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2011 Toyota Avalon vs. Its Competition

 
2011 Toyota Avalon 4-door Sedan (NAT) Angular Front Exterior View
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The 2011 Buick Lucerne is probably the closest rival to the Avalon; like the Toyota, it—along with the Hyundai Azera—favor comfort over performance, and both have V-6 engines that aren't quite as satisfying as either the Avalon or the Taurus.

The Ford Taurus is a strong alternative for those who want a vehicle equipped with all the latest tech features but are willing to sacrifice some back seat space.

Also worth consideration—and potentially a great deal, as it's likely in its last model year—is the Chevrolet Impala, which continues unchanged with a rather simple feature set but impressive interior comfort.

Also, the rear-wheel-drive 2011 Chrysler 300 is substantially refreshed, with a new standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 that promises both better performance and refinement; the 300 doesn't have as much interior space as the Avalon but is worth a look.

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The 2011 Toyota Avalon is at once traditional and modern, with a classy, comfortable luxury-car look and feel combined with top-notch safety and a great feature set.
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Attention-getting style, solid driving dynamics, quality materials, and a very competitive price put the entire 2011 Cadillac CTS lineup on level-or-better footing with most of the competition.
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From true economy car to sophisticated junior sport sedan or sporty hatchback, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer has it covered—albeit with a few flaws.
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If the bold exterior is to your liking, the 2011 Acura TL is a solid luxury value—and the SH-AWD has true sport-sedan chops.
MSRP From     
$33,195$35,345$29,935$15,295$29,730$35,305
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V8Gas I4Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
LargeMid-SizeLargeCompactLarge CarMid-Size
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan (Natl)4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD4-Door Sedan LS4-Door Sedan Manual DE FWD4-Door Sedan CX4-Door Sedan 2WD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
556555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
AutomaticManualAutomatic w/ODManualAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
 
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