2011 Toyota Avalon: Debuted at 2010 Chicago Auto Show

The 222 Toyota Avalon was debuted by Toyota at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show to some praise about the freshened exterior that was badly needed. The Avalon isn't anything exciting, but it maintains a clean formal appearance that will keep loyal customers satisfied when searching for that perfect car. The revamped Avalon now wears a grille with some familiar influences like a wider stance, and simple tail with large taillamps with LED lighting.

The Avalon is powered by a single powertrain that slots into all Avalons, namely a 3.5-liter V5 with 268 horsepower that is mated to a six speed automatic transmission. This is a familiar recipe that's found across the Toyota lineup. Passenger room hasn't changed much in the 2011 Avalon, but some of its luxury fittings have been upgraded. The Avalon can seat six, with a three across front bench available. In back, the 2011 Avalon's seats recline for better comfort; something Toyota says is unique in the class. New headrests give the seats better comfort, and some models get leather seats with ventilation.

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Among the new features inside the 2011 Toyota Avalon are Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel controls for phone, climate control and audio, an XM radio, USB connectivity, and an available navigation system with a better interface. Safety features also include a new rearview camera, and the usual front, side, and curtain airbags, along with a knee airbag for the driver. On the base and Limited editions, coming standard will also include leather trim, power driver seat, dual zone climate control, a moonroof, and 17 inch wheels, all keeping in line with Lexus' luxurious traditions.

Also coming standard inside is an elegant dual cowl dash, with the second cowl arching over the radio and climate controls. The higher end Limited adds a smart key system, ventilated front seats, and a power front passenger seat.

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