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2011 Toyota Avalon



  • twinbtwinb Posts: 140
    If you find an LS460 that you like, make sure the steering issue recall has been done:

    What a different mindset now in buying a Toy; in the past you'd shop for one and buy it because of the reliability reputation, now you check to see if a recall problem has been corrected.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Bottom line here, is we / I'm spoiled:)

  • bergaminibergamini Posts: 45
    I personally find the seat comfort to be pretty equivalent between the models in most normal situation. If it is hot, and even in WI that covers 4+ months per year, then the cooled setting on the perforated works very well after taking about 7 minutes to effectively cool the seat. I love it. Also, I've used the seat extender on long road trips and it really is a bit more comfortable. I didn't buy the Limited for seats but the two main differences (coolers & extender for driver) are nifty.

    I don't think there is any difference between the base and Limited in terms of smoothness or quiet. Same tires, same structure, same suspension and they appear to have gotten rid of the noise-reducing windshield. There aren't going to be many cars out there more quiet and refined than your '08.
  • bergaminibergamini Posts: 45
    I could see that the extended seats might not be for everyone. For me, the regular seat is just a bit small for me to feel totally relaxed and on a longer trip, it eases the strain on my legs. For a skinnier or shorter person, I think it might be less comfortable to extend the seat.
  • fhimesfhimes Posts: 17
    I just purchased a 2011 Avalon Limited andIi am confused on all the discussion on seat extension. I have no idea what you all are talking about. Am I missing a secret lever somewhere. Please help me understand what you are talking about.
  • just__mejust__me Posts: 508
    The Limited comes with a seat (driver only) that can extend about 2 inches (1 and a half inches) if you push the lever to extend it. Your Avalon doesn't have that feature. Hope this answers your question. :)
  • jwillinjwillin Posts: 16
    I just took delivery on a 2011 Avalon LTD after trading in my 2009. I was upside down in the payments, but they took it as a trade-in. I have two questions:

    1. On my previous 2009 Avalon, when you walked up to the car with the key, there were like soft lights that would come on before you entered the the car. I'm not sure the 2011 has the same feature although this a light under the side mirrors. I haven't been able to find the settings to turn on the lights if that is the case.

    2. When operating the Nav System. The map shows the correct region, but when going to the Data Map page it shows locations in Washington state. Then when wanting to input my home address, the address button is greyed out and it is greyed out on any destination that I want to input an address in. I am unable to use the Nav because I can't input an address because the button is greyed out.

    Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.
  • jwillinjwillin Posts: 16
    I just purchased a 2011 Avalon LTD. It is a fantastic car. It drives like a dream. I mean you can barely feel a bump in the road. It is one great driving car. You will love to drive it. Not much of a change to the 2009. The salesman told me about all the curves and tiers of the interior and the beauty of the exterior, but that may be a man curve. I almost thought he was describing a curvy stacked woman!

    The CONS?
    1. The wood grain appears to be cheap plastic, it takes away from the beauty of the car. I have a black Avalon with the black bordeaux leather. Beautiful! However, the plastic just takes away from the interior.

    2. The GPS display is disposed. I liked the fact that in my 2009, I could cover the display. Now, you have it exposed and you can see every fingerprint, dust etc on that display. The touch screen is not that respondent, but adequate.

    3. Don't like CD and NAV location. Behind a door with hinges? If you get the NAV you get 4 CDS instead of 6 without the NAV. Also, with the NAV comes a map DVD, like a Mapsco.

    4. Manual is horrible for assisting on any problems or settings you may have with the car.


    1. Have usb/aux port inside console.

    2. Blue tooth is nice. Once connected you have the option of transferring all your contacts over to the car.

    3. Nice exterior.

    4. Great drive, very smooth and comfortable.
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  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    edited June 2010
    Wood grain in the Lexus is so perfectly done/finished/flawless that it looks plastic.

    You have to wait about 10+ years and it begins to show cracks.
  • bob819bob819 Posts: 3
    How accurate (or inaccurate) is the trip computer on a 2011 Avalon?

    Specifically the Average MPG and the Range (i.e miles to empty). Mine seems too low. In fact when I filled up the first time it said like 6 miles for Range, and I could only get 16 gallons in (meaning there was still 2.5 gallons left. I reset the Average MPG and now after a few weeks it reads 24.2 for about 360 miles, but the Range remaining is only 11 miles. If I have averaged 24.2 miles MPG, seems like I should be able to get to about 440 miles before the Range shows 11 miles.

    Any thoughts?

  • finfin atlantaPosts: 586
    This subject has been discussed many times.... the problem is that any DTE (distance to empty) computer is absurd by concept. Think about it. To tell you how far you can travel on the remaining fuel in the tank requires the knowledge of upcoming road conditions, future average speed, etc. There is no way this can happen. DTE, to me, has always worthless. The average mpg is generally close, my experience, but read the next paragraph carefully if you use pen and paper or a calculator.

    In most prior year Avalons, 2005 up, the odometer reads about 3% low. The speed is accurate, somehow, but the miles are off. To check yours: Get on the local interstate and check the miles traveled shown as you pass the mile markers on the highway. If the 2011 is like most others you will see a big difference within 5 miles. The mile markers will begin to pass before the odometer registers the miles. Mine is off and many other members here have found the same thing.

    Hope this helps, enjoy the Avy, great cars. I am on my third one.... :)
  • whosea1whosea1 Posts: 3
    We recently purchased a 2011 Avalon. Love the car but totally disgusted with the navigation system. Routinely takes the long way around to reach the destination. For example, a trip to the airport close to our home that takes 45 minutes to an hour was estimated by Avalon’s navigation to be 1 hr and 52 mins. Most annoying feature is that navigation is disabled while car is in motion forcing the driver to pull over to make any changes. This can be very disruptive if I’m in a hurry, while driving on the highway or unsafe if driving late at night. It doesn’t take into account that a passenger can reprogram the system while the car is in motion. Is there any way to override this feature?
  • algeealgee Posts: 77
    Have you gone into Navi setup and allowed it to use all the fastest methods?
  • whosea1whosea1 Posts: 3
    Yes, I have it setup to do the quick route. I compared the exact same destination to the mobile Garmin that we used prior to purchasing the Avalon. Sometimes they calculate the same route and time but overall the Garmin is consistently more accurate.
  • algeealgee Posts: 77
    My 2011 Avalon's dashboard reflects in the windshield when there is strong sunlight so much it is annoying me a lot. Anyone else with this problem. Anyone know how to dull the dash's surface or other fix?
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    This happened to me on my 2008 Avalon, and all I did was cleaned the dashboard with lestoil. It didn't have the shine, and it didn't glare in the windshield anymore:)

    Most dealers use Amor-all or some other similar leather protectant which looks nice, until the sun glare gets you.

  • algeealgee Posts: 77
    tnx will give it a try
  • adholtmanadholtman Posts: 21
    The brochure for my 2011 Avalon Limited says the puddle lamps on the mirrors illuminate when you are near the car with the Smart Key (interior also).

    Mine don't..what am I doing incorrectly? Anyone else having this issue?

  • jwillinjwillin Posts: 16
    edited June 2010
    Mine do not work. I think the feature has been turned off from the factory. You will have to personalize this option thru the dealership. I was at the dealership for another issue and was told in order to change your options they have to connect a laptop to your car and make the changes. We can't do them on our own. On page 530 of the owner's manual are the options you change and the puddle lamps are there also. The default shows off and the personalization shows on or vice-versa. So, I'm thinking it has to be changed by the dealership.
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