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2008 Toyota Avalon
2008 Toyota Avalon
Available Price Range $6,149-$14,853 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 23 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2008 Toyota Avalon

Our Take

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... Read Full Report

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


Our Expert Reviews

Some cars are marketed to families and women, and some are not. The Toyota Avalon falls into the latter category. I hate to sound all gender-centric, but this is a perfectly nice car that's made absolutely no effort to appeal to my demographic. It's not like there's a sign on the door that says "Dudes Only," but the Avalon just doesn't offer much in the warm and cuddly depar... Read full review for the 2008 Toyota Avalon

Consumer Reviews


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Best car I have owned

by Ron from San Diego, CA on May 26, 2009

I purchased this 2008 XLS new. It has all the features of a Lexus at much less cost. It handles beautifully, rides smooth, and has great braking. I love it's sharp turning radius. I get appx. 20-21 MP... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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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