Based on Toyota Avalon Limited
The Avalon is Toyota's flagship large sedan. In fact, higher trim levels rival the Avalon's sibling from Toyota's sister brand, the Lexus ES 350, in terms of comfort, luxury and price. The Avalon is available in XL, XLS and Limited trim levels. Competitors include the Buick Lacross... Read Full Report
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Around the office, I carry the reputation — if in jest — of being an over-the-hill man stuck in a young guy's body. My penchant for fogeyish jokes and power ballads doesn't help. Even less helpful, I'm afraid, will be my regard for the Toyota Avalon. It's roomy, efficient and comfortable. There were some reliability glitches when the current generation debuted ... Read full review for the 2009 Toyota Avalon
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This is the perfect car. It handles great, rides very smooth and uses regular gas (in a 6 cyl). Vented seats are so, so my drivers side does not work well and I'll have to see a dealer for repair. the... Read Full Review
Service & Repair
Roadside Assistance Coverage
What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.
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.
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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