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2011 Toyota Avalon XLS

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2011 Toyota Avalon XLS
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This week’s tester is all about keeping things simple, and it starts off with your experience at the dealership: the 2011 Toyota Avalon is offered in just one trim – XLS – and there are no options.

This is perhaps not exactly the type of vehicle I would head out looking for bargains on, but with only a short time behind the wheel I can already see the appeal, especially to those in their golden years — and yes, I just went there.

2011 Toyota Avalon XLS
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Bargain-priced and fully-loaded, the Avalon comes in at $41,100, with more than its fair share of gadgets, luxury and features.

The most obvious things included as standard are the DVD-based navigation system, heated leather seats, wood trim and sunroof. The not-so-obvious standard features are plentiful, though, including Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control, eight-way power adjustable driver and passenger seats, reclining rear seats, JBL sound system with 12-speakers and to ensure nothing gets run over, a rear backup camera.

Perhaps the golden years reference is a little harsh, but generally-speaking the demographic for the Avalon is a driver approaching or already well beyond retirement age. It’s a modern and, I assume, reliable replacement for the aging and no longer available Lincoln Town Car and the perfect car to hit the highway towards Montreal in for a Labour Day weekend wedding.

2011 Toyota Avalon XLS
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $41,100

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