Fresh off of last year's redesign, the full-size 2012 Toyota Avalon sedan is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. FWD is paired with an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission (ECT-i) to achieve fuel mileage within an EPA estimated range of 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. Features include HID headlamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth® wireless technology, voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system, heated front seats, and power rear window shade. Safety is comprised of vehicle stability control (VSC), traction control (TRAC), anti-lock brake system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), advanced airbags, and smart stop technology (SST). The Avalon is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
After a redesign in 2011, the Avalon carries into 2012 virtually unchanged.
Quiet, supple ride; plush, comfortable interior; back seat space; fuel-efficient large vehicle; top-tier safety; loaded with convenience and tech features
The Avalon is Toyota's largest sedan and is configured for drivers who place interior space, ride, comfort and safety above all else. The Avalon has one of the smoothest, quietest interiors of any large sedan and is a great choice for those looking for a long-distance highway car. Also, Toyota claims to have the only reclining rear seatback among large sedans. Toyota has been calling the Avalon's interior "Avalon Class," and the roomy, richly appointed puts it a step ahead than the former version as well as many alternate choices. Highway fuel economy is quite good, too, making the Avalon a more sensible choice than utility vehicles for those who have to cover long distances in comfort.