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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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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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.
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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.
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The 2011 Toyota Camry isn’t at the leading edge in any way, but it remains one of the smartest mid-size sedan picks.
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For those who value comfort and luxury—and still want the latest technology—but don't need a sport sedan, the 2011 Lexus ES 350 is one of the best bets.
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The Charger R/T is a passionate play in a niche full of milquetoast four-doors. You don't have to wear a mullet to love it and own it.
MSRP From     
$33,195$34,600$33,990$20,195$36,725$25,395
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
LargeCompactCompactMid-SizeCompactLarge
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan (GS)4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport RWD4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan SE RWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4dr Sdn
Transmission     
AutomaticManualManualManual w/ODAutomaticAutomatic