2011 Avalon merges comfort with dash of sporty elegance
Aiming to bring class, sophistication and elegance back into driving, Toyota engineers have rolled out a redesigned Avalon for 2011.
"The Avalon has long been appreciated by smart, conscientious consumers who recognize quality materials and the beauty of detailed craftsmanship," said Bob Carter, group vice president of Toyota.
Under the Hood
The newest Avalon is an environmentally friendly vehicle. It is classed as an "ultra-low emission vehicle" yet still delivers impressive power and performance.
The Avalon's 3.5-liter, 24-valve V6 engine puts out 268 horsepower while managing an EPA estimated mileage of 20 city/29 highway. With these specifications, the Avalon is classed as an ultra-low emission vehicle.
Valve control is kept in tune by Toyota's latest VVT-i electronic valve control system. This keeps the engine running in the power band for maximum response in the gas pedal.
The engine uses electronic controls for valve timing with dual overhead camshafts to mix power and fuel efficiency. It is mated to a standard six-speed automatic, multimode transmission.
The front-wheel-drive vehicle uses MacPherson struts and coil springs on all four wheels with rack-and-pinion steering. The steering gear has been designed to give handling and turning a natural feel.
Comfort and Convenience
Toyota engineers gave Avalon's interior a total makeover. A new instrument cluster, accents and amenities give it an elegant feel. Yet, they managed to keep the cabin spacious enough to comfortably accommodate up to five passengers. Rear-seat passengers no longer need to be envious of front-seat passengers, as Avalon's rear seats can be reclined.
In their quest for classic comfort, Toyota engineers didn't neglect modern amenities. The 2011 Avalon has a built-in Bluetooth hands-free system and nine-speaker audio system. Drivers can sync their cell phones, iPods and other electronic devices for easy voice calls and streaming music all controlled from the steering wheel. The sound system is also ready for XM satellite radio. Optional equipment includes upgraded DVD GPS navigation and rear-view mirror back-up guide.
Wood grain trim complements the modern technology for a luxury feel, and new seat stitching and optional leather trim add to the classic styling.
The dual climate system is controlled from the steering wheel.
Avalon's optional newly designed front seats feature ventilation systems and leather trim. The back seat can comfortably accommodate three passengers, and an automated sunscreen keeps unwanted heat and light from interfering with backseat passengers. The sun screen automatically retracts when the driver puts the car into reverse.
The 2011 Avalon includes a long list of safety features including antilock brakes, vehicle stability control, brake assist and traction control.
Seven airbags – including curtain airbags for front and rear seats as well as a driver knee airbag – work with absorbing structural components, safety beams and active front headrests to protect passengers in the event of a collision.
Tire pressure is electronically monitored by sensors in each wheel. This gives drivers an early warning, allowing time to find a safe place to change a tire . A full-size tire on an alloy wheel is standard, so drivers don't have to rely on a skinny donut tire after changing a flat.