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Year / Model Reviewed:
2009 Toyota Avalon Limited
Very quiet, firm handling, well laid out controls
Seats could be softer
We've had our Avalon for less than a month but have put enough miles on to make a review of our own. After reading the reviews in here prior to our purchase, I felt I had the information I needed to fully check the car out while doing the test drive and negotiations with the dealer. Our Avalon does not have the navigation system, so that poor review I have been reading about did not apply to our purchase.
This car is a very quiet car to ride in. We test drove it on what has probably been our windiest spring day yet, and both my wife and I felt right away that this car was far quieter than what we were used to driving, which was a 2004 Buick Lesabre. Night and day difference, and our Buick was pretty pleasant to drive also. I have since did a comparison with my father's 2008 Deville, and I think this Avalon is so close in comparison with noise that it could be called a draw.
The shifting issues some of you have brought up are not at all apparent with our Avalon. This car, with its 6 speed automatic transmission, shifts so smooth you don't even feel it. I like how the car downshifts as you slow down. Nice feature.
The only negative, if I had to say there is one, is the seats. We have the leather interior, which seems to be very nice quality, although both my wife and I feel it could be plusher, or softer to sit in. The memory seat function is awesome, especially with my wife being several inches shorter than I am.
Overall, my impressions of this car is OUTSTANDING. I love this car. I think it will be a car we will want to drive and own for several years. We are both just 50, and this car is perfect for that age group. Younger folks may find it too plain or not sporty enough, but for us it is the ticket.
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