2013 Toyota Avalon

XLE FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6

2013 toyota avalon Reviews and News

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Front Left View
Since its introduction in 1995, the Toyota Avalon has always brought to mind Walter Mitty, the fictional character created by James Thurber. Like Walter Mitty, the Avalon meekly floated through life, taking a few insults here and there while dreaming it might become fun to drive and genuinely luxurious -- anything besides being the grim ticket for large-appliance buyers.
Walter Mitty, meet Luke Skywalker! The 2013 Avalon shows unexpected derring-do. This fourth-generation car has curves and contours, not to mention an expressive new face. There is some panache to be found in versions powered by the 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 and available with paddle shifters, which allow the driver to operate the six-speed automatic transmission in manual mode. (The Avalon Hybrid, new to the model range, is not particularly diverting, although it attains 40 mpg.)
Meanwhile, if anything, the Avalon represents an even better value equation. For modest souls who would never want to ride behind the Lexus badge, the Avalon offers style and features that encroach on Lexus territory. So when we imagine the get-together between Walter Mitty and Luke Skywalker, we picture them meeting up for a hotdog in Costco's food court.

A More Evocative Presence

Although the third-generation Avalon had a crease below the beltline, making it less boxy than its predecessors, the ungainly, flouncing lower-body treatment made the car float before the eyes of onlookers (as well as floating beneath the occupants' backsides). The new Avalon doesn't know how to float. It appears lithe, and its sides are anything but slabs. The hard-working stamping presses at Georgetown, Kentucky, where the car is manufactured, made an unusual number of strikes to form the deep door-handle pockets, reverse curves, sharp creases, and hard-breaking radii that delineate this exterior.
But we've already seen similarly delicious rumpling of steel from Hyundai and others. Rather, it's the Snidely Whiplash moustache and scowl of a Malabar grouper that together make the Avalon's strongest impression. Among other things - -for example, conducting cool air to the mechanical and electrical innards -- these intakes serve to bring down the eyeline. In fact, design chief Kevin Hunter said the upper grille would have been slimmer if not for the need to refresh electric-drive components in the Hybrid (with V-6 and Hybrid versions sharing the same body).
The result of the ambitious design treatment is not an immediately lovable face, but we think familiarity will breed tolerance, and maybe even likability. Situated behind Peter Lorre covers is a slenderized approach to dual headlamps, which in their best imitation of Detroit style, Toyota has named Quadrabeam. The arching roofline adds elegance, although a penalty is the wicked reflection of the rear package shelf, which the driver sees in the mirror. This roofline disguises the trunk's hugeness (16.0 cu ft in the V-6 models and 14.0 in the Hybrid), but the roomy backseat is obvious from afar.
In the meantime, the Avalon's stance correctly suggests prowess that was previously lacking. It's entertaining to throw around this 16.2-foot-long car on a mountain road; body roll is well controlled despite a suspension that's hardly state of the art. Losing 120 pounds has helped the Avalon. Ride quality - -another eye-opener -- is happily on the firm side. Sitting in the driver's seat of a Limited model, looking at the three attractive display screens and tri-color dashboard, and holding the nice steering wheel, we found the word "Toyota" falling from our consciousness.
And among many other surprises, look for the Avalon now to enter service. A black Livery Edition, equipped with heated rear seats and rear climate controls, could account for 500 to 1000 of the 70,000 units expected to sell next year.

Four Trims, Two Powertrains, Multiple Driving Modes

There's yet another surprise with the Avalon, and it is found on the window sticker. With the conventional powertrain, the XLE is priced at $31,750 (delivery included). That's down by $1,445 from the 2012 base car. Premium and Touring models succeed the XLE, with the Limited nudging past $40,000. The Avalon Hybrid starts in Premium trim at $36,315 and ends with the Limited at $42,160.
The Hybrid has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 156 hp and two electric motors combining for 105 kW. The output is regulated by a continuously variable transmission. Whereas the V-6 is muscular and produces a healthy exhaust note, the Hybrid's four-banger sounds embarrassed and slightly distressed. The Hybrid goes from 0 to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds, or 1.5 seconds slower than the V-6.
Three pushbutton driving modes are included with either powertrain. The V-6 has Eco, Normal, and Sport. Eco restricts the throttle and limits the climate system, while Sport firms up the steering, changes the shift points, and matches revs on downshifts. The Hybrid offers an EV mode that lets the car go up to 25 mph on battery power for a half-mile. Eco and Sport modes correspond to those found with the V-6. But sorry, no paddle shifters peeking at you from behind the Hybrid's steering wheel.
We could dwell on what's missing from the Avalon's specification sheet. The rear suspension isn't of the multiple-link type. But what is done with sometimes mundane pieces leads to an impressive result. While the Hybrid's electric-drive components obtrude in the driving experience, they certainly are well-packaged within the car, minimizing space, weight, and price penalties.
Much improved, and with the desirability factor dialed up, the Avalon no longer is a car to apologize for. Finding itself in possession of a new arsenal of features and qualities, the Avalon is like Walter Mitty after Luke Skywalker teaches him the lightsaber. No more insults -- look out, Darth Buick!
Powertrain
Gas engine:
DOHC 3.5-liter V-6
Power: 268 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 248 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic/continuously variable
Drive: Front-wheel
Hybrid: DOHC 2.5-liter four with variable-valve timing and two electric motors
Power: 156 hp @5700 rpm and 105 kW
Torque: 138 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Transmission: Continuously variable
Drive: Front-wheel
Chassis
Steering:
Electrically assisted rack-and-pinion
Suspension, Front: MacPherson strut, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, Rear: Twin-link strut-type, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Brakes: Four-wheel disc, ABS
Tires: P215/55R-17
Measurements
L x W x H:
195.4 x 72.3 x 57.5 in
Wheelbase: 111.0 in
Track F/R: 62.6/62.3 in
Weight: 3459-3638 lb
Cargo volume (V-6/Hybrid): 16.0/14.0 cu ft
Performance
0-60 MPH (V-6/Hybrid):
6.7 seconds/8.2 seconds
Top Speed: N/A
EPA Mileage (V-6/Hybrid): 21/31 mpg city/highway and 40/39 mpg city/highway
Base price/as tested: XLE $31,785 (including $795) destination and delivery)/Limited $40,445/Hybrid Limited $42,195
2013 Toyota Avalon
2013 Toyota Avalon

New For 2013

The Avalon is dramatically redesigned this year, with all-new interior and exterior styling and a retuned suspension. A hybrid powertrain is offered for the first time.

Overview

Believe your eyes: this is the Toyota Avalon. One of the most conservative cars on the market is all-new and radically different. The styling is sporty and swoopy rather than boxy and stodgy. It’s not just younger-looking; it’s actually lighter by some 110 pounds. It gains a hybrid powertrain, the same one used in the Camry, to achieve 40 mpg combined. The Avalon still offers Toyota’s tried-and-true—and very smooth— 3.5-liter V-6, again paired with a six-speed automatic. Tuning and gearing changes help improve its fuel economy to 25 mpg combined. The interior, which has always been as comfortable and well assembled as in a luxury car, now looks the part as well. The stylish new dash has an organic yet sporty aesthetic that looks similar to that of the pricier Lexus GS but with a simpler control layout. We’ve yet to drive the 2013 Avalon, but Toyota promises that its stouter structure, stiffer new dampers, and sportier steering will transform the formerly fuddy-duddy driving experience. Even if the Avalon hasn’t turned into a Porsche Panamera, it should be a very compelling alternative in the full-size segment.

Safety

Front, side, side curtain, and driver’s knee air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard.

You'll like:

  • Youthful new exterior
  • Stylish interior
  • Hybrid fuel efficiency

You won't like:

  • Name carries some baggage

Key Competitors For The 2013 Toyota Avalon

  • Buick LaCrosse
  • Ford Taurus
  • Hyundai Genesis sedan
  • Nissan Maxima
2013 Toyota Avalon XLE Front Left Side View 3
When we drive an all-new version of an existing car, it's sometimes difficult to discern any profound differences between the old car and the new car. This is most definitely not the case with the 2013 Toyota Avalon, which is a wholesale departure from previous generations of the Avalon. The last time I drove an Avalon, in the summer of 2011, I wrote: "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."

2013 Toyota Avalon XLE Touring

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2013 Toyota Avalon Profile1
A 2013 Toyota Avalon that rolled off the assembly line in Georgetown, Kentucky yesterday marked the 25 millionth vehicle that Toyota has built on North American soil since 1986. The milestone 25 millionth vehicle was a 2013 Toyota Avalon hybrid painted Classic Silver. The Toyota plant in Georgetown also builds the Camry, Venza, and Sienna. In total, Toyota has built 9.25 million vehicles at its plant in Georgetown; 5.8 million at the former NUMMI plant in Fremont, California; 3.24 million in Princeton, Indiana; 4.99 million vehicles in Cambridge, Ontario; 111,000 in Blue Springs, Mississippi; 336,000 in Baja California, Mexico; 806,000 vehicles in San Antonio, Texas; and 465,000 vehicles at the Subaru Indiana Automotive plant in Lafayette, Indiana. "Toyota's 25 millionth vehicle signifies the tireless work of thousands of Toyota team members, hundreds of North American supplier partners, and great dealers giving their best every day," Toyota North America manufacturing executive vice president Steve St. Angelo said in a statement. About 70 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold in the U.S. are built in North America, and the company directly employs 37,000 people on this continent.Toyota vehicles built here comprise the Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, Rav4, Sienna, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, and Venza. The Lexus RX crossover is also built in Canada. Source: Toyota
2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Front Three Quarter 2
Toyota announced pricing today for its 2013 Avalon sedan, which will be offered both with a traditional gasoline powertrain and in a hybrid version. Pricing for the 2013 Toyota Avalon starts at $31,785 (after a $795 destination charge), while the Avalon hybrid starts at $36,350. The 2013 Toyota Avalon is offered in four different trim levels of increasing equipment levels. The $31,785 Avalon XLE is available only with the 268-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine and features 17-inch alloy wheels, a touchscreen audio system with eight speakers, and powered heated front seats. That starting price represents a $2170 discount compared to the starting price of the 2012 Toyota Avalon; the 2012 Avalon Limited cost $37,105. The Avalon XLE Premium costs $33,990 with the gasoline engine or $36,350 if equipped with the hybrid powertrain, which combines a 2.5-liter inline-four and an electric motor. In addition to what's included on the Avalon XLE, standard equipment on the XLE Premium includes a sunroof, backup camera, garage-door opener, and auto-dimming mirror. Stepping up to the Avalon XLE Touring requires $36,295 for the V-6 engine and $38,045 for the hybrid model. It adds equipment like fog lights, blind sport monitor and cross-traffic alert system, a navigation system with nine speakers, plus 18-inch alloy wheels and paddle shifters for V-6 models. The top-spec version of the 2013 Toyota Avalon is the Limited, which costs $40,445 with the V-6 engine and $42,195 with the hybrid powertrain. It builds on the XLE Touring with HID headlights and LED running lights, premium leather seats, puddle lamps, automatic windshield wipers, heated rear seats, cooled front seats, a color climate-control screen, and ambient lighting. The optional $1750 Technology package supplements that with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic high beams. The pricing regime makes the Toyota Avalon significantly cheaper than the 2013 Lexus ES350 and ES300h; the two cars are mechanically identical and differ primarily in design and equipment levels. The 2013 ES350, equipped with a 268-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine, starts at $36,995 -- $5215 more than the base Avalon V-6. The 2013 ES300h hybrid costs $39,745, a premium of $3395 over the base Avalon hybrid. The 2013 Toyota Avalon reaches dealerships in December. Source: Toyota

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2013 Toyota Avalon Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
31 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 (optional)
  • 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
  • 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
Maintenance
25,000 miles / 24 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:31
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Avalon, Avalon HV, Venza, Camry, and Camry HV vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the drain hose for the air conditioning condenser may become clogged causing water to accumulate at the bottom of the air conditioning condenser unit housing. The accumulated water may then leak through a seam in the housing onto the air bag control module potentially resulting in a short circuit of the module.
Consequences
A short circuit may cause the air bags to become disabled or inadvertently deploy. An inadvertent airbag deployment can increase the risk of injury or the possibility of a crash. An inoperative airbag can increase the risk of injury in a severe crash. The power steering assist could also become inoperable resulting in increased steering effort and can increase the risk of a crash at low speeds.
Remedy
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will seal the air conditioning condenser unit housing and install a protective cover on the airbag control module, free of charge. The recall began on February 5, 2014. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
Potential Units Affected
802,769
Notes
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:31
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Avalon, Avalon HV, Venza, Camry, and Camry HV vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the drain hose for the air conditioning condenser may become clogged causing water to accumulate at the bottom of the air conditioning condenser unit housing. The accumulated water may then leak through a seam in the housing onto the air bag control module potentially resulting in a short circuit of the module.
Consequences
A short circuit may cause the air bags to become disabled or inadvertently deploy. An inadvertent airbag deployment can increase the risk of injury or the possibility of a crash. An inoperative airbag can increase the risk of injury in a severe crash. The power steering assist could also become inoperable resulting in increased steering effort and can increase the risk of a crash at low speeds.
Remedy
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will seal the air conditioning condenser unit housing and install a protective cover on the airbag control module, free of charge. The recall began on February 5, 2014. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
Potential Units Affected
802,769
Notes
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:31
Component
EQUIPMENT:AIR CONDITIONER
Summary
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Avalon, Avalon HV, Venza, Camry, and Camry HV vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the drain hose for the air conditioning condenser may become clogged causing water to accumulate at the bottom of the air conditioning condenser unit housing. The accumulated water may then leak through a seam in the housing onto the air bag control module potentially resulting in a short circuit of the module.
Consequences
A short circuit may cause the air bags to become disabled or inadvertently deploy. An inadvertent airbag deployment can increase the risk of injury or the possibility of a crash. An inoperative airbag can increase the risk of injury in a severe crash. The power steering assist could also become inoperable resulting in increased steering effort and can increase the risk of a crash at low speeds.
Remedy
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will seal the air conditioning condenser unit housing and install a protective cover on the airbag control module, free of charge. The recall began on February 5, 2014. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
Potential Units Affected
802,769
Notes
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:31
Component
VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:SWITCH/WIRING
Summary
Toyota Motor Engineering & manufacturing North America, Inc. (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Camry and Camry HV, model year 2013 Avalon and Avalon HV and model year 2014 Corolla vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the windshield wiper switch assembly may short circuit. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, No. 104, "Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems."
Consequences
A short circuit could cause inoperative windshield wipers, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiper switch assembly, free of charge. The recall began on November 8, 2013. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
Potential Units Affected
9,795
Notes
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing


IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2013 Toyota Avalon

Depreciation
30.5%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$10,315
30.5%
Insurance
$6,480
19.2%
Fuel Cost
$10,020
29.7%
Financing
$2,756
8.2%
Maintenance
$2,785
8.2%
Repair Costs
$1,023
3%
State Fees
$403
1.2%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $33,782 What's This?
Value Rating: Above Average