and Michigan. The new Avalon will be assembled at Toyota's manufacturing complex in Georgetown, Kentucky.
The car gets a more rigid body structure and beefed-up springs and stabilizers, which contribute to enhanced ride and handling, Toyota said. The new Avalon will offer buyers a choice of 17- and 18-inch wheels and tires.
Among the features are a larger trunk and a quieter interior, which is trimmed in leather with smoked-chrome metallic accents. The cabin features ambient lighting, several color displays and a rearview monitor.
Options include a JBL premium audio system, navigation, dynamic radar cruise control, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, three-zone air-conditioning and a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.
Edmunds.com says: It may ride and handle better than its predecessors, but the new Avalon still looks a bit too much like middle-of-the-road American premium brands, especially from the rear.