The Avalon is like a not very cut rate Lexus, offering a few of the luxury features, but not a substantially reduced price.
The Avalon is the Toyota sedan for those who want to step up from a Camry, although Toyota is sending somewhat of a mixed message here, as Lexus is its step-up brand. The Avalon offers some of the features of the Lexus ES, with which it shares a platform, but does not come up to that level of luxury.
We expected boring, generic styling, but the Avalon fooled us with some nice details around the headlights and the grille. The size of the grille is a nice touch, looking stately, and the headlight casings use some interesting angles.
Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 sees services in many models in the company's lineup. It is reasonably powerful and economical, especially in the Avalon, but does not make use of modern efficiency technologies such as direct injection.