Here is AutoPacifics 2002 Vehicle satisfaction Scores (need ACROBAT to read)Avalon tied with DeVille - read on... http://www.autopacific.com/pdf/2002_VSS_Booklet.pdf
Now how about a good word from AUTO.COM from 5/14/2002 - from Orlando Sentinel - "The modest Avalon still an engineering coup for Toyota" http://www.auto.com/reviews/aval14_20020514.htm
After a slow start this vehicle is finding much appeal. Not difficult to spot them on the road either. They are everywhere. Still see it as a wise buy. If the vehicle rates this high as years go by, the resale should hold up too.
p.s. - I was the guy that first posted the Toyota PRONARD photos of the Japanese model that is shipped from US. w/ the GPS and upscale gauges sheck it out - http://www.infolanka.com/org/ramadbk/BN2A.html
Let me know your thought of the ratings.