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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 151 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

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."

1 person out of 1 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."

Very nice great value love this car,

By on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Has different transmission modes, sports, econom"

Cons: "Cannot tell when it's runnung, pedestrian cannot"

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

"Can not tell when it is running, smooth ride not good in cold weather we get any where from 99 to 26 miles per gallon 26 was in winter temp below freezing going up hill have a choice of driving modes makes it nice great ride lots of room roomy trunk fits luggage and electric scooter"

2015 avalon limited

By on Sunday, December 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,500

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Rides like a wagon"

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

"This car replaced a 2007 limited which I loved, purchased this auto without test driving it. Very displeased with it's riding comfort, I have a 2010 tundra that rides much better than this auto. Also the instrument panel readouts are to small temp, time & etc. I have had no problem with the mechanical parts as of this date. I think Toyota made a big mistake when the traded the nice smooth ride for the sport ride. I was expecting a much more comfortable ride for the premium money paid for this auto"

9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Disappointed in the ride.

By on Monday, November 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Dynamic Cruise Control a big plus."

Cons: "Hard, noisy ride."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"The dynamic cruise control was great going cross country. Handles fine, comfortable but still too loud for a top of the line luxury sedan. You don't put low profile wheels and tires on a luxury car. It will handle fine with 16" wheels and tires and it will be a whole lot quieter. We have a rattle in the car we can not find. It spoils the whole luxury ride and as a result, the price we paid. I could have got rattles with an American car for much less. The sound system had to be fixed due to the excessive base. Could not control it through the built in equalizer. The windshield cracks real easy. We are on our third one. A little disappointed overall. It really lost it's value in two years. Never gets 31mpg EVER!"

10 people out of 21 found this review helpful

We Call it the Babylon!!

By on Friday, October 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,200

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Very Pretty Design/Appearance"

Cons: "Unreasonably Harsh and Noisy Ride; Poor Trade In"

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

"After owning nothing but Camrys since 1989, and being completely satisfied with them, we decided to "upgrade" to the Toyota "Flagship", assuming that it would be nicer than the Camrys. This was the biggest car buying mistake of my life! Our 2014 Avalon Limited has the harshest ride and the most road noise of any car we have ever owned. We refer to it as "The Turnip" because we feel the ride and noise would be what you would expect from a turnip truck used on a farm to transport vegetables. The seats are about as comfortable as sitting on a sheet of plywood. Understand that we think the deep metallic red Avalon is one of the prettiest cars on the road. We get a lot of compliments on the appearance of the car, and I always try to sell it to the people making the compliment. However, when new people ride in the car, the comment is something like, "What were you thinking? Did you even drive this thing before you bought it?" Regrettably, I didn't drive the car; I went entirely on Toyota's reputation for quality and the terrific Avalon reputation for a quiet, almost luxury car ride, in an affordable vehicle. Toyota says they redefined the ride to appeal to a younger (40-ish) group of potential buyers. I really don't see where a "neck-snapping" noisy ride would appeal to people in any age group. A few other complaints: 1. Navigation system is already out of date; 2. Analog and digital speed indications are different; 3. Rattles are starting to appear; 4. Sound system is very unimpressive compared to systems in our other cars. I have tried several times to trade this car for something (almost anything) else. Car dealers KNOW the Avalon's new reputation, and the trade-in value is below the low end of the Kelly Blue Book range of values. The saddest event was when I test drove a Ford F-150 pickup truck and the ride quality and lack of road noise was FAR superior to the Avalon. Summary: If you feel you simply MUST consider this car, take it for an EXTENDED test drive before signing the paperwork!! Drive down a highway at 60 MPH and just listen to the road noise!! There doesn't seem to be adequate sound insulation in the body. READ READ READ the reviews!!! Better yet, buy something else."

15 people out of 31 found this review helpful

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