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#352 of 716 Toyota Avalon 2012 vs 2013
Feb 06, 2013 (9:38 am)
I have had several Avalons my first was a 2001 then 2004 which I gave to my daughter it has 100k and still going strong and a 2009. All gave excellent performance and that comfortable Avalon ride, which we had gotten used to. I waited for the new 2013's to come out with anticipation.
The test drive in a 2013 Limited was disapointing that smoothness of the past cars was gone . Everytime I drove over an expansion joint in the road there was a jarring jolt that I had never felt before. What to do ? Perhaps a Lexus E350 would suffice, not even close, after taking one out a test it is nothing more than a loaded up Camry. The 18 inch tires on both cars do not help one bit.
This only complicated the whole process, perhaps it was best to keep the 2009 with 56K on it. Then after a service visit to Lakewood Toyota in new Jersey I spotted a lonley 2012 Limited leftover in the back of the dealership it was Sand Mica (not my favorite color). 39,900 sticker. After the usual back and forth we drove it away for 32K and we still have the Avalon ride. Thanks to the many posters for their input and a pox on Toyota for snubing their faithful former owneers even though their average is 67. Time will tell if those wipersnappers will be as loyal. The 2009 was given to my daughter and she could not have been happier the 2004 went to a Sandy we keepthem rolling.
#353 of 716 Re: Toyota Avalon 2012 vs 2013 [jd21me]
Feb 06, 2013 (10:51 am)
Pretty much why I traded my New 2013 Avalon in as well.
I miss some of the cool tech stuff, but I LOVE the ride, comfort, quietness of my 2012 Avalon in Cypress Green.
I traded my 2008 Avalon Touring Edition in on my 2011 Avalon LTD, that I traded in on my 2013 Avalon, that I traded after 2300 miles, on the 2012 Avalon.
With all the current models they offer, I think they should have had:
Avalon LE (Light / limited edition)
Avalon SE (SPORTS Edition)
Avalon LTD (Olde fart version)
#354 of 716 Re: Toyota Avalon 2012 vs 2013 [jd21me]
Feb 06, 2013 (11:22 am)
Perhaps a Lexus E350 would suffice, not even close, after taking one out a test it is nothing more than a loaded up Camry? the es350 has the exact same 2012 avalon engine.not as big as the avalon but was the ride that bad? i say this cuz i have a 2012 avalon and soon will be trading it in for a 2013 es350
#355 of 716 Re: Toyota Avalon 2012 vs 2013 [djrc08861]
Feb 06, 2013 (11:44 am)
I'm pretty sure the new Avalon and ES are the same size now, little smaller than the 2012 Avalon, but larger than the Camry. I haven't driven either yet. Keeping my LS for quite a while longer I think. But if they have tried to turn the Avalon OR the ES into a sports car, it's a mistake. I like the idea above of the different model choices.
My GM at the Lexus store told me, they Lexus goal is to provide a Reliable BMW now. I am ok with that to some degree - but not if it becomes uncomfortable, noisy or bumpy. And I'm not a fan of the damn mouse.
#356 of 716 Re: Toyota Avalon 2012 vs 2013 [nvbanker]
Feb 06, 2013 (11:57 am)
nice.i originally want the LS.cost too steep though and i won't settle for a used one.so im buying a new es.the fact that its almost as big as the avalon is reason im getting it
#357 of 716 Re: Toyota Avalon 2012 vs 2013 [djrc08861]
Feb 06, 2013 (12:32 pm)
Are you getting the ES with the 17" or 18" tires? I believe the 18" tires are an option. Would appreciate your comments on the configuration.
#358 of 716 Re: Toyota Avalon 2012 vs 2013 [geo123]
Feb 06, 2013 (12:34 pm)
17.they say ride is smoother.just confused with all the packages.lexus makes it difficult with 7 different packages.avalon was way more simpler to buy
#359 of 716 Re: Toyota Avalon 2012 vs 2013 [djrc08861]
Feb 06, 2013 (3:10 pm)
For looks and handling, many newer cars are using 18" and larger rims and these almost always give a harsher, rougher ride. Also, the lower profile tires that come on those rims don't last too long.
#360 of 716 Avalon vs Lexus E 350
Feb 07, 2013 (8:38 am)
The Lexus E350 has smaller dimensions than the Avalon by two to three inches in all areas, front shoulder room rear shoulder and leg room. It is built on the Camry platform where the Avalon is an entirely different vehicle. The 17 vs 18 inch tires make a big difference although I did not drive a Avalon Premium which has 17's and the bare bones E350 does also. i just feel that Toyota has abandoned the over 60 set for a younger group. Those looking for the old Avalon ride in a 2013 will just have to look elsewhere.
#361 of 716 Re: Avalon vs Lexus E 350 [jd21me]
Feb 07, 2013 (9:21 am)
With all due respect, the ES 350 is now built on the Avalon platform and the interior dimensions, leg,hip,headroom, are virtually identical according to NewCarTestDrive.com