The Toyota Avalon is conservative looking on the outside, and to put it kindly, it’s not going to raise your pulse at first sight. The silhouette was updated a bit two years ago, with revamped bumpers, headlamps, and grille, along with new tinting for the tail lamps, but that didn’t make it any less conservative.
TheCarConnection.com can't find any sources that gush about the exterior, though many note its conservative good looks, with only a few criticisms. "Too many unnecessary angles," complains Motor Trend, though the reviewer adds that "at least it's interesting for a change." "The new Avalon wears a more stylish suit of clothes than in the past," claims Road & Track. Car and Driver succinctly calls the 2010 Toyota Avalon "Toyota's Buick."
Inside, the Avalon plays it safe but looks and feels more contemporary; however, the materials aren’t especially inviting, despite the recent addition of new wood and chrome trims. Overall, reviewers are quite positive about it. "Any Toyota Avalon feels upscale and inviting," contends Edmunds, citing an "attractive and ergonomic control layout, and high-quality materials." Road & Track points out nice touches inside, "including the Optitron gauges once exclusive to that brand."