By the end of this post, in methodical Perry Mason fashion, I will certainly encourage you, the court, that the new Avalon makes the Lexus ES330 entirely repetitive. Which it's Toyota itself that did the killing!
Not that all brand-new, but much better
2005 toyota Avalon Xls
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 components carryover from the previous Avalon to this new one, Toyota isn't really heralding that. But in general layout it's still a front-drive sedan with a V6 and an automatic transmission; it still utilizes a MacPherson strut suspension up front as well as another collection of struts in the back; and also the fundamental structure is still unibody, derived (a minimum of distantly) from the Camry.
Almost every detail has actually been tweaked nonetheless. And one of the most remarkable of those details is the drivetrain.
The engine is a new 3.5-liter, DOHC, 24-valve, all-aluminum V-6 that creates a thick 280-horsepower inning accordance with Toyota thanks to "VVT-i" variable valve-timing on both the exhaust and also intake sides, and a dual-stage variable manifold. Codenamed 2GR-FE, the Avalon's engine isn't really simply Toyota's ubiquitous 3.3-liter V-6 punched bent on 3.5-liters however an innovative variation of the 1GR-FE 4.0-liter V-6 utilized in the 4Runner, Tacoma, as well as Tundra with 12-millimeters of stroke knocked off its crank. It's likewise the most effective V-6 Toyota has ever before pushed under among 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 6 ever at 320-horsepower.
Matched to the brand-new V-6 is a five-speed automated transaxle featuring extensive electronic controls consisting of variable torque converter control and also a sequential sporting activity setting-- its changes could just be identified by qualified specialists using innovative magnetic resonance imaging.
The Avalon is a large auto that weighs in between 3490 and also 3600 extra pounds depending upon trim degree, so its so-so 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway EPA mileage scores are reasonable. Actually those mileage scores are up one mpg each from the Lexus ES330's.
The engine is scary smooth, velvety in its power shipment, and dang near silent in operation while the transmission's proportions appear perfectly chosen. If Toyota had actually bought up the planet's decreasing supply of 1980 Oldsmobile Omegas and also planted this sweet-natured drivetrain into those rusting hulks it can possibly ... ah forget it, that joke was going nowhere. This is merely one of the most effective, quietest as well as smoothest drivetrain Toyota has ever before mounted in a front-drive automobile and plainly above that in various other "near deluxe" makers. The Acura TL's 270-horsepower, 3.2-liter VTEC V6 and also five-speed automated could be more eager to skip on an alley, but the Avalon isn't developed for individuals who "prance." As Well As 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?
Practically inevitably (the 2005 Corvette is a notable exception) cars and trucks tend to bloat in dimension with each prospering generation. The new Avalon is no exception. The 2005 model's 111.0-inch wheelbase and also 197.2-inch total size are specifically up 3.9- as well as 5.3-inches from the just-superseded generation. Luckily that additionally pays off with interior area and also every significant dimension other than front legroom (which is still well beyond appropriate) is up at least fractionally. Back legroom is particularly charitable. Nevertheless cargo volume goes down 1.5-cubic feet somehow which's simply mystifying.
While the previous two generations of Avalons were amongst the boxiest sedans imaginable, the new one in fact looks rather smooth. The brand-new Avalon was styled in Newport Beach, The golden state yet carries forward a lot of the generic Toyota style aspects consisting of the thick C-pillars seen on the Corolla and Camry. It's a good-looking cars and truck even if it's not especially unforgettable-- even more Lyle Waggoner compared to Robert Redford.
Those same Toyota motifs carry forward inside the cabin too. The switches and manages all have that familiar Toyota feel and look and also the decoration is restrained. Nonetheless there are clever touches like the controller for the optional navigating system that arises from its nest under the stereo when its required as well as snuggles back in when its not.
All the instrumentation is very easy to locate, easy to read and also lit in "Optitron" glory. The seats aren't aggressively bolstered, yet they are exceptionally comfortable. Beyond the needed front two-stage air bags, the Avalon comes side drape air bags for both the front as well as back owners plus side air bags for the front passengers. Any more airbags and the Avalon could be used as a flotation device.
New Avalons can be found in XL (fully equipped with towel furniture), XLS (the XL with a nav system, moonroof, six-disc CD changer, and leather), Exploring (a sportier suspension, deck looter, as well as HID fronts lights) and Minimal (packed, including a wood as well as natural leather steering wheel) trim levels. None of their cabin design can be described as thin, yet all the petrochemical woodland products on display screen in the line-topping Limited are distracting. The most tasteful Avalon interior is the Touring model that consists of leather coverings around the change handle, steering wheel, as well as seats however is or else suppressed.
Whatever the trim degree, the Avalon inside is at least as good as the ES330's as well as the Minimal (that includes a "Smart Secret System" which permits the vehicle to be begun when the trick is simply in the motorist's pocket) is much more adequately geared up. As well as the Avalon provides something you cannot jump on the ES330-- more area.
Drives like a Toyota
The Avalon is a maker built extra for comfort than rate. The driving atmosphere is type of like sitting in front of the most effective stereo system cost Circuit City; there are lots of knobs and also dials to play with if you like, however you're probably best off simply trusting just what the designers developed into the system at the manufacturing facility in the first place. This is a cars and truck that manages the details far better than you could on your own.
The floor-mounted shifter has a distinctive Mercedes-like entrance that takes some intentional idea to browse although it's actually simply an electronic switch mechanism instead and also not mechanically connected to the transaxle. Leave the moving approximately the transmission nonetheless and the car increases with both dignity and vigor; this is a fast car however not a boastful one.
While the XL comes on 16-inch wheels, the various other 3 designs all utilize 17s with P215/55R17 all-season Michelins to connect with the pavement. The tires aren't loud, but they're not excessively sticky either and also the cornering limits on also the stiffer Touring model are small. The rack-and-pinion guiding isn't really especially fast, but there's even more feel and also feedback on this brand-new auto compared to the old one. It's not actually flashy steering as much as it wants to confess that it's affixed to an automobile that's moving.
Like the front-driver that it is, when the Avalon reaches its restrictions it transitions right into understeer. However it doesn't do so drastically as well as with the optional Vehicle Security Control (VSC), Grip Control (TRAC), and electronic Brake Assist (BA) aboard it is difficult to obtain right into trouble with an Avalon unless you actually aim it at some object and also don't reflexively hit the brakes.
The Avalon inevitably drives a lot like, well, a Lexus ES330 ... just bigger as well as extra effective.
Assembled at the same Georgetown, Kentucky plant that creates the Camry, there's nothing exotic regarding the Avalon whatsoever. This is a lot more appealing car than the previous Avalon, yet it's not an auto that really feels joined to a motorist's spirit like a BMW 3-Series. Yet soul mates could wander apart, while relationships built on rational as well as reasonable expectations are more probable to endure.
Those sensible expectations start with the Avalon XL's eager base price of $26,350 with the Visiting at $28,600, XLS at $30,800 and the Limited at $33,540. That's not low-cost, yet flawlessly in accordance with the efficiency, convenience, as well as energy of the Avalon.
So the Avalon drives at least as perfectly as the Lexus ES330, has even more space, is a lot more effective, gets better gas mileage, as well as can be furnished just as lavishly. But the Lexus brings a $31,975 base price that's greater than any kind of Avalon except the Limited? That makes no sense. Due to the fact that the Avalon isn't just a far better automobile than the ES330, it's a better Lexus.