- It's Toyota's version of a Buick LeSabre but with front-wheel drive, improved fuel efficiency, and better build quality.
- A lack of interior room and out-of-date styling.
After a body makeover and safety improvements (side airbags) last year, the Avalon heads into '99 with only minor updates. Daytime running lights with auto-off color-keyed foglamp covers and dual heated color-keyed power mirrors are new this year. A new three-in-one ETR/cassette/CD sound system is optional on the XL model and Lunar Mist Metallic replaces Golden Sand Metallic.