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Toyota Avalon TRD

THE AVALON TRD MAKES AN UNEXPECTEDLY FUN FAMILY SEDAN

While the Avalon’s reputation as a likeable upscale sedan is well-deserved, some may question the wisdom of creating the sported-up version known as the Toyota Avalon TRD.
   

Those doubters would be wrong.  TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development, and while this vehicle won’t be burning up your local racetrack, on the street it’s actually one of the most appealing full-size four-doors I’ve tested in a long time.
   

The Avalon TRD’s improved driving dynamics are due largely to upgraded suspension components such as firmer springs, stiffer anti-roll bars and better brakes. Just as important in everyday motoring is its good ride quality, making it a sporty sedan that’s easy to live with as a daily driver.
   

The engine is the same 301-horsepower V6 that powers the cushier Avalon models, though here it’s fitted with a less restrictive exhaust that gives it a throaty little snarl. Better still, this powertrain returns healthy EPA fuel economy estimates of 30 miles per gallon on the highway.
   

Add a spacious, comfortable interior, and the Avalon TRD makes an unexpectedly fun family sedan.


   

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STRENGTHS

  • Sporty good looks make it stand out in a crowd.
  •  Solid handling, good fuel economy and roomy interior

 

WEAKNESSES

  • Sporty upgrades probably won’t satisfy hard-core performance types.
  •  Bright-red seatbelts are a touch over the top.

 

BOTTOM LINE

  • Everything good about the regular Avalon in a better-looking, more fun package

 

PRICING

  • Base Price: $43,125
  • As Tested: $45,079

 

SAFETY

  • NHTSA Overall: 5 Stars (out of 5)

 

M.P.G. (city/highway)

  • 21/30 (3.5L V6)