2013 Toyota Avalon Sedan - FROM $30,990
With new features and a new look for 2013, the Toyota Avalon should maintain its status as a top choice for a full-size sedan.
What's New for 2013
The 2013 Toyota Avalon is fully redesigned.
As Toyota flirted with its status as the world's largest automaker, the company seemingly forgot about building cars that connected on visual and emotional levels. A recently redesigned Camry sent the first signal that Toyota was serious about making interesting cars again. The 2013 Toyota Avalon is the next.
A wide-mouth lower grille highlights the Avalon's new front end, while hood channels and narrow headlamp lenses contribute to a more forceful presentation in the rearview mirror. The rear end, meanwhile, is pulled together more tightly, with LED taillamps extending onto the trunk lid and connected with a chrome strip.
The Avalon remains front-wheel drive and still rides atop a 111-inch wheelbase, but overall it's slightly shorter and wider than the current model. A stiffer body and revised suspension settings promise improved ride and handling, though you can still expect the Avalon to place comfort as its number-one priority. Toyota hasn't released engine specs yet, but a 3.5-liter V6 is almost a certainty, as is a six-speed automatic transmission.
Despite the new Avalon's smaller dimensions, interior room is actually up thanks to a greater range of seat adjustments and more efficient sunroof packaging. The trunk is also larger. Inside, Toyota promises higher-quality materials and new features. Expected options include a premium JBL sound system, navigation, adaptive cruise control, heated and ventilated seats, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Toyota is positioning the 2013 Avalon as an American sedan, built in U.S. factories for American tastes. Given what we've seen, the new Avalon appears to have what it takes to compete with the Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus and Hyundai Azera when it goes on sale in December. Check back for a full review of the 2013 Toyota Avalon, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.