2011 Toyota Avalon vs. Its Competition

2011 Toyota Avalon 4-door Sedan (NAT) Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2011 Buick Lucerne is probably the closest rival to the Avalon; like the Toyota, it—along with the Hyundai Azera—favor comfort over performance, and both have V-6 engines that aren't quite as satisfying as either the Avalon or the Taurus.

The Ford Taurus is a strong alternative for those who want a vehicle equipped with all the latest tech features but are willing to sacrifice some back seat space.

Also worth consideration—and potentially a great deal, as it's likely in its last model year—is the Chevrolet Impala, which continues unchanged with a rather simple feature set but impressive interior comfort.

Also, the rear-wheel-drive 2011 Chrysler 300 is substantially refreshed, with a new standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 that promises both better performance and refinement; the 300 doesn't have as much interior space as the Avalon but is worth a look.

2011 Toyota Avalon 4-door Sedan (NAT) Angular Front Exterior View2011 Toyota Avalon
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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2011 Toyota Avalon is at once traditional and modern, with a classy, comfortable luxury-car look and feel combined with top-notch safety and a great feature set.
8.4
Stunning performance is still the calling card for the 2011 BMW M3; the weight it's gained may just be a sign of its success.
7.4
Spacious, handsome, and unremittingly conservative, the 2011 Hyundai Azera is a great alternative for folks who think the company's Sonata is a bit risque.
6.8
It's big and reasonably priced, but the 2011 Chevrolet Impala can't match other full-sizers on sex appeal or high-tech features.
6.8
The 2011 Toyota Camry isn’t at the leading edge in any way, but it remains one of the smartest mid-size sedan picks.
8.2
The 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STI are fast, fun cars to drive in any situation, and they're comfortable, safe, and practical enough for small-family use; poor fuel economy and a lack of automatic transmissions limit its appeal, though.
MSRP From     
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Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas I4Turbocharged Gas Flat 4
EPA Class     
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Style Name     
4-Door Sedan (GS)4-Door Sedan 328i RWD4-Door Sedan GLS4-Door Sedan LS Retail4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (SE)4-Door Manual WRX
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
AutomaticManualAutomatic w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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