2001 Avalon New Car Test Drive
The Avalon is Toyota's top of the line model. It's a big, comfortable sedan that feels quick on its feet; it's hard to tell just by looking at it, but the Avalon handles well and delivers a satisfying ride. When equipped with the available front bench seat, the Avalon can transport six passengers in typical Toyota comfort and quiet serenity.
As practical as the Avalon appears, it can be equipped with luxurious leather seats, handsome seven-spoke aluminum wheels, and a JBL sound system that rivals almost anything you can buy for your home. It offers a strong value among full-size sedans that deliver this level of luxury, performance, comfort and reliability for around $30,000 (fully equipped).
Two models of Avalon are available: XL ($25,845) and XLS ($30,405).
Both models use Toyota's silky-smooth 3.0-liter V6. This engine produces 210 horsepower with 220 pounds-feet of torque.
XL models come fully equipped with side air bags, dual-zone air conditioning, power windows, door locks and mirrors, and a 120-watt AM/FM stereo with cassette and CD players. XLS models add automatic climate control, a driver information display (compass, trip computer, outside temperature and calendar functions), fog lights, aluminum alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.