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2014 Toyota Avalon

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  • Any updates on when these will be showing up?
    Thanks!
  • Good news! Information is starting to flow.

    I just found the e-brochure for the 2014 Avalon.

    http://www.toyota.com/content/ebrochure/2014/avalon_ebrochure.pdf

    It's hard for me to tell from reading the brochure if the Entune second-generation system is what is described. Maybe someone can run the specs and confirm whether this is the case.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Heck, it's hard to see if there are any changes from the brochure

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  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Just watched a video on the 2014 Corolla, and the Nav is MUCH better then the Avalons.

    You can say a complete address É NO more 1 number at a time, NO more, City, then State and so on.

    This by itself would be worth upgrading. IF the Avalon comes with one like it.

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  • rrggrrgg Posts: 1
    >Touring vs. Ltd: Some of the features in the Limited are insignificant
    >to me (such as ventilated seats). The sound system however is
    >atrocious in the Touring and excellent in the Ltd. (although
    >bass-heavy on the radio, but interestingly not with an
    >MP3 player connected). However, what swayed me was the
    >seat, which just didn't fit me in the Touring.

    In case this helps, on the Camry XLE there's a DSP setting in the audio system settings that was set to High by default causing the same problem you described. Very bass-heavy with muted lyrics, but not when using MP3. I switched it to Low and the sound is much much better. It took me 6 weeks to notice this.

    Maybe the Avalon has the same or similar setting.
  • There's a saying that all things are relative. Regarding ventilated seats, someone like myself who lives in Nevada, where the summers can be brutal, is likely to find ventilated seats to be a great boon at that time of year. I know I certainly do.
  • dcd55dcd55 Posts: 2
    Here's the pricing per Toyota's pressroom for the '14s. Contrary to what the dealer told me, the MSRP price for the Hybrid XLE touring is going down $500, but the blind spot monitor is now optional, perhaps accounting for the price drop. See:

    http://pressroom.toyota.com/releases/toyota+pricing+2014+avalon+prius.htm
  • vservser Posts: 48
    How's the glare off that chrome?

    Also curious if there's any simple voice Nav? Do you still have to speak each part of the address one by one?
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Yes, a bit of glare, and yes, in my (since traded) 2013 Limited, I had to give directions one by one, but others have said in their models (Touring), they can say it all at once?

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  • I now have 8800+ miles on our car and as I hoped the seats are breaking in nicely and are noticeably more comfortable. Very noticeable on our recent 2000+ mile trip with family members. Mixed bag on rear seats because they have not had much use but interestly one passenger found them very comfortable another not so much. On the way back everyone seemed fine with the seats comfort so break in was already improving rear seat comfort. Terrific road car and loves to run. Faster you go the better it feels until you reach "go to jail speeds" but was very surprised how most motorists ignored the posted speed limits. The average speeds seemed to be 8-10 MPH over in the slow lane except for heavily loaded trucks and 10-15 MPH over and more in the left lane or fast lanes. Amazing! Even at those speeds fully load with 4 passengers and a trunk full of luggage milage hovered around 30MPGs. This is one solid,quiet,effient road burner
  • With the addition of tire and wheel choices it would start to look like this:
    XLE base with 17"" wheels and tires
    XLE base with 18" wheels and tires
    XLE premium with 17" wheels and tires
    XLE premium with 18" wheels and tires
    And so on.
    Naturally you could limit the choices to certain models but the effect would be the same, a loss in economy of scale and added production costs per unit.
    Lexus charges more per unit for much the same car and offers more wheel and tire choices but the customer pays for the extra choices. Think I am wrong?see if you can find a ES 350 that list for $32,000.00 with full leather seats.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    2016, 2017, 2018, and so on, will be the real test.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    I was saying, drop one of the current models, and make the LTD a comfortable model, shocks and maybe seats would be all they'd have to do.

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  • jeffm5jeffm5 Posts: 106
    I'm a big fan of Motorweek on the Velocity channel. This Tuesday they rated large sedans, specifically, the Avalon, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Maxima, Azera, Impala and I think the Taurus. Not surprisingly the Impala won. But what is surprising is that the Avalon did not even place in the top 4. I think the other finishers were the 300, Charger and the Azera, although my recollection of finishers 2 thru 4 may be faulty. (You can probably pullup the episode on motorweek.com).

    Anyway, I know this is just one opinion, but the Avalon used to be the benchmark in just about everyone's opinion, including Motorweek & Consumer Reports, in the large sedan, non "luxury" category. It's a disappointment to Avy lovers like me, and probably Skip too.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Sure is:) And based on my time with the 2013 Avalon, it's not surprising how it finished, albeit, maybe not against fair competition.

    As much as I didn't like it, there's NO way in hell, I'd purchase a Ford, Chrysler, Dodge or Maxima over the Avalon, no way.

    Now the Azera É maybe. The Impala, not sure.

    I look at longevity, resell, RELIABILITY, and resale and I don't think many of these would or could compare.

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  • I would say that idea has merit but future sales and economic reality will make that choice. Frankly, from a personnel stand point I think it would work and generate additional sales if marketed properly. How about "Luxury Limited sedan"?
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    :) The smile is because Toyota markets the current models as "Premium Luxury Sedans".

    Most folks, most magazines agree, this is not the correct title for the current model.

    Many have said, "Premium Luxury Sports Sedan" and or Premium Sedan, but NOT Luxury.

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  • Try to remember that Toyota specifically altered the 2013 Avalon models to appeal to younger buyers. They made no secret of the fact that they wanted to get away from the geriatric image and demographic appeal of prior Avalons and create more of a driver's car that would attract buyers in their 40s and 50s or even younger. Also note that the sales of the 2013 models, as of November, were well over twice (+155%) as great as for the 2012, so maybe they knew what they were doing.

    Personally, I love the handling and ride of my 2013 Avalon Limited V6 -- it is close to a sports sedan and for me that is vastly preferable to the Beautyrest Mattress-on-Wheels ride of prior Avalons (as well as prior Buicks et al.) With the powerful V6, it is an exciting car that is fun to drive, and I have found it very well-appointed and comfortable as well. It's darn good-looking, too.

    There is a clear trend toward stiffer, better handling suspensions throughout the auto industry, here and abroad (consider the transformation of Cadillac, and even Buick (!), for example.)

    Robert N.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    But that doesn't mean we have to like it:)

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  • finfin atlantaPosts: 586
    Yes, you are correct, Toyota does have a younger buyer in mind. But we of the "comfort = soft ride" car buyer group feel left out after all these years. In fact, Toyota could have had us all with a softer ride option. But no, they did not do that... The new ones seem to be a great car and, yes, they are selling well compared to the prior model. I had to pass on the front end, ride and Limited price tag... and after 15 years and three Avalons went to another make. But if the ride ever gets softer and the grille changes a little I will be back looking, love the dependability, fit and finish, etc. And the hybrid is one of the best out there.
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