by Bubs from Clinton, MS on Mon Jul 18 2016
Wonderful car. Dependable as the sunrise. Huge interior. Comfortable. Performance, yes. You need to go right now? Stand on it and it will go! But.. without a doubt, and the main reason I’m writing this review, is because these cars are built like tanks. What are the odds.. but I have a twenty something daughter that has had 2 of these and has been in 2 wrecks with them. I know. But here’s the thing. First one was not her fault. (2001 Model) Rainy weather, car cut across in front of her. She hit the brakes and broadsided them at 45 mph. The ABS kept it straight. After the wreck, looking at the car it was textbook perfect crumple zones. The car dispersed the energy of the crash evenly throughout the structure. They all had on seatbelts. Got out of the car and walked around with a scratch. Both front airbags deployed. NONE of the glass broke. Not even a crack. The doors all opened and closed. Very impressed with the engineering of this car. Second one was today. (2002 model). Moment of inattention, UPS truck stopped while making a turn. she hit the brakes and swerved to the right. Ran off the road and the car was ON ITS SIDE IN A DITCH. I kid you not, the motor never quit running. It happened in front of a fairly large business and some of the guys came running out and uprighted it it for her so she could get out. No glass broken. Air bags didn’t even deploy. Once again, looking at it you could see the areas that absorbed the stress. If you want a safe car, that is very affordable, you absolutely can not go wrong with these Avalons.
by Banker from Providence, RI on Fri Jun 06 2014
I bought this new XLS exactly 12 years ago. Want to replace to get remote start and newer technology (back-up camera, blind spot monitoring, etc.). Test drove a 2014 Avalon and would not buy it! Toyota has cheapened the product, smaller interior. In trying to replace this car, I realize how spoiled I am with luxury appointments, smooth ride and reliability. I’ve tried Honda, Hyundai, Ford, looking at Subaru’s (would have to wait for ’15 model to get blind spot monitoring) and disappointed that daytime running lights, heated power seats and some desired technology are difficult, if not impossible, to obtain in some models. My problem is that I’ve already arranged a private sale, and that person’s car is literally falling apart and she can’t wait to get her hands on my Avalon.
MSRP $4 200
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