- 268 hp horsepower
- 3.5 L liter V6 DOHC engine with variable valve timing
- 4 Doors
- 4-wheel ABS brakes
- Air conditioning with dual zone climate control
- Audio controls on steering wheel
- Automatic Transmission
- Chrome grill
- Cruise control
- Daytime running lights
- Dusk sensing headlights
- Exterior Parking Camera - Rear camera only
- External temperature display
- Front fog/driving lights
- Front seat type - Bucket
- Front-wheel drive
- Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 29 and EPA city (mpg): 20
- Head airbags - Curtain 1st and 2nd row
- Intermittent window wipers
- Leather seats
- Multi-function remote - Trunk/hatch/door/tailgate
- Overhead console - Mini with storage
- Passenger Airbag
- Power heated mirrors
- Power windows with 4 one-touch
- Rear bench seats
- Reclining rear seats
- Remote power door locks
- Signal mirrors - Turn signal in mirrors
- Speed sensitive window wipers
- Speed-proportional power steering
- Steering Wheel Air Conditioning Controls
- Sunroof - Express open/close glass
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
- Trip computer
- Universal remote transmitter
- Video Monitor Location - Front
The lineup for the 2011 Toyota Avalon is relatively simple. All Avalons come with a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine that's very smooth and plenty strong for this big sedan. It's mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, which shifts almost imperceptibly. With a dual VVT-i variable valve control system, the Avalon is reasonably responsive yet achieves an EPA estimated 20 mpg city, 29 highway.
Ride quality is smooth and cushy in the Avalon. The suspension follows a quite conventional MacPherson-strut suspension in front with coil springs in back, and is tuned to be somewhat soft yet firm enough to avoid bounciness. The rack-and-pinion steering system is precise but light-feeling.
To go with the slightly reshaped but conservative look, plush, comfortable interior appointments and distinctive materials remain the Avalon's calling card. Accommodations have been redesigned and reconfigured, including a reshaped backseat and larger headrests. The backs eat in the Avalon has enough legroom for taller adults, with the seats themselves more comfortable than those in most utility vehicles. When the middle position in back isn't being used, a center armrest, which includes storage and cupholders, pulls down. Upholstery includes leather with visible stitching and ventilated seatbacks are included in the Limited. There's an abundance of wood grain trim inside.
As before, the Avalon comes with all the common safety features, plus a few more that are all-new for 2011. Electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist, front side airbags and side curtain bags are all standard on the Avalon. Toyota is phasing in a new brake-override system that cuts off the throttle when brakes are applied.
Only two trims of the 2011 Avalon are offered--base and Limited--and it's the Limited model that gets some of the coolest and most exclusive features. All Avalons get dual-zone climate control, a moonroof and a back-up camera, but the Limited gets a power passenger seat, Smart Key system, rain-sensing wipers and driver's lower cushion extension (which taller drivers will find useful).
The Avalon serves as the luxury flagship of Toyota's lineup, so it loads this big sedan up with many features and options that are usually the domain of luxury brands. Expect power everything of course, but some of the most luxurious features include a power rear sunshade, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, a USB/iPod interface and a 660-watt JBL surround-sound system with 12 speakers. A newly upgraded navigation system includes more points of interest and an improved interface.
The Avalon has been redesigned for 2011, with a reshaped exterior and completely redesigned interior, as well as a greater safety and technology feature list. Last year's powertrain has carried over unchanged.