2007 Toyota Avalon – Test drive and new car review – 2007 Toyota Avalon full-size sedan

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It#8217;s it#8217;s hip to be older. This the year that the last of Baby Boomers turns 40, the salivary glands of carmakers Finally, marketers realize their target consumers merely be composed of belly-button-baring but rather an affluent, … The 2007 Toyota Avalon is squarely and unapologetically at this

With a base MSRP of and an as-tested price of $35,734, the Toyota Avalon is a serious The EPA pegs city/highway mileage at

First Glance: Big, in a way

The Toyota Avalon is classified as a sedan, a species currently by such stalwarts as the Ford Victoria and Chevrolet Impala. The manages to look smaller and than those slab-sided thanks to a crisply creased line that runs the of the car and a handsome front fascia extends to a sculpted hood. most big four-doors, the rear seems excessive, especially that its trunk volume of cu.-ft. is puzzlingly small for class.

That brings up an interesting Wherefore the Avalon? On the surface, one reason that it exists in with its perennially popular brother, the Camry. it#8217;s a car, 8 inches longer And rear accommodations (link to photo) are generous, with a floor and seats that can 10 degrees to make for three rear seaters.

But when next to Camry specs, the actual measurements of 40.9 of rear legroom and 58.2 of shoulder space create an of a mere 2.3 and 1.3 inches, respectively. And the gives you as much as 15 cu.-ft. of space. Think of the Avalon as a shirt that wears medium.

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In the Driver#8217;s Nice, from a bit of distance

quality interior materials are we’ve come to expet Toyota

Photo #169; Liz Kim

As of Toyota vehicles have not up to their reputation of quality The Avalon was no exception; my Georgetown, test car had some obvious problems, such as the otherwise faux-wood trim that quite line up and gaps in the that should#8217;ve possessed a degree of conformity.

The cabin was free of rattles, however, and to such details as the solid, feel of the control buttons and the quality of the materials around the should be noted. The audio and controls were separate, as should be, from the navigation interface, and easy to use. were backed up by steering controls.

There were two main to access the controls to the 12-speaker JBL system, which delivered multilayered sound, and the buttons to the navigation system. With panels closed, the center was clean and minimalist. As helpful as the navigation system was, it the simple, intuitive elegance of Toyota systems.

Ease of use is however, and some time with the owner#8217;s manual help even the technophobe comfortable in the car.

On the road: Want a jolt? a Rock Star

Sports car look elsewhere. This is not the car for The Avalon puts the sedate in and for those seeking a peaceful this is a very good

Around town, the suspension a relaxed ride, isolating me the vagaries of the pavement, while delivering a stable and buttoned-down at highway speeds.

Power the 3.5-liter V6 was plentiful, and those about big-block American won#8217;t miss their With 268 horsepower, the Avalon has no merging onto the freeway or away from a red light. I got a combined fuel mileage of 24

It#8217;s mated to a five-speed transmission with a manual feature. Shift shock, is the harshness and vibration you sometimes when an auto … gears, was evident, although it was to find the correct gear time. Given its bigger I was pleased with the Avalon#8217;s turning circle.

Not quite as impressive: important features like stability traction control and Brake (which detects panic and assures full stopping is applied) are pricey options on all levels.

It#8217;s unusual to a car with a base MSRP of $30,000, as my LS-trimmed Avalon without these essential as standard.

Journey#8217;s End: by its own sibling?

Fit and finish wasn’t up to Toyota standards — how these pieces don’t up properly

Except for Nissan, Toyota the only other full-size sedan available for 2007, the new and Lexus LS 460 (at twice the cost). driven the two back to back, I can say the Lexus doesn#8217;t offer the bang for the buck. However, if you can up a bit of space for your rear the Toyota Camry may provide a cost-effective alternative.

Vehicles the Toyota Camry and Avalon may not the exciting sedans on the road, but a reason why they#8217;ve become of the our most popular cars a refined ride and a sense of being that comes driving a vehicle legendary for its and durability.

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