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2013 Toyota Avalon

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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
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 155 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

not the best car I've owned.

By on Thursday, April 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,300

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "maybe reliability, haven't owned it long enough"

Cons: "bad quality product, bad gas mileage"

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

"I purchased this car based on experts ratings and reviews. on paper this is a great car. then you own it and you realize that the quality of this car is non existent. cheapest interior quality of any car I've owned, flawed exterior design under door ledge holds water, exterior body metal is very thin, cheap radio and electronics, cheap paint, front suspension is terrible, bottom of seats are to short, and the list goes on and on."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

The Avalon is comfortable, roomy, quiet, reliable.

By on Friday, April 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,900

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "A lot of car for the money"

Cons: "Lacking in excitement."

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

"We consistently achieve 31 mpg on the road and 22-24 in town. The car handles well, accelerates, brakes, corners with good agility. It is very roomy and quiet. In 3 years nothing has malfunctioned and the service agreement has taken care of all maintenance at no cost to us. The car is very fast, brakes well, corners surprisingly well for a large car and gets great mileage."

lots of wind noise

By on Thursday, April 07, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "smooth ride fast exl."

Cons: "WIND NOISE WILL BE VERY BAD ON WINDY DAYS."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"plastic covers under motor flap in the wind.Lot's of wind noise.plastic screws keep falling out letting plastic covers flap in the wind.lots of noise so much so that the music you play won't cover it up!!!!!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

very nice ride

By on Saturday, March 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

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
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great ride"

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

"Wish: Front park sensors (similar to back sensors) Driver side arm rest (door seal not comfortable. Back window wipers. Destination: Should memorize home town."

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great Value,Reliability,Power and Comfort

By on Thursday, February 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,300

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
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun,powerful, Full of Tech, comfortable"

Cons: "Ride is bit rough."

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

"I've owned this car for some time and I'm very impressed with it's handling, grip and feel of the road. Many may say it's a bit of a rough ride for a Avalon and I'd agree, however, the increased handling is well worth a few bumps. I'm continually impressed by the design, interior comfort and technology that comes with the Limited. The gas mileage of the powerful V6 (268 HP) is astonishing. If your in the market for full size car I'd strongly recommend considering the Toyota Avalon Limited."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Versatile and Spacious

By on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,700

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: "Fun to drive,sips gas in economy mode."

Cons: "none"

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

"The 2013 Avalon is a combination of sports car and sedan,you can choose by selecting the driving mode switch,which offers normal,economy,and sport settings.I usually keep it on economy,but I did drive it in sport mode for awhile and it will rock you.The gas will go faster too,so I usually run on economy or normal.With a 3.5l v-6 the car will go very well even on economy mode.Comfort and visibility out the windows is good.front seats have 3way electrical adjusters-seat height,angle-lumbar,and distance to pedals,steering.The Avalon is Packed with amazing features,kind of like an Apple phone,where you don't realize what all it has and can do."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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