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standard equipment list is lengthy even on the XL
Road & Track
360-watt, 12-speaker JBL stereo
Car and Driver
five-position rear-seat recliners
Kelley Blue Book
Three trim levels of the 2010 Toyota Avalon are offered: XL, XLS, and Limited. While the XL keeps the price low, the Limited is the one that makes the Avalon feel like a true luxury car, with heated and ventilated front seats, wood grain trim, a Smart Key system, a power rear sunshade, aluminum scuff plates, and a high-end JBL sound system with an iPod interface and an integrated Bluetooth hands-free interface.
"The standard equipment list is lengthy even on the XL," says Road & Track, pointing to that model’s affordable entry price. The luxury-oriented XLS includes such items 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. 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."
You might not be forced into the Limited just because you want a popular tech feature, as Edmunds points out that "many of the upscale features on the XLS and Limited are also available as options on the lower trims.” Top options include a DVD-based navigation system and Dynamic Laser Cruise Control.
Even if you’re trading in a luxury-brand vehicle for the 2010 Toyota Avalon, you’re not likely to be disappointed with the feature set.