2004 Avalon New Car Test Drive
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 make 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.
Revised front and rear styling give the 2003 Avalon a more road-gripping look. For passenger comfort and convenience, an air filtration system and sunvisors with extensions are now standard. For 2003, Avalon is safer than ever, with multi-stage front airbags and ISO-FIX child-restraint tethers.
Toyota Avalon is available in two trim levels, XL and XLS. Both use Toyota's silky-smooth 3.0-liter V6. This engine produces 210 horsepower with 220 pounds-feet of torque. Avalon is front-wheel drive.
XL comes with front bucket seats ($25,845) or a front bench seat ($26,665). XL models come fully equipped with side air bags, dual-zone air conditioning, air filtration system, power windows, door locks and mirrors, sunvisors with extensions, and a 120-watt AM/FM stereo with cassette and CD players.
The more luxurious XLS model reverses the pricing with the bench seat version ($30,305) being less expensive than the same vehicle with bucket seats ($30,405). 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.
Leather upholstery is optional.