2011 Toyota Avalon Limited

Jeffrey Jablansky
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Matt Tierney

Driving the Avalon was like a trip down memory lane, but I didn't feel like I was in an old-fashioned car, since ours was equipped with one of Toyota's excellent navigation systems, a back-up camera, and even Bluetooth for the 660-watt, 12-speaker stereo. Wait, wait, let's say that again: a 12-speaker, 660-watt stereo? In a car that's aimed squarely at the AARP set? Wow, what is the world coming to?

When it comes to cars like the Avalon, there's no sense in trying to explain them to BMW drivers. There are still a lot of people who simply want a big, comfortable, reliable, cushy sedan that doesn't ask a lot of the driver. These are the folks who were served for decades by cars like the Ford Crown Victoria. So now they get similar driving dynamics -- isolated ride, lazy steering, considerable body roll -- but combined with Toyota reliability and an available portfolio of modern amenities like the aforementioned navigation and stereo. That said, if my mother or aunt were thinking about buying an Avalon, I'd recommend that they also check out the Buick LaCrosse.

Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor

jtmartinson
Amazing that you have been able to keep your job five years - how are your related to the publisher? Check the meaning of the word "nonplussed" - seems as though you missed that one also.
steve_c
First, a 22 year old Associate Editor? Tough times for the publishing industry indeed. Second, a 22 year old reviewing the Toyota Avalon? Could there not be a worse demographic to test the vehicle than a 22 year old male? There's a reason why you don't care for the interior or the instrument panel.I find it hard to take your review seriously given that you're the complete opposite demographic this vehicle is intended for and that you were unable to take that into consideration when writing your review. As a reviewer you are of course entitled to your opinion, but you should also include what the people who would be interested in actually purchasing the Avalon might think.
btc909
38K awah come on try for 40K next year!

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