I absolutely love everything about this car. The handling is excellent with three selectable modes including a sport mode that is perfect for the mountain roads in northern California. Fit and finish are perfect. The JBL stereo is wonderful as are all the amazing electronic features. This model comes with HID headlamps that provide a razor sharp light beam and I am still trying to figure out how the car decides to turn on the automatic high beams. It is comfortable, roomy and fun to drive. I test drove the Chevy Impala and the Chrysler 300 before driving the Avalon. This was no contest. I have owned a couple of dozen new cars in my lifetime. The Avalon Limited is by far the best vehicle I have ever owned or driven. Oh, did I mention that all maintenance is included for two full years ?
Just traded my 2012 Toyota Camry for this 16 Avalon. This is my 3rd Toyota since 07. Toyota is just the best in reliability . I opted for the XLE. No need for sunroof and navigation. I have smart phone and blue tooth for that. What sold me was the incredible interior and comfort of this vehicle. Nice quiet cabin. As for exterior, I'm loving the body lines and especially the rear. The front bumper with the large grille is the only downside to this great looking car, but it wasnt a deal breaker for me. I was a little surprised that remote start wasn't standard on the base Avalon. Oh well, got the dealer to throw it in with the deal. Top it off with 0 % financing it was an easy decision for me.
I wasn't really looking at an Avalon, but I recalled them looking sharp, so I did an Edmunds price check and the quotes coming back from dealers were surprisingly low for a Toyota, add to that a $2500 rebate, I ended up getting a Premium $7,000 off msrp. It's very peppy but maintains 26 mpg in mixed driving. All the technology goodies are there but they're just clunky or non-intuitive or slow. I've only had it a month, so I can't provide any long term guidance. The ride is quiet and smooth, and while i haven't taken it out over back roads, it doesn't seem to have an overly soft suspension. The 9 speaker sound system is better than what i had prior, but still lacks true punch. You need to get the limited (+ $6,000) for the JBL sound. The fit and finish of the inside has a very high end feel, EXCEPT the glove compartment door and the sunroof shade (both surprisingly flimsy). At the end of the day, getting a car of this size with leather, sunroof, heated seats, navigation, smart phone integration, driver seat memory settings, auto climate control, V6, blind spot warning system, and 9 speaker sound for under $31k is great. You couldn't do better in the Accord, Impala, Maxima, Lexus and maybe even Buick for that price point.
I highly recommend the Avalon with it's high-quality ride comfort the materials. This is truly in your luxury at a price that is reasonable. While missing the Lexus badge- get the feeling that you have not skimped. In comparison to Honda's and Hyundai's tech / connectivity options you make some sacrifices - but you make up for it with the quality of materials which will be timeless.
Tire wear is expected to be about 24000 due to the nature of the tires the car is equipped with. It takes some time to learn the various in dash systems. A lot of information is available if you know how to access it. This is our third Avalon (we have owned other cars too) and consider the Avalons to be the best value for the dollar spent. Our Avalon is a road car as well as an around the town vehicle - so interior and trunk space is important. Up date after one year of ownership - We continue to enjoy our Avalon and are very pleased with the car. The car performed very well on a 6000 mile road trip last summer. It has very adequate power and handles quickly and smoothly. We still miss the adjustable rear seat backs of our previous two Avalons. The dash systems are complex and take time to learn and use. The speedometer reads two miles an hour fast when compared with two on board GPS units. Toyota says that this is acceptable - up to a seven mile per hour variable. We live in very hot Tucson Arizona and the AC system on our Avalon performs exceedingly well and cools the care very quickly. We have excellent dealer support.