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#101 of 266 re: Avalon replacement … What would you like to see? [jemanner]
Jun 18, 2009 (6:32 pm)
I spoke to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc., the Toyota Motor Corp. subsidiary responsible for the Georgetown, Kentucky assembly plant that produces the Avalon, on 6/15/09.
They confirmed that a 2010 Avalon will be produced, although they would not share when production of the 2010 vehicle would begin. I inferred from their comments that no significant design changes would be introduced for the 2010 model year.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc. did indicate that the 2009 Avalon continues to be produced. They also confirmed that it is still possible to factory order a 2009 Avalon should you care to do so.
#102 of 266 Need a Redesigned Avalon
Jul 10, 2009 (2:09 pm)
The Avalon needs a major update or redesign in order to effectively compete with the forthcoming Ford Taurus and Buick Lacrosse, which should both be outstanding cars for the money. The Taurus seems to have more sporty pretensions and its close relationship to the Lincoln MKS is more than obvious. The Lacrosse seems to be more luxury oriented. Both cars in the low $30ks, well equipped. I don't think the 2010 Avalon will be competitive without a major redesign.
#103 of 266 Re: Need a Redesigned Avalon [kenb757]
Jul 11, 2009 (8:04 am)
Were I managing Toyota the new Avalon would be a RWD clone of Lexus GS with the Venza I4 but upgraded to DFI.
#104 of 266 Re: Need a Redesigned Avalon [wwest]
Jul 12, 2009 (3:35 am)
with the Venza I4
Hell no! Make it RWD, six - eight inches longer than the GS, and throw in the direct injected version of the the 2GR. Now were talking!
#105 of 266 Redesigned Avalon
Jul 13, 2009 (5:06 am)
Why would you want to redesign the Avalon from an honest 30 MPG, regular fuel, very roomy and comfortable sedan, with more than adequate performance into a more costly vehicle with the same features as a half dozen other Lexus, BMW, etc. platforms.
I have no desire to spend an additional 10K on a vehicle like this.
#106 of 266 Restyle but keep the mechanics.
Jul 13, 2009 (6:37 am)
Mechanically, the current Avalon is a total winner but needs updated styling to appeal to a wider customer base. Toyota should keep the outstanding mechanics from the current model, specially the very fuel efficient engine and silky smooth transmission, but redesign the sheet metal to eliminate its "frumpy" look.
I own a 2009 Avalon and cannot believe how a car of this size and weight can be so fuel efficient. I just returned from an 800 mile road trip during which I averaged 30 MPG while consistently doing 75-80 miles per hour on the highway.
#107 of 266 Re: Redesigned Avalon [popsavalon]
Jul 13, 2009 (7:45 am)
Lexus ES350 = Toyota Camry.....
No basis for assuming 10K $ increment.
Shared parts bin and design savings.
Common parts bin: Saturn = Chevrolet = Pontiac = Buick = Oldsmobile = GMC = Cadillac
Carries it a bit too far but you get the idea.
"..total winner.." FWD...NEVER...!!
Only if you live in the tropics.
#108 of 266 Re: Redesigned Avalon [wwest]
Jul 13, 2009 (11:59 am)
Your first line is exactly what I am talking about. An ES or Camry has not even close to the roominess in my Avalon. Maybe a little more performance in the ES with premium fuel. I have leather and don't need a sunroof or 17" alloys.
Not sure what the parts bin of mostly extinct GM cars is supposed to tell me.
I live in the south and have always felt that FWD was the best thing since sliced bread or maybe ABS. I think I had RWD last on my 74 Ford Torino Wagon.
#109 of 266 2009 Avalon Limited MPG
Jul 26, 2009 (8:57 am)
Fantastic gas mileage on a trip from St. louis to Kansas City, Ks trip. Highest mpg 30.3. MPG was better around 70 mph. Car rides so smooth it is amazing; also puts the wife to sleep it rides so great. Not sure what Toyota will come out with for 2010 but my 2009 is a winner. I have also compared it to the Lexus 350 for price and the Avalon is well worth the price over the 350. I think the 460 Lexus is a better comparison to the Avalon Limited.
#110 of 266 Satelitte radio vs using Iphone for XM/Sirus radio
Jul 26, 2009 (9:07 am)
The cost of buying the dealer equipment and installation for SAT radio is about $550. For those of you out there who have a Iphone think about adding the SAT application on the Iphone. Just hooked my Iphone 3GS into the auxillary connector and now playing it through the speakers. Works fantastic plus if you need GPS or directions just use the Iphone and save another $200 plus. Dont forget the mobile DC charger and additionally turn the sound up on the Iphone so you can control volume on the radio. Really love the Iphone for its portability.