There are two philosophies that can seem contradictory, but Toyota, being the success that it has been for quite some time now, recognizes both as truisms and has chosen to adhere to them both. First is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Second is that its evolution is necessary to survival. The 2013 Avalon espouses both of these ideals, and does so in a way that works synergistically.
That light and numb steering means the driver needs to exert less effort to direct the vehicle. The waterbed suspension will keep him comfortable over pockmarked urban roads. And those underbolstered seats make the constant entry and exit from the drivers seat a far easier procedure. And being a fairly straightforward, V-6-powered, front-wheel-drive sedan, the Avalon likely won’t cost too much to maintain.
There really isn’t a strong business case to be made for the Toyota Avalon these days, especially with the current recall mess that the automaker is currently working through. Nevertheless, Toyota has officially taken the wraps off of the redesigned 2011 Avalon, and while it doesn’t prove to be a big departure from the model it replaces, it’s still a very welcomed refresh.
Toyota has announced that it is suspending sales of eight models involved in the recall for the sticking accelerator, a recall wholly separate from the floor mat-related recall of certain Toyota and Lexus models. Because of a possibility of the pedal becoming stuck while depressed, certain year models of the RAV4, Corolla, Matrix, Camry, Avalon, Highlander, Tundra, and Sequoia, will not be sold until the problem has been solved.