2011 Toyota Avalon at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show
- Competes with: Ford Taurus, Dodge Charger, Buick Lucerne
- Looks like: The Avalon’s elegant, if anonymous, styling is gone; now it’s an oversized Camry
- Drivetrain: 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with six-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive
- Hits dealerships: Spring
Toyota says the Avalon’s headlights, side mirrors and taillights are new. The interior has been restyled as well, with new gauges, an upgraded stereo with standard USB/iPod compatibility and an improved navigation system. Two trim levels — the base Avalon grade and uplevel Limited — replace last year’s XL, XLS and Limited. The sport-tuned Avalon Touring, which Toyota eliminated after 2008, will not make a comeback. (Given that Toyota had the gumption to build a sport-tuned minivan, we wonder why not.)
Even the base Avalon looks to be well-equipped, with standard leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, backup camera, moonroof and an eight-way power driver’s seat. Limited models add heated and cooled front seats, a JBL stereo and an eight-way power passenger seat.
The Avalon’s 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission remain the same, but mileage is up 1 mpg to an EPA-estimated 20/29 mpg city/highway. Among large cars, that’s impressive. The 2010 Avalon was rated at 19/28 mpg.
Updated photos are posted below.
2010 Toyota Avalon