I recently purchased a 2011 Toyota Camry and I love it. The car looks great, has an amazing ride, and offered all the extras that I wanted (including a plug-in for my ipod). Great car and a great buy!
After researching and test driving several pre-owned luxury makes, nothing made me say, "Wow I gotta have this car!". Then by chance I came across a 2008 Avalon Limited, which wasn't even on my list. The price was several thousand dollars lower than my budget. So being the penny pincher I am, I was intrigued. Inside it was even more refined than some of the luxury brands I had become quite familiar with. Many components of this car use the same exact parts found in a Lexus of the same vintage (compare overhead and center consoles, steering wheel control knobs, power window switches). In the end, for me it was a no-brainer. I bought the Avalon. So I just got back from a weekend road trip (6-hour drive each way) with old college buddies. They insisted we take my car. Plenty of room in the trunk for everyone's stuff. Lots of power when you need to pass quickly. Cabin is just as quiet at 70+mph as 40 mph. No need to raise my voice so friends can hear the same old crazy stories we always tell. The adaptive laser cruise is a pretty cool piece of technology. But the first time it slows the car down suddenly because another car gets in your lane is a bit spooky. The front leather seats are very cush and have all sorts of power adjustment points. The ventilated (air conditioned) option on these is a great feature in hot weather. It's also fun to casually turn a buddy's dial over to high heat, then see how long it takes him to realize it. Back seats have two dedicated air conditioning vents pointing at the passengers from behind the center console. Anyone who sat in the back said the felt like they were in a limousine and could not believe how much room was back there. First-class seating. All that is missing is a flight attendant call button. The reclining rear seats and automatic rear window sun shade also wowed the crowd. JBL Synthesis stereo is incredible and sounds especially crisp in the back seats where 7 of the system's 12 speakers are located. Everybody brought their smart phones to hook up and play tunes during the drive. On the way home we were tired and everyone but the driver got in a good nap, which again proves the quiet and comfort of the cabin. I find myself just looking for a reason to drive this Avalon. Need somebody to run to the store and grab some bananas?... PICK ME! I'm very happy with my decision.
I have owned my 2008 Toyota Avalon Touring Edition for about 3 months and it has been pleasurable. It has the power that you expect when you push on the gas pedal, it also has a large amount of room in the interior and that is exactly what my family requires because we are over 6 feet tall. CONS: The paint job on it is one of the things I do not care for because the paint should be higher in quality, it seems that it will crack in less than a year. The spoiler was also screwed on too tight so it caused two dents on the top of it.