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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 566 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

Lexus quality at a Toyota price

By on Sunday, January 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,800

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: "quality, dependability, drivability, performance"

Cons: "None"

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

"Our second Avalon my wife has an 2006 LTD with 149K miles you couldn't pry it away from her. She says when ready she will buy another one but hoping I sell her mine but doubtful :-). Toyota rates MPG at 19 /26. I get 25-26 city and 31/32 Hwy consistently. Best car ever owned 2nd to none. I especially like the timing chain feature in lieu of a timing belt."

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

So good, I got another one!!

By on Monday, January 04, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Traded for another one w/lower miles and different trim ie Limited

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
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Rear room, low cost of mntnce, engine, reliability"

Cons: "No AUX or Bluetooth with this year model"

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

"4 years ago, 01/2012, the 06 Avalon XLS was purchased used w/130k miles. I recently traded it in (w/176,260 miles, trade offer was $4100 from dealer) for another 06 Avalon but this time the Limited trim. I don't have the navigation option, but that is fine. So as you can see, the 06 Avalon still had good value 10yrs later w/high mileage. Depends on the dealer too. Anyways, it is true about the reliability as you can see with the mileage and that is why I had no problem getting another one recently with 95k miles to start out with. The Avalon is truly a beast of a car, sorry to sound trendy with using the word "beast" but it is. The ride is luxurious and the engine is smooth and quiet and I would confidently say that this engine is the best V6 out there. This car can really move and merge. It responds to you. Very low in cost maintenance. Only wear and tear stuff. I only had to change the alternator (@175k miles), get 1 new battery, and the ignition coils, (3). You can actually do some yourself, well the front bank ones. That's the other beauty about owning an Avalon, a lot of easy DIY work. The car is 10 yrs old, but its aged well. You won't standout unless you sort of change the look like with tint and of course rims, classy rims though, but other than that or if any cons, its mostly personal preference, like for me, I wish this model/year had the AUX or Bluetooth, but I have my other tech stuff to use, but still. 08 and up I believe have these features, but that could easily be added if I wanted it. Oh, may I please add that the AVALON has the most ridiculous rear room ever. At 6'0 and with a wife that is 5'11, long trips do not hurt at all, no seat adjustments needed, sometimes she rides in the back to use the reclining rear seat, and now my daughter does it too, lol. Best family Sedan to have for room and comfort!!!!!! I will stick with the 3rd Generation Avalons."

13 people out of 17 found this review helpful

I love my Toyota Avalon

By on Friday, December 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,631

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Easy to drive. Not tiring to drive. Good road car"

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

"This is my second Toyota Avalon XLS. I love to drive it and the feel of it. My passengers are always impressed with the roominess of the back seats and they love to ride in my car. My car is 9 years old and I haven't had any real issues. This year there has been parts to be replaced CV boot and alternator. Maybe time to replace, maybe."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

GREATEST FWD TOYOTA sedan has ever built

By on Tuesday, December 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very spacious, Quiet cabin and a great performer"

Cons: "None really."

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

"I'm the second owner, and I absolutely love the car. It can keep going and going. The only reason I'm selling is because I want a RWD Lexus. The car is great on gas (The best I got was 29.9 MPG). Absolute joy to drive. Very torquey motor. I surprise plenty of German sedans with the acceleration. I never had an issue with the car. Just preventative maintenance and the car keeps running. The car is great for local and long distance drives. The car has more seating space and legroom than cars costing twice the money. The money I spent on maintenance in the last 6 years on the car is a fraction of what my wife spent on her European in 2 years. 2GR-FE motor is great and will keep running. A well maintained Toyota will run for hundreds of thousands of miles with little expense. Can't say the same for the European cars I've (or my wife has) owned."

14 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Great vehicle

By on Friday, September 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This is one of the best cars I have ever owned for comfort and reliability. If I had to find one point they could improve "a little" it would be to make the seats a little plusher, but I'm picking. This is a great car especially the comfort in the back seat, or so I am told by my guests. Lots of legroom and can actually recline the back seat. Bill"

5 people out of 13 found this review helpful

AVALON - Touring

By on Thursday, September 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

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: "Reliability is solid"

Cons: "Resale value stinks"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I purchased my Avalon, Touring back in July, 2005. I purchased the car for my wife who only drives it occasionally. As such, its current mileage is 8,100 (yes, 8,100 total miles). Well, the car is still in mint condition as it sits in my garage the majority of time. However, when I looked at KBB.COM, I was surprised to see that my car was only worth about $11k. All in all, it still like the cat, however, the resale value stinks as the car sticker was $35k new."

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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