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Best high-tech family Toyota Avalon

The new 2013 sedan is available with the version of Toyota’s Entune of on-board applications that data retrieved by smartphones on a screen in the car’s dash. All the tech connections are also but one of the best things the Avalon has for it is the “eBin” that’s in front of the on the center console. It’s a for a smartphone and includes a grippy surface.

This simple keeps the cup holders free for cups.

The test-drive

Toyota is trying to court younger car by loading up the Avalon with high-tech The Avalon line, which sells to an older demographic, at $31,000 and comes in both and hybrid models with trims. The Limited comes with technology, including TFT screens in the cabin, capacitive buttons on the head unit, and spot and cross-traffic monitoring.

The thing you’ll notice you get into the Avalon Limited is its futuristic-looking dashboard control which houses two of the aforementioned screens.

The Avalon’s dash features two touchscreens.

The main screen is a matte-finish touchscreen flanked by touch buttons. While I’m not a big fan of touch buttons, these are quite responsive and usable. also nicely placed, for the part.

I really like the audio, media, and volume are located to the left of the touchscreen, to the steering wheel, because makes changing the radio a breeze. The buttons to the right of the are a little less convenient, and it’s quite a stretch to them if you’re sitting in the seat.

The main screen

of the action happens on the main Here, you’ll find car apps, media and audio, and phone settings. Though the screen is a touchscreen, it’s not controlled by touch: To get to each of main areas, you’ll to use a combination of the capacitive buttons and the

This is why the reach for those is such a problem.

The big thing in the new Limited is apps. The Limited with two different types of built-in Sirius XM apps sports, stocks, and weather), require a Sirius XM subscription, and apps. Entune is Toyota’s multimedia system that in conjunction with your

The touch button controls on the secondary screen are used to apps.

To use Entune, you’ll to first download the app on your Then, you can connect your to t he Avalon Limited to use the built-in Bing, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets, and Pandora. Bing lets you for destinations, MovieTickets and OpenTable let you movie times and make reservations, and iHeartRadio and Pandora let you music through your

Entune uses your (not the car’s) data which means you do have to be a cautious, as streaming music can eat through a limited data

Navigation: a mixed bag

On one hand, the Limited’s turn-by-turn directions and guidance are accurate and easy to especially with turn-by-turn being pushed to the small cluster screen. Plus, the is equipped with NavTraffic, offers real-time traffic and updates to help you avoid jams and accidents.

On the other the navigation can be a bit confusing. For example, I find a way to enter an address just the touchscreen—you either to press the capacitive “Destination” or you have to do it using voice-recognition

 You can’t leave the screen for more than a minutes (to change the radio use your phone, etc.) the system kicks you back. you can do is split the screen in half to see your radio station and the map at the time.

The Avalon Limited actually has neat features to enhance phone experience, aside the basic Bluetooth-connected calling. the floating center stack, a small, non-slip cradle to hold your mobile If you push the cradle up, you’ll a lit-up compartment called the complete with two 12-volt outlets, an auxiliary audio and a USB port for wired charging.

The sports a wireless charging for your phone.

But wait—there’s If you happen to have a device compatible with Qi wireless (or if your device has a Qi-compatible you can just drop your on the non-slip surface in the eBin. right, the Avalon Limited is the car to have built-in wireless

Of course, if you don’t have a device, then the eBin is a convenient non-slip cradle.

screens and features

There are two color screens in the Avalon Below the main screen, on the stack, there’s a slim that displays a clock and settings. Capacitive buttons around the screen are used to the climate (there are separate zones for the driver and the passenger). this screen is a capacitive for controlling fan speed.

The Limited also has heated and front seats, though controls are located on the console the seats.

The last screen is in the car’s instrument cluster, the tachometer and the speedometer. Initially, screen just shows gear you’re in, unless you it up using the steering wheel You can also customize this to show various stats, fuel economy, speed, meter, and turn-by-turn directions.

You can the instrument cluster screen to fuel economy, speed, meter, and turn-by-turn directions.

we mostly focus on the consumer in our reviews, it’s worth that the Avalon Limited is full of safety tech. includes blind spot and monitoring, an automatic backup that shows the space the car, and rain-sensing windshield The Limited also has automatic control, which uses and radars to maintain a preset between you and the car in front of you, and high beams, which a forward-facing camera to detect traffic and automatically dim your

Bottom line

Toyota has a nice job of adding hip technology, as Entune-compatibility, multiple screens, and buttons to its 2013 Avalon The new Avalon Limited will be received by somewhat tech-savvy parents because of its cool and because its got the biggest trunk ever seen. My only is that the new technology inside the car not be intuitive enough to appeal to drivers.

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