2009 Toyota Avalon Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$27,845-$35,185
$25,156-$31,312
19 /CITY / 28 /HWY
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What Changed for 2009:

  • New active headrests
  • Touring version discontinued
  • New Cocoa Bean Metallic paint
Overview
Debuting in 1994, the Toyota Avalon is the largest sedan and the flagship of the automaker's car lineup. Often referenced as a large version of the popular Toyota Camry (because it was built on the Camry's platform), the early models did little to differentiate themselves in terms of luxury from their smaller siblings. Now in its third generation, the Avalon has moved decidedly upscale with sleek styling and a wood-trimmed interior. To appeal to the traditional large-car buyer, Toyota has equipped the Avalon with features more commonly reserved for models in the premium segments. As a result, today's Avalon earns the badge as the flagship of Toyota's car lineup.

Toyota made significant changes to the 2008-model Avalon when they updated its transmission, braking system, exterior and option package lineup. A new, standard, electronically controlled, 6-speed automatic transmission was also added. For 2009, Toyota's large family sedan only receives minor updates, including new active headrests and one new exterior paint color-Cocoa Bean Metallic.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Toyota Avalon is sold in three trim levels: XL, XLS and Limited. The base XL model includes dual rear exhaust, 9-speaker stereo, dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, and reclining rear seats. The XLS includes wood trim on the dash and door panels, power moonroof, 6-disc in-dash CD changer and aluminum door scuff plates. The top-line Limited version of the Avalon includes Toyota's Smart Key system, heated and ventilated front seats, 12-speaker JBL stereo with 360 watts of power, Bluetooth wireless capability, power rear sunshade, and high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights.

Optional equipment on the 2009 Toyota Avalon includes a voice-activated DVD navigation system, dynamic laser cruise control (DLCC), 8-way power passenger seat, and a sporty rear decklid spoiler.

Powertrain
A 3.5-liter V-6 engine that drives the front wheels is found on all 2009 Toyota Avalon models. It generates 268 hp and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine includes both dual variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and a dual-stage variable intake manifold for steady and smooth power throughout the range, Toyota says. A 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission is standard on all models. During EPA fuel-economy testing, the 2009 Toyota Avalon earned ratings of 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

Safety
Standard safety fare on the 2009 Toyota Avalon includes dual front air bags; front-seat-mounted side air bags; two rows of side curtain air bags; and a driver's knee air bag. The anti-lock braking system includes electronic brake-force distribution (EBD). Safety options, including electronic vehicle stability control (VSC) with traction control and brake assist, are available on all models.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Toyota Avalon earns a 5-star rating in both front and side-impact crashes. The Avalon receives an overall \"Good\" crash test rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Institute also labeled it a \"Top Safety Pick\" for 2009.

Technology
The 2009 Toyota Avalon is available with Dynamic Laser Cruise Control (DLCC). The electric cruise control automatically slows the Avalon to match the speed of the vehicle ahead to maintain a safe following distance, the automaker says. The system switches between two modes-the traditional constant-speed mode familiar to all cruise-control users and a vehicle-to-vehicle mode that uses a laser sensor and computer to keep track of the car in the lane ahead. Drivers set a distance that they're comfortable with-ranging from 100 to 245 feet ahead-and the car will adjust the throttle and braking to maintain that distance behind the traffic ahead, Toyota claims. The manufacturer notes that DLCC is not a collision-avoidance system, but rather a vehicle speed-control device best used on highways with light to moderate traffic.

What Changed for 2009:

  • New active headrests
  • Touring version discontinued
  • New Cocoa Bean Metallic paint
Overview
Debuting in 1994, the Toyota Avalon is the largest sedan and the flagship of the automaker's car lineup. Often referenced as a large version of the popular Toyota Camry (because it was built on the Camry's platform), the early models did little to differentiate themselves in terms of luxury from their smaller siblings. Now in its third generation, the Avalon has moved decidedly upscale with sleek styling and a wood-trimmed interior. To appeal to the traditional large-car buyer, Toyota has equipped the Avalon with features more commonly reserved for models in the premium segments. As a result, today's Avalon earns the badge as the flagship of Toyota's car lineup.

Toyota made significant changes to the 2008-model Avalon when they updated its transmission, braking system, exterior and option package lineup. A new, standard, electronically controlled, 6-speed automatic transmission was also added. For 2009, Toyota's large family sedan only receives minor updates, including new active headrests and one new exterior paint color-Cocoa Bean Metallic.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Toyota Avalon is sold in three trim levels: XL, XLS and Limited. The base XL model includes dual rear exhaust, 9-speaker stereo, dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, and reclining rear seats. The XLS includes wood trim on the dash and door panels, power moonroof, 6-disc in-dash CD changer and aluminum door scuff plates. The top-line Limited version of the Avalon includes Toyota's Smart Key system, heated and ventilated front seats, 12-speaker JBL stereo with 360 watts of power, Bluetooth wireless capability, power rear sunshade, and high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights.

Optional equipment on the 2009 Toyota Avalon includes a voice-activated DVD navigation system, dynamic laser cruise control (DLCC), 8-way power passenger seat, and a sporty rear decklid spoiler.

Powertrain
A 3.5-liter V-6 engine that drives the front wheels is found on all 2009 Toyota Avalon models. It generates 268 hp and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine includes both dual variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and a dual-stage variable intake manifold for steady and smooth power throughout the range, Toyota says. A 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission is standard on all models. During EPA fuel-economy testing, the 2009 Toyota Avalon earned ratings of 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

Safety
Standard safety fare on the 2009 Toyota Avalon includes dual front air bags; front-seat-mounted side air bags; two rows of side curtain air bags; and a driver's knee air bag. The anti-lock braking system includes electronic brake-force distribution (EBD). Safety options, including electronic vehicle stability control (VSC) with traction control and brake assist, are available on all models.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Toyota Avalon earns a 5-star rating in both front and side-impact crashes. The Avalon receives an overall \"Good\" crash test rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Institute also labeled it a \"Top Safety Pick\" for 2009.

Technology
The 2009 Toyota Avalon is available with Dynamic Laser Cruise Control (DLCC). The electric cruise control automatically slows the Avalon to match the speed of the vehicle ahead to maintain a safe following distance, the automaker says. The system switches between two modes-the traditional constant-speed mode familiar to all cruise-control users and a vehicle-to-vehicle mode that uses a laser sensor and computer to keep track of the car in the lane ahead. Drivers set a distance that they're comfortable with-ranging from 100 to 245 feet ahead-and the car will adjust the throttle and braking to maintain that distance behind the traffic ahead, Toyota claims. The manufacturer notes that DLCC is not a collision-avoidance system, but rather a vehicle speed-control device best used on highways with light to moderate traffic.

Available Trims for the 2009 Toyota Avalon
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name XL (4dr Sdn (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 27845.00 Engine 3.5L/211 City/Hwy MPG 19/28
Name XL (4dr Sdn (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 27845.00 Engine 3.5L/211 City/Hwy MPG 19/28
Name XL (4dr Sdn (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 27845.00 Engine 3.5L/211 City/Hwy MPG 19/28
Name XLS (4dr Sdn (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 32145.00 Engine 3.5L/211 City/Hwy MPG 19/28
Name XLS (4dr Sdn (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 32145.00 Engine 3.5L/211 City/Hwy MPG 19/28
Name XLS (4dr Sdn (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 32145.00 Engine 3.5L/211 City/Hwy MPG 19/28
Name Limited (4dr Sdn (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 35185.00 Engine 3.5L/211 City/Hwy MPG 19/28
Name Limited (4dr Sdn (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 35185.00 Engine 3.5L/211 City/Hwy MPG 19/28
Name Limited (4dr Sdn (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 35185.00 Engine 3.5L/211 City/Hwy MPG 19/28
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INTERIOR
  • Multi-adjustable cloth front bucket seats w/pwr driver seat & pwr driver lumbar
  • Contoured cloth 60/40 split reclining rear seats -inc: center armrest w/cup holders, locking pass-through
  • Adjustable headrests for all seating positions
  • Front center console storage area -inc: sliding armrest, dual cup holders, coin holder
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel w/audio & climate controls
  • Anti-theft system w/engine immobilizer
  • Optitron instrumentation -inc: tachometer, coolant temp
  • Multi-function information display -inc: message, audio, climate control, outside temp, trip computer
  • Direct tire pressure monitor system
  • Digital clock
  • Pwr windows -inc: front auto-touch control, jam protection, retained pwr
  • Pwr door locks w/anti-lockout feature
  • Remote keyless entry -inc: panic alarm, illuminated entry, trunk release
  • Pwr trunk & fuel-filler door releases
  • Cruise control
  • HD rear defogger w/timer
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control w/air filtration, rear seat vents
  • (2) 12-volt aux pwr outlets
  • Silver metallic-style interior trim
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Front/rear reading lamps
  • Illuminated entry w/fade-out exit system
  • Multi-adjustable leather front bucket seats w/driver pwr lumbar support
  • Leather-trimmed 60/40 split reclining rear seats -inc: center armrest w/cup holders, locking pass-through
  • Leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel w/audio & climate controls
  • Anti-theft system w/alarm, engine immobilizer
  • HomeLink universal transceiver
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Wood-grain style interior trim
  • Aluminum door scuff plates
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass
  • Trunk cargo net
  • Multi-adjustable leather heated/ventilated pwr front bucket seats w/driver pwr lumbar, driver pwr cushion extension, driver memory
  • Wood-grain & leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel w/audio & climate controls
  • Smart Key system -inc: push-button start, remote illuminated entry w/puddle lamps
  • Wood-grain & leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Pwr rear sunshade
EXTERIOR
  • 16" aluminum wheels
  • P215/60R16 tires
  • Full size spare tire w/alloy wheel
  • Color-keyed bumpers
  • Multi-reflector headlamps w/auto on/off feature
  • High solar energy-absorbing (HSEA) glass
  • Color-keyed pwr mirrors
  • Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • 17" aluminum wheels
  • P215/55R17 tires
  • Pwr tilt/slide moonroof w/sliding sunshade
  • Integrated fog lamps
  • Heated color-keyed pwr mirrors -inc: driver-side electrochromic mirror
  • High intensity discharge (HID) headlamps w/auto on/off feature, auto leveling
  • Heated color-keyed pwr electrochromic mirrors -inc: memory, integrated puddle lamps, turn signals, memory
  • Rain-sensing washer-linked windshield wipers
  • Chrome door handles
MECHANICAL
  • 3.5L DOHC EFI 24-valve V6 engine
  • Dual variable valve timing w/intelligence
  • 6-speed automatic ECT-i transmission w/OD & sequential shift
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery saver
  • MacPherson strut front suspension w/stabilizer bar
  • Dual-link MacPherson strut rear suspension w/stabilizer bar
  • Engine speed-sensing variable-assist pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes
  • Dual rear exhaust
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
    • Driver & front passenger advanced airbags -inc: occupant sensor
    • Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags
    • Front & rear side curtain airbags
    • Driver knee airbag
    • 3-point seatbelts for all passenger seating positions w/front adjustable shoulder belt anchors
    • Outboard front seatbelt pretensioners w/force limiters
    • Vehicle stability control
    • Traction control
    • Internal trunk-release handle
    • Child protector rear door locks
    • Daytime running lights
    • Side-impact door beams
    • Energy-absorbing collapsible steering column
    • Front/rear crumple zones
    • Child restraint system w/rear seat lower anchors, tether anchor brackets
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer -inc: MP3/WMA capability, aux input jack, (9) speakers
    • In-glass diversity antenna
    • JBL Synthesis AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer -inc: MP3/WMA capability, aux input jack, 360-watt amplifier, Bluetooth, (12) speakers, satellite radio pre-wire

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