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2008 Toyota Avalon

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2008 Toyota Avalon Review

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The 2008 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. In what has long been the domain of the domestic 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 "tunnel-less flat-floor design," which translates to rear-seat roominess. And if your financial future is a high priority, the 2008 Toyota Avalon gives you Lexus-quality materials at a price (and resale value) that say Toyota all the way.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Avalon no longer offers a 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?

The Avalon receives a slight exterior freshening and a new six-speed automatic transmission. XL trims offer the option of a four-way power passenger seat, while XLS and Limited models offer an eight-way power passenger seat.

Driving the Avalon

Driving Impressions The 2008 Toyota 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...

delivers noticeable 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, the Avalon has responsive steering and handles with reasonable agility. 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. Vehicle 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.

2008 Toyota Avalon Details
Interior

Spacious and handsome, the 2008 Toyota 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 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

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 design: 16-inch for the XL and 17-inch for other models.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All Avalons use a six-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, front and rear side-curtain airbags, driver's-side knee air bag, a six-disc CD changer and an auxiliary audio input jack.

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. Dynamic Laser Cruise Control, which lets you set the preferred distance you wish to maintain from the vehicle ahead, is optional on the Limited. Three radios are available, including a JBL Synthesis 360-watt system with 12 speakers, and the dealer-installed remote engine starter works from up to 80 feet away.

Under the Hood

The Avalon's V6 qualifies as one of the best in the business. It's so silent at idle that glancing at the hovering tachometer needle might be 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 new six-speed automatic transmission. Despite its ample size and quick acceleration, the Avalon offers 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: 19/28

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2008 Toyota Avalon Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 555 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

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By on Thursday, August 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"STRONG RUNNING CAR.HANDLES WELL..QUIET,GREAT A/C.....DISLIKES...NOT MUCH ROAD FEEL TO STEERING.....TORQUE STEERING ...NO WAY TO CHECK A/T FLUID...OTHERWISE A VERY NICE CAR FOR THE MONEY...BOUGHT NEW, LATE 2008 FOR 28K..NO REPAIR ISSUES..SOME SERVICE BULLETINS OUT...41K ON CAR"

Best vehicle ever had.

By on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Hands down,best car I have ever owned."

Cons: "Tire inflate monitor too sensitive."

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

"Been driving since 1964. This is the best vehicle (overall) I have ever owned. A V-6 crisper and more responsive than most V-8. Rides like floating down the road. Premium sound system. Trunk is large and usably shaped. Has Lexus lines and appears much larger than it is."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Good car but nothing special for the price,

By on Monday, August 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,693

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfort, good ride.."

Cons: "Outdated electronics, GPS impossible to use,"

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

"Nothing special for this class of car. The sound system and GPS are very poor. The ride, AC, seats and seats/leg room great. I would purchase and updated model of this car."

Reliable and excellent gas mileage

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

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: "Great gas milage and comfort, reliable, good body"

Cons: "Looks like a granny car"

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

"Bought the car new in 2008 and have been impressed with the power of the V6 and the gas mileage - we usually get 31 mpg on trips. The car has two minor call-backs since 2008 but Toyota was very responsive in eliminating the errors. It runs as well in 2015 as it did new and the only maintenance we have had is regular oil changes at the dealership."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best car I have ever owned

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 202,000

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 gas mileage"

Cons: "Rear window shade is too costly to repair."

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

"I own 2006 limited. I must say this is the best car I have owned. I currently have 202,000 miles and it is still running great. Every feature stills works in this vehicle except the rear window shade. I took it back to the dealer to get an estimate for the repair and found out it would be $1000 because the whole unit will have to be replaced and not just the motor. I really do not want to get rid of my car, but if I do it will be a trade for a 2014 or 2015 limited model."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I like everything about my 2012 Avalon except the

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"radio. It's hard to see what station you're on and it seems like I have to turn the volume way up to hear it. (No, I'm not hard of hearing). The other thing is the ports to plug in chargers etc, are very hard to get to. I like the room, the gas mileage, the pep, the style. I've had no mechanical problems with it at all. Overall I love this car."

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