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#474 of 716 08 vs 2012
May 02, 2013 (6:43 am)
I traded an 08 for a 12 Avalon and immediately noticed a difference in handling but I prefer the way the 12 feels and corners. Yes, it's a little stiffer than the 08 and from what I gather perhaps a little better than the 13 model, but I had grown a little tired of the soft feel of the 08.
#475 of 716 Re: Toyota is courting a younger buyer with this new Avalon [trespinosranch]
May 05, 2013 (11:44 am)
Sure hope you checked your tire pressure as all these cars seem to come from the factory with 39-40lbs of air in them. Most of the dealers don't bother to check tire pressure. Any car will ride like a hay wagon with 6-7lbs of extra air in their tires! I know mine were over inflated and the difference of 33lbs of air and 39-40 lbs of air was startling. Big improvement!
#476 of 716 Re: Toyota is courting a younger buyer with this new Avalon [poorthingflint]
May 05, 2013 (11:51 am)
Yes, tires were at 33 psi when I checked them after day one.
I recently dropped it down to 31 psi, and that made a difference...maybe 20% better.
#477 of 716 Tires and Camry Hybrid Comparison
May 05, 2013 (2:11 pm)
I guess they like to over inflate the tires at the factory for some odd reason. Yes, 31-32 psi is a lot better. Most of the time I think the ride is pretty sweet. Then I go over a weird road piece of and have second thoughts.
The Camry hybrid has the exact same tires as the Avalon hybrid and is rated step higher in ride and routine handling by Consumer Reports. The noise rating is the same. What's up with that? The Avalon does get an extra step higher rating in seat comfort though.
#478 of 716 Re: Avalon Limited Audio System [solara01]
May 11, 2013 (6:59 am)
I've had my 2013 Avalon Limited Hyrbid for two-plus months and after 1,800 miles I love it. Only complaint - the base on the JBL sound system booms so much that I've had to turn it to the lowest base setting, and even then it sometimes booms too much. Almost impossible to listen to classical music unless the base is essentially turned off. Has anyone else had this experience, and if so, has anyone done anything to make the base more normal? Otherwise, the car is magnificent. Mileage so far 44.2 mpg. More technology than I'll ever use but what I do use I like a great deal. The capacitive switches take some getting used to - have to keep your hand well above them when you're working on the screen or you'll trigger one by mistake. I suspect that Toyota will work to improve these on the next iteration. Any comments or suggestions about my booming base issue would be gratefully received.
#479 of 716 Re: Avalon Limited Audio System [rjohanson]
May 12, 2013 (1:37 am)
Cannot comment on the 2013 JBL system but I had a 08 Avalon with JBL and also set the bass very close to minimum. When I purchased my 2012, I decided to forgo JBL.
#480 of 716 Re: Avalon Limited Audio System [rjohanson]
May 12, 2013 (8:21 am)
My 2003 also has JBL. I was turning the bass almost to zero. Then in 2010 the woofer became faulty; I disconnected it, and now I can tolerate the bass.
#481 of 716 Re: Avalon Limited Audio System [rjohanson]
May 12, 2013 (7:47 pm)
Try turning off Surround Sound. I did and find that all works much better with things sounding more like I would expect.
#482 of 716 G-force instability on 2013 Limited Hybrid
May 13, 2013 (5:19 pm)
I recently noticed a strange feeling in the Avalon when going up a slight incline between 40 and 45 mph. It almost feels like a tire is out of balance. Took it to a Toyota dealer to get it checked out. The service manager drove it and felt the same sensation. He contacted Toyota and requested a case #. Toyota asked him to drive a 2013 Avalon Hybrid off the dealer's lot to see if he could duplicate the same problem. The one off the lot had exactly the same problem.
Toyota says they are aware of this and call it G-force Instability.
Any other Hybrid owners having this problem?
#483 of 716 Re: G-force instability on 2013 Limited Hybrid [dwc]
May 14, 2013 (6:42 am)
Interesting. I tried to replicate what you wrote about with no luck....
Is this just an issue with the Avalon Hybrid Limited, or is it all TAH's, or all '13 Avalon's, period?