2013 Toyota Avalon vs. Its Competition

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, May 2013
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2013 Toyota Avalon takes on a relatively long list of cars, but its most direct rivals are the Buick LaCrosse and Hyundai Azera.

The LaCrosse comes with a standard eAssist mile-hybrid powertrain, and it's very comfortable and quiet like the Avalon, but its EPA ratings don't come anywhere close to those of the Avalon Hybrid.

The Hyundai Azera feels very refined, has an attractive design, and rides well, but it's surprisingly tight on headroom in the back seat and it's only offered with a non-hybrid V-6.

The Ford Taurus may look like a solid rival on the outside, but its interior is a packaging disaster, somehow feeling more like a compact sedan inside; in terms of features and performance the Taurus is a contender, though, and nobody else in this class offers something quite like the MyFord Touch infotainment system.

The Chrysler 300 is primarily rear-wheel drive, and its back seat isn't as spacious as most of these other models; yet its rather ornate, upright interior stands out in the crowd, and it's one of the best performers in this class—even if you don't get the V-8.

Rge Volvo S80 has the oldest design in this group, but it still stands out, especially inside, with its attractive cabin materials and good space-efficiency, as well as a very strong record for safety.

The LaCrosse, Taurus, 300, and S80 are all offered with available all-wheel drive.

Toyota doesn't think there's a market for it in the Avalon.

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Quick Specs
The 2013 Toyota Avalon is more responsive and sophisticated than ever before, without giving up any comfort; and in the new Avalon Hybrid, 40 mpg has never been so serene.
The 2013 Buick LaCrosse hits the mark for comfort, sophistication, and refinement in a large sedan—and its 36-mpg rating is icing on the cake.
The image-building 2013 Chrysler 300 is handsome and classy, as well as a proper luxury car or a scorching muscle sedan.
The 2013 Ford Taurus gets improved performance and is more of a technology and luxury flagship than ever--although its 'smaller inside' packaging continues to limit its appeal.
The 2013 Hyundai Azera is still a good value, but now it offers real design appeal, confident performance, and a true luxury-car ambiance.
The 2013 Volvo S80 is supremely comfortable, safe, and stylish sedan—and a great pick for fashion-conscious families—although those wanting a true performance edge should look elsewhere.
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