2011 Toyota Avalon Styling

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Designed in California and built in Kentucky alongside the top-selling Camry, the 2011 Toyota Avalon is essentially a stretched Camry with more interior space and a streamlined ordering sheet, with some nicely conceived details woven into its off-the-rack suit of sheetmetal. The formal grille? It's grown wider and more assertive, just like the gentle underbrow of its headlamps. From straight on, some of the cutlines and moldings in the front bumper clone the same bits on the latest Benz E-Class, even. Down its sides, the Avalon's crisper stampings give it a broader shoulder line than before. And in back, the generic Toyota taillamps light up with C-shaped LED coolness.

Inside there's an elegant dual-cowl dash, with the second cowl arching over the radio and climate controls. Woodgrain trim dominates, along with big knobs and a big LCD screen that controls the Avalon's available navigation system. The gentle swells formed into the dash are some of the more effortless Toyota efforts, and save for the bugle-bead radio buttons and the matte artificiality of the woodgrain trim, the cabin strikes us as styled and trimmed above its slightly downscale mission.

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