The luxury car segment is full of vehicles offering numerous amenities and spacious interiors for a high price. These vehicles combines all of the expected features, seating for five adults, ample cargo space, and a high prestige nameplate such as Audi or Mercedes or BMW. Along with the name and all of the features is a high price tag. The large luxury vehicle class can command a price tag of more than $80,000. What if their was a vehicle that offered the large size, luxury features and amenities for a price of around $30,000? Would you be interested?
Toyota has been offering just such a vehicle fro quite some time now. It has flown under the radar with few buyers recognizing all that it has to offer for a bargain price. The vehicle is know as the Toyota Avalon and aside from carrying a Toyota nameplate rather than a prestigious tag such as Mercedes, you would be hard pressed to find many differences other than price.
The 2010 Toyota Avalon has a base price that ranges from $27,945 to $35,285. For the money, the Avalon is hard to beat in the luxury, full size class. The Avalon comes with a 3.5 liter V6 offering 268 hp. The engine is connected to a six speed automatic transmission connecting the power to the front wheels.
The Avalon comes with several standard and optional luxury features including leather seating, JBL Audio, seat and mirror memory, automatic climate control and all of the expected safety features.
The vehicle returns up to 24 mpg under normal driving condition making it one of the most fuel efficient vehicles in its class. It can seat 5 in comfort and offers a spacious cargo area for long trips. The rear seats recline to offer increased comfort and feature a a pass through for long objects, though the seats do not fold down.
The Avalon’s ride is skewed towards the luxury side. It has decent handling and grip, but the cushy ride is more suitable for long cruises than sporty driving. The interior of the vehicle isolates the passengers from road noise as the driver pilots on down the road.
The 2010 Toyota Avalon’s price is intriguing. The vehicle offers ample power, a spacious interior, countless luxury touches, great fuel efficiency, and a velvety smooth ride and interior isolation on par with the prestigious names. The fact that it does so for a fraction of the price makes it well worth considering. The Toyota nameplate may not by synonymous with luxury, but this vehicle competes well with the best in its class.