NEW FOR 2013:

– All-new model.

Built on the new lengthened front-drive Lexus ES platform, Toyota’s large luxury sedan moves away from its geriatric image and squishy reflexes thanks to contemporary styling and a chassis more intent on showing some athleticism rather than floating to the nearest bingo hall. The interior is vastly improved and the silken 268-hp 3.5L V6 carries forward. Lighter, less expensive and better in every way from the outgoing model, think of the Avalon as a bargain Lexus.

Along with the carried-over V6 is the same six-speed automatic transmission as the previous Avalon. All models – XLE and Limited – are exclusively front-wheel drive.

Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, acoustic glass, 9-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio with 6.1-inch display, Bluetooth capability, USB and auxiliary input, satellite radio, backup camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather seating, power 8-way driver/4-way passenger seats, driver seat memory, power locks, power windows with auto-up/down, optitron gauges, 3.5-inch multi-information display, auto-dimming rearview mirror with digital compass, tilt/telescopic steering with audio and phone controls, paddle shifters, ECO indicator, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, smoked chrome inner door handles, floor mats, all-season floor mats, cruise control, push button start with smart key system, sliding armrest, integrated garage door opener, trunk cargo net, map lights, power moonroof, dual heated power mirrors with integrated signal lamps, dual rear exhaust, smart stop technology, airbags (front, front side, side curtain, driver/front passenger knee, rear seat side), TPMS, and anti-theft system.

Limited trim adds ventilated front seats, perforated leather seating, power 10-way driver/8-way passenger front seats, aluminum door scuff plates, interactive TFT colour climate control panel, auto-dimming side mirrors, rain-sensing intermittent wipers, auto-levelling HID headlights, LED daytime running lights, blind spot monitor system, and rear cross-traffic alert.

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