To fully understand the 2011 Toyota Avalon, you'll have to slip from the roomy but flat front buckets into the back seat. Here the Avalon does is at its most convincing. The near-luxury accommodations have so much leg and head room, even with the power driver seat dialed back, we can't even think of a friend who wouldn't be cozy. The rear seats tilt back for long-distance comfort, and there's a keyhole of access to the ginormous trunk that makes a ski weekend for four a snap.
A six-seat version can be ordered, for the one or two fans of column-mounted shifters out there; leather upholstery is standard, and with the generally handsome level of materials, the Avalon's cabin is up to its $30,000-plus task.
All the while, the Avalon provides the sort of pillowy, cushy ride comfort that few sedans today provide. It's free of harshness, and beyond creamy—though the front end bobs up and down in a way that most new cars don't.
The 2011 Toyota Avalon provides luxury-car comfort for six adults, with enough space to sprawl out and a cushy ride to match.