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2009 Toyota Avalon

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2009 Toyota Avalon Review

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The 2009 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 more traditional sedans.

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 2009 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 is not much larger than the Honda Accord or even the Toyota Camry. Those seeking to save a few dollars may be just as happy in the top trim levels of these so called "family" sedans. Also, younger shoppers might shun the Avalon because of its older-owner image.

What's New for 2009

For 2009, the Avalon receives Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with traction control and brake assist as standard equipment. The Touring trim has been discontinued with many of its standard features moved to other trims.

Driving the Avalon

Driving Impressions The 2009 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 also standard.

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

2009 Toyota Avalon Details
2009 Toyota Avalon photo Interior

Spacious and handsome, the 2009 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). Traction and stability control are also standard, as are steering wheel-mounted audio controls and dual-zone climate control. Seat comfort is enhanced by reclining rear seatbacks and adjustable-length front cushions. The XLS trim adds leather seating, 17-inch alloy wheels and a power moonroof. Perforated leather upholstery, a JBL Synthesis 360-watt system with 12 speakers plus Bluetooth connectivity and heated front seats are included with the Limited trim. 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

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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2009 Toyota Avalon Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 535 Ratings for the 2005 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Excellent car over ten years of ownership

By on Monday, April 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 162,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfortable highway cruiser & extremely reliable"

Cons: "Handling not very sporty"

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

"This car has provided me with safe, comfortable, and reliable transportation for the ten plus years of ownership. Other than oil changes and a couple of brake jobs the car has required very infrequent maintenance. The power steering pump ($400+) and the steering rack ($900 rebuilt) needed to be replaced after about 130,000 miles were the only real repairs during my span of owning this. The car is a comfortable highway cruiser and it handles very predictably, but it's definitely not sporty. My real world gas mileage has ranged from 21 to 29 mpg. The premium JBL sound system has the clearest sound and frequency distribution I've experience of any car I've ever been in."

The nicest and most comfortable vehicle

By on Friday, April 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very comfortable."

Cons: "Small access hole from the rear seat to the trunk."

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

"This is the nicest driving, nicest riding, most comfortable car I have ever owned. Our model has the V6 engine which is crazy powerful. Gas mileage for the V6 averages about 27 hwy."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

my 2nd Avalon

By on Friday, April 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 10.0
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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: "quiet, comfortable for long trips, great value"

Cons: "wind & road noise could be better"

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

"I am in my 70's and have had several new cars. I have had a Avalon 2005 and put 127,000 on it before selling it myself in one day and currently have a 2011 with 41,000 miles. Never a problem with either and I will be getting a 2015 or 2016 soon. The Avalon is the best overall car I have ever had. economical, very dependable & comfortable, very little depreciation. For us it is a prefect car."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

A very nice quality automobile

By on Thursday, April 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"only problem I've had was early on with air conditioning. Computer malfunction that seems to have corrected itself"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Wonderful Large Sedan

By on Monday, March 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

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
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent smooth, quiet ride, overall reliability"

Cons: "Not the most 'sexy' look."

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

"Purchased new. At the time, also drove the slightly smaller Infiniti, Lexus and Acura models. Only model to compare in the 'ride quality' area was a 3 year old Jag XJ8. Only serious reliability/quality issue was the high tail light. Went out just after warranty expired and cost $800 to replace. They had to remove the back seat, and ever since the rear window blind hasn't worked properly. Ride is still exceptionally smooth, engine power more than adequate, road noise a little higher than when new, but body and leather interior still in excellent shape. Will be replacing soon, and will be considering a Venza as the replacement."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

By far, the best car I have ever owned

By on Sunday, March 01, 2015

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

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
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very solid and comfortable and unbelievably reliab"

Cons: "None I can think of"

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

"I have owned a lot of cars over my lifetime and this is the best car ever. The ride, the handling, the interior, the room, the reliability, are all superb. I can't tell you how many times I have offered someone a ride and after a few minutes, they ask "Say, what kind of car is this?" They are always impressed. Bought it new and have never had to get anything fixed (I regularly have the car serviced). I have usually kept my cars in warranty but this one is so good that when I try out a new car I always prefer this one -- particularly with the new Avalon which seems to have shrunk in size and has a smaller interior. The only thing is lacks is Bluetooth and that doesn't particularly bother me. When I sit in traffic and look around I almost never see a car that I would prefer over this one."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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