>> Friday, February 27, 2009
What’s new, highlights, and safety info for the 2009 Toyota Avalon.
Toyota’s Avalon is a full-size car for those who have graduated from the Camry. In fact, the Avalon is basically a stretched version of the previous Camry and uses that car’s 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. No other powertrain choices are offered. For 2009, the Avalon lineup consists of three trim levels: XL, XLS, and Limited, listed in order of increasing luxury and price.
When the current-generation car debuted for 2005, it placed first in our comparo of six $30,000 family sedans. We praised it for its comfortable interior, ample power, and good fuel mileage. It has since been slightly refreshed and seen its gear count rise by one.
The Avalon is a good car to go unnoticed in. The styling and driving dynamics won’t get anyone too excited, but that’s okay for many folks. Interior and cargo room is copious. Backseat occupants are treated to an adjustable backrest and plenty of room to stretch out. The car is most at home on long stretches of straight highway—just don’t fall asleep. The Avalon was recently announced as one of our Editors Choice picks in the Large Sedan category.
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