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2007 Toyota Avalon

Toyota Avalon Defines The Modern Full-Size Sedan

2007 Toyota Avalon
The Toyota Avalon has become the standard bearer for full-size sedans by combining outstanding room and comfort with sport sedan performance and admirable fuel efficiency – including an EPA-estimated highway mileage rating of 31 mpg. 2007 Toyota Avalon
The Avalon is offered in four grades, the standard XL, the sporty Touring, the extremely well-equipped XLS and the top-of-the-line Limited, which compares well to near-luxury models for comfort and amenities. For 2007, the Touring trim level offers an optional navigation system, and all models gain a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

2007 Toyota Avalon
From its inception, the Avalon has redefined the modern full-size sedan. (concept carz) The Avalon combines truly impressive interior room and comfort with powerful engine performance in a trim, contemporary package and offers a wide range of model and equipment choices.

2007 Toyota AvalonThe third-generation Avalon was designed at Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, Calif., developed by Ú.S.-based Toyota Technical Centers and is assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, Ky.
Contemporary Design
Avalon exudes a powerful 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 Touring, XLS and Limited models, and the Touring model also features a rear spoiler.

Side mirrors on the Limited grade feature in-glass LED turn signals, and an LED puddle lamp illuminates the area along the side of the car when passengers approach the vehicle. The Limited grade also features side mirror memory. Touring and Limited grades feature high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps with dynamic automatic leveling for improved visibility, while reducing glare for oncoming traffic. Large tail lamps and an elegantly sculptured trunk distinguish the Avalon from the rear, and dual exhaust outlets add a sporty touch.

Avalon's elegant exterior design is complemented by its refined interior. Excellent fit-and-finish is apparent throughout the cabin and contributes to its luxurious comfort. Rear passengers benefit from a flat rear floor that provides additional legroom and comfort, especially for the middle-seat passenger. The rear seats recline up to 10-degrees. Amenities for driver comfort include a tilt and telescopic steering column and a center console sliding armrest.

Sport Sedan Performance with Luxurious Ride and Comfort
All Avalon models feature one of the most powerful V6 engines that Toyota has ever offered in its Ú.S. model line-up. Equipped with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and a dual-stage variable intake manifold, the 3.5-liter, 24-valve V6 produces 268 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The dual VVT-i system optimizes intake and exhaust valve timing to increase high-speed torque and ultimately improve fuel economy.

The powerful V6 is teamed to a five-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission that allows the driver to enjoy a more involved driving experience by controlling gearshifts manually, when desired. The Avalon can effortlessly accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in just 6.6 seconds, and it also achieves admirable estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway. The 2007 Avalon is certified as an Últra Low Emission Vehicle (ÚLEV).

Vital Stats and Specifications
Vital Stats
Engine : 3.5 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 269 hp
Torque: 246 ft-lbs

5-speed Automatic
Responsive handling makes Avalon engaging to drive, yet 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 Touring, XLS and Limited grades.

Michelin Energy MXV4 P215/55 R17 tires were designed exclusively for the Avalon Touring and Limited models to improve control, responsive steering and sharpened handling.
The Touring model features a more firmly tuned suspension and higher coil spring rates than other Avalon models, and its wheels feature a graphite finish. All Avalon models are equipped with a standard full-size spare tire.

Toyota optimized the exterior design of the Avalon for minimal wind noise. Numerous small details contribute to lower cabin noise and vibration, including refining the shape of the A-pillar and side mirrors and lowering the position of the aerodynamic windshield wipers. In addition, the Avalon Limited model offers a specially designed acoustic windshield.

Advanced Safety
The Avalon body structure was strengthened to help meet the latest side impact standards. ( posted on The supplemental restraint system (SRS) includes standard front seat-mounted side airbags and front and rear side-curtain airbags that help provide protection in certain types of severe side impacts. The Avalon also features a driver's knee airbag as standard equipment.

The standard anti-lock brake system (ABS) can help the driver maintain steering control during sudden stops by preventing brake lock-up. Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) optimizes braking pressure at each wheel to help minimize body dive or sway during hard braking and cornering.

Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is available with traction control (TRAC) and Brake Assist (BA) on all models. VSC helps control side skids under demanding conditions by detecting and helping to correct loss of lateral traction during cornering. The VSC system integrates traction control (TRAC) to help limit wheel spin on slippery road surfaces.

The Brake Assist system can help the driver take full advantage of the ABS in emergency situations. Brake Assist is designed to determine if the driver is attempting emergency braking and, if the driver has not stepped firmly enough on the brake pedal to activate the ABS, it applies maximum braking pressure until the driver releases pedal pressure.

Avalon Amenities
The Avalon XL grade is extremely well equipped and includes as standard a premium AM/FM/cassette/CD stereo system with nine speakers; dual-zone automatic climate control with air filtration; remote keyless entry; power door locks with an anti-lockout feature; power windows with driver and passenger automatic up/down with jam protection and retained power; a multi-adjustable power driver's seat, and a center console storage area.

Additional standard features include a tilt and telescopic steering column; steering wheel mounted audio and climate controls; multi-function information display with audio, climate control, temperature and trip computer; cruise control; engine immobilizer security system, and a maintenance indicator light.

The Touring grade – in addition to its sporty suspension tuning – adds comfort features over the XL, including leather-trimmed seats; a power front passenger seat; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and aluminum door scuff plates.

Also adding to the XL standard features, the XLS grade includes a power moonroof; four-way adjustable power passenger seat; in-dash six-disc CD changer; dual heated outside mirrors with auto-dimming electrochromic driver's side; auto-dimming electrochromic rearview mirror with compass; aluminum door scuff plates, and an anti-theft system.

Avalon Limited Offers a Strong Taste of Luxury
The top-of-the-line Avalon Limited offers luxury-grade comfort. The steering wheel and shift lever are wrapped in leather. The driver and front passenger seats are heated, and also feature a fan in the seat cushion and seat back that blows cabin air through the perforated leather trim to enhance comfort. The front of the driver's seat cushion length is power-adjustable, offering improved thigh support.

The Avalon Limited also features a JBL Synthesis audio system with a six-disc CD changer and 12 speakers; a one-touch auto-reverse power rear sunshade; memory driver's seat, rain-sensing wipers, HID headlamps and the Smart Key System for added convenience and enhanced security.

With Smart Key, the driver carries a light, compact key fob that signals a sensor in the car when it is near, turning on the puddle lamps and interior dome lamp, and then unlocking the doors when touched. Rather than using a key to start the engine, Smart Key allows the driver to simply push the power switch. The System also allows drivers to open the trunk when the key fob is carried near the rear bumper.

Options for Even More Comfort
Options available on XL and Touring grades include an in-dash six-disc CD changer, power moonroof and an anti-theft system. A 360-watt maximum output JBL Synthesis audio system with six-disc CD changer and 12 speakers is offered on Touring and XLS models. Heated front seats are also available on the Touring.

The Avalon Limited offers the Dynamic Laser Cruise Control system that can maintain a pre-set distance between the Avalon and a vehicle traveling in front of it. For example, the system will decrease the Avalon's speed if the preceding vehicle slows down or when another vehicle pulls in between.

Both driver and passengers can plot a course on the XLS, Touring and Limited models with an available navigation system using an eight-way switch and scroll lever. The navigation controls have surface-emitting illumination and hide away above the gated shifter. Maps, climate and select audio controls are shown on the seven-inch LCD color display located beneath the center air vents.

A Remote Engine Starter is available on all Avalon grades equipped with the factory alarm system as a port- or dealer-installed option. Drivers can start the engine from a remote location by depressing a button on the key fob. After the engine has started, the climate control system will use the most recent settings to help ensure cabin comfort quickly.

Toyota's 36-month/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle limited warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60 months/60,000 miles and corrosion perforation for 60 months with no mileage limitation.

Source - Toyota
At times compared to a Lexus, from the outside the Toyota Avalon might be a bland looking four-door, but on the inside the combination of luxurious roominess, safety, ride comfort and value you wouldn't be able to find elsewhere. The Avalon emerged as one of the 10 best cars sold in North American in terms of problem-free operation in a recent J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study. Originally based on the platform of the then-current Toyota Camry, the Toyota Avalon is a full-size car that was produced by Toyota in the U.S. and Australia. The Avalon was produced as a front wheel drive four-door sedan.

When the Toyotta Cressida was deleted from the American car market in 1992 and the Toyota Avalon was designed to fill the gap left by that vehicle. Though the Cressida was a midsize, rear wheel drive vehicle, the all new Avalon was a full size, rear wheel drive car and had Toyota's 1MZ-FE V6 engine, compared to the Cressida's 7M-GE I6 engine.

On February 21, 1994, the first Avalon rolled off the assembly line in Georgetown, Kentucky as a 1995 model. In 1999, a second-generation model was released in the U.S. and Japan. Built in the same plant as the Camry, the 1995 Avalon was a completely new model that was placed higher than the Camry, making it Toyota's flagship.

Larger in almost every aspect, the second generation Avalon was introduced in 2004. Based on a stretched Camry platform, the Avalon featured a 3.0 L V6 engine that produced 192 hp and 210 ft – lb of torque. Minor updates to the front and rear fascias were underwent in 1998, along with the power rating being upped to 200 hp and increase of torque to 214 lb – ft. Basically the same size as the Camry, the second generation Avalon was US made and was exported to Japan's domestic market where it was labeled as the Toyota Pronard.

The original, first-generation Avalon still continues to be built in Australia in the Melbourne suburb of Altona. The original model is produced in both right hand drive for New Zealand, Australia and various parts of Asia, and left hand drive for the Middle East. Toyota was now in what it called its ‘Mark III' phase with the Australian Avalon. Though based on the same car launched in the US in 1995, the Australian Avalon had a slight facelift for the 2004 model year. In July of 2005 Toyota Australia ended production of the Avalon. Toyota of Australia was now concentrating on producing a vehicle much larger than the Avalon in late 2006 that will compete with the Holden Commodore and the Ford Falcon. Introduced at the 2006 Melbourne International Motorshow, the all new Aurion was unveiled and will go on sale in November of 2006.

A complete redesign from previous generations, the '05 Avalon is Toyota's largest, most luxurious, and most costly model sold under its own nameplate. Inside the Avalon was a 3.5 L 280 hp V6 engine along with a host of advanced technological features. Produced to compete with the Chevy Impala, the Buick LaCrosse, Nissan Maxima and the Ford Five Hundred, the new Avalon was unveiled at the 2005 North American International Auto Show. Featuring much more distinctive styling than previous generations, the third generation Avalon did have power dropped to 268 hp due to new SAE specifications along with torque dropping to 248 ft-lb. For 2005 stability control was expanded to the XL and Touring models and a keyless remote start became standard for Limited models.

By Jessica Donaldson

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