2014 Toyota AvalonBuying Guide • Review • Research
The Top 10 Reasons Why You May want to Buy a 2014 Toyota Avalon:
Features such as a spacious comfortable cabin, and Toyota’s venerable reputation for reliability remain a part of the mix. The lines of the new Avalon are sleek and more aggressive in appearance than former models and stand out in a crowd. The Avalon finally has better looks than the smaller Camry and gives consumers, especially Toyota aficionados, a definitive reason to buy an Avalon instead. Amenities abound across all four trim levels.
Ten Reasons to Buy a 2014 Toyota Avalon - the Pros1) Roomy and comfortable for five passengers
2) Toyota dependability
3) Small car efficiency in a big sedan
4) Highest safety rating
5) Standard features are numerous
6) Standard leather interior
7) Hybrid availability
8) Toyota Safety connect system
9) Adjustable back seats with ample legroom
10) Toyota resale value
Reasons you may not want to buy a 2014 Toyota Avalon - the Cons
1) Car is to large
2) Price compared to other available five passenger sedans
3) Poor navigation system
4) Lacking a standard cargo net in the trunk
5) Stiff ride
6) Gas mileage
7) Likability compared to the competition
8) Less interior space than previous models
What is new for 2014?
The 2014 Avalon has improved handling and performance over the pre 2013 models. Few additions have been added in for the 2014 model year over the 2013 Avalon. The 2013 model was a total redesign and every aspect of the car was addressed except for the badge. The handling is firmer, and more controlled than on previous renditions, with a luxuriously and well-appointed cabin and great looks.
Competition in this segment includes the Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300, as well as the Honda Accord. Gas mileage on these car models are similar with both the Avalon coming in at 21/31 mpg and Accord coming in at 21/34 mpg. The Chevrolet Impala and the Chrysler 300 do not fare as well in this comparison, although they are both Flex Fuel adapted, which the Avalon and Accord are not. All but the Impala have heated and cooled seats as standard equipment. Only the Avalon offers Toyota’s world-renowned dependability and longevity.
Standard features include back up camera, dual zone automatic climate control, push button start and a Display Audio System with 6.1 inch touch screen, eight speakers and Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, auxiliary input and USB port. Options are navigation, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, steering wheel mounted shift paddles and Toyota’s Safety Connect System with Entune interfaced emergency assistance feature.
The Avalon is powered by a 3.5 liter V-6 connecting the front wheels to the ground through a shift able 6–speed automatic transmission. It puts out 268 hp @ 6200 rpm. In addition, 0-60 can be attained in 6.7 seconds, which is quick for a 5-passenger sedan. Handling was addressed in the 2013 do over, which has produced a stiffer ride that may be a turn off for previous owners of the Avalon. Handling and braking are balanced and firm and traction and stability control are standard features.
The new styling of the Avalon is sleek and aggressive. The rounding of the body and sloping hood is a departure from pre 2013 model years. The grille gives a big toothy grin that says let’s go play. When sitting in the cockpit of this newly designed for 2014 model of Toyota’s flagship sedan, you will appreciate a capacity that offers space and comfort for five passengers, although due to the bodylines it is not as roomy as previous Avalon’s. Having admired Avalon’s for years, the new body style and enhancements in this model are appreciated.
The Avalon is available in five trim levels. The base level is the XLE, which is unavailable with a sunroof, and then adds the XLE Premium, XLE Touring and the Limited. All models have many standard features. There is also an Avalon Hybrid powered by a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. This model boasts a mpg of 40/39, which is remarkable for a car large sedan and has pricing that is comparable to the standard Avalon.
2014 Toyota Models:
• 2014 Toyota Camry
• 2014 Toyota Corolla
• 2014 Toyota Highlander
• 2014 Toyota RAV4
• 2014 Toyota Prius
• 2014 Toyota Sienna
• 2014 Toyota Tacoma
• 2014 Toyota Tundra
• 2014 Toyota 4Runner
Toyota Avalon Prices
Whether the Avalon is on your list when considering the purchase of a new sedan, it is worth more than a second look. A test drive at your local dealer and a cost comparison of the competition will let you know whether it is the right new car to put in your driveway. Comparably it holds its own with many of the offerings in today’s large sedan market, in pricing and amenities.