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2013 Toyota Avalon Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.6

There was a time when large, comfortable sedans were about as ubiquitous as mobile phones. But the continued popularity of SUVs and a rather unfavorable association with the geriatric crowd has diminished the mainstream appeal of full-size sedans. The 2013 Toyota Avalon looks to change all that with a striking new design, responsive driving dynamics, and advanced, yet easy-to-use in-vehicle technology. And, for the first time ever, the Avalon nameplate offers a fuel-efficient hybrid variant alongside the standard V6 model. The Avalon required this significant overhaul to contend with such segment heavyweights as the Ford Taurus, Buick LaCrosse and Chrysler 300. All told, the 2013 Avalon represents a dramatic departure from its vanilla-flavored predecessors and deservedly holds down the spot as Toyota's flagship sedan.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you have always appreciated the practicality and comfort of a full-size sedan, but long for the handling characteristics and fuel efficiency of a mid-size, placing the 2013 Toyota Avalon at the top of your list would be a wise decision. Given its class-leading resale value and stellar record for reliability, the new Toyota Avalon is a smart buy for value-conscious shoppers.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your tastes are more sporting in nature, the Nissan Maxima or the 365-horsepower Ford Taurus SHO might be a better fit.

What's New for 2013

The completely redesigned 2013 Avalon ushers in a new era of style and refinement for the Toyota brand. This latest iteration preserves the high levels of luxury and comfort that made the Avalons of yesteryear such a success, but adds a dose of athleticism and panache to the mix.

Driving the Avalon

Driving Impressions While its performance abilities may not leave you grinning from ear to ear, the 2013 Toyota Avalon delivers on its promise to provide a pleasantly sedate driving experience. The 4th-generation...

Avalon benefits from improved steering feel, sharper suspension tuning and additional chassis rigidity without compromising the trademark ride quality. This newfound dynamism is complemented by a driver-selectable sport mode that quickens upshifts and increases steering weight, though we feel outfitting the luxury-oriented Avalon with features like downshift rev-matching and paddle shifters is bit superfluous. Road- and wind-noise suppression, a staple of the Toyota Avalon, is better than ever. And as the abundance of glass suggests, outward visibility is good from most perspectives, affording the driver a commanding view of the road. While we enjoy the V6 model, the new Avalon Hybrid is the star player in the lineup. For a marginal price premium, the 2013 Avalon Hybrid offers plenty of power for everyday driving and up to 40 mpg combined city/highway – impressive figures for a full-size sedan.

CAPACITIVE TOUCH SWITCHES
Similar to your smartphone's touch-screen, capacitive touch switches react to minor changes in electrical current generated by contact with a finger. Unlike conventional buttons and knobs, capacitive touch switches are free of moving parts, which provide the Avalon with a clean, contemporary dash layout.

REAR CROSS TRAFFIC WARNING
Although properly adjusted mirrors negate the need for trendy blind-spot monitoring systems, this "safety" feature paved the way for a useful technology called Rear Cross Traffic Warning. When backing out of a parking space or driveway with limited visibility, the available cross-traffic system alerts the driver of an approaching vehicle with a warning signal and an indicator light.

2013 Toyota Avalon Details
Interior

The 2013 Toyota Avalon offers perhaps the finest cabin in its class, with first-rate materials, user-friendly controls and impressive fit and finish. The general design is the same regardless of trim level, which only sweetens the Avalon's attractive $31K starting price. Toyota's latest batch of infotainment options such as advanced voice recognition, mobile application integration and hard-drive-based navigation should appeal to tech-savvy buyers. And, unlike the Ford Taurus, the Avalon's capacitive touch switches for the audio and climate control functions are responsive and straightforward. On a sour note, the 2013 Avalon might be the only vehicle on the market in which the multi-information display features a higher resolution screen than the standard touch-screen. In terms of comfort, the front seats are more supportive than in years past, while rear seat passengers are treated to an abundance of legroom and headroom.

Exterior
2013 Toyota Avalon photo

The Avalon's masculine stance and sculpted bodywork were conceived by Toyota's Southern California-based Calty Design studio. The forward-raked C-pillar and sweeping roofline impart an almost coupe-like silhouette. Although it seems counterintuitive, this aggressive design actually improves rear-seat headroom. The headlights incorporate a pair of stylish square-shaped projector lenses, which Toyota calls Quadrabeams. This contemporary look is finished off with a set of 17-inch or optional 18-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights and dual chrome-tipped exhaust outlets.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Toyota Avalon is offered in XLE, Premium, Touring and Limited trim levels with hybrid variants available in the latter three. In base form, the Avalon includes heated outside mirrors, leather-trimmed seats and steering wheel, smart key access and push button start, dual-zone climate control and a 6.1-inch touch-screen audio interface with an 8-speaker sound system. Premium models add a moonroof, rear backup camera and auto-dimming rearview mirror, while Touring trims include creature comforts like navigation, driver's seat memory control and Toyota's Entune infotainment system. Occupant protection consists of 10 airbags, a comprehensive suite of electronic stability aids, and front seats designed to help reduce the severity of whiplash-related injuries.

Optional Equipment

Since the majority of feature content is tied to trim level, the 2013 Toyota Avalon offers only one option package. Available exclusively on Limited models, the Tech Package includes a pre-collision system that prepares the car for impact when it senses an impending crash, automatic high beams, and an adaptive cruise control system that maintains a pre-selected distance behind the vehicle ahead.

Under the Hood

The new Avalon gets its motivation from the carryover 3.5-liter V6 or a new Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder hybrid powerplant – the same system used in the latest Camry Hybrid. The conventional mill churns out a healthy 268 horsepower through a 6-speed automatic gearbox, while the hybrid system sends its 200 horsepower to the front wheels via a gearless continuously variable transmission. To the dismay of those living in the Snow Belt, the Toyota Avalon does not offer all-wheel drive.

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
248 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/31 mpg

2.5-liter inline-4 hybrid
200 net hybrid system horsepower
Engine: 156 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
Battery: 199 lb-ft of torque @ 0-1,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 40/39 mpg

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2013 Toyota Avalon Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 140 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

quality car at fair price

By on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Had a 2000 Avalon wanted to stay with brand and dealership. The only disappointment is the ride - very firm, feel bumps in road. The ride in 2000 better for my driving. I think the firmer ride gives better handling thus may be appealing for younger drivers."

13 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Avalon Reliability

By on Friday, June 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,400

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: "Very good on gas; great body style"

Cons: "No sensor on bumper to use with the back-up camera"

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

"I currently have a 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited, with over 75,400 miles on the engine. I drive the car every day 174 miles to and from work, from Newport News, VA to Washington DC. So far, I have driven it in the summer as well as in the winter, and I must say that I am very satisfied with the performance of the car. First, throughout my travel, I am able to get about 27 miles per gallon. At times, I wonder if my gage is working because the indicator takes so long just to move slightly. Secondly, the car is very comfortable; I know this because of the length of time I spend in the car daily, about 7 hours, sometimes more. I have lower back issues and, the seats have been very good to me. That was very important to me when I was deciding what car to purchase. Thirdly, the ride to me is very smooth. When on the highway it feels like I am riding on a glide scope. For those of you who do not know what that is, it is the landing path an aircraft take on its final approach to landing on a runway. Now, if you have been on a plane and you experience that power and effortless glide to the runway that is what I experience when driving my Toyota Avalon. In fact, at times, while driving on the road, I fantasize about just being able take off into the air above the traffic, 65, 70, 75, 85, 95, 105 115. What a beautiful view from up here, only if it was so. Next, the car is very technical is nature and well worth the value, compare to the purchase price of the Lexus. Forth, I cannot complain of the maintenance, as far as I am concern, you will not go broke trying to maintain your vehicle. Just make sure, you keep up with the required maintenance. The car has been very good to me during the winter, while driving on 95 North. The seats got hot, at times; I thought the heat sensor was not working correctly, but it was. I am please with the overall aerodynamics of the vehicle, which at time will run away from you. Place the car on “power” and you can feel it hugging the road as it drive like a sport car. Finally, I test-drove the hybrid version of the Toyota Avalon and I was very disappointed. It just did not seem to have the get up and go power. I found that needed power when I test-drove the Lexus hybrid. I could not understand how two similar hybrid cars could be such a different in the ride and power. I just decide to stick with the gas Toyota Avalon. One last thing, when I was driving my car in the rain, there seemed to be a spot on the window, where the rain drops would gather, making it very difficult to see both the left and right side mirrors. The planted raindrops were obstructing the view through the mirror. The car is stylish and to me, it is one of the best keep secret out there. I know this because while driving on the road, I see many Toyota Camry’s, every now and then I would see a Toyota Avalon."

17 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Not very satisfied.

By on Thursday, May 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Beautiful interior."

Cons: "The front seats are not good if you have back issu"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"We went from a 2001 Avalon to this 2013 sle. Great handling good solid feel., however after the smooth ride of our 2001 this car is a great disappointment you feel every bump and rut on a rough road it is bone jarring we are very sorry we purchased it. Also we purchased from a dealer who just gave us lip service for help"

26 people out of 38 found this review helpful

Great engineering technology in safety and fuel mi

By on Saturday, May 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,312

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I have owned this car for 2 years now and driven it over 18000 miles. As with all Toyotas the reliability is great and the fuel mileage is right on the EPA estimates. However after owning three previous Toyota Avalon's I find this one of lesser quality that the previous ones. The handling of the vehicle is great however the ride of my 2013 compared to my previous 2011 is a harsher ride and the car has rattles in the plastic dash components on the speedometer/info display and in the area of the rear sunshade. I find this a bit disappointing for a top of the line Avalon Limited, but the reliability and economy are rock solid. Interior space was also cut back compared to previous Avalon's, now giving the 2013 Avalon more of a Camry feel as for a comfort level."

11 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Nice vehicle but overpriced in 2013

By on Friday, May 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Maintenance and MPG"

Cons: "Size, ride, and body/paint"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Ride is nice but rougher than our 2006 limited. Handling is good however after recently driving an Altima there is little handling difference. Calculated gas mileage has consistently been 1 mpg lower than the vehicle calculation, consistently 38-39 mpg. This will be reduced if you travel a distance over 75, Altima does not fluctuate on speed, assume due to the larger engine or gears. Paint changed too, it is easily scratched and the body is easily dented by a grocery cart. Electronic passenger seat has limited mobility we were not made aware of. The interior and cargo space are reduced from our 2006 version. Mechanically sound and low cost of operation. If we had the transaction to do over again not sure if we would buy it at $36,000."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

1 of the Best Car I ever Own.!!!!

By on Monday, April 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,734

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Toyota Avalon Limited... Little Sister to Lexus IS"

Cons: "Nothing Yet with only with 2734 Miles..."

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

My Sweet

"My 2014 Toyota Avalon Limited is 1 of the Best Car I ever Own... After Test Driving 13 Makes and Model... It Came down to Lexus IS 250 and Toyota Avalon Lim... Test Drive Lexus IS 250 3 times and Avalon Lim.. It's like driving, Twin Sister.!!!! Toyota Avalon is Better Value.!!!!!"

11 people out of 26 found this review helpful

My Sweet

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