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In the mid-’90s, Toyota created the to offer Detroit’s full-size buyers a Japanese alternative. The big available with a front seat and column shift, was a departure for a Japanese automaker for small cars with seating. And the strategy proved successful with more 70,000 sales in its first model year.

Over the near two decades in the market, the age has crept to the late 60s and sales slid to 25,000 for the outgoing Toyota executives realized senior citizens are valuable but the Avalon was quickly becoming the vehicle purchase for many In contrast, the formerly sedate had loosened its tie and was attracting a younger

So the all-new Avalon enters the with two missions. Its first is to become the brand’s flagship, a that elicits right-brain along with left-brain And while older buyers consider younger cars, the new cannot sacrifice form for

Toyota’s team managed to with both objectives.

In to its dramatic fastback styling, has added an Avalon Hybrid with 40 mpg combined fuel as its premium model. With high fuel prices, with tough new EPA mileage on the horizon, Toyota is betting will trump raw performance. And its hybrid performance tweaked to mid-size gasoline rivals, the looks like a winner.

What is it like to drive?

spacious inside, the Avalon has a bit from an EPA measured full-size to a mid-size and shed 111 pounds. So the V6 with its 268 hp and 248 ft-lb of torque the sedan nicely, especially a new Sport mode to adjust the mapping and tighten the steering. The six-speed transmission has a quick-locking converter, and paddle shifters on the and Limited models include

A dramatic increase in chassis allowed a thorough rework of the MacPherson and rear dual-link Inverse-wound coil springs, stabilizer bars and revised keep the Avalon flat harshness. While it’s a sedan, torque steer is noticeable at low speeds and hard

There’s enough sport in the new Avalon that Toyota three custom concepts for the show. A TRD Edition supercharges the V6, and stiffens the suspension, and bolts on wheels with Michelin Sport rubber. DUB slams the even further, shoehorns wheels and tires into millimeter of well space and the trunk with bone-shaking

And a hybrid HV concept gives the gas a TRD look.

Do I want one?

Toyota that more than hand raisers have interest in the new Avalon from its in New York last spring, so its 70,000 sales goal is not a Compared to the outgoing 2012 it’s more than an The Avalon has staked out flagship with features and finish make it luxury level.

the former Avalon, this is a that an enthusiast can press paddle shift over roads and scare the whole Or select Eco and cruise in comfort, with JBL stereo.


The closer is the Avalon Hybrid, a big car decent performance and sub-compact economy. That’s a trend likely see more of in the near

2013 Toyota Avalon

ON December

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BASE PRICE:

DRIVETRAIN: 3.5-liter 268-hp, V6; FWD, six-speed automatic

WEIGHT: 3,461 lbs.

MPH: 6.9 sec (mfr)

FUEL (EPA): 25 mpg

2013 Toyota Hybrid

ON SALE: December

PRICE: $36,350

DRIVETRAIN: 156 hp, 156-lb-ft I4, plus 140-hp, electric motor-generator, combined 200 hp (torque unavailable); FWD, variable transmission.

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