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Used 2008 Toyota Avalon

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Combined Fuel Economy
22 MPG
Horsepower
268 HP
KBB Consumer Rating
4.7 
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Pros

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 2008 Toyota Avalon gives you Lexus-quality materials at a price (and resale value) that say Toyota all the way.

Cons

The Avalon no longer offers a front bench-seat option, so if you need seating capacity above five, it's not found here. Also, younger shoppers might shun the Avalon because of its older-owner image.

What's New For 2008

The Avalon receives a slight exterior freshening and a new six-speed automatic transmission. XL trims offer the option of a four-way power passenger seat, while XLS and Limited models offer an eight-way power passenger seat.

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Used 2008 Toyota Avalon Pricing

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Used 2008 Toyota Avalon Expert Review

The 2008 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 traditional full-sized sedans, such as the Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis.

Driving the Used 2008 Toyota Avalon

The 2008 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.

Favorite Features

Safety Features
Seat-mounted airbags, side-curtain airbags and a knee airbag for the driver are standard on all models. Vehicle Stability Control is an option.

Reclining Rear Seatbacks
Standard on all Avalons, the five-position rear-seat recliners adjust from a 25 to 35-degree seatback angle.

Used 2008 Toyota Avalon Interior

Spacious and handsome, the 2008 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.

Used 2008 Toyota Avalon 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.

Used 2008 Toyota Avalon Standard Features

All Avalons use a six-speed automatic transmission. Anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) incorporate Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). Steering wheel-mounted audio controls and dual-zone climate control are standard. Seat comfort is enhanced by reclining rear seatbacks and adjustable-length front cushions. Perforated leather upholstery and a moonroof are included in the Limited. The Touring model has leather-surfaced bucket seats and high-intensity discharge headlamps. 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.

Used 2008 Toyota Avalon Options

Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is available for all trim levels. Touring, 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.

Used 2008 Toyota Avalon Engine

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

How Much Does the Used 2008 Toyota Avalon Cost?

The Avalon XL's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts just under $28,000, while the Touring is around $30,000, the XLS around $32,000 and the Limited just over $35,000. The Avalon's popularity may make dealing somewhat difficult, as evidenced by the figures shown on the Fair Purchase Price page. Typical transaction prices for the Avalon sit just a few hundred dollars below MSRP. Before you set off to purchase, check out the most recent Fair Purchase Prices for any change in the Avalon's sales pattern. Over time, the Avalon is expected to retain exemplary residual and resale values, far better than the Buick Lucerne, Ford Taurus and the Chrysler 300 Touring.

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Used 2008 Toyota Avalon Consumer Reviews

4.7 

Overall Rating

5 star

83%

4 star

11%

3 star

3%

2 star

2%

1 star

1%

Value
4.8 
Performance
4.8 
Quality
4.8 
Comfort
4.8 
Reliability
4.8 
Styling
4.8 

don't buy
07/14/2019
2011 Toyota Avalon

"DON'T BUY BECAUSE THE SEATS WILL HURT YOU"

The 2011 Toyota Avalon was a smooth ride, had power, was roomy, was very nice looking, built to feel safe in. It is not very good on gas mileage but that wasn't the reason I had to sell it. I HAD TO SELL IT BECAUSE I COULD NOT SIT IN THE SEATS AS THEY ARE THE MOST UNCOMFORTABLE SEATS EVER. The sad thing is that I did so much research to find out how long lasting of a car it is. After the short test drives that the dealerships give you, the seat discomfort isn't noticeable so I was horrified to find out after purchasing it that the seat where you sit on felt hard as metal and the seat back where you lean back on pushes in to your lower back. No matter what seat cushions I tried, no matter how much adusting was done to the seat, even taking it to a car upholsterer to have it fitted with more foam, and removing the heating wires, does not make it more comfortable. Now my back is damaged and I can't sit in many cars that I used to sit in with no problem!!!!!Read less
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Tntvlr
07/05/2019
2008 Toyota Avalon

"This car is awesom. It is luxurious and sooooo co"

Comfy, huge inside. No mechcanical issues EVER
IT CAN NOT BE REPLACED!!!!
PERFEECT AND TOTALY SATISFIED WITH ALL ASPECTS.
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Matty
03/31/2019
2007 Toyota Avalon

"Very competent car"

None.
This car does everything well. Strong, smooth acceleration, great ride, wonderful economy, balanced quiet performance. The car is extremely reliable.
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JAMES
03/02/2019
2007 Toyota Avalon

"SIMPLY THE BEST CAR MADE AND IS UNDER PRICED"

ALL AROUND GREAT AUTOMOBILE
LITTLE FRONT END TORQUE WHEEL SPIN DUE TO HI POWER
SIMPLY THE BEST CAR MADE AND IS UNDER PRICED. FAST, POWERFUL AND RIDE IS SO SMOOTH. RELIABILITY GREAT. WISH WE COULD GET THE DEALERS OUT OF THE LOOP(IE.TOK)
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ChucknBama
02/18/2019
2009 Toyota Avalon

"Smooth riding ...."

Smooth riding
Not so stylus but it will run
The tires that came on the car new they didn't last at all. As far as the car it is dependable it sits 5 adults comfy! My backseat is bigger than muy sister's Tahoe. I get about 25 mpg interstate about 30-33. If I fill up I can go from Mobile,AL to New Orleans and back on a half of tank. The newer Avalon is better looking but a lot smaller. The thing I hate is the key fob its about $400-$650. You have to watch your speed my Mom got a ticket doing 90+mph in a 65 mphand brother doing 76 mph in a 50mph zone. Its easy to hit 60 and know it in town. I never keep a car after a few years I bought it on 2010 with 22k I have 66k 9 years later.Read less
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2008 Toyota Avalon Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.

Technology

  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Remote Engine Start

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Radio
  • CD Changer
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • CD Player
  • Front DVD Entertainment System
  • Rear DVD Entertainment System
  • Video Input

Seating

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Cloth Seats
  • Dual Power Lumbar Support Front Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Power Driver's Seat

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Integrated Garage Door Opener
  • Power Liftgate/Trunk Release

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 19 mpg
  • EPA Class - Large Cars
  • EPA Hwy - 28 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 22 mpg

Performance

  • Horsepower - 268 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 6200 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.27 inches
  • Torque - 248 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 4700 rpm

Interior

  • Cup Holder
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Compass
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel

Exterior

  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Conventional Spare
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Privacy Glass
  • Spare Tire Type - Conventional
  • Tires / Wheel Size - 18"
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P215/60R16
  • Upgraded Wheels
  • Wheel Type - Alloy
  • Auto-Dimming Exterior Mirrors
  • Moon Roof/Sun Roof
  • Rear Spoiler

Security

  • Alarm System

Warranty

  • Basic Miles - 36000 miles
  • Basic Years - 3 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 5 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years

Mechanical

  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - FWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 6 cylinders
  • Displacement - 3.5 liter
  • Bore - 3.70 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 10.8
  • Fuel Induction - Electronic Fuel Injection
  • Total no. valves - 24 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - V
  • # of Speeds - 6 speed
  • Overdrive - w/Overdrive
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 3490 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 106.9 cubic feet
  • EPA Total Interior - 121.3 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 18.5 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 38.9 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 37.5 inches
  • Height - 58.5 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 41.3 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 40.9 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 5
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 5.3 inches
  • Overall Length - 197.6 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 59.4 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 58.2 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 14.4 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 36.9 feet
  • Wheel Base - 111.0 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 72.8 inches
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2008 Toyota Avalon Safety

Driver Front
5 
Passenger Front
5 
Front Side
5 
Rear Side
5 
Rollover Rating
4 
Provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
2008 Toyota Avalon Safety Technology
  • Child Door Locks
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Rear Head Curtain Airbag
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Rear View Camera

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2008 Toyota Avalon Rankings

Horsepower
268 HP
MPG Combined
22 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.7 Rating
Rank
Vehicle
HP
#6
2008 Toyota Avalon
268 HP

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