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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
The optional navigation system works very well, and the Bluetooth phone connection is easy to set-up.
Personal electronics and cellphones can be plumbed into the sound system in several ways, including Bluetooth, USB port, audio jack and a qualified surgeon’s vascular shunt.
New York Times
Avalon is low on thrills and big on practicality and comfort.
Avalon's two outer rear-seat positions are able to recline manually -- a segment exclusive.
heated and cooled front seats that make sure one's posterior is of the proper temperature no matter the season
The assortment of luxury and entertainment features in the Toyota Avalon will have some shoppers wondering if they've wandered into a Lexus showroom.
Of course, they might not be able to sip a cappuccino while they wait for an oil change, but Avalon buyers have an extensive array of standard features and options staring them down when it comes time to order their sedan. Stick with the base trim and the Avalon is an exceptional value: each one comes with a sophisticated audio system with satellite radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth audio streaming, as well as steering-wheel controls. (The USB port hides in the center console, by the way, so hiding your media player in a convenient place isn't the journey it can be in other family sedans.)
Move up to the Avalon Limited, and the standard-equipment list adds ventilated front seats, a power passenger front seat, and a keyless-entry system with pushbutton start.
The Avalon does tend to stray well into Lexus territory if you don't keep watch on options. One Avalon we've tested wore a pricetag of $34,094, including just floor and trunk mats, and a $900 JBL audio system with CD changer and Bluetooth streaming—and that's without a navigation system or Limited trim.
Luxury features are the Avalon's hidden strength, but take them all and its pricetag lifts into Lexus territory.