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2011 Toyota Avalon



  • robsisrobsis Posts: 160
    edited August 2011
    Interesting as Car and Driver reported no changes to the US Avalon. We shall see, since they just did the minor cosmetic changes for 2011. Makes more sense that they'd leave it alone for a year or two and then make the major change..... :)
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited August 2011
    I guess I should read things closer. All I noticed was the front seemed to have more of a point. I did notice the writer to say 16" alloy wheels was an option. I'm not sure but I think my 11 has 17" wheels.

    We all know anyone can create a website. All I know for sure was the article I read some time back said 2012 will be a mirror of the 2011. This web site is NOT the same article.

    This article reads 2012 Toyota Avalon Specifications

    3.0L displacement double overhead cam (DOHC)
    V6 cylinder configuration gas engine
    24 valves variable valve timing
    210 hp @ 5800 rpm 220 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm
    premium unleaded fuel

    I believe this to be wrong. In fact I did a little research and know it is. Here is a much better site:

    78K............ barley broke in........depending on your driving habits of course. I am curious if you bought any tires and what kind? I assume you have. I too, like the 2007 body style. I like the interior, almost like riding in cot pit of a plane.
  • All the car magazines say the 2012 is virtually identical; no changes! Thanks
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Interesting article about the ALL NEW Avalon?


  • marv15marv15 Posts: 32
    Nan48. The General Sales Manager told me about the redesign. I've been doing business with him for over 13 years, he's never lied to me. He was really bowled over by the new Avalon and just wanted me to know. It's kept highly secret he said until they unviel it. I've never seen him so enthused so now I can't wait to see it. I also thought it might be a couple of more years for a redesign since the minor face lift of the 2011.

    I'm aware of all the articles out there that didn't give a hint of a totaly redesined Avalon, so this revealing to me out of the blue while visiting with the dealer caught me by surprise. But if you google Los Vegas show for Dealers regarding Toyota Avalon, you will see some sparse articles regarding this. Now it's a waiting game.

    From one of the articles. "With regards to the much-awaited Avalon, Toyota announced that it will arrive in the fall of 2012. Last June, dealerships that attended the national meeting in Las Vegas became even more excited about the Avalon rather than the Camry. The Avalon’s styling is inspired by the Audi A7, Jaguar XJ and the Lexus lines, says Autonews. The Avalon will retain the 3.5-liter V-6 engine but its handling will be enhanced." a7-and-jaguar-xj/
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    That ad lead me to the 2012 Opel Ampera
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    "..handling will be enhanced.."

  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    I thought about the concept of RWD. Personally I think it would be great. However with Lexus having RWD then I ruled it out. Now I have NOT checked for sure if all Lexus' have RWD but I only assume they do. GS350 for example, I ASSUME has RWD.

    Like I said it sure would be nice. I believe the off set would be MPG. Handling would improve, this is for sure. We have a lot of weight on our FWD Avalon's.

    Here's a good site for the 2013 GS350, actually the car has AWD. Amazing. Toyota, always a step a head of the others.
  • finfin atlantaPosts: 588
    The 2011 is almost history so here is a site that claims to show the 2012..... maybe...

    Looks like the same car to me.... :)
  • gramzgramz Posts: 105
    Not real sure what's going on but I bought my 2011 the end of May 2010 and they had no 2010s on the lot and said they weren't any available.

    Here it is almost September and this same dealer has a lot of 2011s available and no 2012s.

    Makes a person wonder?
  • 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, and researching onthe internet, it states that both trims are supposed to have 17" wheels.

    Any thoughts on why?

  • 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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