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2013 Toyota Avalon

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2013 Toyota Avalon Limited Premium
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Oddly enough I was really looking forward to getting into this new Toyota Avalon. I say oddly, because typically a young guy like me would feel ashamed to drive one of these cars which have been typecast, perhaps rightly so, as “old man” cars. But I’m okay with that – I really enjoy floating down the highway and enjoying comfort and silence and I thoroughly enjoyed the previous Avalon I drove.

But it seems like things have changed at Toyota. They are trying to get away from that boring, old-man-car stigma and attempting to inject a little more sport and style into their designs, and the tried and true Avalon is no exception.

2013 Toyota Avalon Limited Premium
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My first impressions were that this car looked much more modern than the previous model, and the interior does not look like anything I’ve seen from Toyota in the past. In fact, the interior looks very Acura-like to me, with angles and leather and buttons – although not as many buttons as Acura, nobody has Acura beat when it comes to button gluttony.

What is not changed is Toyota’s tried and true 3.5L V6 powering the Avalon with 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque mated to their also tried and true six-speed automatic transmission. Also unchanged is the excellent pricing of the Avalon; the fully loaded Limited Premium that I’m driving comes in under $42,000, which is a lot of car for a little money. The base Avalon can be had for $36,800 and still offers what most people are looking for in a vehicle like this.

MSRP as tested (including destination): $41,850

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