Last post on Nov 23, 2013 at 6:38 AM
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#86 of 716 Re: 2013 Avalon Pricing? [ncee]
Jul 27, 2012 (12:58 am)
What am I missing?
Lexus 350 - 36.1
Lexus 350h - 38.85
So, Lexus's hybrid version costs 2.75 MORE.
Camry XLE V6 - 30.1
Camry XLE Hybrid - 27.5
So, the Camry hybrid costs 2.6 LESS than the V6.
Aren't they essentially the same car? Same platform, identical power trains? With the Avalon, that makes 3 versions of the same car. Didn't GM get a lot of criticism for "badge engineering" the same car over and over, for Olds and Buick and Pontiac? Guess Toyota still thinks it's a good idea.
But, the main thing that I can't make sense of is the cost of the hybrid. Can it be right that it costs more in one case and less in the other? Then, maybe it will cost the same in the Avalon?
I can say one thing: If the Avalon's hybrid comes with a Lexus-like surcharge, it would be extremely hard to pick it over the Camry hybrid.
#87 of 716 2013 Avalon dash
Jul 27, 2012 (3:29 am)
Not sure but I think ILike the placement of the GPS screen more in the Avalon, then the ES? But the overall dash appears to be much nicer in the ES.
#88 of 716 I hope it's true.
Aug 07, 2012 (4:24 pm)
I visited with my Toyota Dealer today and met with the owner of the dealership. He told me one car will be delivered to the dealerships in Oct. Then he told me something I haven't read anywhere. He went on line and was surprised that he couldn't find it anywhere as well. Well unless he has been lied to, the Avalon as you all know will be available in a hybrid version, but guess what, a RWD (rear wheel drive and an AWD (all wheel drive) for more money will also be available, no more front wheel drive. I said it couldn't be possible that it hasn't been listed on the internet or anywhere at this point, but he assured me its true. If so, they have me definitely as a buyer, even though I'm not in love with the grill. Just thought I would pass this information on.
#89 of 716 Re: I hope it's true. [marv15]
Aug 08, 2012 (4:22 pm)
Sorry to disappoint but at the April 5 introduction at the New York Auto Show Toyota specifically said the Avalon would still be front wheel drive. Your dealer is mistaken.
#90 of 716 Re: I hope it's true. [douglas1]
Aug 08, 2012 (4:33 pm)
And after 45 minutes or so at my local dealer, accessing the "Dealers Only Web Site" we (the owner and I) couldn't find anything about RWD and or AWD:(
PS His dealer rep said they should start seeing more information, pictures in the next month or so.
#91 of 716 2005+ Avalon Limited seats
Aug 09, 2012 (10:16 am)
I have always hated the seats in my 05 Limited Avalon, but loved everything else about it. It only has 54,000 so really can't see trading it, but just returned from 8 hour drive and swore that would be the last time! I am wondering if the '13' seats will be improved. Can'y really stand the grill either. Thinking about trading for an 2012 that is same color as mine that has 15,000 miles, but they want $30,000 - it is not a Limited. I know others have complained about the limited seats. The only thing about the non-limited seats is that they are so short and don't have the seat extension. Anyone have any suggestions as to what I should do? Has anyone solved the problem of the horrible seats on the limited? At least the driver's side. I think the cooling fan is the problem plus the seam across the back is uncomfortable.
#92 of 716 Re: 2005+ Avalon Limited seats [lnt]
Aug 10, 2012 (4:50 am)
I just traded an 05 Avalon Limited for a 2013 Volvo S60. The front leather seats are very comfortable. They are heated but not cooled. The Volvo is very comfortable in front, but the back seat is tiny compared to the Avalon.
#93 of 716 Re: 2005+ Avalon Limited seats [jeffm5]
Aug 10, 2012 (5:33 am)
In-there lays the problem, resolve, issues.
Do you buy a car with great seat for the driver, and all other seats and space, is what it is.
There is and always will be a compromise.
Seeing you (or the driver) drive the car ALL the time seems to make sense that you get that seat as comfortable as possible. And hope the other seats and space in the car works ok of the passengers É or the drivers seat is ok, as is all the other seats and space.
You spend a lot more money to hopefully get the best of all worlds, and everyone is very comfortable and there is a ton of space to relax and enjoy the ride.
While Volvo's are great cars, for me they are just 2 small, so I get by with the seats in my current Avalon. I say Current, because I too, hope the DRIVERS seat in my 2013 Avalon will be more comfortable on LONG drives (500 miles or more a day).
PS My rear passengers have NEVER complained about the rear seats, hell they all rave about them.
#94 of 716 Re: 2005+ Avalon Limited seats [ncee]
Aug 10, 2012 (4:58 pm)
I agree Skip. The rear of my 05 Avy was limo like. It's just that my wife & I don't need that much room back there anymore. As I've said in other posts, my Avalon was the best car I've owned to date.
#95 of 716 Re: 2005+ Avalon Limited seats [jeffm5]
Aug 11, 2012 (5:28 am)
Please don't misunderstand me, Volvo's (Not Ford models:)) are fine vehicles and of the choices out there, likely to be one I too, would go with.
I travel a lot (I think a lot 35,000 miles a year), and like the space the Avalon offers, as do the passengers on those occasions when I have them. But I also like the space for carrying inventory and orders.
My friends say I should get a truck as much as I use my car for delivering, but not if it means - Truck and no car.
Enjoy (as I'm sure you are) your new ride.