By the end of this article, in methodical Perry Mason style, I will certainly encourage you, the jury, that the brand-new Avalon makes the Lexus ES330 entirely repetitive. Which it's Toyota itself that did the killing!
Not that new, however better
2005 toyota Avalon Limited
Base Price: $26,350 (XL) to $33,540 (Limited)
Engine: 3.5-liter V-6, 280 hp/260 lb-ft
Transmission: Five-speed automatic, front-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 111.0 in
Length x width x height: 197.2 in x 72.8 in x 58.5 in
Curb Weight: 3490 lb (XL) – 3600 lb (Limited)
Fuel economy (EPA city/hwy): 22/30
Safety features: Front and side dual-stage airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, pre-tensioning seat belts, anti-lock brakes
Major standard features: Cruise control; AM/FM/CD player; trip computer; power windows; mirrors; and locks; dual-zone automatic climate control; remote keyless entry.
Warranty: Three years/ 36,000 miles
If any parts carryover from the previous Avalon to this brand-new one, Toyota isn't heralding that fact. But as a whole design it's still a front-drive car with a V6 as well as a transmission; it still uses a MacPherson strut suspension up front as well as one more set of struts in the back; and also the fundamental framework is still unibody, obtained (at least distantly) from the Camry.
Nearly every detail has been fine-tuned nonetheless. And the most outstanding of those information is the drivetrain.
The engine is a brand-new 3.5-liter, DOHC, 24-valve, all-aluminum V-6 that generates a thick 280-horsepower according to Toyota thanks to "VVT-i" variable valve-timing on both the exhaust as well as intake sides, as well as a dual-stage variable manifold. Codenamed 2GR-FE, the Avalon's engine isn't merely Toyota's common 3.3-liter V-6 punched bent on 3.5-liters however an advanced version of the 1GR-FE 4.0-liter V-6 used in the 4Runner, Tacoma, as well as Expanse with 12-millimeters of stroke knocked off its crank. It's likewise the most effective V-6 Toyota has actually ever before pushed under one of its vehicle's hoods-- though the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline 6 utilized in the 1997 Supra Turbo is still Toyota's most effective six ever at 320-horsepower.
Matched to the new V-6 is a five-speed automated transaxle including substantial electronic controls including variable torque converter control and a consecutive sport mode-- its changes can only be discovered by skilled service technicians utilizing sophisticated magnetic vibration imaging.
The Avalon is a large automobile that weighs in between 3490 and 3600 pounds depending upon trim degree, so its mediocre 22 mpg city, 30 mpg freeway EPA gas mileage scores are reasonable. In fact those mileage ratings are up one mpg each from the Lexus ES330's.
The engine is spooky smooth, velvety in its power delivery, and dang near quiet in operation while the transmission's ratios seem flawlessly picked. If Toyota had actually bought up the earth's diminishing supply of 1980 Oldsmobile Omegas and also planted this sweet-natured drivetrain right into those rusting hunks it can most likely ... ah forget it, that joke was going no place. This is simply one of the most effective, quietest as well as best drivetrain Toyota has actually ever mounted in a front-drive vehicle as well as clearly above that in other "near luxury" machines. The Acura TL's 270-horsepower, 3.2-liter VTEC V6 as well as five-speed automated may be extra eager to skip on a back road, however the Avalon isn't really developed for individuals who "romp." And the Lexus ES330's 3.3-liter V-6 isn't really rather as genteel and also, at 225-horspower, nowhere near as powerful.
Is bigger always better?
Virtually inevitably (the 2005 Corvette is a notable exception) cars tend to bloat in dimension with each doing well generation. The brand-new Avalon is no exemption. The 2005 version's 111.0-inch wheelbase and 197.2-inch overall size are specifically up 3.9- and also 5.3-inches from the just-superseded generation. Thankfully that also pays off with indoor area as well as every considerable dimension other than front legroom (which is still well past appropriate) is up at least fractionally. Back legroom is particularly charitable. However freight quantity goes down 1.5-cubic feet somehow which's just mystifying.
While the previous two generations of Avalons were amongst the boxiest cars imaginable, the new one actually looks somewhat sleek. The new Avalon was styled in Newport Beach, California however continues the majority of the common Toyota style components including the thick C-pillars seen on the Corolla and Camry. It's a handsome cars and truck even if it's not particularly remarkable-- more Lyle Waggoner compared to Robert Redford.
Those same Toyota themes continue inside the cabin also. The buttons as well as manages all have that familiar Toyota look and also the design is restrained. However there are brilliant touches like the controller for the optional navigating system that arises from its nest under the sound system when its required as well as cuddles back in when its not.
All the instrumentation is easy to discover, very easy to check out as well as lit in "Optitron" magnificence. The seats typically aren't strongly reinforced, but they are extremely comfy. Past the called for front two-stage air bags, the Avalon comes side drape air bags for both the front and rear owners plus side air bags for the front travelers. Anymore air bags and the Avalon could be used as a flotation device.
New Avalons come in XL (well-appointed with cloth furniture), XLS (the XL with a nav system, moonroof, six-disc CD changer, and also natural leather), Visiting (a sportier suspension, deck looter, and CONCEALED fronts lights) as well as Minimal (crammed, consisting of a wood as well as leather wheel) trim levels. None of their cabin decor can be referred to as sparse, but all the petrochemical woodland products on screen in the line-topping Limited are sidetracking. The most tasteful Avalon inside is the Exploring version that consists of natural leather wrappings around the change handle, guiding wheel, as well as seats but is or else suppressed.
Whatever the trim degree, the Avalon interior is at the very least as great as the ES330's and the Limited (which includes a "Smart Key System" which allows the cars and truck to be begun when the key is simply in the vehicle driver's pocket) is much more thoroughly equipped. And the Avalon uses something you can not get on the ES330-- more space.
Drives like a Toyota
The Avalon is a device constructed extra for convenience compared to rate. The driving atmosphere is type of like sitting in front of the most effective stereo system sold at Circuit City; there are great deals of knobs and also dials to have fun with if you like, yet you're probably best off simply trusting what the designers constructed right into the system at the factory in the first place. This is a car that deals with the information far better compared to you could on your own.
The floor-mounted shifter has a distinct Mercedes-like entrance that takes some deliberate idea to browse even though it's actually just an electronic button system instead as well as not mechanically connected to the transaxle. Leave the moving up to the transmission nonetheless and also the vehicle speeds up with both dignity as well as vigor; this is a fast auto however not a boastful one.
While the XL comes on 16-inch wheels, the other three versions all utilize 17s with P215/55R17 all-season Michelins to get in touch with the pavement. The tires aren't loud, but they're not overly sticky either and the cornering restrictions on also the stiffer Touring design are moderate. The rack-and-pinion steering isn't especially fast, yet there's even more feeling as well as feedback on this new automobile compared to the old one. It's not truly sporty steering as long as it wants to admit that it's attached to a vehicle that's relocating.
Like the front-driver that it is, when the Avalon reaches its limits it transitions right into understeer. But it does not do so significantly and also with the optional Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), and digital Brake Help (BA) aboard it's tough to get into trouble with an Avalon unless you in fact intend it at some things as well as do not reflexively hit the brakes.
The Avalon inevitably drives a whole lot like, well, a Lexus ES330 ... just bigger and much more powerful.
Set up at the very same Georgetown, Kentucky plant that produces the Camry, there's absolutely nothing unique concerning the Avalon by any means. This is extra engaging auto compared to the previous Avalon, yet it's not a vehicle that really feels joined to a chauffeur's soul like a BMW 3-Series. Yet soul mates can drift apart, while partnerships improved logical and reasonable expectations are most likely to endure.
Those affordable expectations begin with the Avalon XL's eager base rate of $26,350 with the Touring at $28,600, XLS at $30,800 and also the Minimal at $33,540. That's not low-cost, yet flawlessly in accordance with the performance, convenience, and utility of the Avalon.
So the Avalon drives at the very least as nicely as the Lexus ES330, has even more area, is more powerful, improves fuel mileage, and also can be equipped just as lavishly. But the Lexus lugs a $31,975 base rate that's greater than any kind of Avalon other than the Limited? That makes no feeling. Because the Avalon isn't really simply a far better cars and truck compared to the ES330, it's a better Lexus.