The all new 2013 Toyota Avalon is a complete redesign from all of its older models, with a much sleeker body and all new interior; this baby promises to be an eye catcher. The all new 2013 Avalon comes in several different models: the XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring, Limited, Hybrid XLE Premium, Hybrid XLE Touring, and Hybrid Limited. With a few minor exceptions, the hybrid models are almost identical to their regular trims.
Models and Features
We will start with the XLE. This is the base model of the Avalon, and yet it is still full of awesome features. So many features in fact that we can’t cover them all but we will touch on some of the ones that stood out to us. On the exterior, this model comes standard with halogen headlights with an on/off feature with daytime running lights or DRL’s. Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicator and manual folding feature comes standard on the all new 2013 Avalon XLE. Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers as well as dual chrome-tipped integrated exhaust come standard on the XLE. Also standard on the XLE is an acoustic noise-reducing windshield, driver and front passenger side windows. These noise reducing windows offer a much quieter ride allowing you to talk or listen to your music in a more relaxed environment.
On the interior, dual zone automatic climate control with air filter and rear-seat vents are standard. Standard on this model is a 6.1 touch-screen display serves as your screen for the backup camera as well as your audio system control. This audio system includes AM/FM radio, CD player, Bluetooth streaming capabilities, and a USB/ Auxiliary jack for music playing devices. Once your phone is synced with the car’s Bluetooth, the display also allows for hands-free phone access. With eight speakers located throughout the vehicle, this truly is a great entertainment system for your car. A leather-trimmed tilt & telescopic steering wheel with audio, multi-information display, and hands- free phone controls come standard. The tilt & telescopic steering wheel allow for a more customizable driving experience; the controls that are on the wheel make it so you can control the features in your car, while being able to keep your eyes on the road. An optitron instrumentation with speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature, fuel gauges; TFT Multi-Information Display with customizable settings, odometer, tripmeter, current/average fuel economy, distance to empty, speed, shift-position indicator, ECO and Sport Mode indicator, ECO Drive Level Indicator and warning messages is Standard on this model as well. This display allows you to see all the essential information that you need to monitor how your car is functioning in one location. Wood-grain-style interior trim with smoked chrome interior accents and door handles are standard to add some luxury to the XLE. A smart key system on the front doors and remote illuminated entry is a standard feature on this model. The final interior standout feature, which happens to be standard on all models, is an eBin. The eBin is a sliding electronic device holder with a wire management feature and illuminated interior storage with two 12V auxiliary power outlets, auxiliary audio jacks and USB port.
The XLE Premium has all the same standard exterior features as the XLE; except the Premium has a standard sun/moon roof that is not available on the XLE model. On the interior, however, there are some features that make the XLE Premium worth the extra money and set it apart from the XLE. The first big feature is a standard backup camera, and anyone who has ever had one of these knows how useful they can be. A smart key system on the front doors and trunk with push button start and remote illuminated entry is a standard feature on this model. The added feature of having the smart key system on the trunk makes it much easier to open the trunk, which comes in handy when your hands are full. The final key feature is an auto-dimming rear view mirror with compass, maplights and homelink universal transceiver.
The next model is the XLE Touring. It the same on the exterior as the XLE Premium except for two features. The XLE comes standard with wide-angle fog lights which help provide more visibility on those foggy nights that your high beams make it harder to see. The other key feature is that the XLE Touring comes standard with 18in wheels as opposed to the 17in wheels that are standard on the XLE and XLE Premium. The standard audio system is similar to that in the XLE Premium with some very nice upgrades. The upgrades include navigation, entune, advanced voice recognition, and an additional speaker with an amplifier for a total of nine speakers. Entune is something new from Toyota, it includes the ability to sync your mobile device with your car and then use apps with entune such as searching for things on Bing, iHeartRadio, Pandora, movietickets.com, and open table. A steering wheel with audio and phone controls, paddle shifters and a Multi-Information display in addition to what the XLE Premium steering wheel offers is standard. These controls make the audio system easier to control and the paddle shifters give you more control over your driving experience by allowing you to manually shift gears. The final stand out feature of the XLE Touring is driver’s seat and outside mirrors memory system, which allows the car to remember how you have the seat and mirrors set. This means that is someone changes your mirrors or seat while driving your car, you simply push the driver memory button and it will reset everything you had, that is of course if you set up the memory function.
The last model is the Limited, which is above all the other models with different features that make this model worth the extra money without a doubt. This model has standard high intensity discharge quadrabeam headlights with an auto on/off feature as well as LED daytime running lights. It is not a standard option, however, automatic high beams are available as an optional package which some people may find to be very useful. The next standard feature on the Limited is color-keyed heated, auto –dimming power outside mirrors with built in turn signal indicators, puddle lights and a manual folding feature. The dimming will help reduce the amount of glare that comes off the mirror so you can drive more comfortably while the heating feature helps to defrost the mirrors faster. The next feature which we like a lot is the rain-sensing washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers. Basically, this means that the car has sensors and will automatically adjust the speed of the windshield wipers based on how much water is hitting the windshield. The final exterior feature is the aluminum scuff plated doorsills, giving the Limited a more luxurious look than the other models.
Just like the exterior, the interior of the Limited is a clear level above the previous models with upgrades that make this model extremely desirable. The first feature is a three-zone climate control system with air filter and rear-seat vents. The next key interior feature is a completely upgraded audio system, which is very nice for those of us that really enjoy their music. In addition to the system that is in the XLE Touring, this unit includes a 7in. high resolution touch-screen with split screen capability, 11 JBL GreenEdge speakers in nine different locations, a subwoofer and amplifier, and some additional smaller feature for the navigation system. This takes your music listening experience to a whole new level. A feature that is available as part of an optional package is Dynamic Radar Cruise Control; this nifty cruise control uses radar sensors and will change your cruise control speed based on the car in front of you so you don’t run into them. It will then speed you back up to the speed you previously had set once there is nothing in front of you. The limited model comes with standard heated rear seats, which is a nice feature for your passengers, especially if they are kids and it is cold out. The final stand out feature of the Limited model is a power rear window sunshade, which will be very useful for people with little kids in the car who don’t like the bright sun.
For the most part, the safety features in the 2013 Avalon are standard across the board with the exception of a few and like everything else, there are too many safety features to touch on all of them, so here are some of the ones that stood out to us. The Star Safety System, which all together provides you with more control while driving and more stopping power, is standard on all models. A ten airbag system, with airbags throughout the car as well as driver and front passenger whiplash-injury-lessening seats are standard on all models. Front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones with side-impact door beams is a very nice standard safety feature. An anti-theft system with engine immobilizer is standard in all models. This system will activate and automatically cut off your engine if it thinks your car is being stolen. Standard on only the XLE Touring and the Limited models is a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert which will alert you if someone is in your blind spot, as well as changing lanes right behind you/ going into your blind spot. One very nice and unique safety feature that is only available and standard on the Limited model is Safety Connect. Safety connect includes emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance and automatic collision notification. This is available by subscription and comes with a complimentary one-year trial subscription.
With all of these features and more, the 2013 Avalon is sure to not only be a luxurious car, but a safe car as well. If you would like to see what the car actually looks like before coming in, then CLICK HERE to view a video walk around. If you are interested in a test drive, please call 410-661-5700 and ask for a Sales and Leasing Agent, or to view our inventory please click here.