Responsive handling makes Avalon engaging to drive, while ride quality remains a benchmark of smoothness. The XL model features 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, with 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels standard on the other grades. All Avalon models are equipped with a standard full-size spare tire.
For 2010, Avalon adds to its comprehensive list of safety features by expanding its auto up/down power windows with jam protection to all four windows as standard equipment. It was previously equipped only on the driver and front passenger windows.
Avalon’s elegant exterior is complemented by its refined interior, with outstanding fit-and-finish apparent throughout the cabin. The XL grade is extremely well-equipped and includes a standard premium AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer and nine speakers; dual-zone automatic climate control with air filtration; remote keyless entry; power door locks with an anti-lockout feature; eight-way adjustable power driver’s seat; and a center console storage area with sliding armrest. For 2010, Avalon the standard automatic up/down power window feature with jam protection and retained power for the driver and front passenger windows has been extended to the rear passenger windows. Music-playing versatility is assured by a standard auxiliary audio jack for iPod® or MP3/WMA music player connectivity to the audio system. All models come equipped with satellite radio capability.
Options available on XL include a power moonroof and an anti-theft system. The XLS and Limited offer an optional eight-way leather power driver and passenger seat, while driver’s seat and outside mirror memory are optional on the XLS.
The third-generation Avalon was primarily designed at Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, Calif., developed by U.S.-based Toyota Technical Centers and assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, Ky. Avalon exudes a confident stance, distinguished by a sleek grille with chrome accented horizontal bars and subtle character lines defining a contemporary profile. The lower intake valance houses fog lamps on the XLS and Limited models, and the Limited features chrome exterior door handles. Large tail lamps and an elegantly sculptured trunk distinguish the Avalon from the rear, while dual exhaust outlets add a sporty touch.