Reviewers were impressed with the 2011 Toyota Avalon and rewarded it with a Total Car Score that puts it near the top of the large sedan category.
This year’s model has a freshened appearance and a host of feature updates including a touch-screen navigation unit with up-to-the-minute traffic information. Though the number of Avalon models has decreased from three to two for 2011, the base model is now better equipped.
The Avalon has never been recognized as a sporty vehicle, but this front-wheel-drive, five-passenger four-door has been and continues to be appreciated for its spacious and comfortable cabin, not to mention its cushy ride. Praise has also been directed toward the lively and fuel-efficient powertrain Toyota has bolted to its largest sedan.
The Avalon's styling hasn’t received the same level of praise, though 2011’s cosmetic surgery does dial down the dowdy appearance a bit.
The 2011 Toyota Avalon is available to buyers as a base model, aptly named Avalon, or as the more luxurious Limited.
Both are powered by the same 3.5-liter V6 that sends 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque to a six-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, the Avalon achieves 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway/23 mpg combined.
The base Avalon’s list of standard equipment has been bolstered this year by the addition of a power moonroof, a reclining rear bench seat and leather upholstery. Other amenities include a USB port, Bluetooth hands-free calling capability, alloy wheels and a dual-zone climate control system.
The Limited boasts standard heated and ventilated front seats, push-button ignition, a 660-watt JBL sound system and HID headlights. A touch-screen navigation unit is optional on every 2011 Avalon.
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