The Toyota Avalon, redesigned and made more efficient for the 2011 model year, moves into 2012 unchanged, still offering a unique combination of full-size room with understated luxury. Given an elegant, more substantial presence in the 2011 redesign, Avalon evokes a time when travel was sophisticated, elegant and comfortable. Fully in tune with the times, the 2012 Avalon offers a compelling combination of performance and fuel economy.
The 2012 Toyota Avalon is a full-size 4-door sedan that seats 6 passengers. It is available in four models, XL, Touring, XLS and Limited. All four models are equipped with a front wheel drive and are powered by a 3.5 Liter V6 engine that is rated at 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Its standard 268-horsepower V6 engine, teamed to a six-speed automatic transmission, yields both impressive acceleration and merging power with an EPA highway MPG estimate of 29 MPG.
A bevy of comfort and convenience features are available in the Avalon Limited, including heated and cooled front seats, an eight-way front passenger’s seat with lumbar support, driver’s seat cushion extension, rain-sensing windshield wipers and Smart Key. Other available amenities include a JBL Synthesis sound system and satellite navigation system.
With 106.9 cubic feet of passenger space and 14.4-cubic foot trunk, the Toyota Avalon is sized competitively for the “large car” segment. But its cavernous interior by no means its only luxurious feature. A distinctive exterior style and a roomy interior rich with premium touch points and practical technologies make the Avalon a standout in its class. The 2012 Avalon is available in two grades, Avalon and Avalon Limited. Both are well-equipped with leather-trimmed interior, eight-way power driver’s seat, back-up camera, dual zone automatic climate control with air filtration, moonroof and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The Avalon’s MacPherson strut coil spring independent suspension delivers a sophisticated blend of smooth ride quality and precise driving control. Rack-and-pinion steering combines with front-wheel-drive and optimized steering gear for an easy, natural handling feel.