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2013 Toyota Avalon: Family Sedan Gets A Dramatic New Look


2013 Toyota Avalon

2013 Toyota Avalon

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If you’ve been waiting for the long-in-the-tooth Toyota Avalon large family sedan to finally get a do-over, the wait is over. Toyota just took the wraps off the all-new 2013 Avalon at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

From all accounts, the new Avalon was worth the wait, although the sedan won’t officially be available for sale until this fall. Our sister publication MotorAuthority has the straight scoop on some specific details, but we’ll focus here on some features that stand out for family car buyers.

2013 Toyota Avalon

2013 Toyota Avalon

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Exterior design

What can we say about the exterior design except that it’s, well, sensational. Actually, sensational is a descriptor that Toyota uses in its publicity materials, but the word totally fits when applied to the all-new Avalon.

No more boring sedan look. Nope, the completely revamped Avalon now boasts a fastback design that’s a radical departure from previous model’s styling.  Even though it’s a bit more compact than its predecessor, the new Avalon is better proportioned, thanks to its long, sloping roofline, flared front fenders, lower vehicle height and shorter front and rear overhangs.

2013 Toyota Avalon

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A bold front grille, available square double-eye projector ellipsoid system (PES) headlamps with high-intensity discharge (HID) and daytime running lights (DRLs), high-performance LED taillamps, and dual rear exhausts are other key exterior design elements.

2013 Toyota Avalon

2013 Toyota Avalon

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Interior changes

On the inside, it’s all about comfort, refinement, quietness, luxury, convenience and technology. While that sounds like a tall order, the specifics seem to point to the Avalon’s being able to deliver on the promise.

Leather interior, smoked-chrome metallic accents throughout, available soft-white ambient lighting, new front power seat design with increased side bolstering, more front headroom and a larger trunk (16.0 cubic feet of capacity) are highlights.

One area that distinguishes certain premium and luxury sedans is how quiet the cabin is. With the 2013 Avalon, designers and engineers took left nothing to chance, adding sound-absorbing materials, acoustic glass, optimizing exterior shape and minimizing exterior gaps. The result, says Toyota, is an interior that is “significantly quieter” than the current Avalon.

2013 Toyota Avalon

2013 Toyota Avalon

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Safety features

Befitting a large family sedan, the all-new Avalon is outfitted with a full complement of standard and available safety technologies. Every Avalon is equipped with 10 standard airbags and Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes vehicle stability control, traction control, antilock braking system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and smart stop technology brake-override system.

A pre-collision system that senses an impending collision and can help mitigate damage is available. Along with a rearview monitor, the Avalon has an optional blind spot monitoring system and a new rear cross-traffic alert system.

Last but not least, the 2013 Avalon was designed by Toyota’s Calty Design Research facilities in Michigan and Southern California, engineered at Toyota’s Ann Arbor, Michigan Technical Center, and will be built in Georgetown, Kentucky alongside the Camry mid-size sedan.

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