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#1497 of 1735 2013 Avalon
Aug 07, 2012 (4:20 pm)
I visited with my Toyota Dealer today and met with the owner of the dealership. He told me one car will be delivered to the dealerships in Oct. Then he told me something I haven't read anywhere. He went on line and was surprised that he couldn't find it anywhere as well. Well unless he has been lied to, the Avalon as you all know will be available in a hybrid version, but guess what, a RWD (rear wheel drive and an AWD (all wheel drive) for more money will also be available, no more front wheel drive. I said it couldn't be possible that it hasn't been listed on the internet or anywhere at this point, but he assured me its true. If so, they have me definitely as a buyer, even though I'm not in love with the grill. Just thought I would pass this information on.
#1498 of 1735 Re: 2013 Avalon [marv15]
Aug 07, 2012 (6:40 pm)
Just curious, why would RWD or AWD make you a buyer?
#1499 of 1735 Re: 2013 Avalon [marv15]
Aug 07, 2012 (8:31 pm)
I'm responding to your message yet I wanted to answer the person below you. AWD, or RWD is MUCH better than front wheel drive. It changes everything, especially on handling. Wear and tear of the tires, so much will change.
For example, go about 80 MPH and try to turn sharp, not real sharp but sharp. You'll feel your 2011, or 2012 Avalon car sway. Almost with the feeling of flipping. Now with RWD, the car will handle soooooooo much better. Of course I can tell you how much better but I know it will handle better. A noticeable difference. Plus safer. With that said I have heard NOTHING of a RWD Avalon, or an AWD. Only in this blog.
Usually a RWD cuts down on MPG. Front wheel drive cars get better gas mileage but it's a lot of weight on that front end. Oh that's another thing. besides the handling, the weight of the car is distributed MUCH better. I'm guessing this is why the handling of the car is MUCH better.
I still don't like the grill but I would be interested in a RWD. That's for certain. I only hope the interior room will not be cut. Hope this helps and maybe some mechanic can weigh in on this conversation.
My Dad was a mechanic all his life. He swore by RWD cars. He's not around to explain why.
#1500 of 1735 Re: 2013 Avalon [marv15]
Aug 08, 2012 (7:02 am)
I for one would also be a buyer of the AWD model if it happens.
My guess is, it's joke of sorts. I say this because he can't be the only dealer who's looked online for information and did or didn't see the it will come as a RWD and AWD model, and if others had seen it, they would be talking about É that' just my take on it.
YES, I hope it happens, but my guess is it won't:(
Aug 08, 2012 (7:14 am)
There are many who like RWD, but they do not handle snowy conditions as well. Several friends have RWD cars and "park" them for the winter months. Also, a lot of rear foot room is lost with RWD. I for one hope FWD continues in the 2013 Avalon. If not, I will buy a 2012 so as to have it.
#1502 of 1735 Re: 2013 Avalon [ncee]
Aug 08, 2012 (10:43 am)
I personally think it's a joke of so sorts. Sales people have all kinds of ways to get people excited. Lying is one of them.
I would like a RWD Avalon but again I do not think it's going to happen. Why build a RWD, or AWD when you could just buy a more expensive Lexus. I think Lexus is RWD.
No, I suspect the FWD Avalon is here to stay. The only change I see in the future besides styling, is perhaps a hybrid. Other big luxury cars are now coming out with hybrids is why I say this.
I have 19,000 on my 2011. I'm happy with it. I finally got a good tech and found my steering column problem. It's now fix and I'm a VERY happy camper. My car is kept in my garage, and because I'm cripple I get the best parking places so I have no door dents that I know of. Yup, I'm happy with this big car.
#1503 of 1735 2013 Avalon
Aug 08, 2012 (11:18 am)
Well after spending the last 45 minutes at my local Toyota Dealer, and surfing the "Dealer Access" web site, we found NOTHING on RWD or AWD:(
He did say, that the model shown in NY was FWD, and they were told that nothing else would be available. He said his rep was in a few weeks ago, and that the hype is going MUCH better then they hoped and that they expect to sell a ton of new Avalons, and that he could expect to start seeing up-dates and more information the first part of September.
Oh, Nan48, they have already announced a Hybrid Avalon?
#1504 of 1735 Re: 2013 Avalon [ncee]
Aug 08, 2012 (1:53 pm)
Skip says: Oh, Nan48, they have already announced a Hybrid Avalon?
Skip, if this is a question then my answer is, I don't know. I only SUSPECT they will come out with a hybrid. I say this because Lincoln came out with one and I THINK other high end cars are coming out with them.
#1505 of 1735 Re: 2013 Avalon [nan48]
Aug 09, 2012 (5:49 am)
Thanks for you reply. I just wanted to see if your reason was close to mine and I see they are.
I know what you mean with the better handling of cars with FWD. I grew up in the hills and curves of AR and have slid around a number of curves and even used the RWD to pull our of some slides.
After leaving AR but going back for visits I would always find myself playing with someone who would see my out of state plates and start riding my bumper. I've had a number of them would try and keep up for a while but then decide that I might just be as good on the corners as they were. (I know some people never grow up)
Now with my Avalon I drive the corners like a little old lady. You have no feel at all when cornering to the point that I can't even tell where a slide would come from. I'm not sure the car wouldn't just overtun before it slid.
I also know when driving on straight highways at road speed I worry that I will need to make a quick evasive turn and if the car would hand it.
I also believe that RWD even rides better.
#1506 of 1735 Re: 2013 Avalon [gramz]
Aug 09, 2012 (7:29 am)
Yes, gramz, we agree totally. I love the 60's & Early 70's cars, rear wheel drive cars. Positive transaction and extra things like this was nice.
Handling is so important. Today handling takes second place to MPG. With gas going for 3.65 a gallon and rising it's no wonder.
My Dad died in 2006 at 86. He was a mechanic all his life and always hated FWD cars. He was my step Dad and we wasn't close, so he really never explained why. It was more than handling. Working on them is hard, (I THINK).
I owned my 2011 Avalon for about six months before I realize how it handled. I was running late taking my wife to Biringham for treatments. So one trip, I really put the pedal to the medal and came on the ramp really fast. I was surprised to find the Avalon handled so bad coming on to the freeway. I said then to myself. This car definally needs RWD. I still love the car though. I just believe it would handle better.
I also agree with someone who said it would not be good for snow. No, FWD is better for snow.
Take care, Bill 19,500 miles on my 2011 Avalon, Over two years old, July 16,