2012 Toyota Avalon

The 2012 Toyota Avalon stands out from many of its competitors in the full-size sedan class because it is equipped with several luxury features not normally found as standard.

There are two models available, the entry-level model and the Limited edition.

There is not a lot of difference between them. The Limited trim comes with chrome door handles, wipers that respond automatically to rain, and higher specification, in-car equipment.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Sedan Base Price: $33,955.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gallons (70 liters) MPG: 19 city / 28 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 197.6 in. (501.9 cm) Wheel Base: 111.0 in. (279.4 cm)
Height: 58.5 in. (148.5 cm) Width: 72.8 in. (184.9 cm)
Curb Weight: 3572 lbs (1620 kg) Ground Clearance: 5.3 in. (13.4 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 14.4 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: V6 24-Valve DOHC Displacement: 3.5 Liter
Horsepower: 268 HP Max RPM: 6200 RPM
Torque: 248 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed ECT-i Automatic
Available Trims & Engine
Option:Avalon Limited MSRP: $36,435; MPG: 19 city / 28 hwy

Performance

The engine is a 3.5-liter, 24-valve unit that can generate 268 hp and torque of 248 pound-feet. Despite the fact that the car is a full-size sedan, it is surprisingly fuel efficient. It has managed 20 mpg in city driving, and 25 mpg when on the highway.

The Avalon has a 6-speed, fully automatic transmission. The car can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds.

Interior

The overall appearance of the interior exudes luxury, with opulent leather complemented with the wood trim. The instrument panel has been revamped to improve the visibility of the displayed information. Likewise, the entertainment system controls mounted in the central stack have been redesigned to make adjustments easier.

The front seats are 8-way adjustable and are individually heated, and each has variable setting. The elevated driver's seat provides excellent visibility all around, and has a memory function, as do the wing mirrors.

There are separate vents for the rear for the air conditioning. It is the only car in its class that offers reclining capability for the two outer seats in the rear. All the seats are leather-covered.

Aimed at first-time buyers in the luxury market, the rear seats show exactly how the company hopes to impress buyers. It is one of the most spacious cars for rear seat passengers, even when the front seats are pushed all the way back.

Safety

The Avalon won a Top Safety Pick award in 2011 from the IIHS. The Avalon has active headrests and pre-tensioning seatbelts. Front seats are protected by airbags to the front and side, and there is a knee airbag offering additional driver protection. There are also side curtain airbags.

The Avalon is not intended to be a car that impresses through performance. Toyota is clear in their design policy of providing a sedan that offers really comfortable driving in a safe, solid vehicle, and the Avalon succeeds in delivering this.

The car provides a quiet and comfortable drive in a luxurious vehicle that comes at a reasonable price. In fact, the driving experience is so cushioned from the outside world that sometimes the 2012 Toyota Avalon feels a little unresponsive.

But for long drives on well-paved roads, the car is an ideal choice, especially if all seats are occupied.

Reliability & Warranty

Toyota has a reputation for building very reliable cars, and the Avalon is no exception. The company's comprehensive warranty scheme offers additional peace of mind to buyers of the car.

The Avalon is covered by a 5-year anti-rust warranty, while parts and body have a 3-year, 36,000-mile warranty. There is a 5-year, 60,000-mile warranty on the powertrain. If bought new, the 2012 Toyota Avalon will be eligible for free servicing for 2 years or up to 25,000 miles.

Competition

The Buick LaCrosse (MSRP $35,740; 17 city / 27 hwy), Ford Taurus (MSRP $92,950; 18 city / 27 hwy), and Hyundai Genesis (MSRP $35,075; 19 city / 29 hwy) are among the closest competitors of the Avalon.

Overall Rating
81 out of 100

What others say:

“A classy, comfortable near-luxury sedan, the 2012 Toyota Avalon has a more modern look but traditional big-car handling and smooth performance.”Car Connection

“Avalon handles competently, though without a hint of sportiness. Comfort-oriented suspension tuning means living with a fair amount of lean in corners and floating over highway moguls.”Consumer Guide

“The Avalon has a punchy and fuel-efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic. It gives quick acceleration and fuel economy of 23 mpg overall, impressive for such a large car. The ride is comfortable and although handling isn't that agile, it is ultimately secure. The rear seat is extremely roomy.”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“Seats five adults in comfort; good visibility; comfortable ride; strong and efficient engine; reclining rear seats.”Edmunds

“The 2012 Toyota Avalon sedan is more than just the company's flagship car, it's a testament to Toyota's ability to adapt its product to the uniquely American market. ”KBB