Last post on Apr 28, 2013 at 10:49 AM
You are in the Toyota Avalon
What is this discussion about?
#1540 of 1645 Re: 2011 vs. 2007 [number4avalon]
Dec 07, 2012 (7:20 am)
You are going to fall in love with the car. It's a wonderful car. I just traded mine in on the 2013, and well, I'm currently not sure, but I might have like the 2011 better?
Now give me a few months and I'm sure (surely hoping) I like the 2013 better:)
#1541 of 1645 Re: 2013 Avalon [_bill_wa]
Dec 07, 2012 (7:26 am)
Took my 2011 Avy in for 30K service and drove a new 2013 LTD. I was impressed overall with the car's handling, interior finish quality and the quietness even after taking into consideration of being new.
The front end was not quite as ugly to me as in the photos and videos but it was distracting. Kinda reminded me of the front end of the old Chrysler 300 of yore before the current model change of a few years ago. It was loaded with the BlackBerry QNX - Toyota (Entune) entertainment and NAV system and the electronic adjustable economy, sport and normal drive modes but it was not noticable. Listed at $40k. I am going to check out the Hybrid to see if the Camry propulsion system can handle the extra weight later this month.
#1542 of 1645 Re: 2011 vs. 2007 [number4avalon]
Dec 07, 2012 (7:53 am)
My wife traded her '03 very high mileage ES300 on an '11 loaded LTD at a Toyota dealer in late September. Net difference around 27K. The Avi was show room new w/13,000mi - a trade in that had been there less than two days. The previous owner installed door protectors which look like a factory install on the pearl white paint. We ponied up $700 additional and had the front end (half the hood, fenders, mirrors, bumper and door handle cups) covered with Clearshield -sometimes called clear bra - which is virtually invisible on the car. No more worries about rocks, gravel, and/or love bugs. I think the Avi trunk might be smaller than her (smaller) ES300 Lexus trunk was but all in we think it's great car.
#1543 of 1645 Re: 2011 vs. 2007 [ncee]
Dec 07, 2012 (7:55 am)
Make sure and give us updates on your 2013, I'm curious but I don't think I'll run out and buy one. I really like my 2011 and like I stated in previous notes I only have 21 thousand miles on it.
How's the leg room in the 2013? Power? Tell us more! Thanks for sharing,
#1544 of 1645 Re: 2011 Avalon steering wheel noise problem [mrbill541]
Dec 07, 2012 (9:20 am)
The steering column was placed under warranty after the mechanics put it on the rack and verified hearing the clicking. Similar problem and a recall with Camary I was told by service advisor. Recall for this on Avalon coming,I predict, as this fixed the problem.
#1545 of 1645 Re: 2011 Avalon steering wheel noise problem [mrbill541]
Dec 07, 2012 (11:27 am)
I had a clicking in my Steering column, it took me several visits for the dealer to finally locate the problem. It was very slight but I noticed it. The noise, movement bothered me so much I was just about ready to sell my car, then a tech noticed it. Today, all is good, it's the only problem I had with my Avalon so far.
#1546 of 1645 Re: 2011 Avalon steering wheel noise problem [nan48]
Dec 07, 2012 (1:14 pm)
That was a common thing. My 06 had the clicking column. When I explained that I was feeling it my dealer fixed it without question under warranty.
Dec 09, 2012 (9:31 pm)
Drove a 12 Avalon yesterday - I'm a fan anyway, but was quite impressed. Love what they did with the interior, drive was perfect, as always. Now, I guess I should compare the 13 with it one of these days.
#1548 of 1645 Re: 12 [nvbanker]
Dec 10, 2012 (12:01 am)
I thought you owned a 2011. Surely you don't have that many miles on your car. Lets us know what you think about the 2013. I am told the 2012 isn't any differnt from the 2011's. I am curious abut the 2013 though. Thanks for sharing,
#1549 of 1645 Re: 12 [nan48] [NCEE]
Dec 10, 2012 (5:40 am)
I had a 2011, which I just traded in on the All New 2013 Avalon:) Here is a quick run through of my thoughts so far.
***Some of this likely has changed, as I've now owned the car 6 days, but it's good reading until I do update it.
First impressions on my 2013avalon:)
Ok, we'll I just got back from my first short trip with my new toy. Here are my thoughts.
First off let me me start with a BIG
Quiet, smooth, comfortable pleasant to drive.
Seats are much more comfortable then I expected on a longer drive.
The trip was about 200 miles round trip. Mostly back roads 45 - 55 mph, and light snow all day.
I didn't think about it until I tried to load CD's, as it appears it only holds 1. I'm sure this is because of entunes and the fact it can play a iPod.
I still find the switches / controls on the top right a bit to far, but not a big deal. The lights are very nice, both headlights for lighting the road as well as the interior lights.
Something odd, is that my cell phones turns on and off all by itself, which never happened with my old Avalon, and it is the car, because when the cell phone is on my desk at workor counter at home, it doesn't do it.
The front seat heater is very good and seems more powerful than my old Avalon.
The collision avoidance is real nice.
Right Now I don't like the new radio station presets, a bit more work then the old system, but I can see where it will be easier once I get use to it.
The 3 driving modes are interesting, but I didn't pay attention much attention to them yet, so I can't comment much. I can say you can see and feel the difference when you select each mode.
The electric steering is REAL nice.
I liked the 3 trays / pockets on the old Avalon better. Things seemed to fit better and easier.
I love the coin tray up front.
I like the digital speedometer which is handy when setting the cruise control at 9mph over the speed limit
I REALLY like the solid feel when opening and closing the doors
I'm sure there will be more as I get more time behind the wheel, but that's for now.