Updated with fresh styling and a new dashboard, the full-size 2011 Avalon tops off Toyota's sedan lineup. Its 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission carry over, but thanks mostly to transmission tuning, gas mileage is up 1 mpg overall. Avalon competitors include the Ford Taurus, ... Read Full Report
The 2011 Toyota Avalon isn't a head-turner; some might even describe this full-size sedan as vanilla, but that shouldn't be a bad thing. The Avalon is the equivalent of an exotic vanilla that's a little richer than the others. While it's missing the wow factor, the 2011 Avalon is comfortable, roomy and uncomplicated, a plus for some parents. My test Avalon in particular co... Read full review for the 2011 Toyota Avalon
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I looked for a replacement for my 2006 Acura TL for about 6 months before finally deciding to buy the Avalon. When I looked at the content I was receiving, anticipated reliability, features, and comfo... Read Full Review
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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).
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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