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A few quirks, but Overall an Amazing car by Indiana on 04/25/2010. Trim: 2006 Toyota Avalon XLS, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Growing up in the 70's, the large American car was the standard of my childhood and I've always been fond of the spacious, smooth road trips a large sedan provided. Fast Forward to 2010 and it seems that I hit my left elbow on the door and the right elbow on my wife in 90% of the vehicles marketed today. We were looking at Honda Accords when a used Toyota Avalon made itself available for roughly the same money. I've always wanted a Cadillac, but could never justify the depreciation and expensive repairs. Driving the Avalon took me back to the glory years of American cars when large comfortable sedans ruled the road as family commuters.
Cons: Now, if you are in the market for a 2006 Avalon there are a couple of things that you need to know going in, THIS IS IMPORTANT. The VVTI oil line is a design flaw on this vehicle and WILL FAIL. You WILL lose your oil if you do not replace this hose, preferably with a metal line. Toyota cut some corners and used a rubber hose to carry the engine oil. The hose sits next to the engine block. Heat + time + deterioration of rubber hose= LEAK & SUDDEN LOSS OF ENGINE OIL. Not a deal breaker, BUT you MUST know this going in. The 2nd thing is that you must ensure the transmission is shifting smoothly before buying, most do, BUT, some don't. It's a computer glitch and the reflash is expensive.
Overall review: I love this car, it takes me back to a simpler time when car rides were peaceful and relaxing. The demographic for this car is between 60-67 year old drivers, IE, Grandpa car. I'm 42 and I value comfort, reliability and responsible investment of my money over the latest and greatest social status. The Avalon is the best full size sedan for retaining initial value. The MPG are amazing for a vehicle this roomy and powerful. The leather interior is plush and riding on long trips is akin to sitting on a nice, comfy couch. The cab is quiet and relaxing. The extrerior of this car is deceptively small, compared to the cavernous interior space. If you are buying this vehicle used, there is an outstanding chance that it was owned by someone that did not abuse it and kept the maintenance up. Outside of a few small quirks, this is the perfect car. Luxury and smart money, a winning combination.
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Its not a Lincoln! by bill from Evansville on 06/29/2006. Trim: 2006 Toyota Avalon XLS, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Good gas mileage, highway ride is good, good visibility.
Cons: When we bought the car my wife insisted that I take it back to the dealer, because she thought Toyota forgot to put shocks on the front of the vehicle. And she is right, the auto does not take bumps or rail road tracks very well. Constantly losing items between seats and front console!
Overall review: Less the rough city ride, apparently a good auto!
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Best car I have ever owned by Mimi on 12/23/2012. Trim: 2006 Toyota Avalon XLS, Owned 6 years.
Pros: This car has an amazing amount of power when you need it, it rides like a dream, has a huge very confortable reclining back seat, great radio, cd player, sun roof, gps, defrost front and back is great, love that I can start my car and defrost it from inside my home, love the heated seats, front seats adjust just the way I want them, good gas milage and is great on a long car trip, very durable leather on the seats, car turns on a dime almost.
Cons: There is nothing that I dislike about my Avalon xls but a few things could have had more thought put into it, like the seats are harder than most other cars I have owned, there is limited space for the drivers right leg. The paint chips very easy and it doesn't seem to take bumps in the road well, even small bumps. It is easy for things to slip between the front seats and the console never to be seen again.
Overall review: I bought my Avalon xls new in 2006 and after driving it for almost 7 years I feel I can give a very fair review. In all the years I have not had one problem. Never had to go to the shop other than oil change. Had 1 minor recall which was taken care of by the dealer. In my 50 years of driving I think I would take this car over all the others that I have owned. I do believe this car will last me the rest of my driving years. I'm glad I bought my Avalon and would do it again in a heart beat.
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Fantastic Car by Anthony from Maryland on 11/13/2012. Trim: 2006 Toyota Avalon Limited, Owned 4 years.
Pros: I bought my 2006 Avalon Limited with 32,000 miles in August of 2008. It now has 120,000 miles and only has needed standard maintenance work, so it's extremely reliable. The second thing I like about my Avalon is its acceleration. I merge onto a heavily traveled highway twice a day. I love it when I pull in front of a car and it moves into the passing lane... only to retreat behind me after I accelerate. Finally, the car is comfortable for long trips (especially the rear seating), the steering wheel feels great in my hands, the CD sound is terrific, and I get 33 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined city/hwy.
Cons: My only complaint is that, althought the headlights are sufficient horizontally, they are woefully lacking vertically. Be prepared to use your high beams frequently.
Overall review: Overall the best car I've ever owned by far.
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I love my Avalon by Pam from Georgia on 11/02/2009. Trim: 2006 Toyota Avalon Touring, Owned 3 years.
Pros: I love my Toyota Avalon. This is my first Toyota and the nicest car I have ever owned. The car handles well in the city and on the highway. I am impressed with the gas mileage. You don't have to pay for premium gas which really helps these days. I love the look and comfort of the interior. I have owned my Avalon for 3 years and my interior is still beautiful. The back seat is really comfortable. This is a great touring car. The sound system is very nice for the money. I looked at several other cars before I chose my Avalon.
Cons: The passenger front seat does not have the same support and options as the driver's seat.
Overall review: This is not your Grandpa's sedan. It is a beautiful, classy, luxury car without the outragious price of the other guys. You can pay more for a luxury automobile, but why?
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