2002 Avalon New Car Test Drive
The Toyota Avalon is a large, comfortable sedan with tight handling and a flawless ride. It's smooth and quiet with extremely low levels of noise, vibration, and harshness, a good car for long hours in the saddle. It has plenty of power and excellent brakes. Electronic wizardry and a well-developed chassis makes it an easy car to handle in hazardous road conditions.
When equipped with the available front bench seat, it can transport six passengers in typical Toyota comfort and quiet serenity. The Avalon offers a strong value among full-size sedans.
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's Toyota's flagship sedan.
Two models of Avalon are available. The XL comes with front bucket seats ($25,845) or a bench ($26,665).
XLS reverses the pricing with the bench seat version ($30,305) being less expensive than the same vehicle with bucket seats ($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.