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2017 Toyota Avalon XLE overview: One of many final soft cruisers

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I’m undecided if there’s a time period to explain it, however a given expertise tends to achieve the head of its improvement proper earlier than it goes out of date. I’m certain there have been some nice high-fidelity cassette tapes hitting the market proper earlier than the compact disc arrived, for instance.

Likewise, the Avalon is proof Toyota has just about discovered the cozy full-size front-wheel drive sedan components…simply in time for the crossover to achieve full family-hauler market dominance.

Think about the nicest Camry on the earth, stretched and barely better-looking. That’s the Avalon, and it’s received precisely what this section craves, or not less than wants: good-looking if subdued seems to be, easy (however hardly awe-inspiring) V6 energy, a surprisingly quiet and really purposeful cabin with good rear legroom, an enormous trunk and a suspension that would very effectively set some kind of benchmark for the idea of “consolation sprung.”

All-in, that is an especially comfy near-luxury proposition with a sub-$40ok price ticket.

And from the overboosted steering to the roll in corners, I believe the Avalon’s shameless cushiness is why I prefer it a lot — and why, have been I out there for one thing like this, I’d really feel completely effective not reaching for the Lexus improve. Except for a perfunctory “sport” mode, this Avalon has zero athletic pretensions.
You will get a theoretically sportier suspension with the Touring trim, however would you need it? It’s comfy being comfortable the place it must be, one thing which is vanishingly uncommon from immediately’s Nurburgring-obsessed luxurious manufacturers. In that sense, it’s a little old-school.

There’s loads of onboard tech, although, so in that respect it’s updated: The XLE bundle will get you adaptive cruise management and lane departure; XLE Premium provides a reminiscence driver’s seat, blind spot displays and a wi-fi smartphone charging pad. There’s no tech-derived “wow” issue, however I don’t thoughts. Does it have, say, BMW’s gesture-based controls? Nah. Did I miss not having the ability to alter the quantity with a hand wave? Nope.

The clear, very purposeful cabin might be extra essential than the outside, however the exterior is pretty well-executed, too. The twin mandates of enough rear legroom and a classy fastback-influenced roofline take the Avalon, and different vehicles in its class just like the Buick LaCrosse, dangerously near AMC Marlin territory proportion-wise (that is most readily obvious within the rear three-quarter view). But apart from a couple of awkward angles, the Avalon wears its strains, resembling they’re, with confidence.

The Avalon shouldn’t be a thriller by any measure, however that’s not why it exists. It has a kind of quiet (very quiet) competence which may simply make it the perfect in a section that, admittedly, shouldn’t be as scorching or hotly contested because it as soon as was. When you’re not too terribly involved about model standing or automotive athleticism, it is a very good automobile, and that’s meant as a real complement.

–Graham Kozak, affiliate editor

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Gallery: 2017 Toyota Avalon inside

OTHER VOICES: Airport transportation, however effective airport transportation. That is amongst my favourite biggish vehicles — horribly underrated in my view.

The powertrain is totally seamless, I received 30+ mpg on the freeway forwards and backwards to Metro airport. The trip is comfortable/borderline too comfortable, however after flying throughout the nation it felt excellent to my drained self.

The inside is refined and effectively constructed, there’s greater than sufficient room. This could possibly be the perfect inside in the marketplace for lower than $40Okay. The seats are massive and cozy, excellent for my fats butt. My solely beef with the cockpit is the too-cheap feeling shifter. In reality that is likely to be my solely beef with the entire automobile. In any other case all good.

We’ve mentioned it earlier than however it’s value repeating: That is the poor-man’s Lexus LS. It could possibly be the perfect passenger automobile Toyota makes.

–Wes Raynal, editor

On Sale: Now

Base Worth: $37,315

Powertrain: three.5-liter DOHC V6, FWD six-speed computerized

Output: 268 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 248 lb-ft @ four,700 rpm

Curb Weight: three,461 lb

Gasoline Economic system: 21/30/24 mpg(EPA Metropolis/Hwy/Mixed)

Professionals: Most likely among the best non-luxury vehicles you should buy

Cons: Not very thrilling, or cool

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