Car Review: The fully redesigned 2013 Toyota Avalon hits the road

Keeping up with the competition in 2013, the Toyota Avalon is poised for success. Photo: 2013 Toyota Avalon Photo: Russell Dandridge

DALLAS, June 24, 2013 — The 2013 Toyota Avalon is a head turner, albeit the price seems a bit steep on this one.  The Avalon is offering new features in 2013 and as a full-size sedan that has been fully redesigned it certainly does keep up with the competition boasting luxury on the inside as well as plenty of room and impressive trunk space too.

For the redesign take a look at the lower grille offering a new front end appearance and a smoother look from the front to the back, wrapped up neatly with a chrome strip all around.

Competition on the 2013 Toyota Avalon includes the Buick LaCrosse, Chrysler 300 and the Hyundai Azera, but even so, the Toyota Avalon can still hold up to all that competition without a problem.

You get four trim offerings with the 2013 Toyota Avalon the XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring, and Limited.

Avalon’s interior Photo: R. Dandridge

The XLE comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, full power accessories, cruise control, leather upholstery, eight-way power driver seat, a four-way power front passenger seat, and heated front seats.

There is also keyless ignition and entry and all the Bluetooth and audio additions including a 6.1-inch central touchscreen display.

The Avalon XLE Premium is much the same with added keyless ignition and entry that also includes keyless rear doors and the trunk as well as an auto-dimming rearview mirror and  rearview camera.

The Touring features 18-inch wheels, fog lights, upgraded leather upholstery, a 10-way power driver seat, an eight-way power front passenger seat, heated rear seats, and Toyota’s Entune smartphone app integration.

With the Avalon Limited trim, you get everything offered on the lesser trims as well as xenon headlights, auto-dimming side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, tri-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, a rear power sunshade, and a seven-inch touchscreen display.

There is one option package for the Avalon and it is the Tech package that is offered on the Limited with adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights and a pre-collision system.

Under the hood, the 2013 Toyota Avalon sports a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. You get the power from the front wheels with a six-speed automatic transmission.

For safety, it boasts traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, front and rear seat, side curtain, and front knee airbags. On the Touring and Limited trims, there is also the added blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. On the Limited only, there is a pre-collision warning system.

Plenty of room inside the Toyota Avalon offers an elegant look and feel thanks to the quality materials used, and take note of the way the controls are laid out in different zones for the center console versus the instrument panel.  The controls and knobs are also placed correctly for easy use.

For the driver and passenger there is plenty of room and lots of adjustments so there is never  any reason not to be comfortable. Add to that needed lumbar support and this is an excellent road trip car with trunk space coming in at 16 cubic feet.

Driving the 2013 Toyota Avalon is just as impressive as looking at it, giving you a clean and tight ride in which you handle the curves with ease as well as enjoying the “quiet” ratio inside the cabin; so it’s all about owning the road in comfort. What more could you ask?

Should You Need to Know: Toyota is positioning itself as all American so the 2013 Avalon has been designed and built in the United States.

Miles Per Gallon: The 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited averages 21 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway.

Cost:  I drove the 2013 Toyota Avalon four-door limited with a price tag of $42,195.

Rita Cook’s latest book is “Haunted Bartlesville, Oklahoma” from www.historypress.net and she will be publishing her ninth book this spring about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13.


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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.

 

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