1998 Toyota Avalon Consumer Review: Avalon: Like Cruisin' on Catal

1998 Toyota Avalon - Consumer Review

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XL Sedan (3.0L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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Avalon: Like Cruisin' on Catalina
By jdog on


1998 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan


I really enjoy the Avalon. This car gets a solid 25 mpg without sacrificing
performance. I can turn off overdrive and step on it going up mountain
passes and around slower traffic and the V-6 responds really well. The ride
is smooth and the interior sits six adults comfortably. I've taken road-trips
with four other adults without any complaints about space or comfort. The
only problem I've had is that the brakes have a pernicious squeal on this
model that was not corrected by the new brake pads that the dealer
installed. I think that this was corrected on later models. Overall, I think my
Avalon is an excellent cruising sedan.

Best Features

Turning on the cruise control and stereo and kicking back for the long-haul on a road-trip. I also enjoy the Yakima racks that I installed which can hold my surfboard and kayaks. Hell, who needs an SUV anyway?

Worst Features

Take care of the squeal in the brakes (I think this was done in later models). Better push-buttons on the factory installed stereo. Also, the paint seems to chip easily.
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