Looking for Lexus quality in a Toyota package? The redesigned 2013 Toyota Avalon is everything one would expect from the most luxurious Toyota available today. Even though the Avalon has been the pinnacle of the Toyota lineup, to make the vehicle more desirable to the American consumer, the 2013 Avalon is the first Toyota to be designed, built and sold in the United States!

Incorporating traditional values of Toyota, plus design and comfort cues that consumers demand, the Avalon looks and feels like the ultimate 5-passenger cruiser worth comparing to any American big-body sedan sold over the last 50 years. With a new front fascia, a wider body, stylized wheels, HID and LED lighting, the redesigned 2013 Avalon not only looks great, it offers a very nice ride too.

Inside, the latest Avalon comes standard with leather upholstery and a strong audio system that includes both a USB input and Bluetooth connectivity. Looking for more luxury? Try stepping up to the XLE Touring model, which includes a power glass sunroof, heated front seats and a backup camera.

The new Avalon has also really stepped up its tech game with the new suite that provides capacitive-touch controls for audio and climate settings and smartphone charging and connectivity. One can also opt for Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which includes Bluetooth, HD radio, Pandora, iHeart Radio and a lot more.

Only one engine and transmission combination is available in the 2013 Avalon: a 268 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and a well-programmed 6-speed automatic transmission that sends all the power to the front wheels. This refined and powerful combination is one of the best available in this vehicle segment.

With a base price under $31,000, the Avalon is a great luxury option. A well-equipped, ultra-luxurious Limited tips the scale right around $40,000. Competition includes the updated Chrysler 300, which offers a more powerful V8 engine, or the sportier but more expensive BMW 5-series.

If the traditional driving experience of comfort and power is what you desire, the redesigned 2013 Toyota Avalon may just be the American-designed car for you.

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