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#433 of 716 Re: Keeping 2011 Avalon [douglas1]
Mar 10, 2013 (10:37 pm)
I have a 2011 Avalon with 32,700 miles a great car owned at least 8 toyota's and this Avalon puts all of them to shame. I love this car and wasn't impressed with the 2013 either it looks a lot smaller inside and the ride didn't impressed me like the 2011 Avalon I can honestly say I love this car. I did when we brought it and still do it's still a great ride.">
#434 of 716 Michelin Primacy vs. Michelin Energy
Mar 11, 2013 (4:06 pm)
I have Primacy MXV4 on my 2008 Avalon and Michelin Energy on my 2012. The Primacy are definitely quieter when moving slowly. At highway speed I don't hear a difference. I will replace the Energys with Primacy when the time comes.
#435 of 716 Re: Ordered a second Avalon for me. [trespinosranch]
Mar 12, 2013 (5:37 am)
My mistake. The sunshade is one step up or down. It's a nice addition, but one that we will not use much.
And, I always purchase Michelin tires when replacing non-Michelin OEM tires.
I would have preferred to have Michelin's on our Ltd's, but will be OK until the Bridgestone's wear down.
The only tires I buy are Michelin, and always see an improved ride/handling.
#436 of 716 Re: 17" vs 18" tires [douglas1]
Mar 12, 2013 (5:39 am)
>>Apparently all Touring and Limited models come with the Bridgestone's which is unfortunate.<< No, my 2013 Avalon Limited V6 with Tech Package came fitted with Michelin MXM4 P225-45R18 tires. Robert N.
#437 of 716 Re: Ordered a second Avalon for me. [luckyme1]
Mar 12, 2013 (6:45 am)
Well if you live where there is bright sunshine, or if you have passengers in the back and or travel much, you will use the rear sunshade:)
My passengers love it, if it's sunny, it helps them from getting to hot, and when I travel I've had occasion to have the sun set behind me, and the sunshade made the drive a lot easier, until the sun set.
Mar 13, 2013 (11:10 am)
Not only rear seat pax enjoy the sunshade, but also my dogs. They love the fact that no direct sun is hitting them and with the rear A/C they are very comfortable on both short and long trips.
#439 of 716 Re: 17" vs 18" tires [robnich]
Mar 16, 2013 (3:56 pm)
What is your opinion of the ride quality (comfort and noise) with the Michelin Primacy MXM4 P225-45R18 tires on your 2013 Limited? That is the only tire/rim option that I have not road tested, and is what I probably would upgrade to when replacing the EL400's on my Touring V6?
Oh, and I find the seats to be a little firm, but my experience is that they usually soften up later on with use.
#440 of 716 Re: 17" vs 18" tires [daveinva]
Mar 16, 2013 (5:40 pm)
I think the ride is fine, and the tire noise completely acceptable. At normal highway speeds in my Avalon Limited, there is essentially no engine or wind noise, so what one hears is tire noise, but I don't consider it unusual. I have never been in any car in which one could not hear road noise.
The ride seems to be getting better all the time. This may be because I am getting accustomed to the taut, controlled ride of the new Avalon, compared to the softer, cushier ride of the Lexus ES300 I had before I bought the Avalon, or maybe things are "softening up" a bit. The handling of the Avalon is far better than that of my Lexus.
#441 of 716 Re: 17" vs 18" tires [douglas1]
Mar 17, 2013 (3:23 pm)
Have had 3 Lexus LS 430/460s. The 02 430 came with some Goofy Chinese tires on it, and wore like iron, but were terribly noisy, and the noise got worse as they wore on. I finally put a set of Michelins on, and the road noise went away - ride about the same. My 05 430 came with Dunlops, and were great. When they wore out, I put more Dunlops on, but a different model. The road noise was just awful!! I couldn't understand how different they could be, both being Dunlops! Finally, took them back and got some Michelins - problem solved again. My 09 460 came with Bridgestone Turanzas on it, which were fine. Remembering my past nightmares, I had them replaced with the same tires - no problems.
My point is - I wish there were a brand you could always trust for ride, and especially road noise. Why would anyone want a tire with excess noise on a touring car? Makes absolutely no sense at all. But so far, Michelin hasn't let me down on this front.
#442 of 716 Re: 17" vs 18" tires [nvbanker]
Mar 17, 2013 (4:18 pm)
I've had nothing but luck with Michelin on all angles. Ride, handling, traction and wear have always been great.