Paddle shifters in an Avalon? Yes! Maybe that’s one approach by Toyota to make the Avalon more appealing to a younger demographic. In addition to premium and an upscale look, Toyota is adding some sportiness into the Avalon.
The large front grill has an aggressive styling to it coupled with the Toyota’s new Double-eye Projector Ellipsoid System (PES) which combines both high and low beam headlamps in a single unit on the front end. The dual chrome exhausts on the backend also enhance the sportiness styling of the Avalon.
The interior of the Avalon is rich with stitch soft touch black leather, along chrome trim along the edges. The Avalon wouldn’t be your grandfather’s car without wood grain panelling, but still modern enough to make it attractive to be a father’s car.
The dual heated/cooled front seats are welcome features on long road trips to keep you cool in the summer, and nice and toasty in the winter. The centre stack is well equipped with large touch screen controls. Keyless entry and push button start are great features for any age of driver.
Driver and passengers can ride in comfort as the interior cabin is extremely spacious especially for those in the rear seats. Lumbar supports are welcome features for the older generations and make driving on the long road trips more enjoyable.
There’s plenty of power under the hood of the Avalon and makes playing with the paddle shifters more fun. The 2014 Toyota Avalon is equipped with a 3.5L V6 6-speed automatic engine that offers 268 horsepower at 6,200rpm and 248 lb-ft of torque at 4,700rpm.
The Avalon Limited offers a great drive in city and on the highway. Our Winnipeg to Banff road trip of approximately 1,500kms, the average fuel consumption was 8.6L/100kms.
The 2014 Toyota Avalon comes in two available trims, XLE and Limited. Base price of the Avalon media test model with the Limited trim was $39,050. Add in the options, freight and taxes, price as tested is $41,030.00
Photos by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal