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2014 Toyota Avalon : Current Models

The full-size 2014 Toyota Avalon is entering its second year after a full redesign -- a redesign that completely transformed the sedan's appearance, interior, driving characteristics and even engine lineup.

The most important update is that the Avalon's old sofa-soft ride is gone, replaced by a supple but surprisingly taut setup that actually makes the sedan surprisingly fun to drive. Time will tell whether it's the right fit for traditional buyers, but this newfound sportiness seems certain to extend the Avalon's appeal to younger generations.

Equally notable is the revamped look inside and out. The Avalon now resembles a Camry from the front and a Ford Fusion from the side, with a dash of Hyundai Azera in back. It's a home run, conveying both classy restraint and a contemporary sensibility. The same goes for the modernized cabin, which employs a sleek, driver-centric control layout and visibly up-to-date technology.

The new Avalon is also available for the first time as a hybrid, featuring essentially the same power system as the Camry Hybrid. The fuel economy is unprecedented for a large sedan, clocking in at a whopping 40 miles per gallon overall. Happily, the non-hybrid Avalons continue to rely on Toyota's 3.5-liter V6, a wonderful engine that always seems to punch above its weight.

While the latest Avalon is decidedly different from the car it replaces, it's also better in nearly every measurable way. See if the ride quality is to your liking. If so, you'll likely find the rest of the package tough to resist.

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Sources : 2014 Toyota Avalon Photo | 2014 Toyota Avalon Article


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