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2007 Toyota Avalon

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2007 Toyota Avalon Review

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The Avalon is Toyota's flagship sedan. One step above the popular Camry, the full-size Avalon offers a generous interior packed with so much luxury many owners consider the car to be almost Lexus-like. Entering what has long been the domain of the big three automakers, the Avalon offers full-size car buyers a modern, front-wheel-drive sedan with an impeccable history of excellent service, outstanding quality and best-in-class resale. Beyond its solid engineering attributes, the Avalon also offers customers a powerful yet fuel-efficient V6 engine, a huge and easily accessible trunk and a sense of style not found in traditional full-sized sedans, such as the Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need ample rear-seat space, Toyota promotes the Avalon's new "tunnel-less flat-floor design," which translates to rear-seat roominess. And if your financial future is a high priority, the Avalon gives you Lexus-quality materials at a price (and resale value) that says Toyota all the way.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The new Avalon loses its front bench-seat option, so if you need seating capacity above five, it's not found here. Also, younger shoppers might shun the Avalon because of its older-owner image.

What's Significant About This Car?

All models receive a tire pressure monitoring system, while the Touring trim now offers an optional navigation system.

Driving the Avalon

Driving Impressions In its new form, the Avalon has a personality even more distinct from the Camry, along with Lexus-like attributes. On good roads, the ride is generally smooth. Still, the relatively...

taut suspension yields considerable harshness when encountering certain bumps and holes. Acceleration is sufficiently assertive, but the Avalon feels like a heavy automobile.

Though not up to European sport-sedan levels, an Avalon handles with some agility and responsive steering. An abundant glass area helps with overall visibility. Side bolstering is modest, but the seats are supportive and nicely cushioned. Rear headroom is so-so, but leg space is abundant and the reclining seats are helpful.

Safety Features
Seat-mounted airbags, side-curtain airbags and a knee airbag for the driver are standard on all models. Stability control is an option.

Reclining Rear Seatbacks
Standard on all Avalons, the five-position rear-seat recliners adjust from a 25 to 35-degree seatback angle.

2007 Toyota Avalon Details
2007 Toyota Avalon photo Interior

Spacious and handsome, the Avalon looks inviting and feels comfortable. Extra width gives occupants another inch of shoulder space. Instruments are large and symmetrical, though smaller readouts are harder to see. Lustrous, generously designed woodgrain on high-end models helps make the dashboard attractive and distinctive. The glovebox is large, but sits low. A pushbutton starter is included with the Limited trim. You don't even have to hold the button in, just push and release. To entice younger buyers, the Touring model has a unique interior with a sportier charcoal dashboard trim.

Exterior
2007 Toyota Avalon photo

As promised, this four-door sedan looks different enough from the Camry to attract a separate set of customers. Details count. Wide-opening doors have three-stage door checks to ease entry and exit. The back doors open wide—to almost 90 degrees. Jointless flat windshield-wiper blades are half the usual thickness, and are said to ensure even pressure and reduce wind turbulence. Limited sedans have rain-sensing wipers and an acoustically-dampening windshield. Each trim level has its own wheel pattern: 16-inch for the XL and 17-inch for other models.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All Avalons use a five-speed automatic transmission. Anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) incorporate Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). Steering wheel-mounted audio controls and dual-zone climate control are standard. Seat comfort is enhanced by reclining rear seatbacks and adjustable-length front cushions. Perforated leather upholstery and a moonroof are included in the Limited. The Touring model has leather-surfaced bucket seats and high-intensity discharge headlamps. All models include front seat side-impact airbags and front and rear side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is available for all trim levels. Touring, XLS and Limited models offer a GPS navigation system with voice recognition that responds to 200 commands, and Dynamic Laser Cruise Control lets you set the preferred distance you wish to maintain from the vehicle ahead. Three radios are available, including a JBL Synthesis 360-watt system with 12 speakers. Urban Avalon owners might be wary of it, but the dealer-installed remote engine starter works from up to 80 feet away and lets the engine run for up to ten minutes.

Under the Hood

The Avalon's V6 may easily qualify as the best in the business. It's so silent at idle that glancing at the hovering tachometer needle is the only way to be sure the engine is actually running. Power for passing and merging is excellent, as are the seamless shifts offered up by the five-speed automatic transmission. Despite its ample size and quick acceleration, the Avalon possesses fuel economy figures comparable to some four-cylinder economy cars.

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
248 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31

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2007 Toyota Avalon Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 545 Ratings for the 2005 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Great car

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is a very comfortable ride, roomy and quiet. Car has performed perfectly the seven years we have had it. No problems and the only draw back we have is it just barely fits in our garage (length wise). But, it does fit and is a great car."

Best ever x-large sedan

By on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very large family sedab with exccellent value."

Cons: "Couldn't find one, except 'foreign brand'."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Besides being fully loaded (powered mirrors, complete cherry finished leather interior, moon-roof) it has rare features like - vehicle stability control, heated, occupant-sensing and powered front seats, separate temperature control for driver & passenger, dual climate zone and reclining rear seats. Rear leg room very spacious with flat-floor."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Second Avalon

By on Sunday, June 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,989

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love my Toyota Limited! Fell in love with my first Avalon purchased which was used as a work car. Never had a problem with it and felt confident/safe driving the FM roads, highways and interstates of Texas. It had 270,000 when I was encouraged/prodded by family to finally buy another one - the Toyota Limited. Retired shortly after buying the present Avalon."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Second Avalon - will always own one

By on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great drive and ride"

Cons: "My model does not have seat warmers Winter package"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My 2011 Avalon is my second (first was 2006). It is very roomy and comfortable, gets good gas mileage and never had a serious problem of any kind with either one. Have never had anything but great remarks from passengers and other drivers. In my area the one feature I do not have but would really like is seat warmers."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Excellent vehicle

By on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: new car

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Never had a repair other than body work after being struck in the rear. Extremely reliable, comfortable and dependable car."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best car ever owned

By on Monday, May 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, clean, very dependable."

Cons: "What cons?"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Haven't had a bit of trouble with this car. Every scheduled service done, wheels aligned every 5,000 miles, and rotated and balanced every 5,000 miles. New rack and pinion at 80,000 miles. Last summer trip to Lake Powell got 39 mpg. Love this car, but need newer car with more safety features for old folks."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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