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#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.
#111 of 266 2010 Avalon - unchanged
Jul 26, 2009 (11:46 am)
Just got the latest issue of Motor Trend. In their new car buyer's guide section, they note the only change for the 2010 Avalon is a new color called 'Sandy Beach Metallic. Looks like those hoping for an all new or revised Avalon will be waiting a bit longer. This is certainly good new for those who purchased a 2009 as it will still be current for another year or so.
M. J. McCloskey
#112 of 266 Re: 2009 Avalon Limited MPG [kq0b1]
Jul 26, 2009 (12:15 pm)
Ok, so how many miles to a tank were you getting?
I just went on a trip to South Carolina from Maine (twice in the last 3 weeks), and I got:
511 miles to the tank
MPG went down as I added people and their gear to the car.
As for smooth, I'd say fine. As for comfort, my ass is still hurting. This I'm very disappointed about.
I added a folded quilt to the drivers seat to see if that would help. It did a little, but still not what I want to do, to be comfortable in my new car.
2008 Avalon Touring
Bought new in December, and now have 21,000 miles on it.
I will say, I had a friend drive the other day, and I sat in the back sit, and that was pretty nice. I did this because I have ANOTHER trip coming up, and I'll have my in-laws with us. We'll put on about 3,500 in 2 weeks and was wondering how comfortable or uncomfortable they will be. I think they will be ok.
I did drive a 2005 LS 430 today, and that was not enough better to consider buying. I may test drive a 2005 S430 Mercedes to see if that's any better.
#113 of 266 Re: 2010 Avalon - unchanged [mmccloskey]
Jul 26, 2009 (12:31 pm)
I am surprised but would think that an option or two will be included for the 2010. Dont matter much with me as I got mine in May and it is a honey. Read my remarks on the Iphone coupled to work with the Avalon. Friend tried hard to talk me into NAV and cruise options -- no worth the money; besides too many things and I will fall sleep while driving.
Thanks for the update
#114 of 266 2009 Avalon Power Adaptor
Jul 26, 2009 (6:18 pm)
I have a 2009 Avalon and love it. Only one minor draw back and that is auxillary power outlets that go off when ingnition turns off. I would like to modify at least one to stay on all the time for GPS. Has anyone done this?
Looks like it could easily be done in the underdash fuse box by jumping auxillary power fuse to fuel tank fuse. Looks like fuel tank door switch is always hot. Would have to insure there is no feedback to cold side of aux power fuse when ignition is off but this is easily done by cutting off prong to fuse on hot side. Could use a jumper tab for none hot side that goes to fuel tank switch fuse.
Would also like to see aux power in trunk for electric ice chest, etc, use.