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2008 Toyota Avalon Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Toyota Avalon was new.

Auto writers praise the refinement and class-leading space of the Avalon's interior saying that four long-legged passengers can ride comfortably, with room to spare. The Avalon is filled with standard features and delivers superior interior quality and a plush ride.

Reviewers from AutoWeek conclude that the "car is so comfy that it practically reads you a bedtime story," calling it "coddling and soothing." Newsday echoes the praise and says that the Avalon's "interior is worthy of that in any Lexus. It's modern, attractive and ergonomically friendly, with large, well-located controls."

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Seating

The majority of auto reviewers praise the 2008 Toyota Avalon's class-leading space and comfortable seating, particularly noting the spacious rear seating. Car and Driver reports that "the Avalon is instantly lovable for its driving position and excellent arrangement of the controls."  MSN praises that this sedan "comfortably seats four big, tall adults --not five, although the rear seatback reclines sufficiently to enhance comfort." Edmunds finds the seating "wide and accommodating." Reviewers from Kelley Blue Book add, "Side bolstering is modest, but the seats are supportive and nicely cushioned."

Reviewers find the 2008 Toyota Avalon rear seating spacious, pampering passengers with an adjustable angle backrest that has "enough positions available to hit everyone's sweet spot," says Car and Driver. Cars.com says that the Avalon "indulges rear passengers in a few important ways. Legroom and knee space are generous, even with the front seats moved fully rearward, and the rear cushion is quite comfortable." Edmunds finds "limo levels of legroom" that can accommodate a 6-footer with "more than enough knee and headroom." The Detroit News says the "one drawback to the reclining seat back is the lack of a split-folding seat."

Interior Features

The 2008 Toyota Avalon comes with a competitive list of standard features. Road and Track calls the standard equipment list "lengthy," even at the base trim level. However, the Chicago Tribune notes that although the Avalon has a "host of goodies... they aren't pioneering technology." Most reviewers find the overall fit and finish of the Avalon appealing. Edmunds calls the overall feel "much more upscale than that of your average Toyota car," and U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman says that "a number of elegant touches, many borrowed from Toyota's Lexus division, add a bit of serenity to the cabin." For 2008, Edmunds says the cabin has a more upscale feel with "inviting gauges, attractive and ergonomic control layout, and high-quality materials."

From the drivers' perspective, the Avalon has good instrumentation and intuitive controls. A folding panel hides the audio controls and optional navigation system out of sight when not needed. Prompted by this nice touch, Road and Track calls the overall interior design "clean and elegant," while Car and Driver reports that the Avalon has "splendidly legible instruments."

All 2008 Toyota Avalon trim levels come standard with a center console storage area with sliding armrest and dual cup holder, multi-function information display with audio, driver and passenger extendable visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, power door locks and power windows and dual zone climate control.

The Avalon Touring and XLS trim levels come with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and leather-trimmed multi-adjustable power front seats with driver's power lumbar support. The 2008 Toyota Avalon Limited interior has a wood-grain-style and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and perforated leather-trimmed multi-adjustable power front seats with driver's power lumbar support, heated and ventilated front seats and a driver's seat and outside mirrors memory system.

The Avalon Limited also comes with Smart Key and Push Button Start and remote illuminated entry with puddle lamps.

New standard features for 2008, which vary by trim level, include remote keyless entry, a new AM/FM/CD changer with nine speakers, MP3 capabilities and iPod connectivity. The XLS and the Limited trim levels have a power passenger seat while the Touring gets a dash with added metallic trimming.

Cargo

The Avalon comes with 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which auto writers say is ample, but also a bit small when compared to other sedans. Kelley Blue Book finds the trunk "huge and easily accessible," but reviewers from MSN add that the trunk has a "rather high opening." Auto writers from BusinessWeek say that "although the trunk is a bit smaller than its predecessor's, space is still ample, with a pass-through gap for skis."

Cargo space inside the Avalon cabin is praised, with U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman mentioning, "Storage nooks in the doors and seats help keep stuff organized and out of the way." Car and Driver adds that the Avalon can cart "three bags full of storage space up front."

Review Last Updated: 3/23/09

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