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in 2012 Affordable Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $22,190 - $24,566
Original MSRP: $33,195 - $36,435
MPG: 19 City / 28 Hwy
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2012 Toyota Avalon Interior

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The Avalon’s interior continues to impress reviewers with its comfortable seats and long list of standard features. However, some critics say that the Avalon’s audio and climate controls are not the most intuitive.

  •  -"The Toyota Avalon has a spacious interior, but its dashboard layout looks the same as Toyotas from a decade earlier." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "Wind and road are noise are kept well in check, while the engine is heard only during aggressive acceleration." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The cluster was rimmed in a brushed metallic plastic, and the car also had matte wood accents (take that, fingerprints!) and leather seats with contrast piping. It looked quite nice and somewhat upscale without being overboard." -- Mother Proof 

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Seating

With such a spacious interior and ample seating, test drivers say you’ll be comfortable in the Toyota Avalon no matter where you sit. Additionally, many say that the Avalon’s expansive cabin makes it ideal for road trips. Rear-seat passengers have almost as much space as those in the front, and the back seats also recline to improve comfort.

  • "If you're going on a long trip, the Toyota Avalon is indubitably the car to choose. Three adults can sit comfortable in the back seat, where they will find themselves almost totally isolated from road and wind noise." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "Large, adult-friendly seats. Plenty of long-trip stretch-out space." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The front buckets which, while offering comfort and adjustability to go the distance, are decidedly light on lateral support when the venues do get twisty. As for the Avalon's aft quarters with a standard 60/40-spllt reclining rear seatback and superb leg/head room, they're simply the best in class." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The split rear backrest reclines, enhancing occupant comfort." -- Cars.com 
  • "The power-adjustable driver's seat, with its multitude of adjustments, made me so comfortable; I loved that I could extend the lower seat cushion to fit the bend in my knees." -- Mother Proof 

Interior Features

Reviewers generally approve of the Avalon’s clear gauges and easy-to-use switchgear, but a few critics say that secondary controls, such as those for audio and climate systems, are more confusing. One reviewer notes that some stereo controls were also difficult to reach from the driver’s seat, though the Avalon’s steering wheel-mounted audio controls do help alleviate this.

Still, with standard features such as leather seating, dual-zone climate control, back-up camera and power moonroof, reviewers agree that the Avalon comes well-equipped.

  • "In true Toyota fashion, the switchgear and gauges are arranged sensibly in a marvel of ergonomics. Perhaps to cater to the older generation known for buying the Avalon, the controls are labeled in a size-24 font." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "Fussy secondary controls, including those for the audio and climate-control systems are less obvious, and make too much use of push-button, instead of rotary, controls." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Bluetooth was easy to use, and I finally figured out how to connect my smartphone while my iPod was connected. I was sure I'd have to run them independently and was pleased that I could do both." -- Mother Proof
  • "All the controls are logically arrayed - including 14 switches or knobs to operate the navigation and sound systems, and 10 buttons integrated into the steering wheel." -- New York Times
  • "When I went to change the radio station, I found that I had to reach way over to the other side of the navigation screen to hit the seek button." -- AutoWeek

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.

  • "Though on paper it has the smallest volume at 14.4 cubic feet, the Avalon's trunk is still commodious enough to swallow several large suitcases." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "The trunk is sufficiently sized for most family excursions, though intrusion from the lid hinges can complicate packing. Cabin storage is generous." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Because the seatbacks don't fold flat and trunk capacity is a mere 14.4 cubic-feet, the Avalon's cargo-toting skills are relatively modest." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "There are covered, lined cubbies as well as seatback pockets and bins. With Toyota's gadget-holder, a smartphone or MP3 player can be secured in the cubby and the cords fed through an opening at the bottom of the center console. I hate cord messes and love this simple, refined solution." -- Mother Proof 

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