2015 Toyota Avalon | new car review

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 by
Avalon
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  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 119,000 - 155,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Features
    Editor: 85%
  • Performance
    Editor: 85%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

Poised, elegant, and stunning. Reborn from the ashes, they’ve made a Lexus out of a for the completely redesigned 2nd Generation Avalon.

Pros

It's a Lexus quality product for Toyota money.

Cons

Lacks a few options we'd have liked to see, keeping in mind the playing field of the Koreans.

Looks

The exterior features a more charming Avalon with design cues that co-exist. No more is it the gloomy front end with dreary headlamps but instead a slimmer grill that parades a giant chrome visor. Saying the headlights are nice is an understatement, with its slimmer framework, it houses 2 bulging Xenons and subtle LED contours. Strong lines travel parallel to the wide windows, to reach the large tail lights that start wide on the sides narrowing their way to middle chrome piece of the boot.

2014 Toyota Avalon Front

Feels

First thing you notice upon entry is the grimacing dashboard. Aluminum coated knobs for eyes and a sliding tray for the mouth-like compartment. If you manage to shake off the creepy face-to-face first encounter you’ll notice all around stitching, a large armrest, and sensitive touch buttons throughout. The leather is decent but its abundance protrudes on some parts of the cabin. The rear seats are low, driving your knees up and is rather unpleasant for taller people. It won’t be a joy ride for the middle passenger either due to the rock-hard tucked away armrest.

2014 Toyota Avalon interior

Engineering

The base Avalon S priced at AED 119,000 comes sufficiently loaded with features like an Anti-Theft System, leather seats, sunroof, a 6.1″ display, CD/iPOD/USB/AUX/Bluetooth connectivity, 8 way powered seats, Smart Entry & Push Start, rear sensors, and 17 inch Alloy wheels. A decent list, we reckon.

2014 Toyota Avalon Infotainment

What’s on offer?

The 2015 features a proven 3.5-liter, DOHC V6 engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, which has been enhanced to offer more responsive and efficient performance. The all-aluminum six-cylinder engine will produce 273 horsepower and 352 NM of torque. This enhanced powertrain’s programming has been updated to offer ECO, NORMAL, and SPORT modes.

2014 Toyota Avalon Side

Summing it…

On the outside, Toyota has outdone itself but has a few inner flaws. For a flagship saloon whose main purpose is to deliver comfort above all, it seems to fall short in that category with a stiff back row. It lacks some options such as reclining rear seats and side curtains as found on the Hyundai Genesis, but I guess the insignia on its snout allows it to do so…

Specifications

 

Specifications2015 Toyota Avalon
Engine/ Cylinders3.5 litre / V6
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
273 hp @ 6,200 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
352 Nm @ 4,700 RPM
Tranmission6 speed auto
DriveFront Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h7.0 secs
Top speed210 km/h
PriceAED 119,000 - 155,000

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