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2012 Toyota Avalon

$9,087 — $18,711 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Seat comfort
  • Backseat room
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Premium amenities

The Bad

  • Confounding steering-wheel adjustments
  • Smallish trunk
2012 Toyota Avalon exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Toyota Avalon
  • Standard V-6
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Full-size dimensions
  • Reclining rear seats

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

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 Limited.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for the 2012 model year.

Exterior
A wide grille connects the headlights, while the front bumper has a wide air dam. The side mirrors include turn-signal indicators. They fold in and, on the Avalon Limited, include puddle lamps. In back, the taillights feature LED light pipes. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard moonroof
  • Standard dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Optional high-intensity-discharge headlights


Interior
Front bucket seats and a rear bench provide seating for up to five people. The split rear backrest reclines, enhancing occupant comfort.

The base sedan is fairly well-equipped. It comes with leather upholstery, a nine-speaker CD stereo with iPod connectivity and dual-zone automatic air conditioning. Additional interior features include:

  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard simulated wood trim
  • Optional heated and ventilated front seats
  • Optional push-button start
  • Optional touch-screen navigation system


Under the Hood
The Avalon is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features inclu...

Vehicle Overview

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 Limited.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for the 2012 model year.

Exterior
A wide grille connects the headlights, while the front bumper has a wide air dam. The side mirrors include turn-signal indicators. They fold in and, on the Avalon Limited, include puddle lamps. In back, the taillights feature LED light pipes. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard moonroof
  • Standard dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Optional high-intensity-discharge headlights


Interior
Front bucket seats and a rear bench provide seating for up to five people. The split rear backrest reclines, enhancing occupant comfort.

The base sedan is fairly well-equipped. It comes with leather upholstery, a nine-speaker CD stereo with iPod connectivity and dual-zone automatic air conditioning. Additional interior features include:

  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard simulated wood trim
  • Optional heated and ventilated front seats
  • Optional push-button start
  • Optional touch-screen navigation system


Under the Hood
The Avalon is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • V-6 makes 268 horsepower
  • Four-wheel independent suspension


Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Active front head restraints

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
18 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

A comfortable large sedan that looks pretty good.

by Dan from Aurora Illinois on July 28, 2018

Everyone in the family is tall and this car has front and rear legroom that you find in very few cars. I wanted to avoid vans and SUV?s so I spent a long time looking for the right Avalon. This model ... Read full review

(5.0)

Bought at 72K

by Geoff on June 20, 2018

Very powerful. Smooth. A joy to own. No issues. Plan to keep at least 10 years. Handles superb. Windows came highly tinted, I recommend this. Automatic windows definitely a premium feature. Lexus ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Toyota Avalon currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Toyota Avalon Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Avalon received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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