New York 2012: 2013 Toyota Avalon Is For The Roxy Music Fans, Not The AARP

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
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new york 2012 2013 toyota avalon is for the roxy music fans not the aarp

The closest I’ve ever come to dying in a car was at the wheel of a Toyota Avalon, and I credit the nice, long wheelbase, stable handling and strong V6 engine for helping me avoid a major catastrophe. The new 2013 model, with its swoopy styling, looks like something that just might get you into trouble rather than keeping you out of it.

The pictures tell the whole story of the revamped Avalon, with a totally different look both inside and out. Power numbers for the 3.5L V6 weren’t disclosed, but it should be at a minimum equal to the 268 horsepower in the Camry V6. A Sport mode button will be featured, as well as a whole suite of active safety features, including 10 airbags, blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic detection and a pre-collision system. Personally, I think the sloping roofline is the most interesting feature. Is it a concession to aesthetics while compromising rear headroom (ala the Mercedes-Benz CLS) or has Toyota avoided that problem? Previous complaints from more mature buyers (i.e. the Avalons target market) about this trend has me wondering.

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  • CJinSD CJinSD on Apr 06, 2012

    Love the color. The roof? Not so much.

  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Apr 06, 2012

    Ok so is it me or is the Avalon the answer to a question no one asked? I read recently the Camry is supposed to be the equivalent of the Toyota Crown in NA, so whats the point of this model? Seems like brand overlap, if a customer wants a Camcord feel/ride but higher up the food chain and can pony up the dough, a Lex seems like the logical choice. If the Avalon is superior to the Camry, why have the current Camry model at all, why not drop the Avalon name make it the Camry? This is the sort of stuff GM was doing with Buick/Olds/Cadillac, models across different lines which were all sort of similar and in GM's case all badge engineered. I'm sure there are subtle differences between the Camry/Avalon/ES350, but they are all generic FWD four door family sedans all based on a common design.

    • 84Cressida 84Cressida on Apr 06, 2012

      Camry, ES, and Avalon are all aimed at different people and aren't badge engineered bastard childs like the GM's you speak of. The differences are from subtle, too. I mean really? They don't look alike at all. The Avalon is the large sedan in the lineup and the flagship and there things on an Avalon you can't get in a Camry. My Grandparents won't buy a Camry, but they will buy an Avalon, and they're not alone in that thinking. Some people don't want to buy a Lexus and instead go for the cheaper Toyota Avalon. Nothing wrong with it.

  • Ernesto Perez There's a line in the movie Armageddon where Bruce Willis says " is this the best idea NASA came up with?". Don't quote me. I'm asking is this the best idea NY came up with? What's next? Charging pedestrians to walk in certain parts of the city? Every year the price for everything gets more expensive and most of the services we pay for gets worse. Obviously more money is not the solution. What we need are better ideas, strategies and inventions. You want to charge drivers in the city - then put tolls on the free bridges like the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges. There's always a better way or product. It's just the idiots on top think they know best.
  • Carsofchaos The bike lanes aren't even close to carrying "more than the car lanes replaced". You clearly don't drive in Midtown Manhattan on a daily like I do.
  • Carsofchaos The problem with congestion, dear friends, is not the cars per se. I drive into the city daily and the problem is this:Your average street in the area used to be 4 lanes. Now it is a bus lane, a bike lane (now you're down to two lanes), then you have delivery trucks double parking, along with the Uber and Lyft drivers also double parking. So your 4 lane avenue is now a 1.5 lane avenue. Do you now see the problem? Congestion pricing will fix none of these things....what it WILL do is fund persion plans.
  • FreedMike Many F150s I encounter are autonomously driven...and by that I mean they're driving themselves because the dips**ts at the wheel are paying attention to everything else but the road.
  • Tassos A "small car", TIM????????????This is the GLE. Have you even ever SEEN the huge thing at a dealer's??? NOT even the GLC,and Merc has TWO classes even SMALLER than the C (The A and the B, you guessed it? You must be a GENIUS!).THe E is a "MIDSIZED" crossover, NOT A SMALL ONE BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION, oh CLUELESS one.I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THE NONSENSE you post here every god damned day.And I BET you will never even CORRECT your NONSENSE, much less APOLOGIZE for your cluelessness and unprofessionalism.