I love this car. My last three cars were BMW 3 & 5 series. Great cars but once off warranty the BMW's were killing me with repairs. I started renting cars to try several. Once I got to the Avalon I was done. OUTSTANDING! The V6 is suprisingly powerful, yet, conservative HWY driving yields me 31 MPG. Then, I was shocked to find that even my base model handled suprisingly well. Well planted and confident in the turns, stable braking and weight shifts, and even the base comes with heated seats. I would choose a higher level next time for rear camera, larger (better looking) wheels and paddle shifters (like my rental had, fun). I highly recommend the 2013 Toyota Avalon. Interior finish could be higher quality, controls are so-so. Overall great!
This car does everything that it's supposed to do, and it does it very well. It is supremely comfortable, smooth and quiet to drive. It has excellent power off the line and for highway passing, yet still gets commendable fuel economy for a full size car. The back seat is huge and easily accommodates three people, and the trunk is roomy as well. Factor in Toyota reliability and it becomes a great value in the long run.
The backseat doesn't fold down, the clock cannot be set to a 24 hour clock (the US is the only country that uses a 12 hour clock), you cannot re-arrange set radio stations nor delete ones you've set, the leather on the seats is a poor quality and just within 4 months I have had to put a seat cover to prevent further deterioration, I had factory installed Remote Start which starts inconsistently...is only set for 10 minutes (I want 20 so the ice would actually melt)....and the car turns off as soon as your hand touches the door handle; I'm told that's a safety feature but I've had remote starts before and unless you have the key fob the car would turn off as soon as you step on the brake to put the car in gear (not THAT'S security!)