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Used 2012 Toyota Avalon

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Combined Fuel Economy
23 MPG
Horsepower
268 HP
KBB Expert Rating
3.9 
KBB Consumer Rating
4.7 
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Pros

Looking for a big, soft-riding cruiser with loads of creature comforts, room for five and a massive trunk? Look no further than the 2012 Toyota Avalon sedan.

Cons

While the 2012 Toyota Avalon is big on comfort and quality, it's not really a looker. Those who seek a more stylish and sophisticated design may be happier with the Hyundai Genesis, Buick LaCrosse, Ford Taurus or Chrysler 300.

What's New For 2012

Fresh from a mild makeover last year, there are no major changes to the 2012 Toyota Avalon sedan.

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Used 2012 Toyota Avalon Expert Review

The 2012 Toyota Avalon sedan is more than just the company's flagship car, it's a testament to Toyota's ability to adapt its product to the uniquely American market. There are still a lot of people out there who like cars, not SUVs or CUVs or pickups, but cars. And, within that population there are many who like their cars big, plush and carefree. With the exception of the carefree part, this used to be the sole domain of the American automobile industry, with names like Buick Electra and Mercury Grand Marquis leading the way. Today, there are only a few large near-luxury sedans offered, making the Avalon's job all the easier. With appointments approaching a Lexus level of refinement and comfort, the 2012 Toyota Avalon 4-door sedan can easily handle competition from such heavyweights as the Buick LaCrosse and Chrysler 300. However, Hyundai's Genesis might be able to cause the big Toyota some heartburn, with features equaling and in some cases exceeding the Avalon's at a very competitive price.

Driving the Used 2012 Toyota Avalon

As one might expect, the 2012 Toyota Avalon is in its element when cruising broad expanses of smooth, straight highway. A compliant ride takes precedent over quick reflexes, but most Avalon buyers will likely find the car more than exceeds their performance expectations. Steering response and brake feel are strong, but again they do not promote the same type of driving excitement one gets from driving a Chrysler 300C or Ford Taurus SHO. The 2012 Toyota Avalon sedan's front seats are soft and wide without much in the way of lateral support. In back, the Avalon sedan delivers head and legroom in spades, and features a class-exclusive reclining rear seatback. While a relatively low center tunnel makes 3-across seating at least a short-term possibility, the two outboard spots are clearly the locations of choice. One caveat: Because the seatbacks don't fold flat and trunk capacity is a mere 14.7 cubic feet, the Avalon's cargo-toting skills are relatively modest.

Favorite Features

Optional DVD-based Navigation system
The 2012 Toyota Avalon sedan brings a new-generation DVD-based navigation voice-activated system that features a larger than normal LCD touch screen with improved graphics, more intuitive controls and an overall higher degree of user-friendliness.

Reclining rear seatbacks
Included on both 2012 Toyota Avalon sedan models, the 60/40 split seatback offers five positions of manually adjustable recline that adds even more long-distance appeal to the Avalon's exceptionally accommodating aft quarters.

Used 2012 Toyota Avalon Interior

To list the 2012 Toyota Avalon's interior attributes would take up more space than this review allows. Suffice to say a well-isolated cabin is at the top of the list, as is the lovely soft-touch padding on just about every surface. An Optitron electroluminescent gauge cluster is entertaining as well as easy on the eyes, and a reconfigured center stack plays home to the available DVD-navigation with its 7-inch LCD screen. With leather seating standard, even the least expensive Avalon sedan feels like a 5-star luxury car, and by opting for the available heated and cooled seats, some may feel they've gotten a Lexus at a Toyota price, and they just might be right.

Used 2012 Toyota Avalon Exterior

Last year's mild makeover brought a slightly more modern feel to the Toyota Avalon's nose and taillights, but the rest of the car remains ultra conservative and slightly dated. The 2012 Toyota Avalon sedan features bulging halogen/HID headlights and LED-infused taillights with plenty of chrome touches all over the car signaling its near-luxury intent. Both the base and Limited cars ride on 17-inch wheels and tires, but the Limited gets a handsome set of 10-spoke mirror-finish rims befitting its higher pecking order status.

Used 2012 Toyota Avalon Standard Features

The 2012 Toyota Avalon sedan boasts an impressive features roster that includes a full array of power assists, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, wood-grain trim, power moonroof, 9-speaker premium audio system with XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/Aux/iPod inputs, a rearview monitor, power front seats, class-exclusive reclining rear seatbacks, seven airbags and Toyota's comprehensive Five Star Safety System with new brake override circuitry. The Avalon Limited adds a 12-speaker/660-watt JBL Premium Synthesis audio system, full climate-controlled front seats, enhanced perforated-leather and wood-grain trims, 4-door Smart Key with Push Button Start, a power rear sunshade, full HID headlights and more. All 2012 Toyota Avalon sedans include electronic traction and stability control, front side-impact and full-length side-curtain airbags, as well as a driver's knee airbag.

Used 2012 Toyota Avalon Options

The extras list for either version of the 2012 Toyota Avalon sedan is a short one. Key enhancements for the standard Avalon include the same 660-watt JBL premium audio system that comes in the Limited – with or without a DVD-based navigation system that trims the disc count in the CD changer from six to four. Also on offer are heated front seats, alone or as part of a package that includes a driver-seat/power-mirror-memory system and an 8-way power passenger seat. Save for a dealer-installed remote engine starter that also can be fitted to the base Avalon, the Limited limits its options to the aforementioned DVD-based navigation system.

Used 2012 Toyota Avalon Engine

The 2012 Toyota Avalon sedan's sole engine/transmission combo – Toyota's 3.5-liter V6 and a 6-speed automatic transmission – delivers an impressive combination of swiftness, smoothness and economy. Although the engine's 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque are hardly the stuff of legend, it features efficiency-boosting VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) on both the intake and exhaust side. Coupled with a responsive multi-mode 6-speed automatic transmission, it helps this roughly 3,600-pound sedan impressively sprint from 0-60 mph in less than seven seconds.


3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
248 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29

How Much Does the Used 2012 Toyota Avalon Cost?

The 2012 Toyota Avalon sedan carries a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) that starts around $34,000 for a standard model and opens near $37,000 for an Avalon Limited. Adding the navigation system plus a few dealer-installed items can push the bottom line of a Limited version closer to $40,000. All of those Avalon numbers are somewhat-to-significantly beyond comparably equipped versions of its prime rivals from Buick, Chrysler, Ford and Hyundai. However, while it remains short on visceral excitement, the 2012 Toyota Avalon sedan in either trim continues to boast exemplary resale value compared to those competitors. As in the past, expect the standard model to hold a slight edge over the Limited variant in the long-term residuals department.

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Used 2012 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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2012 Toyota Avalon Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.

Technology

  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Navigation System
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Remote Engine Start
  • USB Port
  • Voice Recognition System

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Radio
  • CD Changer
  • iPod Connector
  • MP3 Player
  • Premium Radio
  • Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • CD Player
  • Subwoofer

Seating

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Cloth Seats
  • Dual Power Front Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Driver's Seat
  • Power Driver's Lumbar Support Seat
  • Power Driver's Seat
  • Power Passenger'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 - 23 mpg

Performance

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

Interior

  • Cup Holder
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Compass
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel
  • Wood Interior Trim

Exterior

  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Conventional Spare
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Spare Tire Type - Conventional
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P215/55R17
  • Wheel Type - Aluminum
  • Auto-Dimming Exterior Mirrors
  • Fog Lights
  • LED Tail Lights
  • Memory 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
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - 25000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 2 years
  • Scheduled Maintenance Miles - 25000 miles
  • Scheduled Maintenance Years - 2 years

Mechanical

  • Axle Ratio - 3.69
  • 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
  • Emissions Rating - ULEV
  • # of Speeds - 6 speed
  • CID - 211 cubic inches
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 3572 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 106.9 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
  • Towing Capacity, Maximum - 1000 pounds
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 14.4 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 36.9 feet
  • Wheel Base - 111.0 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 72.8 inches
  • Hip Room: Front - 55.8 inches
  • Hip Room: Rear - 56.2 inches
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2012 Toyota Avalon Safety

Crash Test Rating
Not Available
Frontal Crash
Not Available
Side Barrier
Not Available
Rollover Rating
4 
Side Crash
Not Available
Provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
2012 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 View Camera

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2012 Toyota Avalon Rankings

Horsepower
268 HP
MPG Combined
23 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.7 Rating
Rank
Vehicle
HP
#13
2012 Toyota Avalon
268 HP

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