2010 Toyota Avalon | new car review

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 by
2010 Toyota Avalon

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The Avalon is a full-size sedan that continues to sell well in the Middle East, although it has been replaced by the Aurion in other international markets.

It sits right at the top of the Toyota sedan ladder in terms of luxury and features and is best referred to as a Lexus in all but badge and price. It’s larger than both Camry and Aurion.

Two trim levels are available: XL and Limited. Both are powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine that produces a meaty 280bhp and is attached to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The XL includes a sound system with a radio, CD player AND cassette player, for all you old school music lovers out there. It also features full electrics (windows, mirrors and driver’s seat) and automatic air conditioning, cruise control. Safety-wise, the XL includes front side, curtain and knee airbags. It rides on 17-inch alloy wheels.

The top-spec Limited model adds leather upholstery, sunroof and powered rear sunshade, as well as a leather and wood steering wheel. Extra safety features include VSC (electronic stability control) and traction control. A smart key allows you to unlock and start the car without taking the key out of your pocket.

A restyled 2011 Avalon was shown at the Chicago Motor Show in February 2010, but there was no news at the time of going to press as to when it would reach the Middle East.

The 2010 Avalon was subject to a safety recall in early 2010 over fears about a sticking accelerator. Check that the necessary work has been carried out before you buy.

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