2013 Toyota Avalon

Toyota de-ages the 2013 Avalon (first drive)

Toyota's going after a younger demographic with the new Avalon and it shows in the new model's exterior aesthetic and cabin design.

The 2013 Avalon's front end features a massive lower grille that is filled with chrome brightwork and contrasts with the much smaller and thinner upper grille. This ratio gives the Avalon a more aggressive appearance and visually lowers the level of the hood for a more flattened and athletic look. Meanwhile, the greenhouse sweeps nearly back to the lip of the trunklid, furthering the "coupelike" comparison without cutting into the rear-seat headroom too badly. And out back, sharp creases cut forward from the wide, abrupt taillamps.

Entune-powered interior tech
Inside, there's a new interior aesthetic that is very high-tech and high-design. Capacitive controls on the floating center stack, which pushes the audio and climate controls into easy reach from the steering wheel, lend a futuristic look and surprisingly do not suck. (I'm usually not a fan of capacitive buttons on car dashboards.) Brushed metal knobs for volume and tuning help the look, flanking the 7-inch display of the premium Entune infotainment system.

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