The 2013 Toyota Avalon takes on a relatively long list of cars, but its most direct rivals are the Buick LaCrosse and Hyundai Azera.
The LaCrosse comes with a standard eAssist mile-hybrid powertrain, and it's very comfortable and quiet like the Avalon, but its EPA ratings don't come anywhere close to those of the Avalon Hybrid.
The Hyundai Azera feels very refined, has an attractive design, and rides well, but it's surprisingly tight on headroom in the back seat and it's only offered with a non-hybrid V-6.
The Ford Taurus may look like a solid rival on the outside, but its interior is a packaging disaster, somehow feeling more like a compact sedan inside; in terms of features and performance the Taurus is a contender, though, and nobody else in this class offers something quite like the MyFord Touch infotainment system.
The Chrysler 300 is primarily rear-wheel drive, and its back seat isn't as spacious as most of these other models; yet its rather ornate, upright interior stands out in the crowd, and it's one of the best performers in this class—even if you don't get the V-8.
Rge Volvo S80 has the oldest design in this group, but it still stands out, especially inside, with its attractive cabin materials and good space-efficiency, as well as a very strong record for safety.
The LaCrosse, Taurus, 300, and S80 are all offered with available all-wheel drive.
Toyota doesn't think there's a market for it in the Avalon.
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