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2012 Toyota Avalon Comfort & Quality

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Spacious doesn't begin to describe the Toyota Avalon. It's a modern car from the old school, where wide seats with vast amounts of leg and head room march in lockstep with its remote driving feel.

Just a few minutes in the Avalon's flat-bottomed front bucket seats will tell the story. Even moving these chairs to the ends of their travel won't cut into rear-seat leg room all that much; it'll put the driver's feet almost out of reach of the pedals, in fact. We do wish the Avalon baked a little more lateral support into the front seats, but the devil's advocate on staff here says the broad seat cushions are probably just what the customer ordered.

Cushy seats match the Toyota Avalon's cushy ride; there's enough room to rival some crossovers.

In back, the Avalon is even more comfortable than in front. For one, all those pesky driving controls are omitted. Secondly, 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.

Small-item storage is excellent. The USB port's in the center console, so hiding your media player is a snap. The glovebox is large, the doors have flip-out bins (but no molded-in bottle holders), and the console has two large storage bins behind and under lids for protective custody.

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