Toyota introduced the all-new 2013 Avalon to the public this past weekend in New York, raising the bar even higher against competitors like the Buick Lucerne, Hyundai Azera, Ford Taurus and the new redesigned Chevrolet Impala.
Since Toyota introduced its full sized Avalon sedan in 1994, it has become a common a sight at retirement communities around Phoenix such as Sun City and Trilogy. The Avalon has become a touch competitor in its class to be sure.
The bottom line is that people of the baby boomer generation and their elders grew up with traditional sized American cars. They like the feeling of safety and confidence they give, not to mention the prestige a larger car still carries in the minds of many.
Arriving at your Phoenix area dealerships this fall, the new 2013 Toyota Avalon is an all-new design that sheds the stuffy and conservative wrapper of the current model. Though it is actually a couple of inches shorter and lower, it appears larger than before with a rakish new roof line.
The new styling really gets your attention and has a much more premium feel. The look is a lot younger than before which may even attract more buyers who haven’t retired yet. A striking and strong belt line defines the sides and each end has beautifully jeweled light fixtures. The Avalon will be available with a variety of larger 17” and 18” wheels too.
The interior is all new but retains the big car feel. A wide sweeping dash incorporates higher quality materials and offers a crisp clean look. New refinements to the structure reduce wind and road noise for a cabin that was already one of the quietest available. The rear seat still has generous leg room and the headroom actually increases slightly.
Supple leather with decorative stitching trims much of the interior. Chrome trim is now of the darker smoked variety and LED ambient lighting is abundant. While Avalon has had a column shifter in the past, the 2013 gets a console mounted shifter and large cup holders. The Avalon will also offer a myriad of Toyota’s new infotainment systems that include their new Entune interface for your smart phone.
Amazingly enough, Toyota says the new Avalon is some 120 pounds lighter due to significant use of new high strength steels. Improvements have been made to the suspension with slightly stiffer spring and damper rates, more aggressive anti-roll bars and a retuned electronic power steering system.
The Avalon also gets Toyota’s new drive mode selector which offers a Normal, Eco, and Sport setting. The knob adjusts the character of the car from mild and efficient to sporting with adjustments to the engine control system, steering responses and transmission shift points.
Though Toyota has not yet announced powertrain information, it is expected that the 2013 Avalon will continue to offer a 3.5 liter V6 engine with at least 270 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission.