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The full-size five-seat Avalon tops off Toyota's sedan lineup. It's powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that works with a six-speed automatic transmission. Avalon competitors include the Ford Taurus, Buick LaCrosse and Hyundai Azera. It's available in two trim levels: base and up-level Lim... Read Full Report
Editor's note: This review was written in July 2010 about the 2011 Toyota Avalon. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2012, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. Done right, there's something about a large sedan that's highly appealing. Good ride comfort, power to spare and plenty of room are... Read full review for the 2012 Toyota Avalon
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This is my second Avalon, with my mint condition 2008 having been the victim of a crash rendering it totaled. Both cars are nearly the same, with perhaps slightly more wind noise in the later model. S... Read Full Review
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.