Reviewers point out that the 2009 Toyota Avalon offers a generous feature list that will please even picky buyers.
The Avalon follows a three-tier trim structure: XL, XLS, and Limited. "The standard equipment list is lengthy even on the XL," says Road & Track, and it features items such as an eight-way power driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, and a nine-speaker sound system. It starts a bit below $28,000. The luxury-oriented XLS includes items such as leather seating areas, a wood-trimmed dash, 17-inch wheels, a power tilting-and-sliding sunroof, heated power side mirrors, and an anti-theft system. To the XLS' features, the top-of-the-line Limited, priced at $35,075, adds luxuries such as a 360-watt, 12-speaker JBL stereo, heated and ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, high-intensity-discharge headlamps, and memory side mirrors with puddle lamps and LED turn signals. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a six-disc CD changer, and an auxiliary audio input jack are standard across the board. Bluetooth compatibility is included in the Limited model.
"Many of the upscale features on the XLS and Limited are also available as options on the lower trims," notes Edmunds; this can be a boon for picky drivers who don't want to commit to a pricey package for the one or two features they crave. Edmunds points out "other options, depending on trim level, include a navigation system, satellite radio and laser-based adaptive cruise control."
One of Kelley Blue Book's favorite Avalon features, standard across the model line, is "the five-position rear-seat recliners" that "adjust from a 25 to 35-degree seatback angle."