The 2009 Toyota Avalon, a full-size four-door sedan, gets even more safety features, as stability control and active whiplash-reducing headrests become standard, while the Touring trim is discontinued. The front-wheel-drive Toyota Avalon is equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine cranking out 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission as standard. EPA estimated fuel mileage scores of 19 mpg city/28 mpg hwy and 22 combined distinguish the Avalon as one of the most fuel-efficient full-size sedans on the road. Toyota Avalon standard safety equipment includes stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver-side knee airbag and active front headrests, which help achieve high test-crash scores. Seating five passengers comfortably, the 2009 Avalon offers a quiet, ultra-smooth ride and a plethora of upscale amenities, noted for high-quality materials and an attractive appointment, which might be expected in more expensive models.