2017 Toyota Avalon: When You Want the Feeling of Having It All
Named after the earthly paradise described in Arthurian legend, Toyota’s Avalon has become a legend in its own right. For those who want to feel like they have it all, the 2017 Avalon delivers, bathing its occupants in the finest luxuries and inspiring them with exquisite styling and exhilarating performance. Elegant and athletic, this full-sized sedan is capable of making “every journey rich and rewarding”.
So, says Cyril Dimitris, Vice-President, Toyota Canada Inc. “Whether the well-appointed Touring or the impeccable Limited model, Avalon is a sedan that makes a lasting impression.”
Despite a dramatic industry-wide shift away from traditional sedans to trending categories like as SUVs and crossovers, Toyota’s executive vice president for sales, Bob Carter says “We’re committed to Avalon,”. And while the launch of an all-new bigger, better Camry could be seen as a threat to Avalon’s future, Carter believes the opposite is true. “Because we’ve taken Camry to such a significantly different (performance-oriented) place… that really increases the importance of Avalon.”
Avalon’s 3.5L V6 generates 268 peak horsepower, while sophisticated engine management technologies maximize power and efficiency. Avalon achieves an impressive fuel efficiency rating of 9.7L / 100 KM city/highway combined.
A six-speed automatic transmission features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. With a reinforced chassis and rigid body structure, Avalon delivers exceptional straight-line stability, superb agility and responsiveness, and optimal suspension performance. Three drive modes (Normal, ECO and Sport) mean Avalon can be tuned to match the driver’s mood and road conditions, for maximum performance or maximum efficiency.
Avalon’s interior is inspired: part sanctuary, part command centre, the wood grain finish and leather seating creates a warm, inviting space for up to five adults. Premium materials grace the dash and doors. Touch-sensitive switches add an advanced feel. Sophisticated interior lighting includes door courtesy lamps, front and rear area lamps, and map lamps to welcome driver and passengers, while power-adjustable and heated front seats create the perfect, comfortable environment for long journeys.
Bold and athletic; elegant and innovative; Avalon truly is an achievement in fusing the pampering amenities of an opulent luxury saloon with the confident agility and power of a grand touring. Both worlds are presented in balance by chassis rife with the latest in cutting-edge safety technologies, both active and passive.
The 2017 Toyota Avalon Touring (starting MSRP: $39,900) has Toyota Safety Sense P as standard equipment; this includes the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Auto High Beam function. Also included are the Display Audio system with integrated Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth capability, Navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seat surfaces, driver’s seat memory system, and more.
The 2017 Toyota Avalon Limited (starting MSRP: $44,540) builds upon the Touring model, adding even more enticing features. Standard features include a JBL audio system, three-zone independent climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, premium leather seat surfaces, a special interior lighting package, a power rear window sunshade, the Qi wireless charger, exterior mirrors enhanced with puddle lamps, automatic wipers, the Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert safety systems, and more.
Contentment might be just a simple test drive away. Stop into your local Toyota dealership and discover what “having it all” truly feels like from behind the wheel of a 2017 Avalon.