Traffic lights, gridlock, smog and honking horns, these nuisances are what many people associate with modern automotive travel. However, for some, travel is elegant and comfortable, not a hectic rat race. The Toyota Avalon exists for these people. With an impressive blend of beauty and poise, luxury and capability, the 2012 Toyota Avalon possesses the ability to turn any Monday morning commute into a relaxing cruise.
Available in Avalon (MSRP $33,195) and Avalon Limited models, the new 2012 Toyota Avalon sedan’s air of old-world charm is the only thing “old world” about it. Thoroughly modern inside and out, the front-wheel drive Avalon is propelled by a powerful and efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). The V6 produces 268 hp and 248 lb/ft of torque through a six-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) and sequential shift mode, and delivers an EPA-estimated 29 mpg highway.
To further bolster its modern credentials, the five-passenger Avalon comes standard with leather-trimmed seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, segment-exclusive 60/40-split reclining rear seats, a backup camera, rear-seat climate control vents, a power tilt/slide moonroof and a nine-speaker CD/MP3/SiriusXM Satellite Radio sound system with iPod® integration and Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity.
For the discerning customer who prefers an even higher level of luxury, the Avalon Limited trim adds such niceties as perforated-leather heated and cooled seats, rain-sensing wipers, High-Intensity Discharge headlamps, the Toyota Smart Key System with push button start and a wood-grain steering wheel and shiftknob. Optional amenities include a JBL Synthesis® sound system (standard on Limited) and a touchscreen navigation system with real-time traffic.
Outside, the 2012 Avalon displays an elegant and attractive body with a wide, substantial grille and projector headlamps. These features accent the wide stance of the Avalon. The headlamps feature a “light pipe” design that gives the vehicle a signature look in low-light situations while the integrated foglamps provide wide and dependable illumination. Standard 17-inch wheels, bumper-integrated dual exhaust pipes and nine exterior color choices round out the handsome and contemporary exterior.
The interior of the 2012 Avalon is generously spacious (106.9 cubic feet of passenger volume) and is comfortable. The cabin is swathed in rich elegance with wood-grain styled materials and coordinated colors. Aside from the Limited trim’s heated and cooled seats, the driver is also treated to an elegantly stitched sliding armrest padded with double-density foam. Rear-seat passengers enjoy 40.9 inches of legroom. A power rear sunshade (standard on Limited trim) protects the rear passengers from excess heat and sunlight, and will automatically retract when the car is placed in reverse gear. To keep all occupants as comfortable as possible, the standard dual-zone climate control system is equipped with a filter to remove pollen and dust while the nine airflow modes provide precise control of the interior environment.
Beyond comfort, Toyota ensures that you and your passengers will be safe and well protected. The Avalon is equipped with the Toyota standard Star Safety System™, which includes Vehicle Stability Control, TRAC Traction Control System and Anti-lock Brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist. Should this encompassing set of safety features not prevent a wreck, the Avalon is equipped with active front headrests, protective overhead structures and side impact beams, as well as advanced seatbelt systems. To make sure the car protecting you is also protected, the 2012 Avalon comes with a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Featuring one of the most refined rides with some of the most advanced features, the 2012 Toyota Avalon is the perfect combination of old-world comfort and contemporary design and amenities.