The new breed
- Class: Full Size, 4 Door
- Seating: 4 Adults
- Bag Space: 2 Large, four small
- Gas: 21 City / 31 Hwy
- Complimentary 24-hour roadside assistance
Rent an Avalon and Drive in Luxury
Toyota usually isn't known for luxury, because that's what their Lexus division is all about. The most common and most often seen luxury sedan they make in most people's opinion is probably the Toyota Camry. Still, the Camry has a full-sized flagship brother, known as the Toyota Avalon.
The Avalon is also a pretty long-running line of the vehicle, 11 years to be exact. And it's closely related to the Lexus division's ES series. Typically, anything related to Lexus is a good sign of luxury, and the Avalon is no exception; it's Toyota's very own extra leather and wood trim deluxe, competitive to America's offering, which comes in the shape of the Chevrolet Impala and Chrysler 300.
If you need to expect something in a big, no joke sedan, it probably will be a reliable front-mounted engine. And it can't get much better than Toyota's own in house 3.5 liter V6 or for the hybrid, a 2.5 liter I4. The V6 produces a respectable 268 hp and roughly 250 lb/ft of torque, which comes in tandem to contribute to the car's rapid acceleration, apparent when you realize that 100km/h from a standstill is dispatched of 6.7 seconds.
Those figures might seem commonplace, but when you consider that the sedan is a fully-fledged five-passenger carrier, it becomes quite impressive. After all, it's a full-size sedan. Thus it's designed to be able to house five passengers in posh leather wonderland comfortably. Features that come as standard in the Avalon are also plentiful, like a backup camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a touchscreen infotainment system, eight speakers, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Whether being chauffeured around in the Avalon or driving it, the experience would be satiating. The car handles and brakes confidently, nothing special, but balanced, and a redesigned exterior with an aggressive cue helps to liven it up. Again, with the Toyota badge of insurance beside its name, reliability is not an issue. It's rated very high in terms of safety as well, should an accident occur.
If you're on the lookout for an excellent full-sized sedan, you can't go wrong with the Avalon. You don't have to worry about it giving up on you which might be a common issue among other full-sized sedans while being able to hold against its competitions when it comes to agility and speed, and all of the comes into a harmonious balance to form the Avalon as we know it.