"Bought a 2007 Avalon. 50,000 miles and no problems. The Avalon is a front wheel drive so it's safer to drive, gets better gas mileage and also allows for so much more room in the back seat since the transmission hump doesn't cut the floor in half. We previously had a Mercedes S500, and I am persuaded that the Avalon has just as much room and just as much luxury as the Mercedes, but without the high cost of maintenance ($30 for an oil change). Of course, it's not a racey car, but it's got everything else that an expensive luxury car has without the high $$ amount. Love it."