Never had a Toyota. Drove Honda and Volvo wagon in the past. Hands down this model and year is the best car. A smooth and comfortable (luxurious) ride. In addition, it is a beautiful car. Unfortunately I did not like the models beyond 2012...too small. I get compliments every where I go (most can't believe it is a 2012 model). Found a jewel!
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!
The last car we owned was a 2000 Toyota Avalon. We drove it for 16 years and would be driving it yet if my husband had not totaled it last December. It had 171,000 miles on it and it never gave any trouble. When we went to buy another car there was no question as to what car we would buy. We only looked at Avalons. In the 16 years since we bought our last car they have made so many technical advances that this car is loaded to the hilt with everything uou could put on a car. It is a dream car. We love Avalons because of the safety, reliability, interior size, gas mileage,etc. This car has so many little compartments to put things. They have used every little space. We love it, love it, love it!