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#309 of 716 Wife got hers, I may end up with one too?
Jan 25, 2013 (11:24 am)
Yesterday the dealer calls, and said our 2013 Special ordered Limited just rolled off the truck. Amazing, as it was just being built this week. Keeping in mind, our dealer is 20 miles from the Toyota facility here in Kentucky, and the car still smelled like the interior of the Toyota facility, seriously, as I'm in that plant fairly often, and I know the smell.
We took delivery last night, and my wife was very impressed. Coming from a 2008 Infinity G35x, (She also previously drove a 2006 Avalon) the 2013 Avalon is so much preferred over the very soft suspension and ride of the 2006. Not as taut as the Infinity (a good thing), but a refined ride, with a sportier feel, yet comfortable. Steering feel is so much better. Seats are more supportive than the previous Avalon (i.e. Firmer). The fit and finish is top rate, and the held over 3.5 V6 is as sweet as ever.
So, while picking up the Avalon, I have my 2012 Camry Hybrid XLE in for its 15K service. Dealer temps me with a 2013 Avalon Hybrid, which they have a couple on hand, and offers a decent trade in for the Camry. I almost pulled the trigger, as I love the Camry Hybrid, so the Avalon Hybrid would be even better, but I came to my senses, and decided to hold off until we see how much she likes her Avalon. May end up being a 2 Avalon couple???
#310 of 716 Re: Toyota is courting a younger buyer with this new Avalon [jeffm5]
Jan 25, 2013 (9:11 pm)
Actually I went from an '09 Lexus ES to the '13 Avalon Limited. So sorry I did that. The Avalon has the worst ride of any car I've driven. It is so harsh and choppy I can't wait to trade it in for something else.
Jan 25, 2013 (9:37 pm)
Wish I had my '09 Lexus ES back. I really don't think going to different tires/rims will change the terrible ride of the '13 Avalon Limited.
I must say it has a very, very quiet ride and I love the technology package. But a lot of cars have that without getting beaten up to enjoy those options.
Jan 25, 2013 (10:16 pm)
I love everything about my '13 Avalon Limited except the ride. In California the roads have gotten bad due to the economy and the Avalon lets you know every time you hit a bump or pothole. I swear that on some bumps you will not be sitting in the same place, you will get jerked around in your seat.
I would get rid of this car today (after one month), but would be too embarrassed as I thought I was buying a luxury car...what I got was a sports tuned suspension.
On perfectly smooth roads, the ride couldn't be more perfect.
If you don't mind a very rough ride, it's a great car.
#313 of 716 Re: From An Older Perspective [ncee]
Jan 25, 2013 (11:56 pm)
Maybe I'll go back to a used
Mini or MG Midget
#314 of 716 Re: Update? [trespinosranch]
Jan 26, 2013 (7:00 am)
When I was on my home after taking delivery of my S60 I thought Geez, I don't remember the ride being this firm on the test drives. When I got home I checked the tires and they were way over inflated.
Jan 26, 2013 (8:29 am)
Yeah, that was my hope too. But the pressure was at 33 psi (factory specs) in all 4 tires.
#316 of 716 Re: Update? [trespinosranch]
Jan 26, 2013 (9:10 am)
Wonder if different tires might make a big difference like it did in my 2006 Prius?
#317 of 716 13 Avalon
Jan 27, 2013 (6:55 am)
Sat in the new Avalon yesterday at the auto show. I wasn't very impressed, its smaller than the older generation and I'm not a fan of the dash layout. The front end is worse in person as well. They took a radical departure from the 05-12 and not in a good way IMO.
#318 of 716 Re: 13 Avalon [tjc78]
Jan 27, 2013 (6:46 am)
Well I purchased a 2013, and after 2300 miles I traded it in on a 2012. Yes I was saddened by doing this on many levels.
The 2013 was a wonderful car on many levels. The fits, finish and trim was very nice. The looks of the cars, was also very nice, but or me the ride and smaller size didn't work for me.
I ended up trading it in on a 2012 Avalon. It's bigger, smoother and much quieter. Now some of this is likely to be because of things like the 17" tires vs the 18" I had on the '13. The fact that the larger tires were also low profile tires, so these were much louder on the highway than I was willing to deal with.
These are jut my thoughts on the car.
It would be interesting to hear what others think, and if they were go back, if not for the hit you take when trading in.