Toyota's reworked full-size Avalon sedan for 2011 costs exactly the same as its base 2009 model. You might think that your eyes are playing tricks on you or that the dealership somehow made a mistake but the new 2011 Avalon is really priced from $33,045 (including $800 in destination fees). There will be two trim levels to be offered: base and limited.
On the base model, the standard equipment includes: a nine-speaker audio system, Bluetooth with audio streaming, USB and 1/8-inch auxiliary connectivity, eight-way power driver seat, backup camera, dual zone climate control, and moonroof. The limited model is priced at $36,285, making it only $200 more expensive than the outgoing car.
But take a look at what the new owner gets -- 17-inch wheels, 12-speaker JBL audio, enlarged perforated leather seats and seatbacks, driver and passenger eight-way power with lumbar support, driver's seat and outside mirror memory systems, driver's seat cushion extension, heated and ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, Smart Key System with push button start, HID headlamps, and a power rear sunshade.
Both models use the same powertrain - a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that's mated to a six-speed automatic. The new Avalon will arrive at Toyota dealers nationwide by the middle of March.
The new MY2011 Toyota Avalon features a great blend of comfort, style, technology and roominess that appeals to customers looking for an elegant and modern premium large car.
Featuring expressive yet strong lines, the MY2011 Toyota Avalon boasts of upgraded equipment and technologies like Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, music streaming to the audio system, and a touchscreen navigation system with real-time traffic.
Restyling of the MY2011 Avalon was assigned to Calty Design Research of Newport Beach, Calif. while development was left in the hands of Toyota Technical Center (TTC) in Ann Arbor, Mich. Final assembly is done at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK).
For the 2011 model year, Calty aimed to give the new Toyota Avalon an elegant yet expansive presence. This was achieved by blessing the Avalon with a wider and more imposing grille and high-tech projector headlamps. Calty also gave the Avalon a broad continuous front hood to hint at its lowered center of gravity and to underscore its wide stance.
Avalon’s new projector headlamps combine multi-reflector halogen high beams and halogen/HID low beams. These headlamps employ light pipes to project its signature night looks. On the other hand, its front fog lamps are incorporated into a trapezoidal front bumper for a wider angle of illumination.
Avalon’s side appearance is further enhanced with redesigned rocker panels and chrome trim as well as glare-resistant outer mirrors with integrated turn signals. Completing the large car’s side appearance are new Limited grade 17-inch wheels with a 10-spoke design and a mirror finish.
For the posterior part of the large car, one can easily recognize the Avalon logo placed above the license plate. Also noticeable are dual-exhaust pipes cleanly integrated into the cutaway trapezoid shape of the lower bumper.
Calty reshaped the vehicle’s taillights to lessen turbulence at the rear and help create a lower coefficient of drag. Avalon’s rear features one combined lamp that integrate stop, turn and side marker lighting functions.
It also features distinct LED light pipes with dark aluminized sides as well as clear and red lenses. Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., remarked that the changes made on the MY2011 Avalon would enable the carmaker to further build on its position in the premium large car segment.