2008 Toyota Avalon vs. Its Competition

2008 Toyota Avalon Limited
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The top rivals to the 2008 Toyota Avalon include the Lucerne, Taurus, and Azera, which are also large, primarily front-wheel-drive sedans that favor ride comfort over tight handling response.

Each of them also has decent straight-line acceleration.

The Taurus, which was recently called the Five Hundred, has a very nicely appointed interior and an especially spacious backseat, and its 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic are very responsive.

The Lucerne V-6 and the Azera both have 3.8-liter V-6 engines and aren’t as responsive as the Taurus, but the Lucerne is also available in Super trim, which adds a 292-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8.

Next to either of these rivals, the Avalon is quieter and more refined inside.

Another alternative is the Chrysler 300, which comes in an economical rear-wheel-drive base model or with all-wheel drive in upscale Touring trim.

The 300 also has a powerful HEMI V-8 available.

But the 300 might not be as appealing to the crowd that favors ride comfort and space above all else; it’s less roomy inside and not nearly as refined and quiet.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Toyota Avalon is designed for a cushy, comfortable ride and impressive interior space above all else.
A soft ride and roomy interior still form the solid base for the 2009 Buick Lucerne’s appeal.
A great choice for older drivers, the 2008 Ford Taurus excels on its size, safety gear, and large instrumentation, but falls behind the Honda Accord in driving excitement.
The 2008 Hyundai Azera gives the Korean automaker a legitimate full-size sedan, with plenty of power, features, and room, but not much excitement.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6 FlexFuelGas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
LargeLarge CarLargeLarge
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan XL (GS)4-Door Sedan CX4-Door Sedan SEL FWD4-Door Sedan GLS
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Dr Sedan CX4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODNA
Detailed Spec Comparison
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