1995 Toyota Avalon Sedan

4dr Sedan XL w/Bucket Seats

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1995 Toyota Avalon

Source: New Car Test Drive


Preliminary intelligence on the Toyota Avalon suggested this car would: (A) share the same chassis as the Camry, and (B) be little more than a high luxury version of that popular midsize sedan.

Well, the Avalon is here. And here's how our intelligence reports graded out.

A: Correct. The Avalon rides on a Camry chassis, with a stretched wheelbase. It also shares the Camry assembly line in Georgetown, Kentucky.

B: Incorrect. Although the Avalon uses the same engine as the Camry V6, tweaked for a bit more power, as well as the same smooth 4-speed automatic transmission, it's essentially an all-new car. It doesn't look like the Camry, and the two cars don't share any exterior pieces. The Avalon is also roomier, particularly in the rear-seat area, it's a little more agile and, of course, it's more expensive.

The Avalon is designed to compete with bigger front-wheel-drive domestic cars such as the Dodge Intrepid, Pontiac Bonneville, Chevrolet Lumina and Ford Taurus. It replaces the stodgy old rear-drive Toyota Cressida, which disappeared from the lineup in 1993, and it's the biggest passenger car ever to wear the Toyota emblem in the United States.


Let's put this car's size in perspective. The Avalon's wheelbase is 4 inches longer than the Camry's, and the body is 2.4 inches longer, as well as a tad wider. Compared with the domestic makes, it's closest to the Taurus in size, while smaller than the others, particularly the big Intrepid. But exterior dimensions can be deceptive, and the Avalon's surprising rear-seat roominess is a case in point.

Although the Avalon may not share any body panels with the Camry, no one is likely to accuse Toyota of taking big chances with its styling. Vaguely reminiscent of the Lexus GS 300, which was styled in Italy, the Avalon is aerodynamically clean and thoroughly innocuous.

In contrast to its distinctive coupes and sports cars, Toyota's sedan styling policy seems to hinge on coming up with a design that doesn't offend anyone. Judging by the success of the Camry, this seems to work, and the Avalon fits right in.

However, the exterior is functional. Flush glass, flush door handles and smooth contours add up to aerodynamic efficiency and reduced wind noise.

The Avalon will be offered in two editions: the not-so-basic XL and the more luxurious XLS. Both use the excellent 3.0-liter Camry V6 engine, though tuned for more horsepower (192 hp versus 188 hp), and both are available only with an automatic transmission.

We logged extensive mileage in both models, but we'll report on the XLS here.

Interior Features

Roominess is one of the most impressive features of the Avalon. How much room? Oodles sums it up - in every direction. It's particularly noticeable in the backseat, where the legroom dimensions are close to the Intrepid's, and are more generous than in the Taurus or the Lumina.

Anticipating use by large families, Toyota offers a choice of 3-across front seating - the old standard American sedan configuration - or the more common front buckets.

Our test car had leather bucket seats with power-adjustable features, which make them not so common. In keeping with this big sedan's emphasis on sedate, comfortable motoring, the seats are roomy, with modest side support. Toyota doesn't expect Avalon drivers to be at-tacking mountain switchbacks, so keeping the driver centered behind the wheel isn't as important as making sure the driver is comfortable.

The dashboard layout will look familiar to Camry owners, though not identical. Control location is similar, and the analog instruments are easy to read at a glance. All in all, elements of interior fit-and-finish are typically Toyota - smooth, subdued and virtually flawless.

Standard XL comfort and convenience features include an AM/FM/cassette sound system, air conditioning, power windows and door locks, cruise control and a nifty anti-lockout feature that won't let you lock the car with the key in the ignition. XL prices start at $23,155.

The XLS starts at $27,085, and gives you a choice between the bench or buckets at no extra charge. Additional XLS standard features include a higher-grade sound system, automatic climate control, alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and a theft-deterrent system.

Our test car also included leather upholstery and a power moonroof, which lifted the total to $29,065.

If you add the ultra-premium sound system - with seven speakers and a 12-disc CD changer - and the mudguards, you can coax the total north of $30,000. That's where the current industry luxury-car borderline falls.

The Avalon's safety features rate as contemporary, including dual airbags, side impact protection that meets the '97 federal standards, 3-point seatbelts at both front and all three rear-seat positions, and front and rear head restraints.

Anti-lock brakes (ABS) were standard on our XLS test car, but they're optional on the XL. For a car of this quality and price, we think ABS should be standard on all models.

Driving Impressions

Because this new sedan outranks the Camry, we expected it to be smooth, quiet and competent. And it was. But we had a couple of surprises.

The first had to do with noise. Although the Avalon is supremely quiet up front, we found that a bit of tire noise was audible to rear-seat passengers. Not much noise, but any in a Toyota qualifies as a surprise.

The second surprise was a pleasant one. Although it's a bigger car, the Avalon provides distinctly better handling than the Camry. There's less resistance to quick steering maneuvers, and a greater sense of control in hard cornering.

The variable-assist power steering system delivers a slightly better sense of what the front wheels are doing, and the car's overall responsiveness makes it a pleasure to drive.

There are no surprises with the Avalon's ride quality, which is superb. In fact, some drivers might find it preferable to the Lexus GS 300, as well as the Intrepid and Bonneville.

Engine performance was what we had expected. This is one of the industry's better V6 engines - smooth, quiet and powerful. Because the Avalon weighs little more than a Camry and has four more horsepower, its acceleration is about the same, which is to say peppy.

You can get more muscle from the Bonneville's supercharged V6 or the Taurus 3.0-liter SHO V6, but we think the Avalon's performance will be more than satisfactory to most.

The same can be said for fuel economy, which we think is very good for a vehicle in this size class.


An important intangible in any new-car purchase is the manufacturer's reputation for quality. Toyota leads the entire industry in this regard, and doesn't show any signs of relinquishing that lead.

The Camry has been a consistent winner in J.D. Power quality surveys, and because the Avalon shares some Camry components, as well as the same assembly line, we have no reason to expect any less of this new car. Our initial test drive strengthens this expectation.

However, there's no getting around the fact that this is an expensive car. Any of the others we've mentioned here would save you money.

So it gets to be a question of what kind of premium you're willing to pay for top quality, a premium that's likely to pay dividends at resale time.

The new Avalon won't turn heads with its styling, but it's an excellent car in every other respect. High prices notwithstanding, we expect it to be a winner.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Intermittent Wipers Std


Alarm Opt
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Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty*
7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty**
1-year of Roadside Assistance***
160-Point Quality Assurance Inspection
CARFAX® Vehicle History Report"****

Certified customers are eligible for standard new car financing rates*****

*Whichever comes first from date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. The Comprehensive Warranty covers any repair or replacement of components which fail under normal use due to defect in materials or workmanship. (Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.)

**Whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. See your Toyota Certified Used Vehicles dealer for warranty details. Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. For AL, FL, GA, NC & SC, warranty coverage differs in the following ways: 7-year or 100,000-mile Toyota Certified Limited Powertrain Warranty coverage begins on January 1st of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles.

***From date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. Covers most services, including flat tires, lockout service, jump starts, fuel delivery up to 3 gallons and towing for mechanical breakdown or collision recovery to the nearest Toyota dealership. Services provided exclude any parts required. Coverage not available in Mexico. See Certified Warranty Supplement for warranty details.

****Beginning December 1, 2005 CARFAX® Vehicle History Reports" are a required part of every Toyota Certified Used Vehicle. See your local dealer for details.

*****Rates mentioned are for standard new car rates, and do not include new car specials or subvented rates. Not all buyers will qualify. Financing available through Toyota Financial Services for qualified buyers only.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 7 years / 85,000
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection All TCUV vehicles must pass a comprehensive checklist that includes a 160-point inspection. This way you can rest assured that your pre-owned Toyota is in perfect condition. To see full inspection list visit http://www.toyotacertified.com/inspection.html
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 1-year of Roadside Assistance from date of TCUV purchase.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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