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Toyota Avalon Navigation System



  • quickest routes on nav are the slowest routes on my tom nav always and i mean always forces you to back roads to extend your trip and make every trip hellish
  • did you figure this out?
  • STill waiting. Any ideas?
  • no.but youd think choosing the fastest route everytime would correct this and allow freeways.i knew buying this car id get a horrific nav
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    How can you find out which version you have? Is it listed on the DVD?

    What is the newest, and is it much better?


    2011 Limited

    PS Is it worth it to upgrade or just rough it out until my 2013 get's here:)?
  • you gettin the 2013? im definitely shouldnt of made it look sporty.gonna get a LS460
  • Anyone with knowledge of a DVD Nav player PN 86841-41020 for sale at a reasonable price? This is a Gen 3 unit and apparently no other Gen 3 unit will work on the Avalon. Thanks
  • why doesn't the clock change automatically when you set the nav system for Day light savings time? When you turn it off nothing happens as well...
    The only fix was to manually change the clock..

    Anyone have an easy solution?
  • Ok, just go over to no and the clock will go to normal times, seems strange but the yes and no is asking do u want daylight saving time. This works just changed mine. Tom
  • In Aug'12 purchased a '11AV Limited with Navigation which I am still slowly learning to use. This has to 10.1 version DVD Nav. disc which was developed in 2010 for the 2011 AV. production. Two Toy. dealers want $169.00 for a 12.1 Nav. disc update. Has anyone updated their disc to newer versions? Is it worthwhile. Use the Nav. 1-2 times a month. Any suggestions?
  • In Aug'12 purchased a '11AV Limited with Navigation which I am still slowly learning to use. This has a 10.1 version DVD Nav. disc which was developed in 2010 for the 2011 AV. production. Two Toy. dealers want $169.00 for a 12.1 Nav. disc update. Has anyone updated their disc to newer versions? Is it worthwhile. Use the Nav. 1-2 times a month. Any suggestions?
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Tough call. I said to hell with it and bought a new 2013 instead:)

    Ok, really. I had a very nice Garmin with the car before my 2011 Avalon, and must admit, I often used both units. The Garmin (which I had lifetime Map updates), was as you'd expect always right on the money. More so as of late (which is why the Toyota unit has a New DVD available).

    Is it worth $169.00 to not get lost É you'll have to make that call?

    Is it worth NOT having a usable Nav that you paid dearly for É you'll have to make that call?

    Is it worth looking at a nice Garmin and getting lifetime map updates and never have to worry about this again É you'll need to make that call.

    In a perfect world, Toyota would contract with someone like Garmin and allow for "Lifetime Map updates" and:

    - Being able to create a route on the desktop computer / ipad or whatever, and then be able to email to the car

    - Be able to move about the screen better, and change routes with greater easy. Touch on the new road you want to be on, and have it take you there.

    Now the 2013 does have something I didn't see and my 2011, which is POI show up and you can select one and say go there and it puts it into the system. A pretty cool feature, that is a way I used to get back on track once so far.

  • we are in the same boat.i too had a garmin.the 2012 avalon nav is the 2013 one the same? with the routes? quick.alt,fast etc? is it alot like your 2011 avalon nav?
  • Had a email response from the Toy. parts dept. regarding the 12.1 nav. disk update for a 2011AV compared to the 10.1 orginal. "Easier re-routing, 42 new counties added, updated coverage Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and about 200K miles of newly verified roads". So my decision whether to update to 12.1 is not easier. I have a old Navcon GPS which is easier to program and can take in any vehicle.
  • brian125brian125 New york / S.C. myrtle beachPosts: 4,821
    Dealer install nav's are terrible. i always use my garmin so much better. I say do yourself a favor save the money w/ car installed nav/s they look nice but thats about it.. I always goolgle my directions with print out just in case you hit a dead zone with the nav. happen a couple of times not very fun..

    2016 BMW X-5 35i, 2013 Genesis 5.0 R-spec, 2012 MB ML350

  • tkaztkaz Posts: 69
    I want to upgrade the DVD in my 2011 Avalon and Sienna to 12.1 There are two different part numbers - 86271-73013 and 86271-73014. What is the difference? Will both work for both cars? Is there a preference? How do I determine which one to get?
    Nav model in the Sienna is E7027 and in the Avalon it is E7031.
  • Hope some '11 Avalon owner has updated to the 12.1 disc and can relate if the updated disc improves the nav. system to justify the expense. The Toyota dealer I spoke to has the specs for the updated 12.1 disc for the particular Toyota vehicles.
  • Navigation for my 2011 AV is 10.1 disc. Can't understand why so few established cross streets (roads) are shown as lines but not named. Always identifies name of street road being traveled but not intersecting streets etc. My 4 year old portable Navagon does much better on intersecting streets. I would upgrade the disc. to 12.1 if I knew more intersecting streets (roads) are identified. Still hope as in previous post to learn from a user the changes made in the 12.1 disc.
  • liaisonliaison Posts: 49
    Does anyone know if the 2012 Limited with Navi shows info on songs that are playing like my 07 Accord in XM mode? Also, I drove a 2012 Limited today and the JBL system does not seem to sound as good as my Honda EX-L system (07). Would like to hear from Avalon owners out there on what they think of the JBL system in the Avalon.
  • yes it shows info on songs.also the sound system is phenomenal.just lower the bass cuz the bass bottom gives out too much bass from songs
  • itzme80itzme80 Posts: 1
    I just bought a 2013 Avalon Limited (less than 300 miles) and am curious if the problems I am experiencing are limited to my particular car or if anyone else has the same problems.

    Upon pairing my iPhone to the car's entertainment system, many things started happening. First, the system played what I wanted it to from the iPhone. Then, right in the middle of listening to my calming music at the volume level I wanted, another song from a totally different genre of music started playing at a much higher volume level. I had no idea where it came from, and it took quite a bit of fiddling to get it to revert to what I was listening to.

    Then, it arbitrarily went to the Settings screen. I did not tell it to do that. I got that turned off, and then it went back to my music. Then the map screen came on. I got that turned off and it reverted to my desired music.

    Then the loud music came back on. I got that turned back off and the same cycle started all over again. I had not touched anything to make all this happen.

    There are many more details, but that the gist of the situation.

    Has anyone experienced the same, or reasonably similar, situation with the 2013 Avalon Limited?
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    I couldn't even get my cell phone to pair with the unit. They told me it was my phone, but turns out it was the head unit.

  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Did you mean "You drove a 2013"? If so, the radio in the 2013's is not as good as the earlier models, at least many of us don't think it's as good.

  • Owners manual states there is a section on right hand side of screen that has a colored section on a bar that reduces as the vehicle approaches the next turn. It should also show the distance to the next turn with a arrow indicating the turn direction. My system does not show this. In heavy city driving, the voice command does not give you enough warning to make turn safely. My portable Magellan unit has this feature. Could not find a setting that would turn this feature on. Any suggestions appreciated.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Well the good news is, it does. The bad news is, I no longer have a 2013 Avalon, so I can't tell you how to set it?

    Try this, it's a great area for how do video's

    - V89dSGZzNSuHw&feature=results_main

  • I just bought a 2013 Avalon w/o Navi. Should I have one put in or just use a TomTom on GPS handheld. HELP
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    As nice as it is, a Tom-Tom or Garmin (which is what I have) is as good if not better for a Hell of a lot less money.

    And I believe the "Head Unit" is part of the sound system, so you'll get more then just the Nav É I believe.

    The Nav is nice in that is bigger then the Tom-Tom. It's easy to read, it splits the screen when you get on highways, and has exits and such showing up on screen, it has POI showing up on screen, which is cool, because you can touch say, the gas station on the screen, and say "Go there" and sets that up as the stop to make next and other cool stuff like that.

  • So, what shud I expect to pay for Toyota to install the Navigation System if I go that route. The easy access of touch is diff a plus especially the easy to see part. lol
  • tkaztkaz Posts: 69
    I have the NAV in both my '11 Sienna and '11 Avalon. I find that if you need general directions, like site-seeing it works fine. The traffic alert is not impressive. I also have Tom Tom on my iPhone with the traffic subsription. When I travel on business the Tom Tom has it all over the Toyota Nav. Tom Tom gives you more info plus if there is a traffic issue it gives you options.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    I agree. I had a 2011, and the Nav was nice, but not as up-to-date as my Garmin (which I have lifetime map up-dates with), the 2013 Avalon Nav was much better (but the car wasn't and I traded it in), and the 2012 Avalon is fine, but again, my Garmin is better.

    I do like having POI show up on the map, and being able to click on them, and then say "Go there" and the Nav add's it to your route.

    Very surprised that the car manufacturers aren't hooked up with one of the GPS giants? All a moog point with cell phones on a days.

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