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2007 Toyota Avalon Performance

This performance review was written when the 2007 Toyota Avalon was new.

Most critics find the Avalon to be a more than capable machine, with good handling and plentiful V6 power. Car and Driver reports that the 2007 Toyota Avalon is "superior under the hood."

The Avalon "really shines on the open highway," says Edmunds, and is "rewarding to drive." The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that "behind the wheel, this year's Avalon provided brisk acceleration and response," more pronounced than previous years. In sum, Kelley Blue Book concludes that the 2007 Toyota Avalon "has a personality even more distinct from the Camry."

Acceleration and Power

The 2007 Toyota Avalon has one engine, a 3.5-liter V6. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman says "this serene-looking sedan can be ferocious if encouraged. ... making it effortless to merge onto interstates and zoom past trucks."

The 2007 Avalon houses a 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve Dual VVT V6, delivering 268 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 248 pound-feet of torque at 4700 rpm. Kelley Blue Book calls the V6 "powerful yet fuel-efficient," with "sufficiently assertive" acceleration and "excellent" power for passing and merging. According to the Washington Post, "Delivery of that power in the Avalon, a front-wheel-drive car, is consistently smooth, maybe too smooth for some tastes."

The 2007 Toyota Avalon has an Environmental Protection Agency estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 28 for highway cruising. Auto reviewers agree, the 2007 Toyota Avalon boasts "impressive numbers for a full-size sedan with a powerful V6," as Edmunds puts it. Many smaller, 4-cylinder competitors cannot match the Avalon's fuel economy.

Handling and Braking

Most consider the Avalon's handling nimble, and the overall ride both smooth and solid-feeling. Forbes calls the Toyota Avalon a "fairly supple and quiet ride." "The suspension doesn't float over crests," states Car and Driver, "and the steering cuts just right on your first try."

Reviewers especially like the 2007 Toyota Avalon Touring trim, with its sport-tuned suspension. Car and Driver appreciated the "stiffer springs and dampers," noting that this trim feels more at home on the highway than the back road with its "noticeably firmer, more responsive characteristics." The one fault some reviewers note is the lack of an all-wheel drive option, which the Chicago Tribune claims is because few buyers have requested it.

Performance Options

Avalon XL, Touring, XLS, Limited

The 2007 Toyota Avalon XL, Touring, XLS and Limited trim levels all come with a 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve Dual VVT-I V6 engine, with 268 horsepower at 6200 rpm and mated to a 5-speed electronically controlled automotive overdrive transmission with intelligence and sequential shift. All models are front-wheel drive with MacPherson strut front suspension and dual-link independent MacPherson strut rear suspension and engine speed-sensing variable-assist power rack-and-pinion steering. The 2007 Toyota Avalon Touring trim, in addition to the listed performance specs, also has a sport-tuned suspension.

Review Last Updated: 2/5/09

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