From the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2011 Toyota Avalon.
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2011 Toyota Avalon Review
Kelsey: Hi, I’m Kelsey Mays for Cars.com. We’re at the Chicago Auto Show. With me is the 2011 Toyota Avalon. It’s been substantially restyled this year with a new face, new tail and updated interior. We’re going to take you inside and out and show all the changes.
First off is the new nose. There’s a wider grille and it kind of flows more into these headlights which look a lot like the Camaro is actually with sort of accent and lenses on the middle. Honestly, I’m not wild about it. I actually like the way the outgoing Avalon look, the way with the bumper kind of float into the lower air dam. This kind of looks bottom heavy here, it looks squatter like it’s trying to be sportier and I’m not really sure that’s what the Avalon is.
Cabin volume remains the same. The old Avalon had lots of hinge doors over everything in the center and there was this frosted silver plastic everywhere. I mean seriously, it was bad. This is much better. There’s a more traditional layout around the center controls and the climate controls have a nicer sort of brush finished with their silver trim. I kind of wish that extended down here around the gear shift because this is kind of shiny or silver down here. It’s kind of what the old Avalon had a lot of. Plenty of room to spread out, the armrest now extends forward and backward for shorter drivers.
The Avalon’s v6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission carry over but gas mileage is up one mile per gallon and EPA ratings to 20 city 29 highway. It’s pretty impressive for a big car like this and like all other 2011 Toyota’s. The Avalon will have a break override system to mitigate unintended acceleration. That said, Toyota has a lot lost ground to make up in terms of lost costumer perception about quality. So in the 2011, Avalon hits dealerships to spring. We’ll have to wait and see how much it can help out on that front.
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