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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
“enough space to ride five with ease”
Road & Track
“spacious and comfortable”
“a Best Buy pick”
The interior of the 2008 Toyota Avalon is a serene, handsome, and exceptionally comfortable place to be.
The interior generally finds a more favorable reception. ConsumerGuide states the front of the Avalon is “large-adult roomy with supportive seats,” but complains that “visibility is a bit pinched to the right-rear.” Edmunds considers the front seats “wide and accommodating, particularly in the Limited, which offers both ventilated seats and a seat-cushion length adjuster.”
The rear is an even better story, offering remarkable room and great comfort, courtesy of seats that recline. Road & Track lauds the “flat floor and a 60/40-split rear seatback that can be reclined through 10 degrees in any of five positions,” Edmunds notes that the flat floor in the rear makes it “a legitimate proposition to seat three adults,” and Motor Trend likens the rear seat room to “the sort of stretch space a pricey ticket buys you on Virgin Atlantic.”
The trunk is judged adequate, not overly impressive, in its storage capacity, and some are dismayed at the lack of pass-through folding seatbacks. “The trunk has space enough for most family excursions, but packing gets complicated by intrusion from the wheel housings and trunklid hinges,” comments ConsumerGuide.
In general, ergonomics and material quality are first rate. Road & Track likes the “flat-panel switches, which are nicely lit at night,” and Automobile confirms “switches and controls are exactly where you'd expect them.” Ride comfort and isolation fall into the same category: Motor Trend comments that “Toyota's flagship extends the limousine impersonation with, shall we say, noticeable silence and astute absorption of road imperfections.” “The V6 sounds rich during acceleration and is always subdued while cruising,” compliments ConsumerGuide.
Apart from a few rough details hidden in the trunk, the 2008 Toyota Avalon impresses with its vast interior space.