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2012 Toyota Avalon Review

Review Last Updated: 10/10/13

These scores and this review are from when the car was new.

Reviewers agree that the 2012 Toyota Avalon offers plenty of comfort and space, but its high price and uninspiring performance make it less appealing than other affordable large cars. 

The 2012 Toyota Avalon continues to offer a comfortable ride, roomy accommodations and more than enough power to get out of its own way. However, critics generally agrees that the Avalon isn’t the most engaging car to drive. Performance takes a back seat to comfort, and reviewers say the Avalon’s compliant suspension and numb steering make it ill-suited to tearing back roads.

Additionally, many reviewers agree that other cars offer a better overall package. Kelley Blue Book writes, “Those seeking a big sedan with more expressive appearance, one that offers a high-performance engine option or one that just plain caters to a younger mindset will probably feel more at home in a Buick LaCrosse, Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus or Hyundai Genesis.”

Still, the Avalon makes sense if you’re looking for a sensible large car. With its top safety scores, strong resale values and Toyota’s reputation for reliability, the 2012 Toyota Avalon remains a good bet for car shoppers who demand dependability rather than a flashy design or thrilling performance.

Other Cars to Consider

The 2012 Toyota Avalon comes with a long list of standard features, but it’s also the most expensive car in its class. If you like the Avalon’s comfortable ride, strong safety ratings and decent fuel economy, consider the Chrysler 300. Most reviewers agree that the Avalon has more standard features and a bigger back seat, but the base 300 costs thousands less.

If you don’t like the 300, the Ford Taurus is also less expensive than the Avalon and offers a much larger trunk. Additionally, the Taurus also offers a balanced ride and user-friendly cabin electronics that the Avalon can’t match.

Toyota Avalon: The Details

The Toyota Avalon is unchanged for 2012 and comes in two trim levels: base and Limited. Both models are powered by a V6 engine that’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. See the full 2012 Toyota Avalon specs.   

  • "Driving the Toyota Avalon is like eating mashed potatoes: it reliably serves a purpose, but won't hold your interest for very long." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "Avalon is low on thrills but big on practicality and comfort. Its control layout and some detail execution are below what we expect from a car in this class, however." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The Avalon is the equivalent of an exotic vanilla that's a little richer than the others." -- Mother Proof
  • "Toyotas have an almost inherent comforting presence and the Avalon is no exception; this car isn’t a fighter, it’s a coddler." – New York Times

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