2011 Toyota Avalon vs. Its Competition

2011 Toyota Avalon 4-door Sedan (NAT) Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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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Quick Specs
8.0
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.
8.4
The 2011 BMW 3-Series continues the tradition of excellent handling, brisk performance, and high quality, though its relatively compact size does result in some compromises.
6.8
The 2011 Toyota Camry isn’t at the leading edge in any way, but it remains one of the smartest mid-size sedan picks.
7.8
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans aren't that spacious for back-seat riders, but they offer top-notch luxury along with a sporty flavor that takes aim at BMW.
8.2
The 2011 Buick LaCrosse hits new levels of style, sophistication, and driving engagement without alienating the brand's comfort-oriented customer base.
6.8
It's big and reasonably priced, but the 2011 Chevrolet Impala can't match other full-sizers on sex appeal or high-tech features.
MSRP From     
$33,195$34,600$20,195$33,990$27,130$24,495
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas I6Gas I4Gas V6Gas L4Gas/Ethanol V6
EPA Class     
LargeCompactMid-SizeCompactMid-SizeLarge
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan (GS)4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)4-Door Sedan C300 Sport RWD4-Door Sedan CX4-Door Sedan LS Retail
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
AutomaticManualManual w/ODManualAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic