2005 Toyota Avalon
There are 30 user reviews for the Limited trim shown below
- Nice features, good looking car, smart key, great sound system
- Cabin Noisy, passenger seat limited adjustment and not comfortable, gas feed not smooth
Traded in 2001 Avalon XLS which we loved. Very disappointed with new car. Cabin on highway very noisy. Have to raise radio voulme from 7 to 11 to hear radio on highway. When a trailer truck or motorcycle is next to you on the highway, its so noisy, you think that your windows are open. Tech guy told me they used thinner glass on this model. Also, there is a lot of wind turbulence around the side view mirror causing noise. The seats with the fan and heater in the limited make the seats very firm and not as comfortable as the 2001. Everytime you step on the gas from a stop position you are pushed back in the seat. Can't wait till my lease is up....read morehide
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otherwise very luxury car and powerfull ,quite
economic and accepted price
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- Great combination of style, luxury, power, handling & ride. QUALITY!!!
- I've found none!
I've owned three Infinitis, and they were excellent vehicles. However, the 2005 Avalon is THE BEST automobile I've ever driven, let alone owned! We all have experienced those special moments in life when something just "felt right". That's what will happen when you check out this new car. Please test drive the Avalon Limited and you'll find yourself falling in love with this car. You can feel the quality built into this vehicle from the moment you open the door. There are plenty of cars out there that we can spend much more money on, but they won't give us any better quality than this. So, don't take my word for it, go see for yourself. Then, write your own review!...read morehide
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- Fit, finish, comfortable, quiet, roomy, powerful, good milage, good look, dynamic cruise, reliable
- Lacking wireless/bluetooth, backup camera, folding rear seats, 2 ways FM pager alarm
Compared to Lexus ES330 and Acura TL:
TL: The TL was more agile but u-turn was wide had more road noise than the other two. I opt for comfortable so Idropped the TL.
ES330 vs Avalon Limited: Both were quiet and comfortable but the ES was slower and the engine was noisier during acceleration. ES interior was not as roomy. When my kids sat in the rear seats of an ES, their heads touched the roof and their legs touched the front seats (this alone eliminated ES). Avalon had plenty of room even at the center seat for my kids. The telescoping steering wheel is something that ES did not have. On ES, you have to swing the navigation screen up (or down?) to load or replace CDs. Avalon's navigation screen was better placed nearer eyes level. ES was too low. My kids originally favored the TL for its sportiness but the Avalon's new sportier look, spoiler, dual exhausts and the keyless system changed their minds (they did not know about the reclining rear seats yet). By the way, ES uses regular fuel which is 10% cheaper but its mileage is 10% worse so it's a wash
Pricing for 2005 models:
- A fleet manager quoted $35,000 for a navigation, auto TL.
- An offer for a ES330 with good options (but did not have the combination of navigation and stability and traction that I was looking for) at $31000, $200 less than invoice. Great price but I had to pass since now my choice is Avalon.
- Ordered a 2005 Avalon Limited with standard and options such as navigation, JBL 12 speakers system, HID, rain sensor, traction and stability control, dynamic cruise control, heated and cool front seats, keyless system, rear spoiler and few other minor options for a good price $33,300 (about dealer's invoice). Costco rep quoted $37200 for the same options....read morehide
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- appearance, comfort and performance
- wheels on LIMITED COULD BE NICER BUT THERE NOT BAD
THE CAR IS REASONABLY PRICED FOR WHAT YOU RECEIVE: 280 HP,
BEAUTIFUL INTERIOR, VERY COMFORTABLE AND QUIET RIDE. ITS HAS THE THREE THINGS I WANT IN A CAR, COMFORT, POWER, AND RELIABILITY. THE ADDDED PLUSES ARE,GREAT SOUND SYSTEM. SAFETY FEATURES AND DECENT FUEL MILAGE
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- The good thing about it is that it has a good v6 engine and fuel economy and is very luxurious.
- I cant really say anything bad about this car except that i thing toyota should change the grill.
Overall i would recommend this car to even to famous moviestars because this is a car that has performance, luxury and looks all together at a price of 38,000 dollars. If your in the neighbor hood of buying a car, this is it.
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- price, looks great, feels great. lots of room, great horsepower.
- passenger seat lite stays on, while passenger in car.
I traded in my 2001 avalon for the new 2005 limited. This car is sweet. It has all the bell, whistes and horns you could ask for. It so roomy, and has lots of front and back seat space. Speaking of space, the back seats recline also. The nav system is sweet also. The front seats heat and cool . The best part of the amazing car is the smart keyless entry and start. I never take my keys out of my pursre. Thanks Toyota this is the best yet....read morehide
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- Fit and finish, quiet ride, acceleration, back seat room, handling, value for money
- Poorly written manuals, some contols not lit, nav system not intuitive, small windows
My new Limited was deliverd two weeks ago. The fit and finish inside and out is the best of any vehicle I have ever owned, foreign or domestic. The car rides extremely quietly and with exceptional smoothness. Both front and rear seats are exceptionally comfortable. The reclining rear seats are a nice touch, The front seat can be adjusted a lot of different ways, a big plus. Telescoping/tilt steering wheel is very helpful in finding a comfortable driving position. Trunk is good sized, though a little more height would be nice. Headlights provide exceptional illumination. Maneuverability is very good, and acceleration is excellent. Gas mileage so far (about 21 mpg combined city-highway) is just so-so, but this may improve as the car is broken in.
Most significant complaint: Poorly written owners manuals for the car and the remote start system. A lot of the text seems to be translated word for word from Japanese, making much of the wording confusing, similar to that found in manuals for Asian-built VCRs and TVs. Many of the owner's manual illustrations are unclear or of poor quality, making it hard to follow-photographs would be much better than the rather primitve drawings. The manual for the remote start sytem failed to mention that when the outside temperature is below about 40 degrees and the vehicle is started remotely, the heating system switches to a default setting which turns on all defrosters and sets the driver and passenger thermostats to 75. This directly contradicts the manual, which states that the system will always return to the control setting that was in place when the vehicle was last shut off. This led the dealer and I to both conclude the system was malfunctioning, and the car spent two days in the shop until the dealer was able to find out from Toyota that this was how the system was supposed to work in the first place, and nothing was actually wrong!
Other minor gripes: The switches for the fuel tank door, trunk release and power rear window sunshade are located in an awkward and not very visible location to the left of and below the steering wheel, and are not lit at night, making it impossible to see them. The GPS Nav system is amazing, but its operation is complicated and not at all intuitive, and the instructions are not well written. Despite being a well-eduacted person with a master's degree, I fear it will be a long time, if ever, before I figure everything out! The side windows, while not as narrow as those on the Chrysler 300, are too small and don't have great outside visibility, especially when checking for other vehicles in the blind spot when changing lanes. They look great from a style standpoint, but I would rather be able to see outside better!
Despite the above concerns, overall the car is great and deserving of a five star rating. It is also an exceptional value, providing the performance, fit and finish and driving experince of a Lexus for thousands of dollars less. A definite winner for Toyota!...read morehide
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- Engine, Comfort, Value, quality, great features.
- No side folding mirrors, backup camera, parking sensors
Avalon is a home run! After I test drove the Avalon, I went stright to Lexus dealer to test drive New GS300. To my suprise, it over priced by $13K with similar options with old engine (3.0 245hp) in it. Even though GS is RWD, it just too sporty for me and very uncomfortable rear seat!!
The things missing from this Avalon is park sensors, backup camera and folding side mirrors. With car this big, they should make all this standard!
I also compare to same size cars which Avalon is the value and feature leader for sure! Very please and will purchase soon...got an offer at $2400 off from MSRP right now. Consider the car is less then a month old into dealer, this sure is a good start as a price leader. :P
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- Powerful engine; Elegant interior; 5-spd ManuMatic; Smart Key; Ideal seating position; Huge sunroof
- Floaty steering; Soft springs; Quirky gearing; No AWD option; No MP3; No Bluetooth
Forget everything you know about Toyota's ode to the Granddaddy-haulin' Buick: the Avalon. For 2005 the Avalon has been thoroughly rethought and retooled into something that even a goatee-wearing 29-year-old (me) wouldn't be embarrassed to helm. In fact, I was all set to buy an '05 Infiniti G35x AWD sedan, but the new Avalon has thrown a wrench into these plans. Here are my thoughts after a recent test-drive of an '05 Avalon XLS.
First of all, this puppy is much faster than you'd think. The new 3.5-litre 280 hp engine cooks down the straightaways (relatively, considering it's pulling a 3,600-lb car) with a pleasing exhaust note. Toyota claims a 6.6-second 0-60 time, and my test-drive leaves no reason to dispute it. Adding to the thrill of the engine is the 5-speed automatic tranny with manual shift mode. While it's a wonderful feature to have if you do a lot of back-road passing, this particular transmission has some quirks. First off, I found that, when selecting the manual shiftgate from a stop, the car wanted to start out in 4th gear. The salesman claims that he has noticed this before. Hopefully this is just a glitch in this one VIN. Second, there is a very noticeable delay in gear changing when manually shifting, much more so than my current '04 Mazda3. Finally, the Avalon's manual shift mode has a very strict engine rev limiter that will forbid downshifting even at relatively low RPM.
Not completely unexpected in even a "re-imagined" Avalon, is the floaty steering and soft springs. After all, it is still an Avalon. Despite much improved engine performance, expect the '05 Avalon to still drive like a luxury car. It's nowhere near as bad as, for example, an '86 Grand Marquis, but if you want tight, feedback-enhanced steering and corner-hugging suspension? Look into a 2006 Infiniti M35. But it'll cost you another $5,000-$10,000 comparably-equipped.
My only other gripe about the car's mechanics is that there is no AWD drive option. This is becoming a more common option lately in cars in this class (see: '05 Infiniti G35x, '06 Infiniti M35x, '06 Lexus GS, '05 Acura RL) and I believe Toyota needs to make this an option in the future.
Toyota has completely restyled the Avalon, and it now looks much more Lexus-like (see: 2006 Lexus GS330). It's a chunky-looking car, but it has sexy lines reminiscent of Italian design. While the exterior is pleasing, the interior is a feast for the eyes. Audio and (optional) navigation controls are hidden behind fold-down doors which add to the simple, clean look of the dash. The LCD screen is bright and easy to read, as are the Optitron gauges. At night the interior has a soothing blue-green aura. The icing on the cake, however, is the superb wood trim, especially with the wood-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, found only in the "Limited" trim. Little stylistic touches like the off-center shift knob round out the package.
Toyota did not fail to engineer some goodies into the new Avalon for the technogeek in all of us. The pinnacle of high-tech meets high-concept, a wildly cool Smart Key allows the driver to unlock the doors and start the engine (via pushbutton) without the need for a key. A special fob transmits security signals to the car while it rests in your pocket, purse, backpack, etc.
But why no MP3 capability?...read morehide
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