The Toyota Avalon does lots of things well, but its strength is the solace it offers those riding inside. It's difficult to be aggravated by the news, the traffic or other drivers when you're cruising Zen-like in this big, comfortable sedan.
Toyota's largest sedan stands out most for smoothness and quiet operation. The serenity is a function of many things, including the Avalon's underlying design, vibration-mitigating features and good build quality. Whatever the reasons, the Avalon is more tranquil than many sedans that cost a lot more.
The Avalon rides like a magic carpet, almost impervious to the worst roads you'll travel. But it also delivers good acceleration and mileage for such a roomy car. Its automatic transmission is quick shifting and decisive. It's pleasant to drive for just about any purpose, and it won't fail you if you happen to be in a hurry.
The interior is finished with quality materials and equipped with ergonomically functional controls. The front seats are roomy and comfortable, the back seat downright spacious. Empty-nesters will appreciate the Avalon for its flexibility, and families for its manageable base price, which includes a good stereo with CD changer and most of the features anyone really needs.
The Avalon also has the latest safety technology, starting with a full complement of front, side and head-protection airbags. It scores well in government and insurance-industry crash tests. And, in addition to the now-standard VSC skid-management electronics, it comes with traction control and an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. These features make sure that stopping power is distributed evenly, regardless of road surface, and that the brakes apply with full force in a panic stop.
It all makes the Avalon easy to like and even easier to enjoy. Think of it as a refuge from a hectic world.
For 2010, there are no significant changes. An all-new Avalon is being introduced for 2011.