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#448 of 716 2013 avalon ride has changed...
Apr 11, 2013 (8:54 am)
Anyone who has experience with the 2013 avalon and a recent Camry, please tell us about the ride comparison. Is the avalon, although changed, still a more refined ride than the Camry. Thank you...
#449 of 716 Harsh Ride - 18" Bridgestone Tires
Apr 23, 2013 (9:16 am)
I purchased a new 2013 Avalon Limited with 18" Wheels and Bridgestone "Turanza EL400" tires.
The ride is rather harsh unless I'm on a smooth street surface.
Is there a softer riding tire for the 18" wheels?
#450 of 716 Re: Harsh Ride - 18" Bridgestone Tires [yota6]
Apr 23, 2013 (9:30 am)
I'm lead to believe that the 18" tires /rims do ride hard, which is one of the reason's I traded my 2013 in on a 2012:(
Mine was also loud on smooth roads - which I noticed more on longer drives.
Rough enough and noisy enough that I traded.
#451 of 716 Re: Harsh Ride - 18" Bridgestone Tires [ncee]
Apr 23, 2013 (9:42 am)
I'm sure that ride is largely dependent on the suspension design, springs etc. Having said that, the EL400 is a CRAP tire and I just can't believe Toyota insists on still using it.
OP, you won't have to live with the EL400s for long. Mine were shot at 27,000 miles and I suspect the lower profile 18s will wear even faster.
Put a set of Michelins and you'll notice a huge difference.
#452 of 716 Re: Harsh Ride - 18" Bridgestone Tires [tjc78]
Apr 23, 2013 (9:49 am)
Thanks for sharing the information.
Any recommendations as to a specific Michelin tire that gives a softer ride?
#453 of 716 Re: Harsh Ride - 18" Bridgestone Tires [yota6]
Apr 23, 2013 (10:22 am)
I've read the Michelin Primacy is a nice riding tire. Goto Tirerack.com and poke around the comments there. It should give you a good idea.
#454 of 716 Re: Harsh Ride - 18" Bridgestone Tires [tjc78]
Apr 23, 2013 (12:07 pm)
Thanks tjc78. Will do.
#455 of 716 Re: Harsh Ride - 18" Bridgestone Tires [tjc78]
Apr 23, 2013 (3:45 pm)
Follow-up - Tirerack.com offered considerable information that was more than helpful. You were correct - it clarified and verified considerably.
#456 of 716 Re: Harsh Ride - 18" Bridgestone Tires [yota6]
Apr 23, 2013 (4:25 pm)
#457 of 716 Re: Motortrend Article [jeffm5]
Apr 23, 2013 (9:12 pm)
I have a 2013 Avalon Limited with Tech Pack, Floor Mats, Cargo Net, and Mud Flaps. Sticker is $42,500. I paid $38,900. Like anything it is a preference of taste. The Avalon doesn't compete with the Volvo S60 and I have not been in one to compare but I am familiar with Volvo products and you can't go wrong.
I think the reason the Avalon won out was because of resale value. My loaded 2001 Solara that I paid $20,000 for is still worth $7,000. I am a Tech guy, it took me almost a week to go through all of the features in this car. That is part of the issue when buying a new car. You can not tell how user friendly the electronics are from a test drive. The Avalon is almost all touch sensitive buttons. They are well laid out and responsive. There is nothing cheap in this car. You can feel and touch the quality through out. This is why it is rated better than their sister Lexus ES series.
I will now address the seats and ride. I also thought that the seats needed a bit more cushy in the tushy. I went on a 300 mile road trip and I was very comfortable. I am 6' and 250lbs. so I think I am a good judge and I no longer have a complaint. The ride, handling and acceleration is very good.
Even with a full load this car moves. It is no longer a floating sofa and therefor you have to trade something for that performance. It handles pot holes very well but under some road conditions it can be a bit harsh.
In most cases the new car experience wears off. Not here! I look forward to getting into this car everyday!