I can't say enpough about this car. It is comfortable, smooth, responsive, and reliable. Since I've owned it I've had no buyers remorse. I see that some people have complained about cabin noise and cornering issues. I have no idea what they are talking about.
It's a full size car with plenty of room for 5 adults and plenty of trunk space even though I have a battery pack in the trunk since my car is a Hybrid. It's now getting 37mpg!!! It's a dream to drive, quiet, and responsive. For such a large car it handles extremely well, easily getting in and out of tight spaces. Fully loaded with technology I savef about $6,000 compared to the Lexus ES 300h and I still have all identical technology.
Great car for a big guy. I'm 6'3 and 360 lbs. (at the time I bought). Leg room is great. I'm not jammed up by the center console like other cars do me. Entry in and out is easy (that's why I bought this rather than a later model). I bought it 6 yrs ago. No problems. Accelerates well in emergency passing situations. It's so quiet; even when idiling. My dad had to ask me one day was it really running (lol). Just routine maintenance; no mechanical breakdowns. I've alway taken it to my T-dealer. You can't beat geniuine Toyota parts--even window wiper blades. It's worth it in the long run. I bought it with 47k and I now have 142,000 on it. Mine was an XL but looked inside and out like the picture above sans foglights and faux wood trim and moon roof. My first car was a '73 super beetle stick, and since then I've had a buick, a bonneville and two other Toyotas. And by far, Toyota has been the best, most reliable car I've ever had (well, may be the bug). And my Toyotas were all used. You can't go wrong with the Avalon. You can't go wrong with C-max.