Toyota redesigns Avalon sedan for 2013
Toyota says it reworked the sedan to give it a more sporting character.
A dramatically restyled Toyota Avalon sedan was rolled out at the on Thursday, and the car goes on sale late this year as a 2013 model.
The new Avalon is slightly shorter and narrower than the current model and weighs about 115 pounds less. Created by Toyota's U.S.-based design and engineering staffs, the 2013 Avalon is marked by a long roofline that flows to the back edge of the sedan.
Toyota says it reworked the Avalon to give it a more sporting character. It did not release powertrain specifics but said the car can be switched among three drive modes — normal, eco and sport. The sport setting changes throttle response and tightens up the electric power steering. The car will also be equipped with shift paddles on the steering wheel.
Eco mode reduces throttle response and dials back power usage by the air conditioner to boost fuel economy.
Styling changes include a lowered beltline, flared front fenders and a smaller gap between the body and tires. The 2013 Avalon also gets a wider grille and projector-style headlamps. The tail lamps use LEDs.
Laminated glass in the windshield and side windows helps cut down on road noise in the cabin, as do redesigned door mirrors and relocated wiper blades. Toyota designers lowered the hip point of the front seats by 0.4 inch in increase headroom.
The interior is covered in leather and wood trim. The center console includes USB and auxiliary ports and three 12-volt power outlets. A 6.1-inch touch screen is standard, with a 7-inch screen with navigation an option. Other options include radar cruise control, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and a blind-spot-monitoring system.
Safety equipment includes antilock brakes, traction control and stability control. The 2013 Avalon will be fitted with 10 airbags.
Toyota will build the 2013 Avalon at its plant in Georgetown, Ky.
Must-See on MSN
In reply to Gene...
How fast do you want it to go?
I know for sure that it's much faster going down hill than going up.
Enjoy the ride.
If they don't mess up the mileage a typical Avalon gets 30+ mph highway and has enough power to comfortably pass on a 2-lane. The rear seat is huge, decent though boring handling, fairly quiet.
Trick question: What is the highest domestic content full-size sedan sold in the US? Avalon.
The current Camry should have looked like this car, since it appears to be a more natural evolution of the previous-generation Camry. The current Camry in its present form is quite ugly from the rear; this Avalon's tail end is much less uglier.