2009 Toyota Avalon | new car review

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 by


The Avalon, named after a mythical island in the legend of Camelot, is a full-size, four-door sedan.

Although it has been replaced by the Aurion in several global markets, it remains on sale here and offers a similar package of decent power, roominess and comfort in a saloon. Think Lexus, but with a different badge and less money. The exterior design is unobtrusive, despite an attempt to have a less conservative vision than previous generation Avalons when it was introduced in 2005. The interior is similarly unremarkable, but with a respectable list of features and gizmos available.

Two versions of the Avalon are available, both with the front wheels powered by a 3.5-litre engine developing 280bhp, mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. The XL edition might be the entry-level model but it hardly skimps on features. It rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and the outside features include electric door mirrors and auto-levelling high intensity headlights.

2009 Toyota AvalonInside, the stereo features a CD player and a cassette deck, for those desperate to continue playing music from the 1990s. The air conditioning has a rear duct to keep those in the back cool, while the steering column can be adjusted for both reach and rake, for that perfect driving position. The driver’s seat can be moved forwards and backwards electrically. All the seats are fabric-covered.

Safety features include a comprehensive airbag set-up, including driver and front seat passenger, a knee airbag for the driver and side and curtain bags. Anti-lock brakes are also standard. The high-spec Limited Grade adds on front fog lights and a sunroof, while the interior features a Smart Key and Start system that allows you to unlock and lock the car without getting the key out of your pocket, via a sensor on the door handles.

2009 Toyota AvalonIt also lets you start the engine in a similar way, by way of a start button on the dash. The seats are leather and both driver’s and front seat passenger’s chair are heated and ventilated. The heater might be of limited value in these sunny climes, but the ventilator blows cool air through perforations in the leather to avoid a sweaty back when the sun shines hard.

Wood grain panelling is featured throughout the cabin, as well as on the steering wheel, which is also trimmed in leather and features audio control switches upon it. A sunshade on the rear window can be raised or lowered by a switch. If the Camry and the Aurion are too small, then check out the larger Avalon. With a focus on luxury and space, this saloon offers a budget alternative to a Lexus badge.

2009 Toyota AvalonUpdate: In January 2010, announced that 2005-2010 model year Avalon were being recalled over safety fears. 


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Price Range (AED) 108,000-126,000

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