2011 Toyota Avalon

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6

2011 toyota avalon Reviews and News

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If you’re looking for a car that can keep passengers comfortable, entertain the driver, and look sharp at the golf club, the best bet is a full-size, V-6-powered sedan like the three we’ve gathered here -- all priced at around $40,000
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The Hyundai Genesis arrived on American shores for model year 2009, and just three years later has undergone a hefty refresh. The 2012 Genesis benefits from new fascias, restyled headlights, new wheels, larger brakes, and a revised suspension. Its base 3.8-liter V-6 gains 15 percent more power, for a total of 333 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque, thanks to the addition of direct injection. The new model year also brings Hyundai’s new eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Genesis 3.8 starts at $35,050. On top of that, our car had the $4000 Technology package, which adds a 17-speaker sound system, navigation, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, parking sensors, heated rear seats, and a cooled driver’s seat; and the $4800 Premium package, which includes a sunroof, power rear sunshade, power folding mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, a backup camera, and 18-inch wheels. Our tester’s final sticker price was thus $43,050.
Chrysler launched the second-generation 300 for 2011, and its basic recipe remains the same as when the 300 first debuted in 2004: a luxurious, all-American rear-wheel-drive sedan with a choice of thrifty V-6 and brawny V-8 engines. The new base engine is Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, offering 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission.
Our tester was a Chrysler 300 Limited V-6, which stickered for $31,195 before options, which included the $2795 SafetyTec package consisting of power folding mirrors, adaptive HID headlights, parking sensors, collision- and blind-spot warning systems, and adaptive cruise control; a $1295 panoramic sunroof; and the $795 UConnect touch-screen navigation and entertainment interface. Our 300 also had the $3250 Luxury group with niceties like leather seats, LED interior lighting, a power sunshade, heated and cooled front seats, and heated and cooled cup holders. With all its options, our tester’s sticker price climbed to $42,770.
The Toyota Avalon is the only front-wheel-drive sedan in this group. This iteration of the Avalon was introduced in model year 2005 and was refreshed for 2011. The update brought a new grille, rear bumper, revised interior trimmings, and restyled wheels. A 3.5-liter V-6 provides 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque, which is routed through a six-speed automatic transmission.
We opted for the $36,445 Avalon Limited with the $1450 Navigation and Premium Audio package, which includes a touch-screen navigation system, backup camera, 12-speaker sound system, plus iPod and Bluetooth connectivity; and the $393 Preferred Accessory package, which nets carpeted floor mats, a first-aid kit, and a glass-breakage sensor for the alarm. The as-tested price was $38,884 -- the cheapest of the bunch.
Which of these full-size V-6 sedans deserves your hard-earned paycheck? Read on to find out how the three cars stack up.
Curb Appeal
When it comes to sheer panache and visual presence, the Chrysler 300 wins hands-down. Its muscular lines, LED-accented headlights, and optional 20-inch wheels add up to a car that exudes far more presence than the Toyota and Hyundai. The front three-quarter view may be worth the price tag alone: a flashy chrome grille and squared-off headlights lead into broad shoulder lines than run the length of the bulky car.
Sitting in the Chrysler 300 can feel a bit dark and gloomy, as our tester was filled with dark leather and burled-wood trim. The dashboard and center console are upscale and attractive, showing that Chrysler really put effort into refreshing the 300 for 2011. Although the gauges are ornately trimmed in chrome and the cabin is swathed in blue LED lighting, many of us think the interior looks a bit overdone. Nice touches include heated-and-cooled cup holders and a big panoramic sunroof.
With the Genesis, Hyundai has taken a more European approach to luxury-car styling, producing a car that looks compact and taut next to the bloated Chrysler. Smart creases border the grille and run across the hood into the car’s A-pillars. Its profile is accented by subtle chrome strips, and head- and taillights that wrap onto the fenders. Some of our staff feel the exterior is too plain and that Hyundai could have gone a little further with the 2012 refresh.
Sitting inside the Hyundai Genesis reveals an interior following the same styling mantra as the outside: stylish and upscale. Leather and aluminum trim pieces mix with soft-touch plastics and smart switchgear. The cabin feels special and looks expensive without flashing its luxury pretentions in your face. Again, some of us think the interior is starting to look dated and deserved a more thorough freshening for 2012.
We were least taken with the styling of the Toyota Avalon, which struck us as bland and generic. The Avalon's profile is the quintessential shape of a car: a hood, a passenger compartment, a trunk, and four wheels. Although it looks somewhat like the Genesis from the side, the Avalon's plain lighting designs, massive C-pillar, and protruding trunk aren't as pretty as the Hyundai. Colleagues noted that the Avalon vanished in their rear-view mirrors, a testament to the car's anonymity on the road. The Toyota's derivative looks mean it will never stand out from the crowd in a parking lot.
The Toyota Avalon has a spacious interior, but its dashboard layout looks the same as Toyotas from a decade earlier. In true Toyota fashion, the switchgear and gauges are arranged sensibly in a marvel of ergonomics. Perhaps to cater to the older generation known for buying the Avalon, the controls are labeled in a size-24 font.
Advantage: Chrysler 300
Power Brokers
The Hyundai Genesis’ drivetrain provides the best combination of speed and smoothness in this pack. The V-6, which for 2012 gained direct injection for more precise control of fuel delivery, is now more efficient and more powerful than the 2011 Genesis. The engine is quiet, and the eight-speed automatic provides quick yet smooth shifts. Yet the engine is remarkably responsive when pushed, providing dramatic performance and sporty exhaust note. The Genesis is by far the quickest sedan here, easily pulling away from the Toyota and Chrysler on a blast through the rural roads south of our office.
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The 3.5-liter V-6 under the hood of the Toyota Avalon is perhaps the smoothest and most mellifluous of this test. Though the engine and transmission are tuned primarily for comfort, the Avalon is surprisingly quick. The front-wheel-drive chassis struggles with the engine’s power, so it’s easy to accidentally squeal the front tires from a stop. The automatic transmission is decently responsive in Sport -- and yes, were surprised that the pedestrian Avalon even has a Sport mode. Left in Drive, the transmission delivers gear changes gently and without fuss.
In spite of horsepower and torque ratings that are mid-pack, the Chrysler 300 is noticeably slower than the other two cars. This lethargy is due in part to the fact that the 300 is the heaviest car in this trio. The blame can also be attributed to the aging five-speed automatic transmission (although an eight-speed is coming for 2012). The tall gears are optimized for fuel economy at the expense of acceleration. The 300 feels lazy when pushed, especially so because its transmission is hesitant to downshift. Chrysler’s V-6 was also the only engine to transmit vibration to the driver at idle.
Fuel economy is comparable among all of the cars. The Genesis is EPA-rated at 19 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, while the Avalon receives scores of 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. The 300’s weight and transmission once again penalize it on the consumption front, as the Chrysler returns just 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
Advantage: Hyundai Genesis
Behind the Wheel
These sedans are far from sports cars, as they prioritize occupant comfort over corner carving. But the Hyundai Genesis still imparts some fun to the driver, and feels lithe when asked to navigate twisting roads. Upgrades for 2012 include beefier brakes and firmer anti-roll bars, making it a willing companion for enthusiastic driving. The Hyundai’s steering provides a decent amount of weight and feedback for this car’s class. The Genesis’ suspension strikes a balance between that of the Toyota and the Chrysler, providing more insulation than the 300 from road imperfections yet a slightly firmer ride than the Avalon.
The Chrysler 300 feels solid and composed on the road. Its firm suspension and wide tires (the widest of this trio) keep the car under control, along with strong brakes and decent feel from the chunky steering wheel. While its handling responses are respectable, the Chrysler’s weight precludes it from feeling as energetic as the Hyundai. Although the ride is generally pleasant, it can be jarring over severe bumps and doesn’t feel quite as settled as the Toyota. The 300 also admits the most road and wind noise to the cabin.
The Toyota Avalon’s chassis is tuned for comfort rather than sport, meaning the Toyota wobbles and rolls in sharp corners. It is ill-suited to enthusiastic driving: one staffer even got the front brakes smoking after a few high-speed stops. Still, these are meant to be luxury cars, and the Avalon’s creamy ride allows it to float over bumps of all shapes and sizes. The Toyota’s sloppy dynamics disappointed our lead-footed staffers, but it undeniably has the most cosseting ride in this group.
Advantage: Hyundai Genesis
Taking A Back Seat
If you’re going on a long trip, the Toyota Avalon is indubitably the car to choose. Three adults can sit comfortable in the back seat, where they will find themselves almost totally isolated from road and wind noise. The rear seatback even reclines a few degrees. Though on paper it has the smallest volume at 14.4 cubic feet, the Avalon’s trunk is still commodious enough to swallow several large suitcases. A generously sized interior and plush seats make this the most comfortable car in our comparison.
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Front View
It’s the Chrysler 300, though, that can hold the most cargo, with a plentiful 16.3 cubic feet of trunk space on offer. Our tester’s leather bucket seats are exceptionally comfortable, and the rear seat offers cavernous leg and headroom. However, the rear seats are low compared to the high beltline, making some shorter passengers feel claustrophobic.
The Hyundai’s back seat is the tightest, although that’s a relative term as there is still plenty of space for six-foot passengers. A low beltline and large windows mean the Genesis feels light and airy in the back. At 15.9 cubic feet, trunk space in the Hyundai is midway between that of the Avalon and the 300.
Advantage: Toyota Avalon
The Digital Divide
Chrysler’s array of in-car technologies is the most comprehensive in this test. The optional eight-inch Uconnect touch-screen interface has clear, bright graphics and a logical control layout. The system can even operate the climate control, though many staffers prefer the physical HVAC knobs located on the center stack. The system’s one demerit is that the screen requires a firm push to register touches. The optional SafetyTec package includes adaptive cruise and lane-departure systems, like the Genesis, adding two other safety features. A blind-spot warning system chimes loudly if the driver signals while another vehicle is in the 300’s blind spot, and forward collision warning sounds an alarm if the driver is about to rear-end another vehicle.
Of our three sedans, the Avalon has the smallest selection of driver aids and in-car gadgets, likely due in part to the car’s age. Though it’s available with Bluetooth, a touch-screen navigation system, a backup camera, and push-button start, the Toyota lacks several modern safety and convenience toys found on the other cars. Its touch-screen audio and navigation interface has blocky graphics that look dated, but the menus are easy to use.
The Genesis’ Technology package bundles two new safety features, adaptive cruise control and a lane-departure warning system. The former uses radar to keep pace with other cars on the highway: if the car in front slows, the cruise control automatically decelerates. Lane-departure warning uses cameras to monitor lane markings, warning the driver if he or she accidentally drifts out of the lane. The Genesis’ audio and navigation system is controlled via a rotary dial and several buttons on the center console, rather than a touch screen. The interface already felt outdated when the car bowed in 2009, and still feels unnecessarily complex. Given that cars without the Technology package feature a touch screen instead of the control knob, we wish that our upgraded tester would offer both control methods.
Advantage: Chrysler 300
And The Winner Is...
In spite of their many similarities, each of these sedans excels in a different area. The Hyundai’s enthusiastic performance, precise handling, and understated exterior provide the best combination of sportiness and refinement. It’s our choice in this group. Think of the Genesis as a cut-price Mercedes-Benz or BMW.
The Chrysler 300 will satisfy the driver looking to make a big impression on others. The 300 emerges from the factory in Ontario with an all-American swagger that can and does turn heads in parking lots. The 300 is the car that will most impress your neighbors, with to its masculine styling and glitzy trimmings. Though the 300 is fun and luxurious, it never feels quite as refined or complete as the Hyundai Genesis. The driving experience may improve somewhat when the new eight-speed automatic arrives. It should yield improved fuel economy and livelier acceleration.
Driving the Toyota Avalon is like eating mashed potatoes: it reliably serves a purpose, but won’t hold your interest for very long. There is no denying that the Avalon is the most comfortable, roomiest, and most genteel of these three cars. It wafts along highways and provides an ideal conveyance in which to shuttle five adults and luggage. However, there is no excitement to be had behind the wheel of an Avalon. The next version of the Avalon will arrive for model year 2012 with a litany of revisions and upgrades. Perhaps the new model will appeal to our enthusiast side as much as the current car keeps us comfortable.
SPECS
2011 Chrysler 300 Limited 2012 Hyundai Genesis 3 8 2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Front Right Side View
2011 Chrysler 300 Limited V-6
Base Price:
$31,195
Price as Tested: $42,770
Powertrain
Engine:
3.6-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6
Horsepower: 292 hp @ 6350 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Drive: Rear-wheel
Measurements
L x W x H:
198.6 x 75.0 x 58.7 in
Legroom F/R: 41.8/40.1 in
Headroom F/R: 36.9/36.9 in
Cargo capacity: 16.3 cu ft
Curb Weight: 4006 lb
EPA Rating (city/highway): 18/27 mpg
2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8
Base Price:
$35,050
Price as Tested: $43,050
Powertrain
Engine:
3.8-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6
Horsepower: 333 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 291 lb-ft at 5100 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Drive: Rear-wheel
Measurements
L x W x H:
196.3 x 74.4 x 58.3 in
Legroom F/R: 44.3/38.6 in
Headroom F/R: 40.4/37.7 in
Cargo capacity: 15.9 cu ft
Curb Weight: 3824 lb
EPA Rating (city/highway): 19/29 mpg
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
Base Price:
$36,445
Price as Tested: $38,884
Powertrain
Engine:
3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6
Horsepower: 268 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 248 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Front-wheel
Measurements
L x W x H:
197.6 x 72.8 x 58.5 in
Legroom F/R: 41.3/40.9 in
Headroom F/R: 38.9/37.5 in
Cargo capacity: 14.4 cu ft
Curb Weight: 3616 lb
EPA Rating (city/highway): 20/29 mpg
2011 Toyota Avalon Promo
Recently, Toyota has given the Avalon a push, with a vaguely retro advertising campaign that extols buyers to travel "Avalon class." And while the visuals may appeal to a demographic that fondly remembers the 1950s, the ads also work because their message is built around a kernel of truth. For passengers, particularly, the Avalon is definitely a nicer-than-average way to travel.
2011 Toyota Avalon Front View
Size matters
When the Avalon first appeared, it seemed almost an afterthought in the Toyota lineup. A stretched Camry with a bench front seat to cater to the geezer set, there wasn't much in the Avalon to get excited about. Now, however, there's more separation between the two cars. Not mechanically, but certainly in their design, with the Avalon wearing a unique suit of sharply creased sheetmetal. The Avalon is more than 8 inches longer than a Camry, but its wheelbase is only 0.8 inch longer. You'd think that with so much of the Avalon's extra length is outside of the wheelbase, there wouldn't really be a major difference in the two cars' interior volume, but there is.
While the Camry is a fairly roomy midsize car, the Avalon is an EPA-classified large car, with five cubic feet more passenger space than its mid-size sibling. With a relatively low cowl and a fairly generous glass area, the cabin is airy, and visibility is decent (although a rear-view camera is an option, it's not really a necessity). But the real revelation is the back seat, with its near limo-like 40.9 inches of legroom and reclining seatbacks. The front seats aren't bad either, wide and soft yet supportive enough for a long haul. The cushy armrests are welcome, but we were surprised at the rough-textured leather on the steering wheel, the one part of the car that you're touching all the time (the Avalon Limited has a wood steering wheel rim).
Otherwise, there were no cheap finishes in the cabin of our base Avalon, and leather is standard. The optional navigation system works very well, and the Bluetooth phone connection is easy to set-up. Controls generally are straightforward. Electroluminescent gauges, new this year, add a Lexus-like touch.
Unfortunately, none of the Avalon's extra length was put toward enlarging the trunk. Its 14.4 cubic feet is actually fractionally less than that of the Camry, and is somewhat disappointing for such a big car.
Is that the engine I hear?
The Avalon's 3.5-liter V-6 is identical to that in the Camry-and lots of other Toyota products. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that is a paragon of smoothness, the V-6 is barely audible as it goes about its work. With 268 horsepower (the same horsepower rating as in the Camry), it has no problem accelerating the Avalon, and it's EPA rated at 20 mpg city and an impressive 29 mpg on the highway. The 248 pound-feet of torque may not seem like a lot, but given the way the softly sprung suspension unloads the front wheels during acceleration, it is enough torque to twitch the steering wheel in your hands.
2011 Toyota Avalon Front Three Quarter View Gray
The upside of that soft suspension, though, is a smooth but not offensively floaty ride. There is no pretense of the Avalon being some kind of sporting machine-at least there isn't any more, as the former Touring package with its stiffer suspension has been quietly dropped-so you'll want to slow down for those curves. And, naturally, the steering prioritizes parking ease over road feel.
Embracing its inner fogey
Unlike many big sedans, the Avalon is all about room and comfort. The chunky, thick-waisted design extracts no concessions in rear-seat space. The mellow chassis tuning doesn't sacrifice bump isolation on the altar of high-speed handling. The easy-to-use controls aren't hidden beneath a veneer of austere modernism. The Avalon is a relaxed-fit car, and that earns it an old-man's-car rap (not entirely undeservedly, since the median age of buyers is 64 years old). But for sedan shoppers who are secure enough to ignore that image-or old enough to embrace it-the Avalon is a comfy ride.
2011 Toyota Avalon
Base price (with destination): $33,205
Overview
Body style: 4-door sedan
Accommodation: 5-passenger
Construction: Steel unibody
Powertrain
Engine: 24-valve, DOHC V-6
Displacement: 3.5 liters
Power: 268 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 248 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Front-wheel
Fuel economy: 20/29/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
2011 Toyota Avalon
2011 Toyota Avalon
The Toyota Avalon is the flagship sedan from Toyota and is the largest in its fleet. The Avalon offers the highest level of quality in all of its parts and accessories. This car brings a touch of class and many luxury features to a very nice looking full sized sedan. If you are looking for the best that Toyota has to offer, the Avalon is it. This car has been compared to Buicks and Cadillac's, but offers a style and body design that definitely puts it in a class of its own. This is the car that Toyota has brought to those looking for a comfort laden highway cruiser. Offering a whisper quiet cabin and a very smooth ride, the Avalon offers a perfect vessel for long trips on the road.

The 2011 Avalon base model comes with a V-6 engine that is capable of producing 268 horsepower which will push this car along the road with more than ample power. With plenty of room on the interior the Avalon can comfortably seat up to 5 passengers and starts at $32,445.
2011 Buick Lucerne Front Three Quarter
A new report on the top ten cars purchased by senior citizens in the United States has found one unusual thing: many senior-purchased car models have been discontinued since the study period ended.
Toyota Avalon Gray Front
Pricing for the 2012 Toyota Avalon has been released: the base Avalon starts at $33,955 and the up level Limited model starts at $37,195. If those prices seem familiar – you’re right. The Avalon hasn’t changed for 2012 and neither has the price. Trim levels and option packages remain the same as the 2011.
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Front Slight Left View
It's funny, over the years Toyota has aimed its Avalon at traditional Buick buyers even while Buick has gone after Lexus, Toyota's luxury division. From the moment you slide behind the steering wheel of the Avalon, it's obvious that this is a traditional car chasing traditional-sedan buyers. You know, the people who usually buy Buicks. The big Toyota is definitely geared toward older people, and there's nothing wrong with that, since there's a huge population of aging baby boomers and for many of them the Avalon is the ideal car. All of the controls are simply laid out and easy to decipher. The steering wheel rake is adjusted with a ratcheting device that reminds me of the ones in scores of GM sedans in the past. The digital displays for driver- and passenger-side interior temperature settings have digits that must be 24 points tall, for easy visibility. All of the display fonts are pretty big, actually. Hey, I'm only 45 years old but I already wear bifocals, so I am the last person to complain about big type fonts! The cowl is low, so you can see the hood sloping down in front of you. There's good visibility in all directions. Our tester had cooled seats, a welcome touch in the July heat. The front seats are flat and wide and easy to slide into but not particularly supportive.
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Front Left View
Yes, Ben, the Toyota Avalon is fast. The same engine that smoothly propels the Lotus Evora to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds makes the Avalon a predator on the highway, should you desire to be so. It wafts down the road at 80 mph with the smoothness and effortlessness of a bygone era. A bygone American era, that is. Joe DeMatio mentioned its similarity to GM sedans of yore. I'm specifically reminded of my grandparents' late-1990s Oldsmobile Aurora. Smooth-as-creamy-peanut-butter ride, amply proportioned leather seats, ergonomically friendly controls. Of course, that Aurora, built during GM's bad old days, broke very often and very expensively. That's not a concern for the Avalon, making it the perfect car for the many people who don't really like to devote much thought to their car. Does the car float? Yes. Does it understeer? You bet - I had the front tires howling like a Werewolf through a decreasing-radius highway off-ramp. Would this matter to my grandparents? No. And guess which of us actually has $38,884 to spend on a car?
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Front View
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Right Side View
2011 Toyota Avalon Hp
After driving the Avalon, I came away unusually nonplussed. Toyota's largest sedan is neither heart-racingly exciting, nor a slouch in the pants. The 2011 refresh of the Avalon is so subtle that I didn't realize it was a revised model.
2011 Toyota Avalon Front Three Quarter 2
It's a good thing that no Avalon owner has a heavy foot, because these front tires are very easy to squeal. It amused me, however, to imagine dozens of blue-haired old ladies or socks-and-sandals grandfathers getting pulled over for peeling out hither and yon up and down the Florida peninsula. Unfortunately, that's the only amusement I got out of driving the Toyota brand's flagship sedan.
2011 Toyota Avalon Front Three Quarter
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?
2011 Toyota Avalon Rear Three Quarter 2
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Hp

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2011 Toyota Avalon Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
29 MPG
Horsepower:
268 hp @ 6200rpm
Torque:
248 ft lb of torque @ 4700rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
25,000 miles / 24 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Toyota Avalon vehicles manufactured February 9, 2010, to October 22, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the sub-woofer speaker located in the trunk may experience an intermittent electrical short which may cause damage to the integrated circuit (IC) in the audio amplifier. In some cases, the damaged IC may allow a constant electrical current flow to the sub-woofer.
Consequences
A constant electrical current flow may cause the sub-woofer to overheat, increasing the risk of fire.
Remedy
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will provide a remedy for the audio system, free of charge. Until the remedy is available, Toyota will mail an interim notice and dealers will disconnect the sub-woofer. The recall began on July 1,2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371.
Potential Units Affected
51,495
Notes
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing


IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2011 Toyota Avalon

Depreciation
28.7%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$10,384
28.7%
Insurance
$6,180
17.1%
Fuel Cost
$10,616
29.4%
Financing
$2,366
6.5%
Maintenance
$4,196
11.6%
Repair Costs
$2,025
5.6%
State Fees
$382
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $36,149 What's This?
Value Rating: Above Average