Toyota may have thoroughly reworked its full-size Avalon sedan for 2011, but you may not notice it from just looking at the window sticker. The new 2011 Avalon will start at $33,045 (including $800 in destination fees), exactly where the base 2009 model was priced.
Only two trim levels -- base and Limited -- will be available, with roughly $3240 separating them. Standard equipment on the base model includes a nine-speaker audio system, Bluetooth with audio streaming, USB and 1/8-inch auxiliary connectivity, eight-way power driver seat, backup camera, dual zone climate control, and moonroof. At $36,285, the Limited is approximately $200 than the outgoing car, but receives 17-inch wheels, 12-speaker JBL audio, enlarged perforated leather seats and seatbacks, driver and passenger eight-way power with lumbar support, driver's seat and outside mirror memory systems, driver's seat cushion extension, heated and ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, Smart Key System with push button start, HID headlamps, and a power rear sunshade. Powertrain for both models remains unchanged, with both base and Limited Avalons utilizing a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic. Look for the new Avalon to arrive at Toyota dealers nationwide by the middle of March.