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2011 Toyota Avalon

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  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    I agree, most sites I've looked at seem to show almost the same car. Everyone knows they (the dealers) have to make the 2012's look more exciting and perhaps better.

    Now the Lexus seem to change. I haven't checked the specs but I like the option of AWD. That's really a nice feature. The offset is the 19-26 MPG.

    For me the MPG means a lot. The weather here in Southern Ga. - SC line is very mild.

    If anyone spots a 2012 Avalon on a lot please let us know. Thanks!
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited August 2011
    I read what you put up skip. Here is a quote:

    The next-generation Toyota Avalon isn’t due to hit showrooms until fall of 2012, but when it does it will likely be worth the wait.
  • kenb757kenb757 Posts: 149
    The car might be a 2013 model. You can designate a car as a 2013 model as long as you don't sell it before March 1, 2012. I'm thinking about a 2012 Avalon, but now I'm curious enough to wait.

    Has anyone with a 2011 Avalon tried plugging in a Flash Drive into the USB port to see if you can stream your music through the car's sound system? If it works, it's alot cheaper than an Ipod as a 4 gb Flash drive sells for about $10 at Best Buy. No charging required, unlike an Ipod. Can you shuffle the music files with it?
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    That's a great question and one I would like to know also.
  • jeep1988jeep1988 Posts: 40
    We purchased a 2011 Toyota Avalon XL recently. I noticed that the tires are 215 60R 16's and the sticker inside the driver's side door matches the tires. Looking in the manual, on line at toyota.com, and researching onthe internet, it states that both trims are supposed to have 17" wheels.

    Any thoughts on why?

    Thanks.
  • finfin atlantaPosts: 588
    That 16" tire size was standard on the 2010 Avalon XL, all the other lines had 17" tires. Apparently your 2011 XL also came with 16's, might have been an early model year built car so they used the 16's on all the XL's till they ran out (guessing). Most websites show only 17" tires for all 2011's, you are correct. Others may have more ideas, but if the door sticker matches, it came from the factory that way I would assume...... hope this helps.
  • 2011 Avalon Limited, 1 year old now with 5500 miles. Just took a trip with 4 adults and luggage. Drove pretty consistently around 75 mph to 80 mph. Milage down 30.6 mpg and milage back home 31.8 mpg.

    Pretty damn good for a car this size.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited September 2011
    Is that milage figured by the computer, or MPG figured by hand? I'm asked because my actual milage was/is off from computer by 2 MPG from my computer. The dealer said yesterday they found one tire was 6 pounds under pressure. I took it in because it was pulling to the left. YES, my low tire warning light was on but I didn't know for sure what it was. So my MPG might go up some now and maybe match what my computer says I'm getting. I get around 28 on trips with 2 adults, fully loaded truck. I have got higher around 31 and of course lower. Depending on my driving habits. Like you said , EXCELLENT MPG for this big car. Thanks for the information, keeps us all updated. I have 11 thousand on my Avalon as of today and I love driving it. ESPECIALLY on trips. :)
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    I just had lunch with my local Toyota dealer who said "Man the new Avalon is simply stunning". "the one they showed was a very pretty Red with creme and walnut interior". "I think it looks most like the new Jaguar, but only a little, in the sense of looking like another car".

    He went on to say, he thought it was the biggest change in any toyota in many, many years, and that if this is what the Avalon is going to look like, then he couldn't image what the new LS 510 was going to look like.

    He also said that it WAS a car, and not a model, and that he would order one like the one he saw - for me, as he knew I'd likely want one:)

    He didn't think there would be any or many photo's of it, for 6-8 months or so. They could take any electronic gear into the meeting when the saw the car:(

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  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited September 2011
    2012 Dode Diesel's are out. Other 2012 cars are out. I've checked and checked and all I can find is a 2012 Avalon that looks very much like the 2011. Plus the articles I've read said it's a mirror image of the 2011. Pehaps your salesman wants you to get excited.

    Now if you have NOT bought an Avalon then wait for the 2012, simply for value purpose. Just my thoughts. See post notes others have posted. No WAY will they wait 6 or 7 months to pull a 2012 Avalon out. AGAIN my thoughts.

    Bill
  • I would be glad to have 16" tires. My neighbor just replaced an unrepairable OE 17" tire on his vehicle. It was about $250. I think that comes to about $1000 for a replacement set of four for these new vehicles!

    The last set of premium 16" tires that I bought was about $600.
  • gramzgramz Posts: 105
    the 2012 is out and has been out for quite sometime and they are just like thge 2011. you must be referring to the 2013.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Yes, in fact it will likely be a 2013 as they aren't announcing until the fall of 2012.

    This I knew and should have better stated É sorry.

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  • nimiminimimi Posts: 249
    I don't see how the 2012's can be out and yet Toyota.com doesn't show them. In fact, the Toyota Pressroom site shows only the Camry, Yaris, Tacoma as being out in 2012 models. You'll definitely have to wait to see a 2012 Avalon.
  • nimiminimimi Posts: 249
    edited September 2011
    I've seen this ridiculous "review" before. If it were really a review of the Avalon, it would have been written by English-speakers since the Avalon is a US-made car. Do you really think that Toyota is bringing back the Touring model? Look at the specs: 210 HP?, 15 inch wheels? cassette player!!! This looks as if it were the weekend project of some 5th graders playing with the internet! The main point is that if the 2012 Avalon is anywhere near production, you wouldn't be seeing any new 2011's arriving from the manufacturer as they would have to have ceased production in order to produce the 2012's. But, they're still delivering 2011's so the 2012 is a long, long way off.

    See for years and models by year: http://pressroom.toyota.com/press_kit_index.cfm?pkYear=2012&prod_brand_id=1
  • gramzgramz Posts: 105
    Not sure what to say. I looked at what I thought were 2012s, The sticker in the window said 2012, however I could not see any difference in them and my 2011. I looked at two different ones and both of them had 2012 on the sticker. This was the only reason for me to believe there were 2012s
  • The car magazines say the 2012 Avalons are almost identical to the 2011!
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited September 2011
    It's probably a 2012. After all they can't change the vin number. Like I stated, "they say the 2012 is a mirror image of the 2011". Personally I have not looked. I suspect there might be a little change. NOW the 2013 might change. I'm guessing you could buy a 2011 a lot cheaper than the 2012. If so I would buy the 2011 because of money. NOW the 2012 will be worth more money because a newer year. Of course this goes without saying.
  • nimiminimimi Posts: 249
    If you saw Avalons at the dealer and they had stickers that said they were 2012 models, I'd ask the dealer how they can display models that Toyota has yet to release.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I COULD be wrong (but I doubt it :blush: ), but the cars computer can likely measure your MPG at least as accurately, if not moreso, than you can manually. The variable is always exactly how full the full tank is. Either way you figure it.
  • gramzgramz Posts: 105
    I believe over a period of time the computer is more accurate. I've not reset my since I bought it and it reads 27.6. I check each tank manually and it varies a lot but after 21,000 miles the manual calculation is within .2 mpg of the computer. I always set the pump handle on the second notch and when it shut off I stop. I think the pressure the gas is delivered probably affect this somewhat.

    I'll go with the computer.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    No, I'll stick with my figures. I HOPE I am wrong. I fill up the same way every time. First click off then I add no more gas. I reset the computer every time and it's always off about 2 MPG, a little less but NEVER more than 2. I know every fill up checked by hand will not be the same. I hope I'm wrong.

    HOWEVER with that said, I test drove a Ford Truck today with a Lance camper. The Ford truck has a 6.0 engine with a 4.10 rear end. The lance camper weights about 38 hundred pounds. Now this truck is a dually and again I'll remind you it has a 4.10 rear end. Automatic. THE COMPUTER on this "King Ranch Ford" said it was getting 16.2 MPG. The man said he figures he gets around 13.5 hauling. 16 empty. So is this computer off? You would have to understand how these campers cut down on gas milage. NOT just the weight but wind resistance. Hope this helps. This was a 2006 model. Here's the camper:

    http://www.rvtraderonline.com/listing/2005-Lance-921-99223180
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    No, I'll stick with my figures. I HOPE I am wrong. I fill up the same way every time. First click off then I add no more gas. I reset the computer every time and it's always off about 2 MPG, a little less but NEVER more than 2. I know every fill up checked by hand will not be the same. I hope I'm wrong.

    HOWEVER with that said, I test drove a Ford Truck today with a Lance camper. The Ford truck has a 6.0 engine with a 4.10 rear end. The lance camper weights about 38 hundred pounds. Now this truck is a dually and again I'll remind you it has a 4.10 rear end. Automatic. THE COMPUTER on this "King Ranch Ford" said it was getting 16.2 MPG. The man said he figures he gets around 13.5 hauling. 16 empty. So is this computer off? You would have to understand how these campers cut down on gas milage. NOT just the weight but wind resistance. Hope this helps. This was a 2006 model. Here's the camper:

    http://www.rvtraderonline.com/listing/2005-Lance-921-99223180
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Do you always use the same gas pump? If not, your hand calculations are not likely right, while a long term computer figure is bound to be very accurate. Tank to tank measurements are subject to wide variations, with either method.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    NO, I do not use the same pump. :)
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited September 2011
    I took my 30 year old son for his first test drive in my Avalon. I showed him the power in the machine. He was so impressed and asked what kind of engine was in it. I could see him grap on. Boy this cars are fast. REALLY fast. I didn't even use the speed shift. I explain I think the speed was in the torque and I believe the transmission has a lot to do with the speed.

    I explain the beauty wasn't only the speed but the MPG and the room. LOOK at the back seat. I did explain this car weights almost 3,600 hundred pounds. He found that hard to believe.

    After a long drive back from our visit. My computer said I was getting 33.4 MPG on the HWY. Driving at 60, two people, no luggage. Come on folks, is this car that good? Today, it reads 31.9 but I'm back to country driving. Country/city, help me out here.

    12 thousand miles on the car as of today, I keep a log of all fill ups and from now on I will show MY FIGURES plus the computer MPG.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Last trip, average 29.7 on computer, my figures was 29.1, this time same pump, long HWY miles, two people, hills, packed with lugage. 12,700 on car, pretty darn good with the kitchen sink in the back. Wife takes EVERYTHING!
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Ok, I know in the past the Toyota Electric Start kit was not highly recommended, is the one for the 2011 any better?

    If folks are going with aftermarket, is there one that seems to work best?

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