Couldn't ask for a better car!
By Paul on Friday, December 04, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 131,000
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Great Design, Comfortable, Reliable"
Cons: "Mediocre Gas Mileage, Poor Stock Stereo System"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I got this car as a hand-me-down from my mother when I got my license 7 years ago. Since then, I have fallen in love with the car. Everything about it has been great, and even though it's now almost 14 years old and has over 130,000 miles, it is still very reliable and I never have any concern about it breaking down. On top of that, the ride is super smooth and it is comfortable for all passengers. I have friends who actually will fight over sitting in the back seat because they say that it's as comfortable as sitting on a couch.
The one thing that I didn't love about this car at the beginning was the stock stereo system and speakers, but after a $250 investment into a third party stereo, new speakers, and an updated subwoofer, the audio experience now matches the quality of the rest of the car.
When it comes to design, I've got to hand props to Toyota where they are due, the car is beautiful. Now, this comes with the caveat that there are definitely more beautiful cars that have been produced since, but when you consider the fact that this model is 14 years old, you can really absorb the beauty. I've had many people tell me that it's more believable that my Avalon is a 2007 or 2008 model as opposed to a 2002 simply by how good the car really looks. If you're looking in the realm of cars from the early 2000s, you'd be hard pressed to find a better looking car than the 2002 Toyota Avalon. The interior design is also very nice, and on the XLS model you get a nice display that shows the date, time, compass, fuel range, and outside temperature. Below that you get your stereo and climate controls. The climate controls are all digital and offer dual climate zones for driver and passenger. Additionally you'll get heated seats. Once again, while this stuff has become pretty common, it's pretty incredible to find these features in a 2002 model.
My biggest gripe about the car has to be the gas consumption though. It's not the worst thing in the world, but it's definitely not great, and varies heavily depending on the season. In the summer, I probably can get something like 16 city / 24 highway, but in the winter it looks more like 15 city / 18 highway. All in all, I usually get somewhere between 330 and 400 miles per tank, but then the tank will suck up over 16 gallons when I go to refill, so in the long run my average is probably right around 20-22 mpg. So, like I said, it's not the worst, but it's definitely not the best.
All in all, I love my car and couldn't have asked for a better first car. I'm hoping to get a few more years out of it, and with it's track record I have every confidence that will happen."
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