Toyota Avalon 2012 – Toyota Avalon 2012 get power from a 3.5-liter V-6 with 268 horsepower, which shuffles to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. It’s the new norm in big family sedans, and the Avalon a little more like its competition with every passing year–there’s a touch of vibration and noise in the current car under full throttle, for example. You may also see the 2012 Toyota Tundra. It can perform very briskly from a stoplight, despite the luxury-liner looks and cushy seats, but the transmissions on past test vehicles have felt a little less than perfectly smooth. A manual shifting mode exists, and we’re convinced we were the first ones to try it out on the test car provided.
The Avalon’s the rare Toyota with decent on-center steering feel. It’s light from that point to any point on the arc, but that’s precisely what attentive but unengaged drivers need. The cushy suspension, though, is at odds with any need to quickly change direction, and there’s lots of body motion.
The 2012 Toyota Avalon buyers have an extensive array of standard features and options staring them down when it comes time to order their sedan. Stick with the base trim and the Avalon is an exceptional value: each one comes with a sophisticated audio system with satellite radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth audio streaming, as well as steering-wheel controls. The USB port hides in the center console, by the way, so hiding your media player in a convenient place isn’t the journey it can be in other family sedans.
The 2012 Toyota Avalon does tend to stray well into Lexus territory if you don’t keep watch on options. One Avalon we’ve tested wore a pricetag of $34,094, including just floor and trunk mats, and a $900 JBL audio system with CD changer and Bluetooth streaming—and that’s without a navigation system or Limited trim.
The 2012 Toyota Avalon earns an EPA rating of 19/28 mpg, a figure that Toyota says will best the gas-only version of the Buick LaCrosse. Of course, Buick now fields an eAssist LaCrosse with up to 32 mpg on the highway, while the new Hyundai Azera boasts a highway rating of 29 mpg, just a mile per gallon better than the Avalon.
Toyota’s promised that all of its vehicles would have a hybrid option by 2020, but as of yet, there are no plans to fit the current Avalon with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive, despite the fact the Avalon shares its architecture and its assembly plant with the Camry Hybrid. Relative to most other vehicles that can also fit five or six occupants with the same level of comfort—namely, large crossover vehicles like the Buick Enclave or Ford Flex—that makes the Avalon a very green machine.
Specs and Price
- Gas Mileage 19 mpg City/28 mpg Hwy
- Engine Gas V6, 3.5L
- EPA Class Large
- Style Name 4dr Sdn (Natl)
- Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
- Passenger Capacity 5
- Passenger Doors 4
- Body Style 4dr Car
- Transmission 6-speed automatic ECT-i transmission w/sequential shift
- Price $33,195
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