Is the Toyota Avalon the Best Big Car Value?

The Toyota Avalon is one of the Best Used Cars

I’ll admit it… I don’t like small cars. I like big roomy comfortable quiet luxury sedans.  I don’t have a Budget for a BMW 7 Series so I’ve been reading reviews on what the car industry magazines are saying about today’s cars.  I know General Motors and Ford have been flooding our TV Screens with images of their new models and claims about improved quality, buyer protection, and reasons why we should jump on board. I’m not convinced.

So I started digging into what is important to me and the Toyota Avalon came out on top.  Now to scrape together the down payment… nah I’m looking for a good used car.  And because I don’t drive much I’m not terribly concerned about mileage. For a car of this size 28 Highway and 19 City is actually not too bad!  And now here in Nevada you don’t have to pay sales tax on private party transactions so that’s a big bonus!

Here is what convinced me to look for a Good Used Toyota Avalon

Its price of entry may be higher than it’s rivals’, but if your’e looking for the most refined, best-built full0size sedan in the $30,000 price bracket, you need lok no further than the 2009 Toyota Avalon.

Not surprisingly, the 2009 Toyota Avalon is at its best on the open highway. The cabin remains quiet, the ultra-smooth V6 engine has plenty of passing power and the suspension swallows up road imperfections without drama.

Car and Driver

Little more than a plus-sized Camry, the  Avalon lures luxury aspirants with Toyota quality and Lexus-like serenity.

Road and Track

What’s Hot

  • Lexus-Like Quality
  • Smooth Powertrain
  • Spacious Interior

What’s Not

  • Yawn-generating style
  • Pillow-soft Ride
  • Conservative demeanor

Its seems like in all the reviews I’ve read everyone is playing up the roominess, quality, and smooth ride. Sure it’s not a sports machine, but I am not an indy driver.  And if the worst thing people in the automotive industry have to say is it looks plain I’m okay with that.

What I Check Before I Buy a Used Car

After reading reviews of the model years I’m interested in I head over to MSN Autos and look for the reliability records.  This is the Toyota Avalon Ratings done by MSN Autos. Across the board clear back to 1995 the Toyota Avalon appears to be one of the highest rated cars you can buy!  

What do you think?  Comments Welcome.

Toyota Avalon

Toyota's Avalon
Toyota's Avalon

A look at the Toyota Avalon Interior

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advoco 7 years ago from cadiz

I like Toyota and have one but the one thing they aren't is sexy. Certainly reliable though which is more important in the long run.

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MikeNV 7 years ago from Henderson, NV Author

Toyota has made a lot of changes to the Avalon to attract more consumers of all ages. The reality is the majority of accidents are not caused by seniors but by teens learning to drive. Insurance industry statistics bear this out.

Results revealed remarkable periodicities of occupant fatalities and fatality risk. While increased risk in the late evening-early morning hours is seen every day of the week, the most fatalities and risk occur during this period on the weekend, during the Friday night-Saturday morning and Saturday night-Sunday morning hours (Figure 1). But these periodic trends interact strongly with age and gender, whereby the most fatalities and risk involve young male motor vehicle occupants during late night-early morning hours, especially on weekends. The increased occupant fatality risk on weekends as compared to weekdays, which is highly amplified in young male occupants and strongly associated with late night-early morning hours, is also strongly associated with speed- and/or drunk driver-related accidents.

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WebMag 7 years ago

Toyota cars are considered the most reliable cars. If you hate going to mechanic then Toyota is the right choice for you. Plus design is great, performances are awesome...

R Mutter 6 years ago

Try googling transmission problems with the 5 speed

coupled to a 3.5 engine. So much for all the ratings

and polls.............

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MikeNV 6 years ago from Henderson, NV Author

In the 15 year period from 1996 to present only 3 years 2001,2002,2003 were there any reports of engine problems across the model year. And the Transmissions are excellent in terms of reliablity across all years.

There is no perfect car, but you can not single out a model based on limited experiences. Can you name one vehicle over the past 15 years that on average has better reliability scores?

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MikeNV 6 years ago from Henderson, NV Author

Chev's have no resale value. And the testing used to determine EPA is not "Real World". And most miles are done commuting. Toyota has a proven track record. American Car companies advertise a lot, but the proof is in the Product. Ironically the Toyota Camry is 80% American built right here in the United States. So the USA worker is not to blame, it's the management. And the Cadillac CTS is also 80% USA manufactured. So when you pick a Toyota you are not really buying a non-american car.

Thomas 6 years ago

I own a 98 Avalon and can say that I have driven in a Lexus, a Mercedes and numerous other brands, none of which have a better ride. It is smooth, handles well and I am looking to upgrade to a 05 or 06 model as I write. Any comments on the 05 to 08 models? Thanks Tom

Rommel 5 years ago

Bought a 99 Avalon with 99,000 miles as a "transition" car when I can save up enough. Life happened... bought a minivan first... now its time to find my dream car. I plan on buying a new car when this Avalon dies a natural death....... it's not dying. The exterior is beat up from outside extremes of weather, the interior is beat up from growing babies/toddlers... but the engine and the drive seems as if it just came off the lot. I've only done minor repairs and recommended tune ups.. At 225,000 miles... no sign of near death... I think I'll buy another Avalon as my next car before waiting on this one to die.

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