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in 2009 Affordable Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $12,241 - $16,914
Original MSRP: $27,845 - $35,185
MPG: 19 City / 28 Hwy
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2009 Toyota Avalon Interior

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Where the Avalon outclasses its competitors is in the passenger cabin. Reviewers can't resist comparing it to what you'd find inside a Lexus. It is very spacious for five passengers, has plush seating, and some amenities one would expect to find in a more expensive car. And Toyota's famous build quality means the cabin will probably hold up for years.

  • "And being Toyota's flagship sedan, the Avalon offers premium cabin design and features. Opt for one of the elegantly finished upper trims fitted with niceties such as heated/cooled seats, and you'll think you somehow ended up inside a Lexus." -- Edmunds
  • "Cabin decor is mostly elegant, but assembly and materials don't out-pace those of like-priced rivals." -- Consumer Guide
  • "So comfy that it practically reads you a bedtime story." -- AutoWeek
  • "The interior is worthy of that in any Lexus. It's modern, attractive and ergonomically friendly, with large, well-located controls." -- Newsday

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Seating

Reviewers love the Avalon's class-leading space and comfortable seats, and note that rear seat passengers have almost as much space as front seat passengers - the rear seats even recline.

  • "The Avalon is instantly lovable for its driving position and excellent arrangement of the controls." -- Car and Driver
  • "Large-adult roomy with supportive seats. Driver comfort is enhanced on the Limited by power in/out thigh bolsters." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Comfortably seats four big, tall adults --not five, although the rear seatback reclines sufficiently to enhance comfort." -- MSN
  • "Side bolstering is modest, but the seats are supportive and nicely cushioned." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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." -- Cars.com
  • "The one drawback to the reclining seat back is the lack of a split-folding seat." -- Detroit News

Interior Features

The interior of the 2009 Toyota Avalon boasts many creature comforts and driver aids, and few reviewers have anything negative to say.

  • "Any Toyota Avalon feels upscale and inviting, thanks to its glowing Optitron gauges, attractive and ergonomic control layout and high-quality materials. Movable panels conceal the radio and navigation controls when they're not in use, and this gives the dash a sleek appearance." -- Edmunds
  • "Large gauges are easy to read. Standard steering-wheel controls are a convenience plus, but main functions and several accessories operate from look-alike buttons in the central dashboard. Navigation switches are nicely organized on a tilt-out panel, but programming it is more difficult than it should be." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Although the Avalon has a host of goodies... they aren't pioneering technology." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "Splendidly legible instruments." -- Car and Driver
  • "Sound system controls are concealed by flip-up panels that provide the dashboard area with a smoother look and might discourage amateur radio thieves. " -- MSN
  • "Those up front face a dash that takes the Toyota another step closer to Lexus, including the Optitron gauges once exclusive to that brand. Overall the design is clean and elegant, audio controls hidden behind a folding panel, the optional navigation system's controls also out of view when not needed. Little protrudes from any surface, thanks to flat-panel switches, which are nicely lit at night, many of them duplicated on the steering wheel." - Road and Track

Cargo

The Avalon offers 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space. Once, that was considered excellent, but today there are smaller cars with larger trunks. A pass-through gap allows long, thin items to be stored, but the rear seatbacks do not fold. Storage space in the passenger cabin itself is abundant.

  • "The trunk has space enough for most family excursions, but packing gets complicated by intrusion from the wheel housings and trunklid hinges. Ample cabin storage includes a dedicated cell phone holder." - Consumer Guide

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