2013 Toyota Avalon Review

Toyota finally realized that the maturing Avalon needed a brand-new makeover, something fresh and revitalizing. Something that would separate them from competitors like the Ford Taurus and 2013 Buick Lacrosse. A new look is also something that’s needed to get a bevvy of brand new buyers. In order to do that, Toyota enlisted some young designers and had them work very closely with some engineers to ensure that this vehicle didn’t mimic too closely the Lexus ES. In fact, they also managed to add a hybrid car to the lineup in the process. 2013 may just mark the year that the Toyota Avalon goes mainstream!

Okay, let’s discover what we have under the hood of the new 2013 Toyota Avalon. We’ve got a 3.5L V6 engine which makes 268 hp and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. The transmission is 6-speed automatic and it’s front-wheel drive.

When it comes to the fuel mileage, the gas model gets an estimated 21 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway for a respective 25 MPG combined.

When it comes to the hybrid, expect 40 MPG in the city and 39 MPG on the highway for a combined 40 MPG.

As for price, the base 2013 Toyota Avalon XLE model begins at $30,990 and the Hybrid XLE Premium starts at $35,555.

As for the Limited trim packages, the gas models sells for $39,650 and Hybrid models goes for $41,400.

Everyone knows that the old Avalon was ultra-conservative and not sporty in any sort of way. But this is a refreshing take on that worn-out, tired design. Something was necessary to start turning heads and we believe this car is better-looking than the Camry and stands up admirably to the Lexus ES.

Right from the get-go you can see bold new styling in the front fascia and improved, more aggressive stance.

The 2013 Toyota Avalon also boasts a new double grille, LED panel tail lights and headlamps.

And to make the car stand out even a little more, Toyota has decided to add a couple of new colors, including Champagne Mica and Moulin Rouge.

The interior of the 2013 Avalon was clearly a priority for Toyota. They wanted to maintain cabin space while at the same time becoming even more attractive and engaging. And it is! There’s a sense of connection from the driver’s point of view and the dash and rest of the interior.

As far as interior room, there’s more than a BMW 5-Series!The rear seating is great and is a little larger for tall adults.

And when it comes to trunk capacity, there’s 60 cubic feet for the gas and 14 cubic feet in the Hybrid.

Having also driven the Lexus ES, which we thought was a fabulous interior, when we got into the new 2013 Toyota Avalon, we felt it had the edge and was even more premium with a sportier feel.

What makes driving this Avalon much different from previous years is that the cockpit feels much more driver-oriented and that’s what we appreciated most.

There are three drive modes. The one we liked most, of course, was Sport Mode which gives you noticeably more push and control when it comes to the throttle and the steering gets stiffened up as well. When it comes to taking corners, you can really feel those tight turns as opposed to a looser feel in the Normal Mode. And finally you have the Eco Mode, which is largely self-explanatory. It’s also about a casual drive that conserves fuel. Other attractive technology is Adaptive Cruise Control and a pre-collision system that allows the vehicle to come to a full stop in case of an emergency. More than anything, we’d have to say that the overall drive is cozy and cushy in the new 2013 Toyota Avalon. It’s a very comfortable and controlled ride, unless you’re in the Sport Mode and engaging the shifter for more fun and edge-of-your-seat performance.

Toyota is making it clear that they want the attention and dollars of the typical Gen X-er. They hope to sell more than 70,000 cars over the next year across the US. Will they do it? Based on our time spent with the new Avalon, we believe they very well might!

Available colors for the 2013 Toyota Avalon include Sandy Beach Metallic, Black, Classic Silver Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, Zephyr Blue Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, Sizzling Crimson Mica, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Cocoa Bean Metallic, Cypress Pearl, Champagne Mica and Moulin Rouge.


And be sure to watch this review of the all-new 2013 Toyota Avalon in video form!

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