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2017 Toyota Avalon Walk Around


Contemporary in appearance and refreshing in theme, the current Avalon body is totally unrelated to Toyota’s Camry. As a result, there’s nothing dull about viewing or driving an Avalon.

A swooping roofline and flared rear fenders help give the Avalon an eminent presence. So do the rear fenders, with upscale-looking taillights. With its sheetmetal flowing smoothly and gracefully from the roof and doors, an Avalon could almost be taken for a more expensive Lexus model.

Interior

Spacious inside, befitting a full-size sedan, the contemporary-styled Avalon cabin has been carefully composed and thoughtfully detailed. Materials are premium quality, while fit/finish approaches Lexus level.

Flush-mounted touch switches add to the clean, upmarket appearance. Capacitive controls for climate and audio systems are intuitive, mounted near the driver.

Five occupants (or four larger-size adults) can expect quiet comfort. Acoustic glass in the windshield and side windows helps create the hushed environment.

Front seats are a bit short on lateral support, and lower than customary. Combined with a relatively low dashboard, that arrangement gives the Avalon an airier feel. Lumbar support and seatback padding are sufficient to ensure comfort on longer journeys.

Rear seats rank with the best. Seating positions are nicely-contoured, and comparatively long lower cushions promise suitable thigh support. Headroom and leg space are both bountiful. Slight head-ducking may be needed during entry/exit.

Avalon seats are upholstered in impressively supple leather, with authentic stitching. Limited models get ventilated, premium leather.

Helpful storage spots abound, including bins inside front and rear doors. Trunk volume totals 16 cubic feet, with a wide opening and flat load floor. Trunks are slightly smaller in Hybrid Avalons.

Infotainment systems lack Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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