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2011 Toyota Avalon



  • Those of you who have a 2011 Avalon, can you tell us where the slot is for loading CD's? I looked at close-up photos and see nothing! Thanks.
  • bergaminibergamini Posts: 45
    You press the CD button on the stereo and then the screen appears and one of the options is "Load", you click on "Load" and the screen flips up so you can load your CD's into it. At least that's how it works with a Nav model but it could be different for a non-Nav.

    Also, I've seen a few of the commercials now and I kind of like them. It highlights the comfort, elegance and space of the Avalon which I agree are the main selling points.
  • lcsennlcsenn Posts: 9
    edited April 2010
    Does anyone know why they do not offer laser cruise control on the 2011? It was offered on the 2010.
  • Thanks, Bergamini. Since I am not getting the Nav, I am still wondering how the non-Nav works at loading. Perhaps it's similar. Anyone?
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    Does anyone know why they do not offer laser cruise control on the 2011

    My best educated guess is that something in the computer controlled throttle was changed and they had to rework the logic of the laser cruise. IMO it will show back up eventually.

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

  • bergaminibergamini Posts: 45
    If you look here: and on the 2nd image for the base model, it shows the radio and there appears to be a slot above the LCD for loading CD's.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Ok, someone out there must be able to provide their input on the 2011 Avalon by now?

    - Bigger, smaller?
    - Louder - quieter
    - Smoother ride - Harsher ride?
    - Road noise - more, less or the same?
    - Finish - better, worst or about the same?

  • lcsennlcsenn Posts: 9

    That makes sense.
  • hdfatboyhdfatboy Posts: 324
    edited April 2010
    Can anyone share whether or not the 2011 Avalon's GPS will now let the driver add destinations and use the phone without first coming to a stop? Someone must know. Right?
  • Thanks, bergamini, I checked the photo and you are correct. There does appear to be a slot for loading CD's.
  • _bill_wa_bill_wa Posts: 37
    Dealer in my town has 2 Avalons Limited, 2010 and 2011. Both are the same color, Diamond White Pearl and Ivory interior. 2010 has different optional equipment than the 2011, so hard to compare apples to apples.

    The reason I bought a 2003 Avalon was because of the "room", easy to enter and back seat room, trunk size was a has 109,000 miles, been a awesome set of wheels......lot's of driving from my area to California to visit son, handles wonderfully at all speeds and this car has been over 100+, over all mileage is 25+. Wiper motor quit(but then I live in Washington State) and 1 sensor, oh and the battery had to be replaced. Uses no oil, pleasure to drive.

    Back to the 2010 and 2011.....sat in both, NO DIFFERENCE, I'm 6'3", 250 pounds....2011 has a better looking interior, would have bought the 2011 but no navigation.

    Have looked at many, Infiniti, Buick, Lexus, Hyundai......for the money, tough to beat the Avalon.
  • twinbtwinb Posts: 140
    Some people save money and get a Garmin or Tom Tom navi unit. The Ltd. you saw seems to be one of the few that don't come with a navi; I think Toy is pushing Ltd cars with the navi unit preinstalled rather than without, at least that's the way it is in the mountain states.
  • ejw1ejw1 Posts: 1
    That's $500 lower than the best price I've gotten so far for a 2011 LTD. Mind telling what options you got?
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Heck, my 2008 cost me $650.00 to register here last month in Maine - Over $900.00 to register when I purchased it new:(

  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Man, after looking at a few 2011's, I'm not sure if I can get past the grill. It just doesn't work for me.

    It looks cheap. One big [non-permissible content removed] painted silver grill, that suppose to look classy?

    Seems silly, buy hey, you gotta like what you drive to have one - or at least I do.

  • bergaminibergamini Posts: 45
    Ha - good point. I'm still not totally sold on the aesthetics (though I do love the taillamps) but I buy it for the experience. My '04 was no beauty until I got behind the wheel and then perfection. But yeah, it looks too much like the Camry.
  • bergaminibergamini Posts: 45
    I got a Limited with Nav (no color upcharge).
  • iamknottiamknott Posts: 82
    Last week, I took delivery of an ’11 Base Avalon with Synthesis radio and heated seats. As such, it is equipped much the same as my previous ’07 XLS. So far, I love it. The ride is even better than the XLS and that one was very good. The ’11 is also quieter. I noticed that Toyota has dampened the sound of the turn signal indicator to the point that, if the radio is playing softly, I can’t hear the turn signal at all. I will have to guard against being the old coot who drives for miles with his turn signal on. :)

    The exterior is silver metallic and the interior is light grey – same as the ‘07. However, the ’11 has a dark charcoal dash top which extends across the top of the doors at window level and the “wood” trim is darker. Coupled with black floor mats on the grey carpet, it is a classier look. The six-speed trans is silky smooth and the shift points in the higher gears are practically undetectable under easy acceleration. The projector headlights are better and the backup camera may be useful.

    The only shortcoming, in my opinion, regards the instrumentation. My ’07 had a bright blue display area (where the nav would have gone) which showed outside temp, ave. mpg, range, plus some other info. To find that info on the ’11, one must scroll (via a button on the steering wheel) through the readings which appear in a small window below the tach. The radio and HVAC info are behind smoked plastic in the center stack. It is very difficult to read when sunlight comes through the open moonroof. The turn signal, gear indicators, and certain warning lights are at the bottom of a 5-inch deep slot between the speedo and tach clusters. Visibility should not be too great a problem, unless you are a leaner. All in all, these are small detractions from an otherwise great car.
  • twinbtwinb Posts: 140
    Thanks for your comments on the new Avy. Just wondering if there are any features on the LTD. you wish you had on the base model.
  • rotterdam6rotterdam6 Posts: 36
    Thanks for all the info on your new Avalon. I have ordered a LTD, 2011, without Navigation. I am also getting silver with the light gray interior. I will post my impressions after I've had it for a while.
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