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Steve Says The New Avalon Will Take You Back To The Future


Ah…I remember my days in Avalon. It was a time when you needed to show your AARP card in order to get one of these flagship Toyota sedans. It was likely the last car you were ever going to purchase. There were no Sport S + drive modes, sound enhancers, and adaptive variable suspensions. Nope; those days in Avalon are but a memory. This is the all-new 2019 model and it’s ready to take you back to the future.

Though crossover SUVs are where it’s at, there’s still something uniquely special about driving a big sedan. Much in the same way that the redesigned Camry is far more emotive, the 2019 Avalon is introducing a level of pizzazz never before seen in Toyota’s flagship sedan. Longer, lower and wider than before, the Avalon is a premium midsize built upon an entirely new architecture with dimensions similar to that of its Camry platform mate.

Toyota is heavily promoting the never-before-accomplished stamping methods which allowed designers to pursue their philosophy of Technical Beauty permeating the Avalon’s body lines.  There’s a lot of Lexus on display here, particularly with this ginormous grille, and it really works well.  This range-topping Touring trim gets the sporty look with a piano black grille with sport mesh insert, quad exhaust tips, dynamic turn signals, rear spoiler and 19” wheels. It is a very sharp-looking car.

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This 5th generation Avalon is all about elevating its game.  From the way it handles a curvy road to the breadth of features it offers, this a car that’s punching above its weight.  If you prefer this edgier, sporting angle, choose either the XSE or Touring trim.  It’s these 2 that provide the Intake Sound Generator, Engine Sound Enhancement and sport-tuned exhaust for that all important visceral experience…and yes, it’s all quite convincing from inside the cabin.

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