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  • (4.8) 41 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $5,130–$14,190
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 23
  • Engine: 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2008 Toyota Avalon

Our Take on the Latest Model 2008 Toyota Avalon

What We Don't Like

  • Ride quality in Touring
  • Side mirrors don't fold
  • Puzzling tilt/telescoping steering-wheel adjustment

Notable Features

  • Revised exterior styling
  • New six-speed automatic
  • Revised braking system
  • Interior upgrades
  • CD changer now standard
  • Optional remote engine start

2008 Toyota Avalon Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Toyota redesigned its largest sedan, the flagship Avalon, as a late 2005 model. The 2008 model year brings the most substantial changes since then, including revised exterior styling, a new six-speed automatic transmission and upgraded braking.

Manufactured in Kentucky, Avalons come in XL, Touring, XLS and Limited trim levels. The XL's standard features include remote keyless entry, cruise control and an engine immobilizer security system. Also standard, an in-dash six-CD changer and dual-zone climate control can be managed with steering-wheel-mounted controls.


Exterior
The styling changes, which aren't evident at a glance, include new headlight, grille and bumper designs. Around back, the taillight lenses have a smoked appearance.

Fog lamps come on all models except the XL, whose wheels measure 16 inches in diameter; the other three models have 17-inchers. The Touring trim level, which is intended to be sportier, has a rear spoiler and graphite-colored wheels. Like the Camry SE, the Touring has a firmer suspension than the other Avalons. The Touring and XLS have chrome rather than body-colored door handles, and the Touring and Limited have xenon headlights.

The highest trim level, the Limited, adds puddle lamps and has turn signals in the side mirrors — in the glass itself, not on the housing.


Interior
An eight-way power driver's seat is standard, and the Limited adds 10-way adjustment. The base XL trim level now offers the four-way power front passenger seat that's standard on the higher trims, where once only manual was available. The XLS and Limited are eligible to upgrade to an eight-way power passenger seat. For 2008 all models get a leather shifter, more chrome trim and a multi-information display. The lumbar adjustment that's standard on driver's seats is now an option, in powered form, on XLS and Limited front passenger seats.

Standard equipment includes a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a sliding center armrest and a six-CD stereo with an MP3-player input jack, which replaces a CD/cassette unit. The three-passenger backseat has reclining backrests.

Targeted at younger buyers, the Touring edition features a unique interior with charcoal dashboard trim and aluminum doorsill scuff plates. It adds leather trim to the seats, the steering wheel and the gear selector knob.

The XLS model includes leather upholstery and adds a moonroof, an engine immobilizer security system, heated side mirrors with auto dimming on the driver's side and an auto-dimming interior rearview mirror. The XLS and Limited have new, darker simulated wood trim for 2008.

The Limited adds heated and ventilated front seats with a cushion length adjustment for the driver, as well as rain-sensing wipers and keyless start. The acoustic windshield is designed to block noise. Bluetooth connectivity is now included in the standard JBL premium stereo, which is optional on the Touring and XLS.

Select options include a moonroof for XL and Touring versions, and a navigation system for Touring, XLS and Limited models. The Limited can be fitted with adaptive cruise control that maintains a following distance to the car ahead.


Under the Hood
The Avalon's 3.5-liter V-6 develops 268 horsepower and 248 pounds-feet of torque. This year the six-speed automatic transmission from the Camry replaces a five-speed automatic. It retains the manual-shift provision previously offered. Toyota cites a 0-60 mph time of 7.7 seconds with fuel economy of 19/28 mpg city/highway.

The rear brake discs have been enlarged and are now gripped by aluminum calipers for better braking performance.


Safety
The Avalon scores Good in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests. All-disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, side-impact airbags and a driver's knee airbag are standard. Side curtain airbags protect front and rear occupants, and an electronic stability system is optional on all trim levels.

Consumer Reviews

(4.8)

Average based on 41 reviews

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Wonderful car

by Pop from Raymond, Ms 39154 on December 7, 2017

It's been a great car. Very good gas milage and comfort on long trips. My wife love the heated seats. Just overall a very good car. We have driven it on long trips and short trips. We have also t... Read Full Review

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2008 Toyota Avalon Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Avalon Limited

Head Restraints and Seats
P
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Avalon Limited

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
P
Overall Rear
P
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
A
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
A
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Avalon Limited

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Avalon Limited

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 6 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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