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#248 of 266 Re: Avalon's length [toyman2]
Jan 14, 2010 (6:15 am)
I keep reading these comparisons to the ES350 to the Avalon. I more or less compare the Avalon Limited to the ES460. Why compare - why not just buy the Lexus. I didn't consider the Lexus for the substantial increase in price and the ROI. I will not buy another RWD. I have owned many RWDs in the past and the fish-tailing and lack of control was not for me. Given the hump in the back of the Lexus and lack of difference in options why even consider the Lexus. Yes Toyota could do a lot to refine the Avalon but the ride is just great to me, along with the comfort level in the driver and passenger seat. My wife loves to ride in the back seat of my Limited and recline the seat - next thing I know she is dozing away either from the comfort of the seat or ignoring me -- ha ha. It is good to do comparisons but it gets boring listening and reading to the same thing over and over. I considered the Camry but did not like its' size. I still get stares at my 2009 Avalon Limited and it shows off good riding down the highway. So the long story is if you want a Lexus go get one and reduce the comparisons --- if it does not meat with your expectations there is a used car buyer out there that would snap up your Avalon up in a heartbeat! Cars are like computers top me; trade up every 3 years or so to get the technical advantages --- life is too short to worry about what could be.
Jan 14, 2010 (8:32 am)
The posts by toyman2 and kg0b1 are right on. There is a certain demographic out there (me included) who will never buy anything but FWD. The Avalon is a comfortable, roomy, vehicle with good performance and 30 MPG highway mileage.
If you want some different features, buy a Lexus or one of the host of other vehicles that are out there. Let's just keep the Avalon pretty much as is, and we will keep buying them!
#250 of 266 Re: Avalon's length [kq0b1]
Jan 14, 2010 (8:44 am)
I agree with your feelings about comparisons. If you like a Lexus, buy a Lexus, if you like a Pinto, buy a Pinto. I have an '08 Avalon Ltd. and enjoy driving it and plan to keep it for a long time and I really don't care what other cars have. My other car is a '98 Sienna with 222K on it and heading towards 300K. I hope the Avalon can do the same. My first experience with FWD was in a '87 Ford Taurus. The first day I drove it I had to go to PA. I started out in an ice storm driving up over a mountain pass. Other cars were all twisted and in the woods and ditches but I keep going and when I got over the mountain there ended up being one foot of snow and I still keep going. I said to myself "I love FWD."
#251 of 266 Re: Avalon's length [tfelton]
Jan 14, 2010 (7:06 pm)
From the standpoint of having lived in New England (NH, MA, & PA) and the Pacific NW (MT, OR, WA), there are NO mountain passes in PA.
#252 of 266 Re: Avalon's length [wwest]
Jan 14, 2010 (7:37 pm)
That's right, it wasn't in PA.
#253 of 266 Re: Avalon's length [wwest]
Jan 14, 2010 (9:00 pm)
WW, I think you are bashing tfelton just because he owns an Avalon, and likes it!
I have one, also, and I don't want it to be a Lexus, or Venza, or ...., etc.
#254 of 266 Re: Avalon's length [popsavalon]
Jan 15, 2010 (7:26 am)
No, only because the only "passes" in the NE shouldn't be referred to as "mountain".
#255 of 266 Keep it as is
Jan 15, 2010 (7:47 am)
popsavalon is right, keep the Avalon as is. There is no better value in the car market today than the Avalon: reasonably priced; roomy; extremely comfortable, smooth, and reliable; unmatched fuel efficiency. Toyota would be foolish to change the new generation Avalon significantly. If it does, it will give up a whole segment of the market.
#256 of 266 Re: Keep it as is [carlupi]
Jan 15, 2010 (8:43 pm)
You summed it up perfectly. Since I've got nothing else to do right now I'll explain how I bought my Avalon. Back in February 2008 I had my 1998 Sienna LE in at the Toyota dealership for service and repairs. While I was in the waiting room (which has comfy seats, big screen HD TV, coffee, and doughnuts) I got bored and wandered into the showroom. It was packed with Caddy's, SUVs, and pickups; but in the middle was this jewel which I fell in love with right away. It was an Avalon. I told my wife I just found the car of my dreams, looked it over, we took it for a test drive and I bought it. Comparisons with other cars didn't enter into it. As far as Lexus goes I knew the name but nothing else and never paid any attention to any of its models or what it offered. A 2008 Avalon Ltd. is a far cry from a 1998 Sienna LE. The Sienna is a basic car (by today's standards) without any electronic/automatic gadgets. The gadget feature I like the best on the Avalon is the electronic key with the pushbutton start. That is so neat. I also don't care what the new models will have. I plan to keep the Avalon a very long time. I even bought the XM Radio lifetime subscription. Any way, that's my story.